There are five broad steps to reaching enlightenment.
The above may be a bold statement, but there may be no one person more qualified to express it than Dr. Andrew Newburg. He is the director of research at Jefferson Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and is considered one of the world's leading neuroresearchers.
Newburg studied thousands of descriptions of enlightenment experiences and hundreds of brain scans of people during prayer and meditation. From his studies, Newburg believes that each person and enlightenment experience is unique. Yet there is also a solid foundation of general commonalities. Observing the patterns, Newburg distilled a basic five-step approach to help people become enlightened.
Step 1: The Desire to Change
Exercises to Help
Step 2: Preparing Your Body and Mind
EXERCISES TO HELP
STEP 3: Finding a Ritual
STEP 4: Surrender
STEP 5: Reflection
The Effects Enlightenment Had on People
The experience was overwhelmingly reported as positive.
Those that have experienced enlightenment say their relationships have improved.
Enlightenment-experiencers felt a greater sense of meaning and purpose.
People report feeling better, healthier after enlightenment.
After enlightenment, people no longer feared death the same way.
Via Big Think
Mark Waldman recently co-authored How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation with Andrew Newburg. Check out Mark Waldman's free 6 Days to Enlightenment email series for information on how you can access enlightened states often and easily.