Duendy, you are horribly, horribly wrong about enlightenment, it is a very real phenomenon which I have indeed experienced. It is not stasis, it is a change in conciousness, a change in thought patterns, a realization about the illusion of self, but all these descriptions are intellectual, it is rather beyond description and has nothing to do with standard thought patterns or ideas. You still feel emotions, happiness and sadness, but they become less problematic, I mean how can you take yourself seriously when "yourself" is merely an idea. My breakthrough seemed to last a day, with several short periods thereafter, and was not influenced by any substances. The only difference is that Buddha's enlightenment was a permanent state, and mine was temporary, and thus more of a Satori, a glimpse of what's possible. But, maybe that's how it works, that the bliss of it is just the initial shock, like jumping into cold water. It does take you back to where you started, before the delusions of culture influenced your thinking, that is why certain masters imply that there is nothing necessary to be done. Buddhism does not have the monopoly on enlightenment either, but they have had a good success ratio.