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Jul 22

Enlightenment and the Fool

imageExcerpt from ‘Spiritual Enlightenment – the damnedest thing’
Book one of the ‘Enlightenment Trilogy’ by Jed McKenna

“Listen
Here’s all you need to know to become enlightened.
Sit down, shut up, and ask yourself what is true until you know.
That’s it. The whole deal. A complete teaching of enlightenment, the complete course.
If you ever have any question or problems-no matter what the question or problem is- the answer is always the same:

Sit down, shut up, and ask yourself what is true until you know.

In other words, go jump off the cliff.
Don’t go near the cliff and contemplate jumping off.
Don’t read a book about jumping off.
Don’t study the art and science of jumping off.
Don’t join a support group for jumping off.
Don’t write poems about jumping off.
Don’t suck up to someone else that jumped off.
Just jump.”

If you have looked at Tarot you will know that the Fool is 0 and also 22 in the Major Arcana. In the Rider-Waite it is represented as a youth who’s journey has brought him to the edge of a cliff. His faithful companion pulls at his heels to stop him going full tilt over that precipice. The Major Arcana represents all the necessary lessons required in life but what if you could skip all that and just jump straight to the Fool at position 22, rather than position zero. I think that’s what Jed is driving at in his quote. True enlightenment is only achieved by flying off into the abyss and trusting that the universe will catch you. What stops you? The little dog snapping at your heels. Your Ego. How many of us will make that leap? Very few. It involves total surrender to Truth and that usually entails a period of withdrawal from everything in the material world. From the outside that would almost certainly look like a mental breakdown. A Reggie Perrin moment where you throw off all your clothes and cast yourself upon the ocean.

(Please note that I am not advocating cliff diving or indeed throwing yourself at the mercy of the Atlantic. The cliff is a metaphor).