How To Hop On The Train To Enlightenment

Nettie Vaughan
3 min readJan 19, 2021

The following piece is an excerpt from my book, “Word, From Your Mother,” a daily guidance journal written for my children, Liv and Pierce-Gabriel.

Excerpt #33

Today is a great day! Every day is a great day! This is my daily mantra and should be for all. Often, we get caught up in our “life story.” Often, we wake up grumpy and attach that grumpiness to us for the entire day. We need to transmute our mindset immediately at rising and raise our vibration to the best feelings and thoughts.

We all have a personal story or “performance” that we play out in our lives. Deepak Chopra refers to our life stories and the world as we perceive it as virtual reality because it is not real or fixed. It is all made up. My story is different from yours. Everyone’s perceptions are different. It’s nearly impossible to know what another person is thinking or how their story is playing out. We can guess by making up what their story is in our minds, but I bet it’s 99% inaccurate. Does it even matter? I prefer to “stay in my own lane” when it comes to this life drama. One life is good enough to handle!

It doesn’t matter how another person perceives you or even how you perceive yourself. Why? Because it is all made up in our mind. It has nothing to do with the true self, which is flawless and unconditionally loved. One may think they’re weak or not good enough. Why? These are thought forms conditioned over time, starting at a young age. We chose to believe others’ perceptions or beliefs about ourselves. As we grew older, unless we transmute these negative beliefs, we add more commentary to the story. It becomes the ongoing tape-recorded message in the back of the mind that plays relentlessly.

It’s that whole negative “train of thought” that I referred to earlier. I’ve become quite conscious about when I’m hopping on that train because it ultimately takes me nowhere. It’s as though the tracks are a big circle and the train keeps going around and around with no outlet. It stays the same, but the cargo keeps getting added on to the train’s cars.

What happens to an overloaded train that keeps going around and around? Well, I assume it will eventually fall off the tracks. In terms of the mind-stuff, it turns into self-defeating stories, self-fulfilling prophecies, depression, etc. In other words, it goes nowhere, fast.

Can you imagine life as never hopping on the train of thought — to think of “no-thing.” Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Emptiness is often equated with loneliness, but is it? To me, emptiness means attachment to no-things; whether it be a thought, an idea, or material items. Imagine how the world would be if we had clarity in the emptiness of no-things to worry about-where there were no perceptions, notions, judgments, drama. We’d all be on the train to enlightenment and on a much-needed destination!

Originally published at on January 19, 2021.



Nettie Vaughan

Consciousness Awareness Writer and Frequency Facilitator Coach: Organize Your Life. Create Great Habits. Raise Your Frequency.