Play the game of life. There is no other choice really, other than this. Sure you can have various spiritual awakening experiences, have different realizations about what is going on with you and life in general. But at the end of the day, that’s all it is, passing experiences. You are still here, with your body, after all your aha moments, visions, and enlightening experiences.
Some will want to remain at that state of enlightenment at all times from their first awakening moment, sometimes even trying not to give in to desires, emotions, and fears.
From my experience, it is nice to be reminded about spiritual experiences but when you’re trying intentionally to ignore the game of life this is where you may find yourself being stuck.
Everything in life is striving for balance so is your enlightenment. Ignoring your dreadful circumstances and emotions by repeating to yourself that you are not the body nor the thoughts nor the feelings, isolating yourself from the world, is essentially trying to get out of the game. Because all you care about is feeling good. One may become addicted to feeling good, by rejecting the world, and the aching personality. To some extent, this is no different from being addicted to feeling good by using distractions like food, drugs, Instagram, etc.
Enlightenment is about growing, and freeing oneself. Running away to a newly discovered place in your mind is not that. The smart thing to do is to use your spiritual experiences as a reminder to calm yourself and then follow through with whatever is disturbing your peace, continue playing the game. This is where you learn, let go, and release your fears.
Eventually you have to follow through with whatever is asking your attention, otherwise, you will find yourself repeating over and over the same unpleasant experiences and feelings.
It is like spilling salt into a glass of water. As long as you don’t stir the glass the salt won’t dissolve by itself. You can still see it settled on the bottom of the glass. It is only when you begin to stir the salt inside the glass, then you can observe it dissolving and “disappearing” from your sight.
The same as with the salt is the game that you’re playing when you see what is bothering you and decide to ignore it because you’re afraid to stir things up. But it is only by stirring or in other words, by playing the game in a calm manner, that you can dissolve whatever is bothering you. When you follow through with the game the distinction between the salt and the water starts to disappear until there is nothing left that can grab your attention and disturb you. There is no separation anymore, everything reaches a state of balance. That is until a new game appears.