What does being Conscious really mean?
Is it the opposite of being unconscious, asleep or in some other way non-sentient?
Is it being in a state of awareness and responsiveness?
The answer is certainly ‘yes’ to both of these.
But, there is more…
I would like to suggest that most of you who are reading this are physically conscious, in that you are not asleep, you are aware of what you are reading and you may well be feeling a responsiveness to it. Correct?
However, there is more to consciousness than that, agreed?
We spend much of our time living our lives on auto-pilot.
We unquestioningly act out much of our waking lives, running the same routine programme from the time we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night.
We may be awake on the outside, but on the inside we are fast asleep!
We are unconsciously living our lives on the surface, focussing on the externalities – the job, the stresses of our daily obligations, the difficulties, the arguments, and the quest for more, as we rush through our lives… more recognition, more money, more time, more and better relationships, the list just goes on.
And, where do we look for the answers?
Do we ask ourselves the question ‘Who do I need to be in order to create the life I want to live?’
Who do I need to be in order to create more recognition for myself, bring more money into my life, release myself from never having enough time, invite harmonious relationships into my life?
Or, do we scour the internet for a new job, take on more credit card debt, work longer and harder than ever before and sacrifice our personal relationships because we don’t have the time or the energy…
I suggest, the second option is the more familiar to many of us.
And, that’s because we are looking for the answers in the wrong place. We are looking on the outside, whereas the only place to truly find what we are looking for is on the inside.
We need to look within ourselves…
We need to look under a few of our internal stones, we need to slowly chip away at the external veneer of who we think we are (or who we think we should be) and gradually, consciously expose the truth of who we really are.
Then, and only then, are we truly Conscious beings…