Spiritual center and enlightenment are two states of being that can be difficult to achieve, but a joy to live in. Being able to reach either or both of these states of being is a true accomplishment, something to take pride in. Being familiar with enlightenment and spiritual center theories is the first step toward living them, and after that you will want to work on several methods to reach and maintain these fantastic states of being.
There are several different ways of thinking of the term enlightenment and how it pertains to your life and spiritual center. During the 18th century, there was a philosophical movement referred to as the Enlightenment, which centered around an increase in rational thinking.
On a level of spirituality, however, enlightenment stems from Buddhist theology. In Buddhism, achieving a state of Nirvana is one of the ebullient consequences of reaching enlightenment. Buddhists believe that true enlightenment creates a transformation over the whole body, in and out, that creates self-awareness, inner peace and even a blue-tinted face.
Kensho and satori are two terms and processes and states of enlightenment that also assist with spiritual center. Kensho is generally used within Zen Buddhism, and it leads to a state of self-awareness in which mind and body no longer function separately, but as one. Many practitioners of kensho will juxtapose with satori. The difference between the two is that kensho provides flashes of enlightenment while satori searches for a deeper, more permanent understanding, much like spiritual center.
In Western Buddhism, the primary method of obtaining either kensho or satori is through the use of koans. Koans are stories, questions or anecdotes that cannot be answered through rational or traditional methods of thought, but rather through intuition or other psychic skills.
One of the most famous koans in the world is “Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?” The metaphorical and metaphysical implications in koans are bound to help you increase many psychic talents, especially the intuition many Zen Buddhist monks praise in answering or pondering upon these koans.
If you like the idea of using koans to achieve spiritual center, try looking them up online, or finding a book of them. You can even visit a Buddhist teacher if there is one near you. Incorporating koans into your meditative routine is a great way to move towards a profound state of enlightenment through kensho and satori, as well as achieving and maintaining the desired state of spiritual center.