Can We Reach A Higher State Of Consciousness?
If we want to change our lives, we have to ask ourselves some questions. First, do we believe in a higher intelligence, God, the Great Spirit, the Universal Mind or whatever name we choose. If the answer is no, then you probably don’t want to change. If that’s so, there isn’t any reason to waste your time reading further. If the answer is yes, we need to ask ourselves another question.
If we believe in whatever it is that we believe, and we believe humans were made in the image of that in which we believe, do we believe humans were only made in the image and weren’t given any other attributes of that creator? If we believe we were only given the outward appearance and nothing more, then we also believe, and possibly only at a subconscious level, that we need someone else, an outer authority or expert to make changes in our lives for us. If we believe there’s more to us than just outward appearances, we need to ask yet another question. That next question is actually multiple questions. Do we believe that our basic life’s job is to reach a higher state of consciousness, or are we supposed to go out as lacking in awareness as when we came in? Did the creator mean for us to do some of the work ourselves, or is everything supposed to be easy and handed to us without any work on our part?
Reaching a higher state of consciousness isn’t the same as learning two plus two equals four, or any other rote learning process for that matter. Reaching a higher state of consciousness requires learning at the deepest level of our existence. In order to do that, we have to get in touch with all our faculties. We have to combine emotion, which could be described as desire, thought and feeling.
We’ve all, at some time in our lives, had an experience or a desire that is felt in the pit of our stomach, the area two finger widths below the navel that the Chinese call the Dantian, which can be spelled various ways, and the Japanese and martial artists call the Hara. Loosely translated from Chinese, they mean... elixir field. That sensation is an emotional response and it can be good, bad or experienced as a desire. If we couple that emotion with thought, we can, and subconsciously whether we want to or not we will, further that experience.
If the experience is negative and we dwell on it in our thoughts, we feed it and give it more power. It can smolder and eventually overflow the subconscious/conscious mind and manifest as disease, like an ulcer or cancer. If the experience is positive and we do the same, we will expand our happiness. If the emotion is a desire, like to change our lives, we’re two-thirds of the way to making it happen.
Most of us have heard of and probably worked at thinking positive. We’ve taken classes, some very expensive, and if the class was to increase our financial state, the only one who benefitted was in all likelihood the presenter. Many of us have contemplated, meditated, prayed, recited affirmations both out loud and to ourselves. Some of us have even taken mind enhancing drugs, done biofeedback and other forms of therapy. Generally the results are mediocre at best and of no consequence at worst. I’ve known people who’ve made great gains in certain areas of their lives, but everywhere else they made no gains and life for them goes on as usual. We have to ask ourselves why they were able to achieve so much in one area but not in the rest of their lives.
And, why all the chanting, affirmations and other forms of asking for something to happen, haven’t produced the results we personally were hoping for. The answer is in the third part, the feeling, the complete immersion of self. When someone or something does the work for us, we’re not fully engaged, not completely involved on the outer or the inner. When we are only a part of the process, as in reciting affirmations, chanting, or other processes, and hoping for the best but we’re not fully engaged with our entire being (body, mind, spirit, desire, thought and feelings), we’re not going to get the results, or only part of them, that we’d hoped for.
If we want our lives to change, we have to feel the results we want. First we have to have the desire (the emotion), and then we have to think about all the aspects of that desire, we have to have it consciously and subconsciously in our mind and our thoughts and then we have to feel it happening.
There’s a way to feel what we want, we’ve all done it, it’s easy to do and we’ll look at it in my next article.
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