Image: Brain, body, and mind, understanding consciousness: University of Cambridge, Credit: Srivas Chennu
Being in relationship with: Consciousness
What is consciousness? I know, that question is a minefield. However, we use the word all the time, and ascribe a myriad of meanings to it. What is consciousness for you?
Wikipedia says: “The word “conscience” derives etymologically from the Latin conscientia, meaning “privity of knowledge” or “with-knowledge”. The English word implies internal awareness of a moral standard in the mind concerning the quality of one’s motives, as well as a consciousness of our own actions.”
Verywellmind.com writes that “Consciousness refers to your individual awareness of your unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations, and environments. Essentially, your consciousness is your awareness of yourself and the world around you. This awareness is subjective and unique to you.»
Consider this definition, offered by Dr.Dain Heer of Access Consciousness: “Where everything exists, and nothing is judged.”
Imagine what that might mean?
What that could that be on a practical level in the world? Most of the time he explains, we have so much left over from the past, everybody´s points of view; family, school, church, psychology, self-help, spirituality, metaphysical stuff – what have you…We have all these ideas about what is right and what is wrong. So, where everything exists, and nothing is judged as a rightness or a wrongness. Say whaaaat?
If you function from consciousness, you will start to function from your awareness of “if I choose this, what would this create?” Example: A loved one, you are annoyed at something they do, and consider yelling at them. Or a work colleague makes a mistake, and you consider sneering, cracking a sarcasm, cause you don´t really think highly of them in the first place. Or, you don´t yell ever, but feel angry or resentful inside, and then go into judgement of you for feeling all of that.
What if instead you recognized that, if everything existed and nothing was judged; and if the yelling was not judged as a wrongness – but you considered: what EFFECT would it create if I was unkind to a person that I love? What effect will this have on the relationship? For the other person? What future is me yelling going to create?
Rather than functioning from judgement, as though that is going to lead you to only making only the right choices, so your life will work out; what this is about, is to recognize that there is just – choice. Not about choosing it because it is right, or choosing it because it is not right, or wrong – it is about what effect is this going to create, and is it in line with me being in integrity with myself?
Now, rather than saying “this person said to do this,” or “I read this in a book and I´m going to choose it,” you may ask: What effect will this create? And choosing the effect you want when you are in your integrity.
Consciousness is the one thing, that when you add it to anything, it always become greater. Always. Including you. How does it get any better than that?