Enlightenment is a vibrational state of being that’s constantly balancing, with pure love and wisdom expressed together. If you think spiritual awakening will fix you, make you a nicer person, or happier, or more “spiritual,” or sexier or skinnier or more appealing and fun, that’s not it. And it won’t. There are, indeed, many helpful (and many not so helpful) tools. But in Peaks and Pints’ experience, there is, across nearly all sacred traditions, but one humble suggestion: Give up trying to get it, and then you get it. Simple, really. Oh, and also drink more hard cider. Welcome to Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 3.25.19: Tasty Enlightenment.
Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 3.25.19: Tasty Enlightenment
If it requires money to achieve the next “level” or to gain the next “secret” teaching, that’s not enlightenment. If it requires a blend of freshly harvested heirloom apples from Double Mountain Orchards and Hood River Newtowns, Braeburns, and Hanners for old world complexity with aromas of juicy pear, lychee, green fruit, and chamomile and a tart, crisp, dry and quenching finish, well that doesn’t suck. Double Mountain Dry Cider is enlightenment.
If you enjoy breathtaking visions whilst meditating, hear chimes, “see” beautiful golden light radiating from your 8th chakra and feel all calm and still and at peace, well, that’s wonderful. But that’s not enlightenment. If you enjoy lavender blooms on the nose, and notes of lemon curd, lime-candy, and citrus blossom, that’s Seattle Cider’s Lavender lemon. Seattle Lavender Lemon Cider is enlightenment.
If there’s an app for it, that’s not enlightenment. If there’s a spent barrel of Woodinville Bourbon Whiskey aging an apple blend that produces a bone-dry cider with oak and apple aromas, then apply to drink it. Chatter Creek Barrel Roll is enlightenment.
If the teacher/guru guiding you through it makes you feel small, or stupid, or confused, or demands endless flattery or physical attention, as the bad guru make themselves appear more powerful and closer to the divine than you can ever be, run away. For that is most certainly not enlightenment. If the Bad Granny Hard Cider offers you Rainier Cherry Cider made with Pacific Northwest juicy Rainier cherries that imparts subtle notes of sweetness to the bright and perfectly balanced cider, then don’t run away. Bad Granny Rainier Cherry is enlightenment.
If there’s a 10-step program to attain it, that’s not enlightenment. If there’s a Baird & Dewar Silvestra, which is a dry, unfiltered cider aged for a year in oak casks for a Brett-y nose followed by crisp and effervescent, mild green apple tartness, than definitely drink it. Baird & Dewar Silvestra is enlightenment.