Discovering Enlightenment (Through Recognizing the Bullshit)

Bullshit.

There’s just something about that wonderful word that deserves a place in my vocabulary (especially with everything going on in the world).

It works with just about anything really.

Some common examples of bullshit include, but are not limited to:

  • Of course this is my natural hair color
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot prefers skinny girls
  • Here at Snarfin’ Sam’s Burger Pit, we make our food fresh from the farm
  • Organic and fat-free really do mean all you can eat
  • Homey does play that
  • No, I haven’t had any work done. I just like to smile. A LOT.

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AND, since we know your kids are probably watching things on TV that you aren’t aware of or perhaps are even coming in contact with some cringeworthy vocabulary in school, I think it’s safe to say that seeing the word bullshit shouldn’t stunt their emotional growth.

In fact, the term may even serve a useful purpose in encouraging them to question things. But since I don’t have kids, use your own judgment when it comes to raising yours.

So now that that’s out of the way, let me get to the point.

Discovering Enlightenment (Through Recognizing the Bullshit)

I first came to learn about the word ‘enlightenment’ when I decided to write my very first poem, A Search For the Soul, back when I was 15. It wasn’t the type of poetry that rhymed, but none-the-less, I had wanted it to sound intelligent.

So out came my handy Thesaurus.

I needed to find a synonym for ‘knowledge’, and enlightenment was one of my choices. It was such a lovely sounding word, so it won out over the other candidates.

Over the years, enlightenment became something I heard frequently, each time, of course reminding me of my high school poem — which ended up being published in one of the local newspapers.

And since Hay House books were becoming increasingly popular, the word gained some headway. Nowadays, enlightenment seems to be a destination, a badge or a fad.

You may hear things such as:

~ I’m on a quest to discover spiritual enlightenment

~ I’m on my way to becoming enlightened

And perhaps even:

~ Enlightenment is the new black

And the thing is, it’s all good.

I consider it a positive sign that we humans (or at least some of us) are seeking answers to what’s really going on in the world and within ourselves.

But those answers can only serve us well if we start asking more probing and uncomfortable questions. This is how we ultimately discover self and situational awareness.

Questioning everything is simply a wise thing to do. It took us a while to program ourselves to begin with, and it’s going to take some time to deprogram ourselves as well.

And this is where the bullshit comes in

If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll recognize that you’ve been taught who you are, what’s considered right/ wrong/ good/ bad, what to believe and what is beautiful.

The list can go on forever, but I think you get the point. This is a form of conditioning, and we’ve all been privy to it.

When we don’t question things, and instead, believe our conditioning and create an entire identity around it, there is no room for an alternate perspective. Standing still (aka — a closed mind) binds us to a rigid way of experiencing reality.

When we convince ourselves that the world is how we see it, without question, we believe the stories we’ve been fed throughout our lives without asking if any of them are based in Truth.

However, once we allow ourselves to relinquish our positions (beliefs/conditioning) just long enough to explore what feels like truth to us, we start to see bullshit for what it is.

Bullshit represents the stories we’ve been told about who we are and what life is all about. 

The plot lines, characters, and scripts are just that — supporting roles all in the form of society, the media, entertainment industries, and the like who have all been told the same stories themselves.

So this isn’t a blame game here because most of the storytellers are products of stories they’ve been told as well. That’s how long it’s been going on, and how convincing and real the tales have been.

And while there’s nothing wrong with a good story here and there, the question is:

How does your story make you feel?

Do you like the plot lines playing out in your life? Or do things seem quite a bit off?

Is the world a terrible place filled with awful people we need to protect ourselves from?

Or is it possible that much of what we see in society are carefully planned scripts being crafted to portray a specific reality for us to believe in and therefore, become?

When you turn on the news and see that we’re killing each other at war, on the streets and even killing ourselves for not ‘being different or better than who we are’, and that somehow, the money system has a life all of its own and can’t be controlled regardless of who’s in office – then ask yourself if you’re enjoying the story you’re being told.

Now personally, I think it’s all crap, and I refuse to believe that this is how life has to be any longer.

I decided a long time ago that I, and only I, will be in charge of how I think. No one will ever know me better than me.

And the same goes for you, my friend.

And if you aren’t sure who you are just yet — then take a good hard look at your life because it’s telling you exactly who you are and what you believe all in the form of people, events, and circumstances that show up in your world and inspire an emotion, reaction or response out of you.

You’ll understand this as soon as you step outside of the bullshit stories playing out in your head, told to you by others, as you begin to ask:

Who am I?

I know I may sound a bit angry here, but really, it’s more like passion.

I’m a goofy chick who likes to make fun of things and laugh a lot. But this is a serious subject and one that I feel warrants a lot of attention because if we don’t wake up to the deception, then none of us are gonna be laughing for too much longer.

The Road to Enlightenment

To know who we are is, sometimes to first know who we aren’t. When we become aware of the fact that the reality we’ve believed for so long is a story, we’re open to the notion that most of our so-called truth is actually complete bullshit.

