‘The fact that we are already enlightened, that we are already complete... it's just realising you're complete. Once you realise you are complete then this life and everything in it becomes a play of form, something to toy with and play with, to make something good out of. ‘It’s what’s happening inside of everybody right now,’ they are asking, ‘who am I’? And they are depressed because they are trying to hold up an image in the world…stop trying to be something for the world… be something for yourself.’  - Jim Carrey

There are ‘aha’ moments in all of our lives, moments when we come to a self-realisation about who we are and who we are not, a brief but significant comprehension regarding the gravity of our becoming. This illumination happens when we stop to consider our depressing externality, the crazy and over inflated expectations of a culture that is never satisfied or at peace with any kind of contentment. Our superficiality is constantly barraged by the forces of disenchantment and disaffection as we try to strive for some kind of perfect life, one that is so often reduced to comparing and competing with the false images of success that confront us on a quotidian basis.

Te Henga (Bethels Beach. West Auckland)

Te Henga (Bethels Beach. West Auckland)

Enlightenment is the divine spark, the hum of reverence that nurtures our internality, the guardian of humanity that guides our maturation on the inward journey of erudition and self-awareness.

'The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.’    - St Matthew

Hiding inside us all, in the field of our interiority is a heavenly treasure waiting to be discovered, an Immortal Diamond as Fr. Richard Rohr would say, that which needs to be constantly excavated if we are to experience the value of its divine investment. This precious gift that resides in our divine likeness is waiting to be unwrapped and enjoyed to its fullest extent.

Joy is enlightenments goal, a deep personal exuberance and exhilaration that comes from a unique moment of self-discovery, an insightful epiphany that ultimately reconstitutes and resets the true purpose of our life. This vibrant exultation evokes an interior contentment and emerging completeness that enables us to be comfortable in our own skin, our true self coming into view.

'Ahakoa he iti he pounamu' - Maori Proverb (Although it is small it is a treasure)

The journey of enlightenment is a slow burn, one small step at a time, an evolving trust in what your intrinsic self is revealing. At times my insecure thoughts of insignificance have devalued the richness of my personal contribution to society, undermining the value of the treasure within. If you are like me, take heart, you are in the company of friends. Be patient with the process, make time to lean in and listen to the emergence of your true self, the authentic you is slowly ‘coming out' for all to see.