Consciousness

DSC_0701Mental awareness, conscious control instead of subconscious control

There is no coming into consciousness without pain…  Carl Jung

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.  Buddha

All that befalls man, all that is done by him, all that comes from him, happens as a result of his state of consciousness…  Darwin Gross  

   It is our consciousness that provides our humanity. Without it we are not that much different than any other species in the animal kingdom. The more truly conscious we become, the more we think, aspire and the more we grow. Our instinctive, primitive, and selfish nature resides in our subconscious or ‘unconscious.’ It is here our universe is mostly “all about me”, where the world revolves around us. We are motivated to placate and satisfy ourselves. It is here where we have various issues associated with image, esteem, needs and so forth. Here are our insecurities, doubts and fears. We must develop our consciousness more fully to truly take charge of our life.

Our consciousness is our thinking side. It is our reasoning domain. It is here we search for meaning and purpose. It is in this realm where we begin to separate ourselves from our circumstances, trials, tribulations, and all the things that happen to us on the outside. Our consciousness allows us to seize control from the inside-out. We realize that we have the ability as well as the responsibility to choose how we react and respond to all that confronts us at all times. As we become increasingly aware of our ability to be consciously in control rather than controlled subconsciously, we can start approaching life more proactively from a foundation of meaning, values and purpose. We should become increasingly responsible, accountable and driven to make our life stand for something. We gain more strength and understanding and begin to increasingly get in touch with such concepts as joy and happiness. This is where we begin to see that life is much more than things, possessions and the latest fads. Our consciousness allows us to open our eyes, hearts and minds to making better conscious choices.

The path of personal growth and development in many ways is synonymous with developing and increasing our consciousness. In many ways it is an on-going awakening. In some respects, the before and after effect is like the metamorphosis of changing a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. For some it is tediously slow and gradual while for others it is more like a light bulb that lights us up.

There are doors to open or bridges to cross for each of us. On the other side a richer life is waiting and it promises to have more meaning, purpose, joy, and happiness.

Challenge:  A fuller and richer life awaits you. It is more journey than destination. You get there one step at a time, one day at a time, and one moment at a time. It requires becoming proactive and living life from the inside out and consciously making better decisions. It requires escaping the confines of your comfort zone, opening your eyes and mind, and leaving status quo. Your destiny awaits. A life with more meaning and purpose awaits.

Spiritual: (NIV)

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.  Philippians 1:9

The path of righteousness is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.  Proverbs 4:12

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:

As we develop our consciousness, we strive for more truth, meaning, and purpose. God is waiting to show us the way, but will not force himself on us. He gives us freedom of choice. If we are truly seeking Truth, we will find Him in the process. He will help us to develop the talents and abilities within us. As a result we will find ourselves living life with new and better perspectives and with much more meaning and purpose.

Prayer:  Help my eyes, my heart, and mind to ever be opened to the better life that You provide.

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