12 Qualities of an Enlightened Person ~ By Charles A. Francis

12 Qualities of an Enlightened Person
Posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm
By Charles A. Francis

In the previous article, I gave you my best definition of the term enlightenment. In this article, I will explore the implications of enlightenment. I will describe some of the qualities of an enlightened person.

This is not a comprehensive list, but I think it contains some of their most prominent qualities. As you read this article, keep in mind 2 things.

There are varying degrees of enlightenment. That is, everyone is at a different point in their spiritual development, and some may be more enlightened than others.

What I say about enlightenment will be limited by how far I am along the spiritual path. I may be able to see a little farther ahead, but not too far. Even though I’ve had peak experiences, once I return to a normal state, it once again became difficult to know for sure what lies ahead.

Having said this, these are 12 qualities of an enlightened person that I’m fairly certain about.

1. Happiness

The enlightened person is happy and joyful. He has a cheerful disposition most of the time, and is willing to share that joy with others. He is always optimistic that all challenges have a resolution. Even though the resolution may not be the most desirable, he is confident that he is capable of being at peace with it.

2. Peaceful and Serene

The enlightened person is peaceful and serene because she is free of fear and other unwholesome emotions. She can see that the human condition reaches beyond this physical existence, so she no long has a fear of the unknown. She is free of worry because she understands that freedom from suffering comes from within, and not from material possessions.

3. Loving, Kind, and Compassionate

The enlightened person is loving, kind, and compassionate for 2 main reasons: 1) He genuinely cares about other people, regardless of whether they care about him, and 2) He knows that other people provide him with the spiritual nourishment he needs to grow, therefore, he remains spiritually open to everyone.

4. Not Self-Centered

The enlightened person is not self-centered, because she has lost the sense of a separate self. She can see the interconnected nature of our existence. To her, this is a reality, and not just a concept. She realizes that all physical manifestations (humans, animals, plants, etc.) depend on each other for their survival.

5. Emotionally Stable

The enlightened person is emotionally stable because he no longer has an ego that needs validation for its existence. He is not hurt because there is no ego to hurt. He does not get angry because he is understanding and compassionate toward those who are not as far along the spiritual path.
6. Patient and Understanding

The enlightened person is patient and understanding because she appreciates how our ignorance creates our own suffering. She understands the challenge of becoming enlightened, so she doesn’t condemn people for their missteps.

7. Humble

The enlightened person is humble. Since he knows his place in the universe, he doesn’t need validation from others. Therefore, he has nothing to prove to anyone, including himself. His humble nature allows him to be kind and gentle, and be open to everyone he encounters.

8. Insightful and Open-Minded

The enlightened person is insightful and open-minded. She is able to see the world with great clarity, without attachment to preconceived ideas about people, places, and things. This enables her to observe the world without jumping to conclusions. Belief and intuition are replaced with clarity of vision and understanding.

9. Inner Strength

The enlightened person has great inner strength. He has learned healthy ways of connecting with the sources of mindfulness energy—through healthy interactions with people, and within. He no longer has a need for the power struggles that most of us engage in.

10. Leadership

The enlightened person is a leader. Having awakened to the point of understanding the nature of suffering, she realizes her duty to help other people find freedom from suffering. She leads by example, rather than control. People follow her because of who she is and what she stands for. They want to be more like her.

11. Mindful of His Health

The enlightened person is mindful of his health—physical, mental, and emotional. He knows that the mind, body and spirit must be in harmony in order to maintain his spiritual condition. He has developed an understanding of physical and mental health, and doesn’t blindly depend on others for his health. And he certainly doesn’t impair his mind with alcohol or illicit drugs.

12. Committed to their Spiritual Practice

The enlightened person never forgets how he achieved enlightenment. She is also aware that it takes continual effort to remain that way. It takes a great deal of mindfulness energy to help others along their path, so she’s aware that she needs to replenish her spiritual strength on a daily basis. Otherwise, she’ll lose her effectiveness as a spiritual messenger.

