There are three steps you can use to achieve enlightenment and this is the three step process I’ve developed after 14 years of constant study
1. The first stage is the investigation stage. Choose a symbol in a religious text you consider to be authoritative and than examine its usage and meaning and try to include it in your personal spiritual repertoire and theological exegesis when you are speculating on God or delving into the scriptures that discuss Him.
2. The next stage is healing. Focus on your unconscious emotions and not what is natural and what is man made, what is loving and what is selfish, what is peaceful and what is confrontational and than attempt to remove negative habits with positive mental repetition and exposure designed to increase tolerance levels and heal emotional scars by bringing unconscious pain to the surface where it can be accepted and acknowledged and than released and rejected by replacing it with new found dignity and strength
3. The next stage is enlightenment. You achieve this by emptying your mind of all attachment and worry and fear and bias and desire and detaching yourself and your mechanisms from the context and people and environment until a revelation comes to you, than note it on a paper or electronic device and incorporate that into your taxonomy of spiritual knowledge.
4. The last is love and loving kindness and intimate care with the divine being - this is not part of today’s study because not everybody has access to it or knows how to access it.