Enlightenment is not a state, not a goal, not a way of being. Enlightenment is not something that can be attained, not something you will finally get, not something that you can have. Enlightenment is not something that can be strived for, discovered, or found.
Enlightenment is all there is, ever. It’s this [looks around] exactly as it’s happening, with nothing added, nothing taken away, and nothing changed. It’s exactly this. It’s always exactly this. That’s the good news. There has always been enlightenment. There will always be enlightenment. There will never be anything but enlightenment.
Then the mind comes in and says, “But I need more money.” That is also enlightenment; that thought; that wanting; that dissatisfaction. That’s also it. “But how come I don’t know it?” you ask. Not knowing that this is enlightenment is also enlightenment. How else could it be? This is the only way it could be because this is how it is.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about!” you say. That’s also enlightenment. The concept, the words, and the sound of the words. That’s all there is and all there ever will be. It’s not possible to escape from it. No matter how much it’s denied, it will always persist as what seems to be happening.
You tell me, “but I have to do something to get enlightened!” There is no you. There was never a you. There is only what seems to be happening. There’s a story that there’s a you, and there’s a belief that you have to “change,” but there’s no you that could change. There is only what seems to be happening, and it’s whole and complete and perfect.