: the state of having knowledge or understanding : the act of giving someone knowledge or understanding
the Enlightenment : a movement of the 18th century that stressed the belief that science and logic give people more knowledge and understanding than tradition and religion
Buddhism : a final spiritual state marked by the absence of desire or suffering
What a beautiful word. “[T]he state of having knowledge or understanding.” Knowledge is an amazing thing. It represents so many different things to me: security, ability, empowerment…from a place of knowledge I find confidence. Knowledge without understanding is just…well, knowledge. It is strength without ability. I guess, in all honesty, I find the confidence I mentioned when both knowledge and understanding are present. I’m a hands-on type so understanding knowledge usually means experiencing the application of the knowledge.
I chose enlightenment for today’s positive word because I love all that it embodies. Knowledge, understanding, absence of desire or suffering. Now, I have address the lack of desire part of the definition. The lack of desire means different things to different people. Its subjective. For some, it means there is nothing left to desire. For others, it means an absence of a driving force. My own personal take on it is a fulfillment of all that I could ever desire; all that I could ever desire is a part of my own personal world. Quite obviously, I have not reached ‘enlightenment’ in this form, yet.
I’m a learner. I love learning. It doesn’t usually matter what subject it is, I want to learn it. Ok, history can be a bit boring for me but presented in the right form, it can completely consume my attention, as well. I don’t ever want to stop learning. Each new portion of knowledge I collect, paired with a firm understanding of that knowledge, provides another level of enlightenment. ‘Enlighten me’ is a phrase I love. With every new piece of knowledge and understanding I acquire, I am more capable of formulating solutions to the various road blocks and/or complications that arise in life.
I also love to be able to share my knowledge. Not in the “hey! look what I know” way. If I can help someone with what they are going through, help them find their own solutions, pass on some of the enlightenment I possess to them, then I have an even better understanding of whatever knowledge I have passed on. I have seen it in action through someone else. I think that is one of the wonderful gifts we get to enjoy in this life, and, in this example, the gift is multi-fold: the person is given the gift of not suffering alone along with new knowledge (hopefully paired with understanding) and I get the gift of getting to see the enlightenment in someone else. It’s amazing. Its healing. It fills the soul.
What does enlightenment mean to you??