Overall, the enlightened person is mindful of himself and the world around him. Furthermore, he is curious and willing to continue learning. He is aware that even though he can see with great clarity, developing an understanding of the true nature of our existence takes time to observe and investigate.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is not a comprehensive list of the qualities of an enlightened person. But I think these are the most prominent. My purpose for examining these qualities is to give us a compass to guide us in our spiritual journey—a vision of the path that lies ahead.

So, you want to be enlightened? Well, it takes work and dedication, but it’s well worth it. From this list of qualities, it seems clear that enlightened people live rich and fulfilling lives. Those who achieve any measure of enlightenment do so through some form of daily meditation practice, a willingness to let go of old views, and are committed to helping others achieve enlightenment. Are you willing to do what it takes?


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Best wishes on your spiritual journey!
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DAILY OM ~ April 28, 2014 Clinging to the Core: When Our World Falls Apart

There are times when our whole world seems to be falling apart around us, and we are not sure what to hold onto anymore. Sometimes our relationships crumble and sometimes it’s our physical environment. At other times, we can’t put our finger on it, but we feel as if all the walls have fallen down around us and we are standing with nothing to lean on, exposed and vulnerable. These are the times in our lives when we are given an opportunity to see where we have established our sense of identity, safety, and well-being. And while it is perfectly natural and part of our process to locate our sense of self in externals, any time those external factors shift, we have an opportunity to rediscover and move closer to our core, which is the only truly safe place to call home.

The core of our being is not affected by the shifting winds of circumstance or subject to the cycles of change that govern physical reality. It is as steady and consistent as the sun, which is why the great mystics and mystical poets often reference the sun in their odes to the self. Like the sun, there are times when our core seems to be inaccessible to us, but this is just a misperception. We know that when the sun goes behind a cloud or sets for the night, it has not disappeared but is simply temporarily out of sight. In the same way, we can trust that our inner core is always shining brightly, even when we cannot quite see it.

We can cling to this core when things around us are falling apart, knowing that an inexhaustible light shines from within ourselves. Times of external darkness can be a great gift in that they provide an opportunity to remember this inner light that shines regardless of the circumstances of our lives. When our external lives begin to come back together, we are able to lean a bit more lightly on the structures we used to call home, knowing more clearly than ever that our true home is that bright sun shining in our core.

Cosmic Wind – another eclipse! ~ a message from Sarah Biermann


Cosmic Wind – another eclipse! ~ a message from Sarah Biermann
Monday, 28 April, 2014

“Wow! The cosmic energy is quite powerful!

From the perspective of “out there” we are upgrading the Energy Templates for our bodies individually and collectively (old souls will have more awareness of this and will more strongly experience of the shifts).

The other major template that is up-leveling is the Money/Financial Systems and Values. It is time for us to release our judgment about money. In the Destiny Cards Oracle Deck (using the playing cards) diamonds represents money and values. Money was created to make it easier to have a balanced exchange of energy.

There is an undistorted energy of money that is quite beautiful. My visual is to pass through the dark, heavy clouds created by the misuse of money etc., to the bright star that is the pure essence of money. Ask money to come to you to balance your energy. Old souls are working on learning self-love and self-worth so we can have unbalanced money energy expressed as over-giving.

Another confusing change is the experience of blending the of some of our parallel realities. With each choice, especially major ones, when part of us chooses one thing there can be another part that chooses another. It is like taking a different route driving home. Sometimes we end up at the same place, regardless of the different routes. When this happens the parallels can blend back together. Your soul gets the experiences received from both paths.

A few years ago I played with the parallel potentials. To get to my house I can take two different routes. On this day I chose the left-turn route, but I was somewhat aware of the me that went the right turn route. As I pulled into my driveway I suddenly saw that my car was already there! I slammed on the brakes to avoid a collision. It was shocking and discombobulating! It took a couple of heart-pounding, head-spinning minutes to get grounded in one reality and park my car. This was a very real and clear lesson about parallels; how they work and how it feels to blend. (The other thing I learned was to stay in one parallel while driving!)

My car experience was only a small blend and it was confusing. What’s happening now is bigger and old souls will feel it much more than younger souls.

