The dictionary tells us that according to Buddhism & Hinduism, enlightenment is defined as a blessed state in which the individual transcends desire and suffering and attains Nirvana.

As we shift further into the fifth dimension and humanity rushes to gain spiritual awareness there is more focus on obtaining enlightenment than ever before. This popular direction pushes the spiritual body to be attuned. Many forget the emotional, mental and physical bodies must also be aligned. We have many layers to contend with including the ever present firewall known as the ego. A lack of self-esteem often keeps the ego from developing in ways that we are able to be centered in who we are. Fear and emotional woundings can lead to a false ego. This is like a trap door that can disconnect us from our original consciousness. The unhealthy ego often disregards the safety and wellbeing of the inner child keeping them engaged in the matrix of their emotional pain. A healthy ego will simply define who you are with the appropriate boundaries that keep the inner child safe.

Many people grow up in dysfunctional families experiencing their feelings not valid or real. The work we have to do to heal the inner child becomes the responsibility of the adult.   We are not told to parent our inner child once we leave home. Often the child is so capable of being the little adult we allow them to drive the car, make business decisions and choose love relationships all the while we sit in the back seat marveling over how our five year old can drive! The inner child keeps cycling with patterns and revisiting old hurts and wounds. We play three roles as adults, the inner child, our mother and father. This triad becomes the template for relationships and more. Learning to parent the inner child takes time and dedication to the process. Our karma and all the layers of unresolved emotional wounds can make it seem a far reaching goal to enlightenment.

To reach a state of enlightenment requires surrendering your life and your attachment within the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. To transcend desire and suffering in traditional terms is not a common practice in western culture. Seeking enlightenment is not a weekend workshop or a good book on Buddhism. It is your daily practice that becomes every moment of your consciousness and your ability to no longer define through the duality, but to observe. To no longer identify with desire and suffering for you are truly in a state of Nirvana.

(Nirvana is an ancient Sanskrit term used in Indian religions to describe the profound peace of mind that is acquired with moksha (liberation). In Hindu philosophy, it is union with the Brahman (Supreme Being). The word literally means “blown out” (as in a candle) and refers, in the Buddhist context, to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished.

I describe this state of nirvana as a deep inner peace. In order to reach that state, layers of emotional wounds must be addressed. The inner child holds the keys to these emotional wounds that are stored in the physical body. Patterns are created as early as three years old and start to repeat as cycles. We act out the inner child and our parents with the effort to heal these emotional wounds. The karmic threads to these events reveal how far back the wound began. Lifetimes of betrayal, abandonment, shame and rejection are found in this life disguised as the energetic components that are still acted out today. Doing the inner work and excavating the unresolved emotional wounds is mandatory in this fifth dimension. We must adjust our energy to these higher frequencies. This requires staying focused on your daily practice and releasing your resistance. Our resistance is what keeps us in a state of separation. We resist our pain, emotions, family, culture and sometimes life itself. Our experience in physical form creates the feeling of separation. There is no separation from Source as we are infinite souls having a human experience. The mission statement for humanity is to love at the deepest level of your being. Your homework is to feel your feelings, process and release them. Your purpose is to be the caretaker of this sacred Earth.

About the Author:

For over thirty years, author and Mystic Healer, Sonja Grace has been offering her clients, both in the United States and abroad, immediate stability, clarity, and guidance. Through her healing, counseling and spiritual processing, Sonja has a wide variety of talent to choose from in which she accesses her ability to channel and communicate with the divine. Her new book ‘Become and Earth Angel’ Advice and Wisdom for Finding your Wings and Living in Service is available through Findhorn Press. Other books by Sonja Grace are: ‘Angels in the 21st Century’ and ‘Earth Ways Healing Medicine for the Soul’. The companion film presentation Earth Ways Series and her new Earth Angel Series is available on her website.