The flavour of Eastern traditions - ones that minutely dissect all meditative experience and states of consciousness, and puts them in a prioritised hierarchy - suffuses the content of some speakers, teachers and writers. This flavour hints at "glimpses" being inferior and that a more concrete, lasting state (sometimes labelled in Western scientific fashion as "persistent nondual awareness") exists, and is desirable. And desire! The tangled topic of desiring enlightenment - surely a manifestation of ego identity wanting things to be just generally "better" - gets garbled with eliminating desire through some force of will or with meditation; such a lack of desire is sometimes labelled acceptance; acceptance is sometimes dismissed as an act of will by the illusory identity. Assimilating these concepts, the conclusion might very well be: I can't win.
It's confusing and fascinating. Perhaps all concepts can be looked at as the interesting dualistic manifestation of human nature, wanting to understand. They may conflict, but they arise from the same geothermal thought pool, looking and feeling different but actually all the same thing. Such is the nature of what is seen, heard, and felt; experienced and perceived; thought and judged. Integration of the enlightened state of mind into daily life has been the goal of mankind since self-awareness. We try rules, we try laws, we try kindness, we try instinct. We keep trying. And rarely consider that this is already integration.
Self awareness gives rise to self indulgence with this clip. This is my favourite comic scene from my favourite comic performance from my favourite comedic actress, the great Dyan Cannon. Heaven Can Wait is showing occasionally on one of the Sky film channels and the Tivo is set to catch it next time around...can't wait to share this one with the kids. Enjoy - hysteria arises in awareness, and arises with superb comic timing.