Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it's not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time; not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.
When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades, and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade, what's left? A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are.
There is no destination on this Road. It is constant awakening, and reawakening, discovery after discovery.
Awakening is like waking up after a long nap and feeling like you have been sleeping your life away; caught in the mundane rituals of living.
The learning process on this road is never finished. There is no Master degree, there is no certification. There is only the point where we Cross over to the Blue Road of Spirit and look upon this life and see the beauty and magnificence of it in the Great Web; Of the lessons learned, and the Lives touched.