In his book Bluebeard, Kurt Vonnegut says something very profound. He says that he doesn’t think that people become enlightened when God speaks to us, but that it is when we finally let go of the idea that we need God or anything else, and when we let ourselves be most human, that our greatest epiphanies occur.
Until very recently, I didn’t understand what he meant. Being more human makes us more spiritual? I thought. How does that work?
After a while, though, I understood. I knew that that it was true, and the reason was very simple:
It’s because people are holy.
That’s right: People are holy. Even religious people are holy. Even Christians are holy. Even the worst person alive is holy.
Every action a person ever takes is holy, because it is the choice they are making about the kind of experience they want to have on this earth.
And when we finally realized this, and when we finally learn that we can make our own decisions without anyone’s help, even God’s, is when our greatest epiphanies and our highest enlightenment occurs.