Wednesday, 24 January 2018 21:06

To be enlightened is to live from ones real self

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The real self is an eternal wave of light in which each of us is a particle of that light; wave and particle is one self with one mind.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

From childhood I pursued ideals; I wanted to become an idealized self and wanted all people to become my ideal conception of them; I wanted social institutions and the natural world to change and become ideal, as my mind conceptualized perfection to be.

Now, I know that ideals and perfection are unattainable; I know that the root of my pursuit of ideals and perfection is that in childhood, due to my pained body, I rejected my pained body and sought ideal alternative body; I did not like normal reality for it seemed totally foolish; I sought ideal alternative me, society and reality.

Now that I know that ideals are impossible of attainment and that normal reality is meaningless and is for animals than fully developed human beings I stop seeking ideals and normal society and live from my spiritual real self.

In living from my spiritual real self I feel peaceful and happy; I do only what makes sense to me and what I can do; I do not worry about what other people want me to do.

I am enlightened, for enlightenment is stopping living from the external ego (the inner self invented the ego and placed it outside one and pursues it in the external world of dreams).

I am no longer seeking to become the ego ideal; I  go inwards and live from my inward self, the real self, a spirit that is part of the unified spirit self that folks call God.

There is only one self with one mind. That self has no name and cannot be understood or defined for to define it is to limit it; it is limitless; what is limitless cannot be understood or defined.

We can try to understand it analogously by comparing it to light (it is not physical light). It is a wave of light; each of us is a particle of that light. Wave and particle are one. That wave of light is eternal, permanent and changeless.

That self is unified; it can be called consciousness; it is intelligence itself.

That unified spirit self-chose to live as its opposite in our world of separation; for example, in its real state it is eternal, unified and love but on earth it is separated, unloving and mortal.

Its version on earth is unreal, and is analogous to a dream for while on earth it seems separated it remains unified, loving and eternal.

The purpose of life on earth is to first live as a separated self, a mortal and unloving self but to while on earth know that one's real self is unified, loving and eternal and live as such. When one experiences union and lives from the loving self-one is enlightened.


If the individual gives up seeking ideal self and sees the ego for what it is, nothing, and let it go what is left in him is life;  life that does not see itself as good or bad, just life.

Life is eternal and is outside matter, space and time and in that sense can be called spirit. Life created the universe and is now studying it as it is in an objective manner and understands it as it is and works with it as it is. It does not reject anything or seek an idealized version of anything; life simply explains what is as it is and lives with it as it is.

When a person lives from his real self he is now a scientist who explains things as they are and live with them as they are without wishing that they be different (that they become better, ideal and perfect).


I reached my philosophy of not living from my desired ideal self by observing me, the conflict pursuit of ego ideals gave me, its disruption of my interpersonal relationships and the obstacle to learning at school it gave me.

I added to it by observing other people and realizing that most of them are normal folks who are merely living as their egos and bodies.

Normal folks do not judge their egos as good or bad; indeed, they do not even know what the ego is; the ego is the sense that one has a separated self from other selves and from the whole of life, aka God.

Separation from the whole, let us call the whole life God, is impossible. Therefore, the ego cannot exist in an objective manner; it can only seem to exist as a dream being; the world of separation it seems to live in is a dream world.

The real world, the world as God created it, is unified and does not have matter, space and time in it.

Because the ego is a dream being it is meaningless; therefore, normal folks who believe themselves their egos live meaningless lives!

Before one wishes that normal folks be different from the way they are one must realize that they are being who they are and can be in this life time.

Normal folks did not reject their egos and bodies and pursue ideal egos and bodies; their egos and bodies are relatively physically healthy and did not cause them enormous pains and other problems.

So far I have only seen one person like me, my daughter.  My enlightenment, that is, my relinquishment of the ego ideal and the ego itself and acceptance of me as part of life,  will give her enlightenment (peace and joy; she, too, will become a teacher of how to live from the spirit real self).

Whereas I teach how I found salvation and enlightenment by giving up the desire to live from the imaginary ideal self, each human being ultimately will find enlightenment and salvation in his own way, not from my way. Every person reads other folks writing, mine included, and from so doing may do what he or she has to do to live from their real self hence become enlightened.

Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha and Lao Tzu, Alfred Adler and Karen Horney helped me learn about my real self but did not make me enlightened; I made me enlightened.

Only you, the individual, will make you enlightened (to be enlightened is to live from your real self, life, not your ego or ego ideal).

My body remains weak but I now do not use it as springboard for seeking imaginary ideal and perfect body and ego self; I simply tune out my ego and stay mentally quiet; my mind is emptied of thinking. In my emptied, void of ego mind useful ideas enter and I live accordingly.  Those thoughts are usually congruent with scientific thoughts (with the findings of physics, chemistry and biology).

An enlightened person lives in accordance with science, not his wishes as to how phenomena ought to be  but with things as they are; he improves what can be improved and  has the wisdom to know what cannot be improved and simply lives with them as they are.


For years I wanted to improve Igbos; now I do not seek to improve them; I accept that they are who they are; they are closer to animals than to human beings; it is animalistic to seek to be superior to other people.

A real human being automatically knows that all people are part of one shared life and that as such all people are the same and coequal and he loves all of them.

Now, I simply leave people to be where they are in evolution, space and time without trying to improve them; some people are too spiritually warped and stunted to be bothered with. In future lifetimes such persons will evolve to higher levels of being.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 24, 2018

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176