What is Consciousness?

“THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.”–The Kybalion

The above quote is taken from the Kybalion which is commonly attributed to Djehuty, also known as Thoth, who was the deity of writing, magic, and science in Kemet (Ancient Egypt).  According to the Kybalion, everything that we see and sense in the material realm is a manifestation from the ALL, which is Mind, and in turn, is conscious and alive.  Basically, everything has a spark from the Creator and is aware because of this connection.

Modern scientists are hard-pressed to simply explain consciousness because it is mystical and spiritual in its nature.  Modern science uses a physical oriented approach to explaining reality.  Science tends to derive conclusions from experiments that are bases on materials as its foundation. The unseen always has a hand to play in that which we term material and physical.  Therefore, any postulation and theory is incomplete if not viewed and studied holistically.

Our reality falls more into the mystical and paranormal realm more than what the average human would care to admit.  Many phenomena in our world defies human intellect.  These phenomena can include things like the precise movement of the planets in our solar system, the culmination of atoms communicating and bonding to form matter, the human body’s accurate maintaining of a 98.6 degree temperature, the way sound and light travels, or even the existence of life on this planet.  In general, all the above defy human rationale and logic when viewed strictly as just physical happenstances.

What causes the above mentioned examples to respond and behave with such unwavering and automatic fortitude?  The answer is simply, consciousness.  In order for something to exist or co-exist there has to be a level of awareness, or else, it would not thrive in a world of natural patterns and chains of cause and effect.

Consciousness = Awareness

Awareness = Knowing

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Consciousness = Awareness & Knowing

Nature means natural.  Who or what told fire to go out if enough water is poured on it?  Who or what told fire to grow bigger when combined with explosive substances or materials?  Why does fire react predictably in any physical experiment?  The answer is because fire is “programmed” to react in a specific manner depending upon circumstance and/or surroundings.  In such a conditions or situation, fire is aware of its environment.  Some conscious intelligence had to give the element its nature.

We too are natural but, what separates man from nature is our free will of choice.  When we are aware of more than one concept we have the ability to decide between such choices.  Our choices can be seen as unnatural or unpredictable while nature’s elements are more predictable and repeatable. All in all, awareness is the underlying foundation for all that occurs.

We are aware on different levels depending upon the situation we are facing.  The more we are aware or know about a particular person, place, or thing, the more choices we have.  If you know there is a road closed on your way to work then you can stop and get directions at a local gas station, reroute on a GPS, buy a map, follow detour signs, or take another route.  Without the awareness of a closed road, you are then limited in your options to get from point A to B.  This example is akin to the navigation of our life.  The more we are aware or conscious the better equipped we are to live our lives.

Consciousness, simply meaning awareness, can exist on two levels; consciousness through knowledge (facts and information) or consciousness through experience.

In the so-called spiritual realm there is definitely more than meets the physical eye.  Phenomena such as ghosts or spirits, angels, deities, telepathy (communicating without words), ESP (extra sensory perception) and the myriad of other seemingly non-physical happenings are conscious to some and unconscious to others – based off of knowledge and/or experience.

When we, in the West, talk about spiritual phenomena most fall into one of three main classes; those who are aware by way of cultural beliefs or education, those who have direct experiences or, those who have no clue that anything exists beyond the physical illusion.

The more you are aware of the more likely you will experience that which you have knowledge about.  The more you are aware the easier you will be able to discern.  Why do you think a court judge wants to get all evidence, witness testimony, and experts established during proceedings?  This is so the judge can review ALL information possible to make the best, most fair decision.

The truth is, consciousness is probably one of the most prized possessions that we have as souls.  Many have suggested that we are souls having a human experience.  When you experience something you become much more aware of that which you are engaged in.  Every experience leads to some measure of reasoning and overstanding.  The key is to go into each experience open and consciously “taking it in”.

Many humans, by way of various factors, go through life in a comatose state; unaware and travelling blindly.  The easiest person to control and manipulate is one who has no awareness of self and environment.  The Art of War by Sun Tzu suggests that you should not do battle on unfamiliar terrain.  Therefore, you must know where you are in order to get to where you want to go.

When you lack awareness and are ignorant to what pertains to you, you allow those with more knowledge to control you.  Salespeople everywhere are privy to this fact.  Salespeople usually qualify their target customer and find a need or want.  If a customer is lacking knowledge of a particular product or service, the salesperson can intentionally overvalue a feature or add-on items or services.  Most aggressive salespeople prey upon uninformed buyers.

You can overcome or completely avoid any and all oppressive acts from others by becoming more conscious of yourself.  There are many layers of the human mind and soul.  The following list shows different parts of the human self that would behoove you to be mindful of.

Become more mindful of your:

Utilizing this text will automatically make you conscious of your personal self.  Just by raising your consciousness you allow what was below your awareness to come to the surface.  When this happens you have the ability to learn from your experience and furthermore, to use what you have learned as a means to help overcome those life lessons that seem to repeat over and over.  The choice is really yours.

This article was designed for those who read and apply the lessons to become conscious on many levels, beginning with self.  An important metaphysical philosophy is that everything outside of self is a reflection or mirror image of your inner being.  Simply put, nothing is outside of you. When you know yourself intimately, you can better overstand that which is seemingly outside of you.

Written by S. Ali Myers

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