'What is Consciousness'
What is consciousness? And why you should care!
What exactly is consciousness? We scoured the Internet. We've read many books
and attended courses. Yet still we have found it difficult to explain what
consciousness is. The word 'consciousness' is used in many different ways.
Descriptions of consciousness by scientists, academia and philosophers that
embrace the infinite, the cosmos, spirit, soul, micro-cosmos and quantum physics
are not easy concepts to grasp.
At the same time, we have personally experienced and shifted consciousness and
we know directly its power to transform people's lives. As a result, we
wanted a definition and descriptions that could be meaningful to people
like us who have seriously committed to our growth journeys.
Everything has consciousness. Even a rock and television set have consciousness.
Its consciousness is its identity, essence, uniqueness, soul and what it
A piece of rock may have low consciousness, but if it is used its consciousness
increases. If it is worshiped like Ayre rock in Australia its consciousness
greatly rises, and if it is a diamond or gemstone that is polished and given as
a symbol of love it has much more consciousness.
Animals have a higher consciousness if they are smarter, trainable, domesticated
and identified as a loving and helpful pet. So our experience and
perception of consciousness depends on our own view point.
Humans have a wide range of consciousness. We are fortunate as we can think and
have willpower to choose and we can clearly, proactively raise our consciousness
level. And that is one of our main purposes in life - to evolve and shift our
consciousness to a higher level. Each of us has our own level of consciousness.
So what does that mean?
As we raise our consciousness, we experience more interconnections, more
distinctions and more meaning and purpose. Imagine you are in a glass elevator.
As the elevator rises, you see an increasingly larger view of what's around you.
You get a bigger and bigger picture of life, and all the pieces fall into place
in a larger, connected pattern. From a higher perspective the parts make more
Here are some key words that will help you understand and raise your
consciousness and the consciousness of encounters, events, things and therefore
humanity and the planet. If you have a situation and want to raise its
consciousness make your response more qualitative, loving, beautiful, natural,
meaningful, purposeful, altruistic, spiritual, inclusive, impersonal, universal
The big BUT
So consciousness depends on your perspective
or relationship to another person, thing or quality. The higher and more
inclusive your point of view, the more consciousness you bring to the situation.
So with relationships to anyone or anything, the more loving, connected and
inclusive they are, the higher the consciousness. As we raise our consciousness
there are more interconnections and more meaning and purpose.
And the magic of shifting consciousness is that it changes who we are and it
affects us in many more ways than we expect.
As we have explored our own consciousness, we have discovered that there are
signposts or markers that reflect our level of consciousness back to us. Others
have described many levels of consciousness, however, we think the consciousness
journey for people seriously on their growth path can be described more simply.
So we identified in clear and easy terms, 3 levels of consciousness and the
experiences and tools that accompany them, to serve as gentle guides for where
we are in each moment of our life journey.
Explore our other articles in this series that discuss the
circle of life in 3 levels of
consciousness that most of us participate in.
If you have other perspectives
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