Transcendence. To rise up. Every once in a while a glimpse of what is possible is given and then pursued. The moment of leaving the body. Connected and yet disconnected. Free again.
I have enjoyed a description of enlightenment used in Judica. I thought the enlightenment of the Buddha is one that once it comes it is forever there. A state of being that is enlightened. I heard then that enlightenment comes and goes. There is a state that is achieved and then it dissipates and normal living continues until next time enlightenment arrives. This is much better for me to grasp. It also gives hope in that I have had those moments of enlightenment. Moments of clarity. The blinders removed and the way clear.
There are shortcuts to enlightenment.
Read "Be Here Now" by Baba Ram Das. This book will transport you to that place with it's wisdom. Being there it is good. but we have done little work to get to that place. We have bypassed the learning along the way of the journey. It is really not the destination. It is the learning that takes place along the route to the destination. All to often we are wanting to arrive, to get to that place. We forget about the process of getting there.
And the Wheel turns round.