4.4 THE ENLIGHTENED ONES
In its time the world has seen a
handful of truly enlightened beings: Buddha, Zoraster,
Jesus, and Mohamed to name a few.
These beings caught a glimpse of the true nature
of the universe and were able to convey its beauty and
mystery to others.
Those these are extreme examples of
enlightenment, many mortals possess a small glimmer of
In children of Fire, enlightenment
represents that part of the soul that is able to see
individual threads of the universal web.
They can begin to see angels and demons when they
are in an ethereal state.
They can sense celestial forces just as angels or
The enlightenment may even take the form of far
sight (being able to see events distant in either space
But no explanation comes with these
angels stand by the mortals to say, "What you saw
means this." The
mortals see what they see and then their finite minds
must interpret its meaning.
As a result, enlightened souls my see these
mysteries in many different ways.
A child of clay who sees a ghostly apparition
might correctly see it for an angel, while another might
see a visitor from outer space.
Faith and Enlightenment do not
directly equate. The
most faithful adherent may spend her whole life without
a hint of enlightenment, and the atheist may be shown a
glimpse into the celestial realm.
In some cases, an increase in ones enlightenment
may occur at the cost of faith if what they are seeing
directly contradicts their beliefs.
The question then is what brings
causes a person to transcend his mortal bounds?
In some case it is divinely inspired, the
Almighty reaches down to touch one of His beloved
other cases, the enlightenment is brought on by a
traumatic event (such as a near death experience).
In some cases, a child is simply born with the
Whatever the cause, once a child of
clay has received a sliver of enlightenment, he has one
of two choice. He can ignore it (trying to suppress what is often a
terrifying experience) or he can embrace it.
Those who embrace their gift often go out of
their way to comprehend it.
This process often, though not always, causes the
mortal's enlightenment to gradually increase.
Those who have reached the highest level of
enlightenment (20) feel no need to remain in the mortal
world any longer.
There is nothing the material plane can offer
Those with high enlightenment tend to be leaders. They cannot sit back and watch while the world gets it wrong. They must interject themselves and show the misguided the path of truth. Ironically, many cult leaders (whose minds have been shattered by the things they've seen) have very high enlightenment scores.