What does it mean to be conscious?
When was the last time you took time for yourself to contemplate how far you’ve come in your life? Imagine yourself on a train going back home after a long day at work; exhausted and feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulder. You sit and wonder about the meaning and purpose of everything you do for whether it will make a change or leave an impact in the world. This mere practice of reflection creates a bridge between your conscious mind, unconscious mind, and subconscious mind, known as consciousness. It works like a catalyst to bring undesired experiences and emotions into awareness for healing and shifting. As a result of being aware your perception and relationship with yourself and your environment will shift. This article will clarify the significance, purpose, and benefit of living a conscious life in the easiest way possible to the reader.
Over the past century, technology advancement has surfaced rapidly making it mentally challenging to sustain a strong personal identity through the encounter of peer pressure on a daily basis. Most people are unconscious of what they’re unconscious of. They identify with social status, financial status, material possessions, and physical appearances to fill the emptiness and void within. For example, the desire of owning a BMW car be broken down into the following questions:
· what motivates your desire to have a BMW?
· What meaning of owning that car are you making of yourself?
· What does it mean if you don’t have that car?
· How will people view you after driving the BMW car?
· How does it serve you to have this car?
These questions will lead to disclose the motivators behind the desire. Once identified you can go further to understand the emotions behind the desire and then shift it to the desired emotion. The ultimate desire is to feel the following emotions (& more):
- Good enough/appreciated/recognized
- Needed/ seen/ heard
- Fulfillment, happiness.
When the above emotions are fulfilled and whole, most of the desires, goals, and motivators will be shifted in their material manifestiong. Nevertheless, it is still possible to have the desire for a BMW car when these emotions are complete. However, that would at least be a genuine desire coming from a place of wholeness rather than lack. This means your interaction with your environment will change as a result of the shift in perception. The shift in perception will shift the judgments, interpretations, and analysis towards your surroundings and the people.
Living with unfulfilled emotions creates a pattern of always wanting more by being blind to what you do have already. When you’re conscious of your desires and the meaning you attach to them then you can create fulfilling and sustainable decisions in your life. Imagine you’re on a plane looking down at the mountains, every area of your life, objectively. I guarantee there will be many repetitive patterns coming from the same emotional state or limiting beliefs.
Another example is a common situation in relationships. A man who’s had a bad day at work is probably involved in feeling not good enough or unloved and unappreciated. A conscious man and woman will address the situation in a conscious manner by first identifying how the man feels before he encounters his partner. At the time of the encounter, he would consciously communicate how he’s not feeling his best and just wants to feel good enough/loved/supported at the moment.
The conscious partner will address the situation with compassion and would act on the desired emotion by empowering her partner with either words of affirmation, a service, or a physical touch. She would acknowledge her own needs as well by either informing her partner how she’s feeling, and he does the same for her in reverse. They could also make the conscious choice of just being present together in silence until the tension within is calmed down.
To reach the desired outcome, the situation will require the desired attitude. Being conscious helps in creating a healthy lifestyle by understanding and fulfilling one’s owns needs without being dependent on external factors. It is the return to zero-point consciousness; where it all truly begins: within.
Life is an accumulation of decisions made within moments. One after the other will lead to you waking up twenty years later dreaming of having dared to do the things you wanted or regrets for how you could have done something better. The more we are conscious of our decisions and live intentionally, the easier it gets to respond and create what we truly desire in the best way possible. It takes practice, patience, and persistence as the road will be very bumpy yet very rewarding. How different would your life if you chose to be conscious in every moment?