Some of the symptoms:

Feel ungrounded
Have had dreams and/or waking moments of not knowing who or where you are
Can’t focus, especially on left-brain activities
Feel confused or unsure (doubt)
Have had old triggers activated – are feeling/doing things that you thought you were done with
Have joint and muscle pain
Headaches or tightness stuck around your head


Do not blame yourself. This leads you to doubt and worry – the traps of the old soul.
Go for a walk – especially in nature or near a large body of water
Go out and put your butt on the ground and dig in the dirt – plant something
Stay really conscious of what triggers you and try to catch it before you spin out. Write a list of your triggers –

Thinking about it helps you stay aware
It is like a shopping list, even if you leave the list at home, you remember better if you write it down
You have something to refer to if you start to feel bad and are not sure why

I was thinking about the Grand Cross. It is a balanced cross which is spirit combined (crossed) with matter. The cross is contained within a diamond shape representing money and values.

There is a “crossing point” at the center, like the crossing of two paths. No wonder the parallels are blending!

The 2nd eclipse is happening on April 29th. This is a solar eclipse (the Moon travels between the Earth and the Sun) in Taurus. It is creating a comfortable trine with Pluto (part of the Grand Cross). Pluto is retrograde leading us to revisit our shadow (negative emotions). This is why your old triggers can be up again. Mercury is in conjunct the Sun and Moon. Taurus offers a path out of the underworld. Let Venus (Taurus) and Mercury hold your hands and guide you out of the Underworld with gentle, loving thoughts about yourself.”

Sarah Biermann – Teacher, Intuitive Counselor, Energy Healer, Writer and Artist http://imagi-creation.com/ – Email: sarah@limitless-one.com

Cosmic Weather – New Moon/Solar Eclipse Report for 4/28/14 ~ Rev. Irma Kaye Sawyer


Cosmic Weather – New Moon/Solar Eclipse Report for 4/28/14
Rev. Irma Kaye Sawyer
Monday, 28 April, 2014

The Grand Finale. Re-seeding and grounding our new reality.

Hello friends. We made it through the very astrologically intense month of April. If you are still standing with a smile on your face and love in your heart, let me personally thank you on behalf of the collective. 🙂 The energies (especially of the Cardinal Cross last week,) were as intense as expected, though they did end up being more subtle than anticipated. This didn’t change the fact I have heard of many folks changing partners, jobs and residences, especially in the past week. Powerful gale force winds of change have been afoot this month. As for me, I moved my home base 125 miles to the high desert of California. It’s good to know however, we’ve got plenty of cosmic back-up in these changes.

The New Moon and Solar Eclipse will be the last major astrological event for a very busy month in the cosmic sky. I kept hearing that it will be the “grand finale,” which certainly makes sense. Besides being the finale, it is also the *culmination* as solar eclipses can often be. I have in jest called them in the past the “fire under the @$$,” and they can really get things moving. When in combination with a New Moon, it’s a powerful time of re-seeding and re-creating on many levels.

Beloveds there is a center point in the middle of the four points of the Cardinal Cross, that is likened to a its own “galactic center.” It is a place of peace, harmony and wisdom. It is also deeply healing as it contains the healing medicine of freedom from illusion. As you have journeyed through the stations of this particular cross you have grown and expanded immensely. This wisdom may not be immediately known to you, but will be revealed in an ever-expanding, subtle but tangible process. Shanti. ~ The Keepers, 4.27.14

I love the Sabian Symbol for this new moon and find it particularly appropriate, based on the energies of the month in general. Taurus 9: A Christmas Tree is decorated and shines in the darkness.

I feel the Christmas tree in this case is not so much a reference to any particular religion, but to the realm of the nature spirits and the deep forest which is very apt for Taurus. It is also a symbol of faith and hope, no matter how “dark” our outer circumstances may be or may have been. For some, this past month especially has been quite a trip through the underworld. On a collective level, no matter what our personal circumstances are we have all felt it; for empaths and sensitives, even more so. This also offers more evidence of just how supported and loved we are through these intense changes by the Universe. I find this personally to be very reassuring.

