Originally Posted by tomn8er
So yeah, you're right that conquering fear and transcending it are two different approaches, but it seems logically implausible that you can make a direct transition from one end of the spectrum (fearful) to the other (fear-transcendent) without taking a few steps (i.e. conquering some of your specific fears) along the way.
That's what Buddha did. And apparently Eckhart Tolle (I am going based on his account of his experience). Maybe Jesus, too. But obviously it ain't easy and is not the common path to enlightenment.
But it makes me wonder if that really is the ONLY way to enlightenment (transcendence)? Because the people who work on it piece by piece don't become Buddha or Jesus. Or Eckhart Tolle. They get close, but no cigar. So, I wonder if some cataclysmic epiphany is the only way to get TRUE transcendence or enlightenment?