We are then willing and able to open ourselves up to possibly recognizing who we really are and how to stop buying into the ideas and belief systems we’ve confused as objective truth.

Letting go of this bullshit, or, at least, questioning things puts us in a position to release the lies and seek knowledge. We then stand a chance of getting in touch with our true being.

That ‘being’ is enlightenment. The space between the thoughts, the silence between the sounds.

The bullshit is the noise — and we can’t hear the silence if we only acknowledge the noise.

So to get to know who we are, we have to relinquish the bullshit. To relinquish the bullshit, we have to recognize it exists, along with the role it’s played in our lives.

And we achieve this by questioning things.

A search for the soul…

“It’s sort of like a maze… always running into blind alleys, never stumbling upon enlightenment.

I attempt to reach a conclusion — but when I believe I’ve discovered one, it drifts away…like sand from my hands.

And when I seek to grab that sand again, it disappears before my eyes. And I have to reincarnate, yet again, that same inconceivable venture.”

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Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

8 thoughts on “Discovering Enlightenment (Through Recognizing the Bullshit)

  • at 10:57 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    It seems lately we’ve been thinking the same thing. The BS that’s been taught to us about who we’re “suppose” to be in order to be considered “normal”.

    This goes back to my previous comment on your last blog post where I mentioned that we’re taught that we’re created in the image of God. At least as far as Christianity. But then you have to ask which God were they referring to? I deduced that it was based off of the government and elitist who wanted to create and sustain a specific society. I them putting us in categories (race, ethnicity, nationality, etc.) and they create these stereotypes that are in accordance to those categories.

    Thus is how a lot of people get lost. Then they go on a mission to “find themselves” where in fact they were never lost. As you said, we all just have to start questioning.

    Have you ever read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”? If you haven’t he talks about how we makes decisions within 6 seconds based on our conditioning. I highly recommend it. I will have to check out your book!

    Thanks for sharing Dana! Have a good one!

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    • at 10:24 am
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      Hey Sherman,

      No, I haven’t read that book. I’ll look into it.
      I feel that everything you said is right.

      I had said some time back that it seems we spend our lives searching for answers when a wiser approach would be to ask better questions and more of them. I’ve been publicly quoted on that – and as far as I’m concerned, it still rings true.

      You know, the funny thing is that I don’t feel our differences, physical or otherwise is a problem in and of itself. It’s just that we are somehow wired to consider these things bad. But life is interesting when we encounter people with differences. The idea is to expand from all of this instead of judge it.

      But, this is what happens when society is delivered ideas and other various types of information by controllers whose purpose is to divide and conquer. We bring this on willingly by accepting the stories we’re told without question.

      I truly appreciate your comment and the book mention. With regard to my book, if you read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
      Have a great weekend Sherman.

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  • at 9:54 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    It is always so great to come to your blog. I’ve questioned myself a long time ago. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin being a product of my environment…thank goodness I learned that one in my early 20’s. I’ve been on my own personal “quest” ever since.

    I don’t like bullshit in any way. I can spot it behind me he he he and I can call someone out on it if I choose to spend my energy on that. I’m a straight shooter and have “offended” some in my day only because I choose not to bullshit.

    Enlightenment is a pretty cool word. For me, when I think of that word it is a feeling of total peace. That’s something I do work on every day. I duck the shit flying at me and live in my own reality of love and peace. I won’t let that bullshit hit my head he he he.

    Thanks once again for your wisdom.

    -Donna

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    • at 10:37 am
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      Hi Donna,

      I’m glad you enjoy visiting my blog. I love seeing your comments here 🙂

      I don’t think anyone enjoys being lied to – by others or even to themselves without a conscious awareness of the fact that they’re doing it.
      We’ve been conditioned by society to view things a certain way. It’s been so subtle and has taken quite a while to develop with regard to the stories we’ve been told that it’s tough to navigate through it all and attempt to gain clarity.

      All of this goes back a while. A very long while, so even when we question things, it doesn’t mean we’ll get any answers. But the act of challenging our belief systems is a powerful exercise in and of itself because it opens the door to receive insight from an Intelligence system that exists far beyond the limited human intellect.

      Like you, I like the word enlightenment too. It’s pretty and went well with my poem.
      Thanks so much for stopping by Donna.

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  • at 9:25 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    Good stuff! No BS on that LOL. I question my own limiting beliefs. It has worked out OK for me….I guess 😉 Really though, questioning my own stuff helped me tune into advice that expanded my happiness, fun and fulfillment, and also helped me tune out anything that did not. You’d have loved my Monday post Dana; literally right up the BS alley 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

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    • at 1:26 pm
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      Hi Ryan,

      Glad you enjoyed this 🙂

      Yeah, I found that once I started questioning things, I was amazed at how many self-imposed limitations I lived with simply because of my belief systems. Always a work in progress, though.

      I’ll check out your post from Monday. I’m sure I’ll find it valuable.
      Thanks for stopping by Ryan. Have a great weekend!

      Reply

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