Consciousness is a term that is used to describe the level of mind, or cognition that is characterised by self awareness. As humans we are not only aware of our environment, we are also aware of ourselves and our inner world. In other words, we are aware that we are aware. Awareness brings recognition that we can improve our circumstances.
Levels of Consciousness
There are many levels of consciousness. Our everyday consciousness acts like filters that we view the world through. This level of consciousness is governed by beliefs and habits, that were, for the most part, handed on to us by our parents and culture. At this level of consciousness we are followers; we accept the status quo and go along with what is expected of us by our family, friends and society. We are content to exist at a non-questioning level and go about our everyday chores dealing with issues as they arise in a reactive rather than proactive way.
Raising our consciousness involves self-reflection and acknowledgement that not all of the beliefs we held so dearly are in fact true for us and serve us at this moment in time. This realisation may come about gradually as we mature or it may be brought about by a crisis in our lives. Crisis brings about a shift in our thinking. Shifts can be continuous or discontinuous. Continuous shifts are those that we make when we try to adjust our thinking to fit the situation. Discontinuous shifts occur when we break with the past and make a new beginning. In these cases we embrace new learning situations which may challenge us to reach into a deeper level of our consciousness.
The bigger picture
At this deeper level of consciousness we realise that we are connected to a larger system, a web of life, which is interdependent. In other words, we are part of a bigger picture in which our thoughts and actions influence the whole. We are not insignificant by-standers, we are players with a lot to contribute. We matter, our thoughts matter. Our thoughts contribute to the collective consciousness that is expressed in the actions of our society. Negative thoughts keep us in lower realms of our consciousness. Positive thoughts and actions are uplifting and help us to raise our own consciousness and that of others. Never was it more important that we raise our consciousness to balance the negativity that is being worked out on the world stage.
How can we raise our consciousness?
With the understanding that we are spiritual beings in a physical body,we have access to much more knowledge than we are aware of on a conscious level.
We can access this knowledge by:
- becoming pro-active
- taking time out to relax
- enjoy a walk in the countryside or at the seaside
- deep listening
On the physical plane we have access to knowledge.
On the spiritual plane we have access to wisdom.