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I have been a student of enlightenment since the age of sixteen. (I am now 58 years of age.) I have a Degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and eight years of experience in spiritual guidance. Lifelong study of spiritual works that include: J Krishnamurti, Adi Da, Ramana Maharshi, Alan Watts, Dr David R. Hawkins, Adyashanti, Thomas Merton, Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber, Buddha, Jesus Christ. I am an open consciousness.  

 

On May 15, 2010, I had been watching a video on quantum physics which was discussing how spiritual practices literally rewire the brain to free it from habitual emotional responses. A sudden altered state of consciousness came over me. There have been many satoris(glimpses of enlightenment) during my lifetime of 58 years. Instead of completely taking over, this was unlike no other I had experienced. It was COLLABORATIVE. My separate ego, which I had devoted to surrendering/transcending for 35 years, was present. I experienced a knowingness that positive efforts of this lifetime had reached a critical point of balancing/negating all of my negative karma. The debt had been paid.

 

I could see that my separate self-sense as an ego was about to be released. However, much to my amazement, I was asked to specify any terms of surrender. (Could this have been some type of final temptation?) I felt the highest honor and blessing I have ever been given. These would be my last words as an individuated soul. I wept with joy for the next two hours. I knew that many became incapacitated by the release of the ego, including myself during past satoris, so I asked for the following: to be able to attend to the daily details of my home life and work. In this way, I could remain a functioning member of society. That was my intention.

 
This state on that day, in those hours, was not an achievement or an addition. It was a removal of the one that could ever add anything to itself. It was a release of the supposed self that thought it had to exert itself to become anything other than what it already was. I felt stress fall away from my body like a coat dropping to the ground and I literally watched the ego drift away like a puff of smoke. Gratitude spilled over. One of the last thoughts was, you have seen the Divine in others for so long, why didn’t you see it in your self? 

 

Yet this was no end...

It was actually a new beginning...

 

As a new being......

 

 

 

                                                                           Gregory W. Burkett