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This is a question I get asked relatively often in various ways. "How can that person act like that if they're supposed to be spiritual?" or "How can that person do something like that if they are Enlightened". I found myself talking to someone recently and this question came up again and so I thought I'd write my answer down here to share it with you.

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So can someone be Enlightened and still be a bad person? The answer is "yes". Enlightenment is liberation of your spirit, it is not anything to do with your personality, however your personality on the journey to Enlightenement is witness to realisations. Realisations don't happen within the personality, but they filter through the different higher vibrational layers and down to the personality into the mind. So your mind, personality, emotions, and the things that you are before you start a spiritual journey are included in the experience and are supported by the expansions, but they are not necessarily changed.

However with Enlightenement and the massive expansions in terms of energy and awareness you have a lot more potential. So the answer really is that upon getting the energy and more so on Enlightenment, there is more potential for your personality to change and evolve because there's a lot more energy behind your personality.

So if someone is "service to self", in other words "selfish", led by their ego, then they wont necessarily change upon Enlightenment, they just have more energy behind them. Because of this they could actually become worse, they could be more "service to self".

Similarly someone who is "service to others", who has that intention to help others and also to develop themselves will find that they have even more potential upon Enlightenment to change in a positive way, to become more "service to others".

But here's the thing. When we say "they'll become worse, or they'll become better" this is judgement, this is the mind. What we've got to remember is that there's not a person on this planet who realises Enlightenment because they are perfect or because they are worthy of it. Every single person who gets access to the energy and who subsequently makes the expansions and ultimately realises Enlightenment does so because of ultimate kindness, because of Grace.

In other words it is a gift which is given. The energy to spiritually grow comes from Love, it comes from Unity, from God - not the biblical version but the absolute Unity of unconditional Love. And because it's unconditional then there is no judgement. And because it is the cause of everything then everything and that means everyone is already a part of it. In other words even the people that we may judge as good or bad are all part of the whole, nothing gets excluded.

So since the spiritual journey has nothing to do with the personality and since the spiritual journey is bringing the spirit back to the state of absolute Love, then there is no personalty that can get excluded if they put in the time, if they can let go within their meditation, and if they get the opportunity to be receive initiation, they have the chance to be Enlightened. The journey does not require the personality to change, it just provides more potential for the personality to change.

As you progress along your spiritual journey you will have realisations about your true nature, which include that you are one with everything, that you are connected to everything. One might hope that with these realisations someone will evolve as a human being, as a result of walking a spiritual journey. But even that is not a given, it is just the potential.

There are many examples of people who are fantastic meditators in the sense that they can let go and have these realisations, but they are not necessarily practiced "integrators". So meditation creates the expansion that allows for the realisations and ultimately for the state changes and expanded awareness.
Integration however is the willing process of allowing the vibrations that filter down in the form of realisations to change the personalty. Whether the personality changes or not makes no difference, as it already is part of the whole.

So in being on a spiritual path and desiring to progress towards Enlightenment, then the good news is that our personality does not have to be perfect. In fact it is impossible for our personality, by its very nature to be anything other than what it is, to be imperfect, just like everyone else. In the same way as Love isn't judging us, then we can choose to resist the temptation to judge others. To be congruent with absolute Love, which is what we are aspiring towards as someone on a spiritual journey, is to learn unconditional love. So even though there will be people on a moralistic level we could judge as being "bad", including some who are Enlightened. And equally there are others and we can judge positively as being kind, humble and all the virtues we would hope someone who is spiritual would demonstrate, remember it is just our mind that is judging them. It is just the part of us that is trapped within duality which is judging.

Do you Need to Change Your Personality To Become Enlightened?


Ultimately upon realising enlightenment you can realise that there is no need for you to change, and actually there is no need for anyone else to change. The only person you should worry about or concern yourself with is you, because ultimately you're going to realise that it's all you.
Though your personality does not realise Enlightenment, once you have been initiated, and more so once you are Enlightened, you will become a powerful conduit for Love, for healing, and for light. It is your choice to do with this what you will. Some choose to embrace Love, to embrace those virtues which resonate with love, for example forgiveness and unconditionally accepting people. Other will sit in the part that will always judge, and both are accepted within Love.

The more you align with Love then the more you will move towards a vibration which is more loving in how you demonstrate and live your life. The only person you are responsible for and the only person you are in control of is yourself.

So to answer the question is it possible to be a bad person and be Enlightened, then the good news is "yes" and the bad news is "yes", but from the perspective of Enlightenment there is no good and there is no bad, there simply is, as all opposites are reconciled in that state, which is Love.

Do You Want to be "Service to Self", or "Service to Others"?

So the real question is "how do you choose to live your life?" Do you want to be "service to self" or do you want to be "service to others".  If you do encounter people irrespective of their spiritual advancement, you have the choice to practice not judging them, because to judge someone is really just judging a part of yourself.

Can We Make the World a Better Place?

We don't change the world by trying to get everyone else to conform to our ideal of how we think it should be. We change the world by resonating the highest vibration we can. Those of us who already have access to the energy and those of us who are already Enlightened are at the forefront of a vibrational change for the planet, and we do this, if we choose, by simply allowing that vibration which we know to be true to resonate from us. It comes from Love.

It's truly amazing how when we stop judging and start accepting other people, that we remove the resistance to their change.



In the article above I've mentioned things like "Enlightenment", "initiation", "energy" and so forth. If you're curious to know more about these things then do have a look at my meditation eBook which is totally free to download and share.


Posted by Mark Zaretti at 12:05

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