Enlightenment is like waking up - waking up to the real you. Here are some thoughts taken from a talk by Alan Watts.

“What you do is what the whole universe is doing at the place you call here and now. You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something the whole ocean is doing. The real you is not a puppet that life pushes around. The real deep down you is the whole universe. So when you die your’e not going to have to put up with everlasting non existence because that’s not an experience.”

“A lot of people are afraid that when they die they’re going to be locked up in a dark room forever. Try and imagine what it would be like to go to sleep and never wake up. If you think long enough on this it will pose the next question, what was it like to wake up after never having gone to sleep? That was when you were born. You can’t have an experience of nothing! We know that after people die other people are born and they’re all you but you can only experience it one at a time. Everybody is I - you are all You.”

Search Alan Watts on youtube for the full talk.