There may be a number of people who read this post and get angry. And that is good! Because when you have a reaction to something, it is an invitation to explore why you have the reaction and ultimately, to drop the false belief that has created the reaction. If you see yourself on a search for enlightenment, whatever form that may be (and we will come back to that), then you are trying to run toward something. Which means that you are running AWAY from something else. You are running away from your present life, how you see yourself, your concept of perfection, your concept of God, etc. Anytime we run away from something we are seeing with eyes of Duality, not Unity. God is All, so when you search for something different, you put one thing as better or more preferable than another. This gives the impression of a split that cannot occur, for God is One, God is All, and you are part of that Oneness. You are part of that perfection. So when we see differences, we see from a split mind --- that doesn't really exist. It is this split mind which undertakes the search for something better, because this split mind, knowing at some level that it is not real, has to constantly reinforce itself.
So enlightenment is not something separate from you. If you are All as part of God, you must already possess this thing which you search for. But possess is not the right word. You ARE this thing which you search for. So it is just a recognition
you need to make. There is and can be no change. Now, there are many ways that you can fool yourself by not recognizing the search that you are on. Because if you keep searching and keep fooling yourself, you will never have to "face the music." You believe that facing the music will be very hard, painful, and punishing by God as He sees your "sins." But none of this is true. Yes, there may be a little angst as you release false beliefs, but there is joy, love, perfection, and wholeness on the other side. This is what you already are --- it is just a matter of recognition. So what are you searching for? Even if it is not enlightenment, maybe it is a good companion, a better career. It can be any number of things. Don't be fooled by the form in which you search. Searching for something like a companion or job is no different than searching for enlightenment. Now people will say that living in the world means that you have a job, a spouse, etc., and sometimes we change jobs, get married. This is true, but take a close look at your search. Are you dissatisfied with your current situation, for this is eyes of Duality. Change that comes as part of the River of Life means that you recognize the perfection as you are but you are open to change within that perfection. It is a subtle but important difference.