“Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm.”

-Idries Shah

In spiritual literature, have you ever wondered why there are few straight forward discussions concerning outcomes of enlightenment; or said another way, once you have traveled a spiritual path, and gained inner capacity, for you personally, what will spiritual ability look like.

Here are a few reasons for this limited discussion, and some personal observations.

  • Increased Capacity. Typically enlightenment means increased light and increased spiritual understanding/experience. This way of being or inner experience is very difficult to put into words or physically describe. Additionally few people are able to tell you exactly what your future spiritual skill set will look like. No two people are the same and spiritual development is dependent upon different factors: including personal ability and Grace of the Unseen Forces.
  • Examples of Spiritual Experience. In the literature, some spiritual experiences described include: visions, capacity to read minds, messages from the other side, sublime ecstatic states, hearing the inner voice, intuitive understanding, wisdom about certain situations, dreams that come true, and prescience/knowing. Because something is described doesn’t mean you will experience the same thing; these spiritual capacities are dependent upon the needs of the situation and the emerging design.
  • Varying Approach. Enlightenment is a phenomenon and process that is viewed, described and developed over a period of years; ever changing and maturing. In some schools it is taught that enlightenment occurs in an overwhelming blast of brilliance; in other schools, it is taught that the process is more gradual.
  • Personal Capacity Varies. Depending upon personal responsibilities and tasks in the world, our individual skill set, temperament, spiritual experience and capacity varies. No two people are the same.
  • Expectation Blocks Experience. Once you are provided with a snapshot of what enlightenment might look like; this snapshot often sets in motion our expectation response, influencing and even blocking further outcomes.
  • Spiritual Capacity is Transitory. For the most part, during the course of daily life, spiritual experience is transitory: it comes and goes based upon the needs of the situation.
  • Both Sets of Consciousness Operating. After a time, often it is possible to have both sets of consciousness operating at the same time: worldly and spiritual. This is one of the indicators of more mature development.
  • Spiritual Capacity is Already Inside You. Enlightenment is characterized by awakening of certain capacity: by remembering who you are and that these capacities, for the most part, already are part of you. Usually, within the context of a spiritual path, personal spiritual capacity develops naturally.
  • Spirituality Doesn’t Replace Daily Experience. Enlightenment/spiritual capacity does not replace living in the world or give you ‘a leg-up’ on having a pain/stress free existence. It is added capacity which helps integrate, balance, and put into perspective life’s up and downs.
  • Emphasis on Different Outcomes. Spiritual paths have as outcome different experience and abilities. All paths are not the same and often focus on varied goals. For example, some paths focus on healing and others on knowing and service to others.
  • Unity of Peak Experiences. It has been suggested, that peak experience of Oneness and Union, with the Godhead, is essentially the same experience; using different words to describe this sublime connection. The use of different terminology, due to cultural variation, confuses and helps create a situation where mystery is intensified. For example, Peace of God, Union, Nirvana, and Experience of Oneness, may all be descriptions of a singular peak experience; which, as indicated earlier, in most spiritual travelers is transitory.


Learn to see those things
Which you must do
And those things
Which God / Light must do.
He / she who can recognize the difference
Is on their way to enlightenment.

Most travelers expect enlightenment
To arrive in a flash.
They imagine it is like turning on
A lamp in their home.
This is our desire for haste
And stems from greed.

This process is much slower
And knowledge comes in stages;
And once the Light is on
It cannot be turned off
As easily as hitting a switch.


*             *             *

Remember, you have been Given enough for the journey.



Check out my new book: Beyond The River’s Gate; purchase on Amazon or local bookstore. http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Rivers-Gate-Stewart-Bitkoff/dp/0991577507.



Goal of Our Journey

The Universe is an awfully big And divergent place; Where there is room For all kinds of beings, beliefs And endless realities.   Yet, within this multiplicity There is Oneness and connection: This is the goal of our journey. -SB

Podcast Godspeed Institute: Beyond The River’s Gate

Godspeed Institute: Beyond The River’s Gate http://www.godspeedinstitute.com/ Listen to my recent podcast, where I discuss the spiritual journey, Sufism and my new book: Beyond The River’s Gate. To listen go to: http://www.godspeedinstitute.com/.  Where show is described, click on listen to entire show (in red); then on next screen, click on (in green): 01. Beyond The […]

A Better World

  People wonder how to create a better world? In theory, it’s fairly simple, but O so difficult to accomplish. In each moment, try to rise higher. In every situation, out of love, Do your best to create the highest possible outcome. The highest possible outcome: Is that which helps others, self, And the emerging […]

A Higher Call

  Make no mistake about it life is hard; Filled with pain, illness, struggle And eventual death.   Yet, the remedy to this circumstance Is love and passion; Passion for what you wish to be or do, Love for another person, Or love of a Higher Call.   When the night is dark And you […]

Floor Boards

  It has been a long winter With a very late spring; The furnace in our house Strains to warm the night. As I pace on cold floor   The wood creaks, shifting with my weight.   Long has this house stood Through storm and sunshine; Bending with each season. Tonight the boards are especially […]

Searching For Truth

Once there was a man who traveled the highway in search of Truth. He stopped at every town and inquired. Sometimes the answers he received appeared to be useful and at other times, they did not. Always the advice he received was targeted at his worldly life: get a job, marry and have children. Or […]

Be Yourself

  Be who you are; seek to express yourself in the world and don’t let others hold you back from your individual expression. Often we are jailed by what society, friends, religion and family want for us. Sometimes this pressure to do something or make a specific life choice is with good intentions; other times […]

Spiritual Experience

I cannot give you Spiritual experience; This is something This arises from within you And is bestowed by the Unseen Forces. Yet, I can remind you That you must work And strive To seek the highest In every action. Then, as the Universe Wills The flood gates shall open And spiritual caresses Shall flow outward […]

Two Reviews: Beyond the River’s Gate

Review By: Robert Moyer Saying this new book of Dr. Bitkoff’s is a skiff to sail the River to the River’s gate is actually a comment on how you read it. Truly it could be compared to a pleasure yacht or even a submarine. However you choose to cruise through this material is entirely up […]