Often referred to as a permanent state of being.
From the Spiritual Hierarchy
The permanent state of which you speak cannot be permanent, within a physical body. You can have realizations with states of consciousness but that is what they are, not states of being.
For example, you can witness the state of “non thinking” in deep meditation, but you are the witness, not the state.
On Enlightenment you go to that “permanent state” for a while, you feel different and life should change for you – but you come back to live your life, albeit from a different perspective. I repeat, you DO come back, you have to, or you could not function as a human being.
When an Enlightened person dies they shed first their physical shell, ascend to the higher dimensions and enter into a”big sleep” continuing to shed further bodies that were used while in human form on Earth. Then a shift occurs and “they” are no longer the “individual” but still conscious, a Being of Light. The Being of Light then joins with their Essence which permanently resides in the Spiritual Worlds..
Following this there are 3 possibilities:
1) Merging into the Oneness…….forever.
2) Staying in the Spiritual Worlds, serving and continuing to learn.
3) Returning to the physical dimensions by taking another set of vehicles to further pursue life’s lessons.
The above was direct from the Spiritual Hierarchy but we feel some of the content may need more amplification:
Some spiritual teachers claim that Enlightenment is a permanent state acquired by the meditator and once achieved separation is impossible. We have been told that this is not true: we can experience the state and then must inevitably go back to the mind and the senses. A good meditator could of course return to the state time after time.
An expression found in many religions and philosophies is the Soul:- the permanent part of the self that endures physical death. This is referred to by the Hierarchy as the Being of Light. It rejoins with its Essence so suggests that the Soul is a part of the true Self. This Essence remains in the Spiritual dimensions, while the Soul takes on a series of shells to enable it to have a physical existence.
What about people who have not become Enlightened during their lifetime? On physical death, they will also become a Being of Light, remain in the Spiritual realms for a period of time, until the Soul is compelled to take on another physical body. The whole process seems to depend on learning, not just academic but life’s lessons, particularly those involving relationships. The further a person has travelled along the Spiritual Path, the longer they are likely to remain in the Heavenly Worlds, where again learning takes place.
Enlightenment is a massive, profound topic and we realize that this is only a brief summary of the subject. Please do send us questions and we will endeavour to answer them in the Q & A section.