Forget About Enlightenment

Written by Master Charles Cannon



What is the most miraculous of all miracles?
Whatever is happening here and now!”
-- Zen Saying

The experience of source is the experience that we are having here and now.  There is no other possible experience, and even the illusion that there is something other than source is source.  Bottom-line, there is only one.

My teacher, the illustrious Muktananda, consistently expressed this same eternal truth.  Whenever he was asked, “What is the experience of source” he would say, “It is you asking me this question.”  He always endeavored to deliver the truth alive and well in each moment of its happening. 

So what is the experience of source in this moment?  The answer is, it is you sitting in front of this computer and reading what is on the screen.  Again, the eternal truth is alive in its happening in this very moment.

Here is another Zen quotation:  
 “Consider that nirvana is itself no other than our life.”

This quotation expresses the same eternal truth and drives it home to the here and now of our life experience.  The word nirvana means truthful experience—sourceful experience or wholeness.  The great Zen master Dogen is simply saying that the experience of source is our very life experience moment to moment.

Source is life and the experience of life is source.  Sourceful experience is not something to be attained; it is not some goal-oriented fantasy.  It is rather exactly the experience we are now having.  It is life in this moment just the way it is.  Such is the extraordinary in the ordinary…  miracle in the moment … the truth that lives eternally here and now.

Let us wholeheartedly embrace this eternal truth.  Forget about enlightenment.  Forget about mastery.  Forget about being other than you are.  Rather, just be as you are in each moment.  Let all your experience be the sourceful experience that it truly is.

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.