What is consciousness?
Consciousness is the state of being awake and aware to one’s surroundings.
What does it mean to live unconsciously?
The unconscious mind is a shadow of the “real” mind it’s not identifiable less flexible, complex, controlling, deliberative and action-oriented than its counterpart (the conscious mind).
– Paraphrased from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2440575/
To live unconsciously is to act on the emotions we don’t understand, when we do this we give away our power and life-energy acting out of routine, patterns and old conditioning.
We tend to live according to our “current feeling” rather than seeing life as it is and working towards the bigger picture.
What is higher consciousness?
Higher consciousness is the consciousness of a higher self, transcendental reality or God. It is “the part of the human being that is capable of transcending animal instincts.”
How do we influence higher consciousness?
We can influence higher consciousness by understanding ourselves and our place in time and space. We must become aware of all the conditional patterns that have influenced our behavior up until this point.
We need to learn discipline and control in order to train the mind and body to abide to our higher self.
To reach a higher consciousness we need to transcend the current circumstances… we need to stop living through the senses, stop living through emotion and rather live through our objective intellect and spiritual needs.
How do you transcend your current circumstances?
We transcend our current circumstanced through a process of self-actualization.
Through understanding ourselves fully, spiritually and physically we are better able to see clearly and better able to work along side the laws of nature rather than against them.
What is the process of self-actualization?
We can build awareness by challenging our trials and tribulations with a can-do attitude, only through giving yourself fully can we learn best from experience. Knowledge is power and knowing thyself is the beginning of all wisdom.
How do we begin the process of self-actualization?
We begin by realizing we’re human just like everyone else. We must also realize the world is full of chaos and we can’t always make sense of everything; we need to learn to control what we can and to let go of what we can’t.
The process of self-actualization begins the moment we accept ourselves as who we are and begin to release the negativity that has plagued us up until this point in time.
The good and the bad of the past have come together to make this very moment in time, accept it and give in to the moment. Focus on creating memorable moments so tomorrow’s moment can be harvested better than today’s.
The process begins when we start taking initiative and responsibility for the direction of our lives.
I still don’t know where to begin, where do I start?
Start by determining what it is you truly want in life if money was no object. Where would your soul guide you if you weren’t tied down by your cash resources?
Okay, I determined what I want… but I still haven’t figured myself out…
Honestly dreams are dreams and can sometimes becoming true realizations but until we are able to distinguish our deeper reasons for these dreams they will direct us and cause mayhem on our psyche.
One thing we need to truly come to realize within ourselves is life isn’t about the destination, its about the journey. Embrace your journey and you’ll have arrived at your destination.
Most of us are to focused on the past and future leading us to our biggest flaw; emotional-based thinking. We need to focus on this current moment with our full awareness and continue honoring each moment remaining fully present to grow as individuals.
Understanding the Flaws in Emotional-Based Thinking
Living in a reaction-based consciousness we tend to hold in various emotions simultaneously, these emotions identify themselves when we feel threatened. Most of the time when we get into this defensive state we can only identify ourselves with the strongest emotion out of the bunch, usually anger or sadness.
We are “unconscious” to our emotional thinking. When we become emotional it’s not an instance of one emotion becoming to strong to contain, it’s more of an instance of how our various emotions react with one another.
More often then not we’re feeling more than one emotion at a time and this can becoming confusing to us on the conscious level, which causes us to react at times on surface level and not fully understanding why.
Higher consciousness begins with discipline first and foremost.
Discipline is everything; the road to liberation is a dogfight that will knock you down time after time again… not everyone will be able to live and find what is known as “Christ consciousness” some of us live on low levels, others on high ones.
The frequency in which we “be” and frequently reside in will determine our circumstances, how we handle them and how they introspectively change us.
Only through a commitment of excellence are we able to find our own strongest levels achieving clarity and true direction.
To live in higher consciousness we must fight to see the objective truth. There is a lot of man-made deception with the intent on keeping humankind focused on basic needs.
Keeping the mass population focused on these lower level needs takes the attention away from things that could truly benefit our nature and overall existence.
Personal Growth and the Road to Achievement
Read, read, and read… there’s so much to understand about human nature and existence itself. Anyone who knows anything knows there’s always more to learn.
Find a way that you work on yourself so that you can add value to others. Find your beliefs and allow others to find theirs even if ideas may vary from your own; we all need to come to our own realizations and need to express ourselves without fear of being judged.
Start learning about personal development, check out business gurus like Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, Earl Nightingale and Chris Widener, listen to audio books, podcasts or if you don’t have many books google for PDFs versions of whatever it is you’re interested in; find anything that inspires you and let it do its thing.
4 Key Aspects of Higher Consciousness
Thinking outside of the box, outside of labels and outside of predetermined patterns.
Transcendentalism – the belief that man is at his best when independent, and not part of organized religion or politics. To discover the nature of reality by investigating the process of thought rather than the objects of sense experience.
– Definition from http://www.yourdictionary.com/transcendentalism
Don’t cling to strongly to one idea, we are flawed thinkers and constantly make breakthroughs with new paradigm shifts. What you believe at this very moment may not be exactly what you believe in the future so don’t criticize others because before you know it you’ve become a hypocrite yourself. We all make mistakes and need to embrace the inner journey, don’t force others, focus on what you can control.
Commitment, initiative, releasing the negative and influencing the positive.
We feel lost or happy usually based on the extent of control we have over our own lives. Choosing to live through our senses typically comes with consequences physical in nature such as depleting our resources that could have been allocated to a better cause.
Living through senses creates the cycle of dependency and inner struggle which creates more conflict and barriers to happiness.
When we’re in this state of low self-esteem we tend to attract others in the same state which can create a faulty support system where everyone likes to see each other lose. With this feeling of lesser worth and inferiority we tend to feel envious and defeated when others mention their accomplishments. As a unconscious or conscious manipulative act using peer pressure and our influence we tend to hold people in the same position; we like change as long as it doesn’t affect us to much.
Finding silence, transcending energy through meditation, prayer or reflection.
A big part of finding silence is accepting our thoughts and ourselves as we are. We are all that we are, it is all that it is and if it’s meant to be it’ll be.
We must see life and reality not as something that happens to us but something that happens through us, and how we react will spawn and re-spawn through out our lives.
Choose to find your calmness. Choose to give time to your concealed thoughts, choose to see your thoughts but to realize you are not your mind but an eternal consciousness that cannot be scientifically shown as existing within the human body.
“We are not trapped by our thoughts. What we generally do, however, is create thoughts that trap us.” Joshua David Stone
Those who carry the biggest burden have the greatest message with the greatest influence.
Choose to live life with a sense of passion, determine your values/principles and address what truly matters.
Live according to the greater good and praise all who see worth in you. Choose to add value to others, aim to ignite the ascension of others spiritually, and they will come back ten times stronger to influence you in your own endeavors.
Focus on good karma, do unto others as you wish to be treated yourself… choose to see the good and help people grow.
Reaching higher consciousness isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. We all must find our own virtues to happiness, all I ask is we all do our best to encourage positive change; peace, love and positivity.
Be sure to check out my article Ego and the Path to Enlightenment for more information about higher consciousness. Check out some of my other articles too such as Sparking Transformational Change, Getting/Staying Motivated, Finding Inner Peace, & Learning to Accept Today.