Enlightenment is when you have no more suffering. You have no emotional trauma and you are not trapped in your emotion. You go through life fearlessly, no matter what you face.
One Master was asked, “Do you have any preference in life?” And he said, “No.” And they said to him, “But if you had one preference in life, what would it be?” He said, “If I had one preference in life, it would be that whatever shows up is my preference.”
So enlightenment is like that—whatever shows up is your preference. Wherever and however life takes you, you totally embrace it. You’re grateful for it. The so-called good and bad, you’re grateful for both, equally.
Another way to look at it is that you are totally surrendered to life, like a leaf that falls off a tree—the destiny of that leaf could go in any direction, depending on which way the wind is going to blow at that moment. The leaf has no resistance. It doesn’t have any preference to go in the opposite direction to the wind.
So enlightenment is a totally surrendered state where God runs your life.
If you want to be peaceful and happy and fearless, and to go through life equipped to enjoy it, then start striving towards enlightenment. That is the only outcome that will overcome fear completely. Because fear cannot exist when you are in the present moment.