Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
At this very moment there are many people throughout the world following many different spiritual paths, which they hope will bring them to what they believe is the very end of the spiritual rainbow—Enlightenment.
People traveling the various paths to Enlightenment feel that if they can achieve it, then they have achieved the Ultimate human experience. In its truest description, Enlightenment goes beyond intellectual comprehension of the experience. It is not about seeking God, speculating, or theologically theorizing about God or Ultimate Beingness. Enlightenment means the firsthand, intimate, mystical experience of God Presence or Oneness with the Universe. It is beingness with Ultimate Beingness itself—in the innermost center of consciousness, yet also to its universal outer reaches.
If what is being stated here is accurate, it would indeed seem that experiencing Enlightenment would be the end of a journey through countless lifetimes for the soul, which is the individualized expression of Ultimate Beingness, Consciousness, Spirit or God. What else is there? If, in the next moment, one would suddenly experience Enlightenment, would life come to an abrupt halt? Would one’s soul be swallowed up by an infinite field of light, with one’s physical body vanishing as a result?