Enlightenment, Self-realisation, Salvation or Surrendering, are commonly known terms decribing a state of mental balance or Peace of Mind through disciplinary exercise, ex: breathing, yoga, chanting, recitation, meditation, prayer et al.

Its result is often described as Bliss, Grace or Heaven and is characterised by feelings of Total Peace (Shalom, Salaam or Shanti in Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit respectively).

This State of Mind attained is known in the Hindu schools as Self-realisation, by the Christian schools as Salvation (Yeshuach or Jesus in Hebrew), in the Muslim schools as Surrendering (Islam in Arabic) and in the Buddhist schools as Extinction (Nirvana in Sanskrit). It has a different name in every religion, but is often described as “Oneness”, either with G-d or with the Universe, depending on the religion or spiritual philosophy in question.

Nowadays there exist many ideas about this State of Mind and this is understandable, given the conflicting information most religious schools have given throughout the ages. These conflicting ideas are entirely due to the different cultural and linguistic contexts in which this State has been experienced and explained.

This State of Mind, which is purely natural, has been victim of much disagreement as to how it can be attained, according to the different schools of thought and belief systems. One of the problems is that it cannot be fully explained, but must be experienced in Silence to be understood.

In this text an attempt has been made to reconcile seemingly conflicting ideas about this State of Mind, in the sincere hope that the reader may be lead to a deeper understanding of this Natural way of Being.

First and foremost, the natural State is not Spiritual or Supernatural in nature, it does not attempt to overreach earthly existence or ambition nor lays claim to miraculous acts. Rather, it is an acceptance of the natural order of things, and is a State of silent wonder at the miraculous nature of the Creation in itself.

Second, it does not try to outdo the full range of existence by seeking “good” feelings and doing away with “bad” ones. Rather, the seeking of good feelings is a natural consequence of existence, and is a necessary prerequisite for the continuation of the Creation (satisfying hunger, procreation etc).

Therefore, both the good and the bad are inherent in the natural order and are accepted as they are without judgement.

Third, it does not try to lay claim to authority in any way. It does not claim to be special or different. State is what it is and is experienced by everyone who has full presence of mind.

State is not ruled by emotions and thoughts nor tries to rise above them. State accepts them as part of the natural order.

State is not forgetting and ignoring certain aspects of the self or existence, it is not repression of the self nor of others. State is full acceptance.

State is not subjective nor objective. State does not recognise the difference between a subject and an object but sees All as One.

State is not selfish nor selfless. State recognises State as Universal and not subject to any individual self. Thus State is willing to satisfy needs and gives equal importance to the needs of All.

State is not subject to timing, location or technique. State is full Presence of Mind irrespective of the moment or place and can thus be attained at all times everywhere every way. The only true prerequisite is complete awareness.

State is not introspective nor extraspective, State does not recognise a difference between inside and outside, above or below, left or right, good or bad.

State does not require faith, faith is a belief system that requires a subject (believer) to recognise an object (of belief). State requires only attention to all that is happening now.

State is initially reached through some form of rigorous discipline, i.e. body and breath control, aided by abstinence and fasting, prayer and recitation, exercise or sex. This allows the practitioner to enter State by breaking down barriers between Self and Other. Once State has been reached, it can be re-attained at will through concentration.

The characteristic mindset of State is an attitude of ‘let it be’ (Hebrew: ‘Amen,’ Arabic: ‘Amin’) leading to acceptance and surrendering, without expectations for a certain future outcome. State thus entails a form of detachment and of ‘letting go.’

Because of the nature of State, it is impossible to learn in State, as for learning it is necessary to concentrate our awareness by shifting focus. However, once learnt, everything can be performed in State.

State is often described as being ‘in the flow’ and doing things in State is doing them ‘effortlessly’ and with full awareness.

It is not possible nor required to be in State 100% of the time, but it may be returned to and practiced regularly at free will.

State is not responsible for choices and actions made, it is not a guilt trip. State is full awareness of what we are doing and the choices we are making.

State is not the instrument of change, it is the awareness of the necessity to do so.

State is not a philosophy nor a religion, it is an actual experience.

As State is All-accepting, it is described in many religions as Omni-benevolant, All-compassionate, All-forgiving, All-merciful.