A note on the “dark of the moon” which is 48-72 hour window prior to the new moon: I am sensing and already seeing some evidence that this window will be particularly powerful. Since it is Taurus, it is distinctly connected to grounding/earthing, “seeding” new life, etc. That may be why I was drawn to plant flowers and cactus in both my front and back yard this weekend. I recommend some kind of symbolic act amenible to you. If is is artistic (a shout out to the Venusian influence,) in the form of visual art, gardening or music, even better.

Since we are dealing with the “grand finale” of April’s powerful energies, be prepared for some emotion to pass through. Taurus energy will be very helpful with this, in that it is not necessarily mental and more quiet, meditative and earthy. Allow yourself to be open to giving and receiving more love and nurturing. A suggestion the Keepers also gave on these energies is to “think bigger.” As in to drop more limitations about ourselves, our capabilites and our own loving nature.

Happy New Moon/Solar Eclipse friends and remember to keep it Cosmic!

NOTE: The New Moon is Monday April 28 at 11:14 PM PDT/2:14 AM (4/29) EDT. Stay tuned to the Cosmic Weather page for updated information on the Solar Eclipse.

© Irma Kaye Sawyer 2011-2014. Please feel free to share these messages as you are guided with author and copyright information included. Thank you.

29th April 2014: Solar Eclipse in Taurus 6:15 am GMT: Life IS Change! by Sarah Varcas

“The eclipse occurs on 29th April at 6:15 a.m. GMT in the 9th degree of Taurus. A couple of weeks ago I described this stage in recent astrological events as the point post-birth (birth being the Cardinal Cross) at which we begin to appreciate just how profoundly our lives are now changing. The new state of being, situations and circumstances brought about in the shadow of recent cosmic events begin to reveal their true implications now. This is one of the reasons I was encouraging so strongly any attempt to do things differently during the time of the Cardinal Cross, because all efforts to change made then will now begin the process of bearing fruit. Interestingly the Sabian Symbol for this degree is a Christmas tree, and this is certainly a time when we can begin to unwrap some gifts. Of course, I don’t need to tell you we don’t always get exactly what we want for Christmas, nor do we always appreciate what someone else thinks is just the thing for us!

In the earthy sign of Taurus, this eclipse asks of us commitment and staying power, together with a healthy dose of common-sense! If we have been bashed about by recent events, now’s the time to gather ourselves up, brush ourselves off and begin to work on our plan from here on in. If, however, the Grand Cross brought things to positive fruition, the message of this eclipse is not to allow success or satisfaction distract us from the fact that maintaining those positive results will take that commitment and staying power aforementioned!

A Solar Eclipse in Taurus is a time to feed the roots of our own creations and tend to the nascent shoots which are peeking through the soil. Pulling at them won’t help, neither will dancing all over them in the moment of excitement when they first appear! They require patient attention and gentle handling as they build up their strength for the lifetime ahead. Events around the time of this eclipse may well reveal to us which shoots are in it for the long haul and which are not strong enough to make it. It can be hard to give up on the weakest ones, especially if they’re of particular importance to us, but we would do well to take note and act accordingly at this point if we want to avoid a whole load of wasted effort in the months to come. This is a time of careful discernment about where we invest our attention and energy from this point on. And it hardly needs saying, but I’ll say it anyway: if our creations are undesirable, we need to clear them out right now. Failure to do so may leave us with a lot of weeding to do in due course and we need to make space for new shoots to grow, without being strangled by the tap roots of our less productive habits and foibles.

This eclipse also highlights the risk of assuming we have reached a destination, be it desirable or otherwise. Wherever we find ourselves, we are still on a journey, no matter how it may actually feel. I talk about change a lot, and sometimes people get frustrated with me: ‘no more change!’ they cry. But change is life and life is change. We don’t reach a point where everything stays the same and it’s all exactly how we want it to be. Not least because exactly how we want it to be will eventually change too! As the Buddha so wisely observed, all conditioned things are subject to change, and there’s a whole lot of suffering involved if we can’t accept that fact (I’m paraphrasing, by the way…). So whilst this eclipse brings us into the sign of Taurus who is traditionally uncomfortable with change, it does so to remind us that change is all there is. Nothing lasts forever, be it good or bad, fulfilling or mind-numbing, what we want or the very thing we have spent a lifetime fearing. It is all transitory and passing through.

