Every swept floor invites another sweep. Every child bathed invites another bathing. Every lawn mowed requires another mowing. Every breath taken demands another breath. Every tweet made invites another tweet.
Oysters open their shells when the moon is high in the sky. The chambered nautilus forms a new chamber in its spiraled shell every lunar month.
When we breathe, we do not stop inhaling because we have taken in all of the oxygen we will ever need. We stop because we have all the oxygen we need for that particular moment.
When we exhale, we stop exhaling in order to prepare for the next inhalation. We will need to repeat the process, however, no matter how perfectly we have inhaled and exhaled.
What these scenarios are telling us is that what is finished invites refinishing.
So what do we do after we become enlightened? We become more enlightened, of course! Once we are consciously one with the One Presence, the Eternal Isness, God, the Infinite Invisibleness, Divine Mind, there is a tendency to think we are finished, that we are complete, that we have reached the pinnacle of our perfection.
But nothing could be further from the truth. There is a Zen saying which goes like this: Before enlightenment, mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers. At the moment one is enlightened, mountains are no longer mountains and rivers are no longer rivers. After enlightenment, mountains are again mountains and rivers are again rivers.
An updated version of this Zen saying comes from Unity minister, Jim Rosemergy who reminds us: The enlightened do not turn from the world once they realize they are one with the Godhead. They remain in the world but not of the world. Even the enlightened have taxes to file and bills to pay.
Once we are enlightened—that is, once we positively, absolutely, without a doubt realize we are the Eternal Presence expressing at the point of us—we remain in the world, but not of the world, to show others the way to enlightenment.
That is our Great Commission: to fully express our divine potential and help others to do the same. It is the same commission expressed in the Gospel of Matthew 28:19-20.
We’ll share the New Revised Standard Version’s interpretation and then sprinkle an ontological perspective from the New Metaphysical Version of Matthew to add spiritual depth and relevance.
After His resurrection, the Christ as Jesus told His disciples in verse 19: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
Metaphysically Jesus was referring to three specific nations:
- our body,
- our mind, and
- our soul.
Baptizing the nations means purifying our body, mind, and soul from unhealthy sense attachments.
Making disciples of all nations means raising the spiritual octaves of the ‘three nations’ to their highest spiritual essences.
We are to do this ‘in the ‘name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.’ Name means ‘in the nature of.’ So, ontologically speaking, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit refer to the Trinitarian aspects of Divine Order (Mind, Idea, Expression).
This suggests that we are to purify our body, mind, and soul by becoming one with the nature of the Christ Presence within us so we can divinely order our experiences.
Matthew 20 says in the New Revised Standard Version: “Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you, remembering that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”
Metaphysically ‘teach them’ means to walk our talk with integrity.
‘Them’ refers to our body, mind, and soul.
‘I am with you always’ means we have an indivisible unshakable, eternal connection with Spirit because we are Spirit expressing in human form as us.
To the ‘end of the world’ means from one level of consciousness to another.
At a deeper, more esoteric level, Matthew 20 means we are to walk our talk by letting our Christ Light shine as we move from one level of enlightenment, one level of refinishing to another.
So, what will we do after we are enlightened?
We remain in the world but not of the world. We live as monks and mystics in cities, towns, and communities. We light up the world with our example. Like the enlightened ones who became enlightened before us we will teach others how to teach others, extending the finishing and refinishing process until the ‘many’ become consciously one with the One again.
We will look like typical men and women, but our values and the way we live, move, and have our being will demonstrate our surrender to our higher calling.
We will have human challenges, but we will not be bound by them. We may wear glasses or contacts, hearing aids or pace makers, but we will not be defined by them.
We may take medications or require hospitalization, but we will not be imprisoned by them. We may find ourselves in a world that is not perfect, but we will not be limited by that imperfection.
We will be in the finishing and refinishing business. We will pot and repot ourselves daily. We will renew and continue to renew ourselves. We will tool and re-tool ourselves constantly.
We will continue to seek enlightenment because enlightenment is a process, not a destination. It is an unfolding, a conscious striving for heightened knowing, an evolving awareness of our Authentic Self, an interior movement from one exhilarating cusp of consciousness to another.About the author: Rev. Dr. Bil Holton is a metaphysician, prolific author, and dynamic speaker. Learn more by visiting him at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com