Do you know what being “enlightened” really means? Does it mean you’re connected to something greater? That you’re more spiritual than most people? Or that you receive intuitive messages from the Universe? The truth is, the real meaning of enlightenment is not something many people truly understand. If you’ve ever experienced even a glimpse of enlightenment, you probably know that it’s one of the most profound, fulfilling and life-changing events one could ever have!
Enlightenment is the neurological vehicle of personal transformation, and it often happens in small or large bursts of insight – those “aha” and “Oh Wow!” experiences that shake up old beliefs when you discover a greater truth about yourself, the world, or the nature of reality.
Curiosity is one of main driving forces in every person’s brain and when we become interested in something new, dopamine is released from the nucleus accumbens, traveling to the frontal lobe and increasing our awareness and consciousness.
Curiosity wakes up your brain, and that “awakening” is the first step of the path toward enlightenment. In a multi-university study conducted in 2015, curiosity was the #1 quality that boosted a person’s sense of well being. Maintaining a high state of curiosity is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy brain because when curiosity wanes, clinical depression sets in.
I’ll have more to say on this subject on Wrights Lane in the days ahead as I explore “enlightenment” with Mark Waldman, one of the world’s leading experts on consciousness, communication, spirituality, and the brain. He recently published an amazing new book called “How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain”.