Which is exactly what we are, too, and this eclipse arrives to remind us that if we want our life vibrant and fulfilling we’d do well to remind ourselves of that fact. People who face life-threatening disease often report how much sweeter life becomes as a result of their predicament. Suddenly it is so much easier and more natural to appreciate each moment, even when there doesn’t seem to be much going on. When something is limited, we appreciate it more, and whilst we are all limited to a relatively short life, we easily forget and end up demanding so much more than the miracle of being alive, to keep us satisfied

So it may seem like a mixed message: nurture the roots of your dreams whilst appreciating simply being here without demanding more. But in fact the two go hand in hand if we want a peaceful and satisfying life, for as we nurture those roots there may not seem like much happening, and if the roots fail we may draw a blank. But we are still alive, and as long as we can recognise the miracle of that fact, whatever happens we will know ourselves to be already blessed beyond measure.

Happy eclipse everyone!”

Sarah Varcas

Here are your Angel Messages for April 28 – May 4, Doreen Virtue’s weekly Angel Oracle Card Reading

Doreen Virtue’s weekly Angel Oracle Card Reading
Here are your Angel Messages for April 28 – May 4,


This week begins with you feeling extra-sensitive, and tired from a lack of a good night’s sleep. The good news is that you are also extra-intuitive, so you receive divine guidance which gives you answers and solutions to problems. By the weekend, you feel much better as the energies soften, and you become more secure about the direction that you are heading in. It’s a good week to lay low, and avoid harsh energies or situations that have drama.


Blessed Be ~ Be Blessed



Please know that I’m not laughing at your pain….it’s just my quirky sense of humor and undaunted spirit….so it’s more like I am laughing in the face of my OWN pain. I have much of my own (same old) challenges surfacing, in almost every area of my life right now. I may not be able to lift you up -as this is a co-creative process- so that’s up to YOU. But I am determined that you will not bring me down.

I AM in alignment with my highest and best possible future, which I draw to me now, and with our collective future, that we who love and appreciate life are co-creating. My needs are met abundantly for me now. I surrender that which no longer serves me and welcome into my life all that supports my mission. I embrace and accept into my life peace, friendship, joy, love, health, healing, abundance and opportunity, and anything else I forgot, that is for my highest good. And so, It IS. Blessed Be!

Be Blessed!


comment from this thread:
Phoenix April 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Undaunted Perseverance








spewspewspewspewspewspewspewspew, phew~!


“..ranting and raving because planetary change is not adhering to your personal timetable…”


WAH! WAH! BOO-freakin’-HOO! I’m a-gonna SUE!

Apparently the cosmic joke’s on YOU!


I do believe that the only hell that exists is the one WE create HERE ON EARTH. But we can do SO much better!


LOL let’s not lose our sense of humor.

‘cuz I’m HAPPY! 😀



(thanks to whoever posted this on an earlier thread last month…no matter how many times I hear it, I do not get sick of hearing it. Happiness IS contagious, if you let yourself catch it!)


“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.”      ~Albert Einstein






comment from this thread:
Phoenix April 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM



Oneness of All ~ The Arcturian Group Message by Marilyn Rafele APRIL 27, 2014


We are the Arcturian group and we are here to assist those of earth in their ascension into the higher frequencies of love and light…frequencies that many do not yet even know exist. Many still live lives enmeshed in unawareness, hypnotized by the pictures presented within third dimensional vibration because a “veil of forgetfulness” is in place on earth. Mankind is struggling to remember who they are while in the density of believing they are separate and apart from each other as well as their God…or if even there is such a thing as God.

Fear not dear ones, for you are always loved and protected even when it may seem that you are not, even a child must be allowed to fall and skin his knee at times. Your Divinity is your protection as you can never be separate from who and what you are regardless of how many millions of years it may take. No person, experience, or belief can ever separate you from what you are. This realization is your protection and support in all things and will deflate every balloon of nothingness you may face.

Always remember that the physically and emotionally painful experiences you encounter are life lessons set up by you with the help of your spiritual Guides and teachers before entering into this particular incarnation. As an individual evolves the harsher life experiences begin to lessen for he is now manifesting from a higher state of consciousness and can learn in easier ways.

