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Am I Enlightened?

Duncan Riach
3 min readDec 3, 2018


There are two answers to this question:

  1. Nobody is enlightened
  2. Enlightenment is all-there-is-and-is-not

But the most profound answer is the absence of the questioner.

Maybe it crept up on me when I wasn’t looking. But there is nobody for it to creep up on. How can everything creep up on itself?

Okay, but there is nothing special happening. Why would everything be special? It’s just what-is-and-is-not.

Am I this laptop computer that is seen? When it’s examined, without concepts, there is no sense of being more inside this body than being the laptop. The sense of being is equal in both. The seeing and the proprioception are essentially the same no-thing.

There is no doubt that separation is an illusion. I’m not talking about a specific separation, as in “the” separation. I mean that there is absolutely no separation anywhere, ever. I’m saying that separation only has basis in reality as a concept, and nothing more.

The whole of everything we know and understand is based on this concept of separation. Looking for enlightenment is based on this concept. All of these words are based on this concept. Absolutely everything we take to be real is based on this one central concept of separation, a concept which is absolutely false.



Duncan Riach

Top Writer. Self-Revealing. Mental Health. Success. Fulfillment. Flow. MS Engineering/Technology. PhD Psychology.