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 give guidance here to help people understand.
This article was first published on Saturday 17th December 2016, it was updated by the author on Sunday 12th January 2020 to add extra information.
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 enlightenment is witness to realisations. Realisations do not 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 enlightenment 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 is the thing. When we say “they’ll become worse, or they’ll become better” this is judgement, this is the mind. What we have got to remember is that there is 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 unconditional love, it comes from Unity, from God – the absolute. Because it comes from unconditional love then there is no judgement as that would impose conditions. Because God is the cause of everything then everything and that means everyone is already included within creation and so 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, unlike the soul journey, has little to do with the personality and since the spiritual journey is taking the spirit up 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 includes 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.
Integration is part of the soul journey rather than the spiritual journey and it is for this reason that a person has the potential to progress on their spiritual journey and yet remain relatively unchanged in terms of their personality. Without integration the true potential of the person upon enlightenment is not possible since their ego would block the light within from shining out. The teachings of The Way Back, in particular The Six Virtues, have been channelled to humanity from higher spiritual teachers, who some refer to as the Spiritual Hierarchy in order to help guide us in our soul development as well as our spiritual development.
So for those on a spiritual path who desire to progress towards enlightenment the good news is that your personality does not have to be perfect. In fact it is impossible for your personality, by its very nature, to be anything other than what it is which is to be imperfect, just like everyone else. In the same way as unconditional love is not 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 demonstrate unconditional love, which includes being non-judgmental. So even though there will be people on a moralistic level you could judge as being “bad“, including some who are enlightened, and also there are others we could judge positively as being kind, humble and all the virtues you would hope someone who is spiritual would demonstrate, remember it is just your mind that is judging them. It is just the part of you that is trapped within duality which is judging.
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 is 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 The Six Virtues which resonate with love, for example forgiveness and unconditionally accepting people. Others 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.
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.
We do not 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 you who already have access to the inner light and sound energy and those of you who are already enlightened are at the forefront of a vibrational change for the planet, and you help this, if you choose, by simply allowing that energy which you know to be true to resonate from you. It comes from love and The Six Virtues help you align with it so that you become a more open channel for this love and light.
It’s truly amazing how when we stop judging and start accepting other people, that we remove the resistance to their change too.
Did you know? This is a “channelled article” which means it was channelled from spiritual beings. Many people on earth are able to channel to some extent but it is important that you appreciate the following: A person may channel any of the following: 1) their mind and imagination, which is the most common thing people channel. 2) their soul, 3) deceased people, 4) any number of lower spiritual beings, not all belong to the Spiritual Hierarchy, 5) in rare cases their spiritual guide, 6) in very rare cases the Spiritual Hierarchy may choose to communicate with a person.
When channelling, the average accuracy for someone is usually low. For example a person who is initiated into light and sound and therefore has more potential to channel is on average less than 20% accurate when communicating with their spiritual guide. What this means is that 80% of the time though they think they are channelling their spiritual guide they are actually channelling their imagination or something else.
I started meditating on Light and Sound in 1999 and realised enlightenment in 2009. I have spent hours each day since 2016 learning how to channel under the guidance of ascended masters of the Spiritual Hierarchy, so that I can accurately receive and share these articles with the public. Each article I channel comes directly from the ascended masters and I only write what is requested by them. Much of the early channelling work went straight into the first book. To ensure accuracy every sentence is checked many times before publication and this is done not just by myself but by other experienced enlightened channellers.
In my classes I teach meditators on The Way Back how to channel and communicate directly with their spiritual guides too. My goal is to empower people to have direct access to guidance from their spiritual guides who themselves are part of the Spiritual Hierarchy.
True information from the Spiritual Hierarchy is consistent but you will notice that guidance sometimes changes, for example in the case of “how to protect your energy“. This is natural because as humanity changes spiritually, then the potential of each meditator and their needs will evolve too. If information changes then I will revise the articles and place a note to that effect.
– MARK ZARETTI