Always know that the intense, painful clearings many of you are experiencing right now are positive things, graduations–signs that the soul is now evolved enough to recognize and clear energies long kept deeply buried. Now is about letting go of the past and learning to love and honor all facets of self in the journey to knowing SELF.

There are those that read metaphysical books, go to classes, and spend a great deal of time talking about metaphysics and mystical truth but then continue to live their lives as they always have. Truth must be lived. It must be practiced with every experience of daily living no matter how mundane, until it becomes your state of consciousness at which time living it becomes automatic and will be who you are. Truth is not just an interesting theory to be discussed, compared and then dismissed, the time for discussion is over.

Truth cannot be discussed in general groups because every individual is living out from their attained state of consciousness and groups will always have those without “ears to hear”, who simply want to argue. Truth is never to be argued or imposed on another. This does not mean that you should not share with those on your level of awareness, but in general the spiritual journey is a silent, secret, and very sacred one–a living, moving, and having one’s being in Oneness.

Change comes in the outer world as mankind’s’ inner world evolves. An example of this can be seen in changes now taking place with regard to animal cruelty and other issues heretofore considered unimportant. What you observe is what the consciousness of mankind globally and individually creates. There are no victims. War, cruelty, dishonesty, power struggles etc. etc. are the manifestations of separation/duality consciousness. Us versus them…all so unnecessary in light of the fact that all is ONE and that ONE does not embody ideas of discord. The war lesson is one that many are painfully learning right now.

Mankind is ready to create a new world by pulling back from and releasing all that is old and finished, fearlessly embracing new and higher concepts of oneness.

We wish to speak of the healing energy of love. Love is the activity/interconnectedness energy of the One manifesting ITSELF as the many. As this truth becomes your attained state of consciousness, it automatically aligns you with the higher frequencies…displacing the dense and heavy false vibrations of duality and separation which have no law to hold them in place. Since complete and harmonious Divine Consciousness is the true essence of every individual, the more aligned with truth you become, the more the outer will begin to reflect it…physically, emotionally, and mentally.

This is the work, this is the journey. Truth begins simply as mental knowledge but must be practiced and lived until it becomes your state of consciousness at which time it then begins to appear outwardly as what is needed…health, ideas, companionship, home etc.

Meditation is the best healing and beauty treatment you can give yourselves because in meditation you are resting in the higher resonating and harmonious frequencies of Oneness.

Most of mankind is ready to stop seeking outwardly in the realization that the substance of everything lies within. Understand that these words are not simply a nice quote from some mystical poet. Learn to never again seek your good in the outer for all that you will ever need is forever and permanently already embodied within the Consciousness that you are. When you understand this but then continue to seek your good from the world, you create a spiritual gap between your sense of self and your real self.

Once an individual attains the realization of Oneness, the outer experiences of will begin to reflect joy , health, happiness, and fulfillment which the world will see as healing. Outer change can only manifest after the state of consciousness is attained because the substance of all things is consciousness…not someone else’s consciousness–yours. A healer working on a high level of awareness may temporarily lift a person’s energy, but unless the individual himself keeps it there, his issues will return, re-created by his own state of consciousness.

You say what does this mean, how can everything I need be within…car, house, job? Divine consciousness (which is what you are), embodies every spiritual idea. These spiritual ideas in turn manifest outwardly in the forms you can understand and appreciate. A car is the material sense of Omnipresence. A home is the material sense of consciousness–I live and move and have my being always in Consciousness. The person who loves the solitary life, will not suddenly manifest a partner because that would not represent completeness for him. Music, art, medicine, science, ideas and inventions of every form and variety can and will flow from the infinite Source within if the door is opened. Divine Consciousness–your consciousness, is Self sustained and Self maintained and is ever complete and manifesting Itself. How you see these manifestations is determined by your awake or unawake state of consciousness.

Begin to claim your birthright, recognize and manifest it. Your good is not going to fall down from the heavens the minute you go to church, say the right prayer words, or do a good deed. It can only manifest the higher and better forms as you realize you already are it.

This is the lesson and the time is now.

We are the Arcturian Group 4/27/14