Enlightenment is the pivotal stage of your spiritual journey in which you come to a realization of the true nature of self and existence. Nothing at all is gained upon enlightenment. All excess is shed and you are left with the pure essence of existence, cosmic consciousness. Enlightenment is the transcendence of all duality: light and dark, good and evil, birth and death. All are interconnected parts of a unified whole. Divisions, concepts, and barriers are seen for what they are: the grasping of the conceptualizing ego-mind.