Answers From Silence traces the author’s growth of consciousness, a process that eventually culminates in “crossing over a line to an entirely new mode of existence.” This seems to be saying that, by the end of the book, Jeffrey Chappell is enlightened.
“Enlightenment” can mean many things to many people. And that can be a problem. I have actually been advised not even to use the word “enlightenment” for this reason.
But I do provide a definition of enlightenment in Answers From Silence: “Enlightenment is the shift of identity from that which is bound by time and space to that which is eternal.” And I did experience a shift of identity from that which is bound by time and space to that which is eternal.
So according to that, the answer to the question posed in the title of this article is “yes”.
But there is a twist to it. The shift of identity was a shift away from identifying with Jeffrey Chappell. Instead, I identify with eternal being as consciousness. Jeffrey Chappell is the unenlightened part that was left behind.
So according to that, the answer to the question posed in the title of this article is “no”.
As I have said elsewhere, I am not trying to be a wise guy. I am only relaying the truth of the experience.
But why am I relaying that? To advertise something about myself? To get some sort of special, reverential treatment? The answer to these questions is “no”.
Enlightenment is not an ego trip. In a way, it is the antithesis of that.
I wrote Answers From Silence for you. If I am advertising anything, it’s the fact that this transformation does actually happen in our current society. Enlightenment is on your doorstep. It is available today to anyone, in all walks of life.
If you have a special, reverential feeling about someone who is enlightened, then you would best apply that in the direction of yourself, which is to say your own Enlightened Self. It is a feeling that I encourage you to have about you, not about me.
And then to have it about everyone.