According to The Tibetan Book of the Dead (and my friend Melissa Goodnight, H.W., M.), we are all enlightened at the moment of death and, if we can handle it, we can choose to stay enlightened or to hang on to some aspects of our ego and therefore get reborn.
I don’t know if this is true or not, but it’s a wonderful thing to meditate on especially as it relates to Releasing the Hidden Splendour (RHS).
Imagining everybody in our lives (past or present) as being enlightened is really therapeutic. If you’re enlightened, then you can no longer be my bully, be my victim, be my shitty parent or be my shitty boyfriend. And neither can I.
–Mike Zonta, H.W., M., editor of the BB