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Becoming Conscious

THERE IS A PROCESS OR PROCESSION OF ACTIVITIES ONE CAN DO TO BECOME MORE CONSCIOUS. I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE ARE MANY WHO TOSS AROUND THE TERM ENLIGHTENMENT, HAVING ATTAINED IT, AND YET THEIR PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL ACTIONS DON'T ALIGN. ITS MY BELIEF THAT A BIG ISSUE WITH THIS PROCESS OF ENLIGHTENMENT HAS TO DO WITH ONES EGO CONVINCING US THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED IT, AS IF IT IS SOME INTELLECTUAL PROCESS ALONE. IF ONE CAN JUST MEDITATE AND GET THE RIGHT MENTAL CLARITY, THEN ONE HAS ACHIEVED THIS PLANE OF EXISTENCE. THIS IS NOT TO SAY MEDITATION IS INVALID, BUT RATHER THERE ARE MANY PLANES WITHIN THE PSYCHE THAT CAN BE MISCONSTRUED AND CAUSING MISALIGNMENTS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ENLIGHTENMENT.

I WOULD RATHER USE THE TERM BECOMING CONSCIOUS, BECAUSE IT IS AN ONGOING PROCESS, NEVER ENDING IN ITS SCOPE. ONE CANNOT BECOME CONSCIOUS MERELY BY LEARNING TO MEDITATE AND ATTAINING ACCESS TO HIGHER PLANES OF EXISTENCE. THE BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE SOUL AND SPIRIT ENTERS THE PICTURE WITH SOUL WITHIN THE BODY. WE THINK OF THE BODY AS A PHYSICALITY, YET IT IS MULTI-DIMENSIONAL IN ITS INNER WORKINGS AND AS INFINITE AS THE UNIVERSE WITHIN. IF WE ARE NOT GROUNDED IN OUR BODIES, THEN HOW CAN WE BE GROUNDED INTO HIGHER PLANES? IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR US TO CLEAN HOUSE WITHIN THE BODY AND MIND IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE MERGING OF BODY, MIND, AND SOUL, TO ALLOW SPIRIT TO INTERWEAVE ITS LARGER BEING WITH US. WHEN WE DO NOT DO THIS BODY/MIND WORK, WE SET OURSELVES UP TO FOLLOWING OUR EGO, FALSE SELF, INTO AREAS OF THE MIND AND PSYCHE THAT FALL SHORT OF REACHING FULL CONSCIOUSNESS. THERE ARE PLACES IN THE HIGHER PLANES THAT ARE JUST AS DYSFUNCTIONAL AS HERE ON THIS EARTHLY PLANE.

I'D LIKE TO OUTLINE WHAT I HAVE FOUND USEFUL IN MY OWN PROCESS OF CLEARING OUT MY MIND OF OLD OUTDATED BELIEFS, AND OF BECOMING CONSCIOUS OF OLD OUTDATED SOCIETAL/FAMILY PATTERNS, TO ALLOW THE BODY AND MIND TO BEGIN TO ACCESS THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. AS I SEE THE MIND IN OUR CURRENT CULTURAL SETTINGS, ITS USE IS BUT A DROP IN THE OCEAN IN TERMS OF USING ITS FULL POTENTIAL. THE IDEA OF CRITICAL THINKING IN OUR CULTURES IS ENCASED IN A BOX, WITH THE BELIEF THAT THE BOX IS INFINITE, WHEN IN FACT IT IS FINITE, AS ARE ALL BOXES. BOXES ARE FINE IF YOU WANT TO LIMIT YOURSELF, AND THIS CAN SERVE A HIGHER PURPOSE OF CREATING A SITUATION WHEREIN ONE GROWS EXPONENTIALLY FROM THE STIFLING OPPRESSION OF BOXES. I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE AND IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE INCARNATE TO THIS PLANE. IT SERVES TO ALLOW US TO GROW AND TO HEAL OUR SOULS.

YOU MIGHT WONDER HOW THIS COULD BE. THE SOUL NEEDING TO STIFLE ITSELF TO GROW AND HEAL??? FIRST OFF, AS A BEING THAT LIVES ETERNALLY, FOREVER, THERE COMES A TIME WHEN ONES ESSENCE BECOMES OUT OF BALANCE, OVERWHELMED. INCARNATING OFFERS OUR SOUL THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE THE INFINITE TO EXPERIENCE FINITE, WHICH ALLOWS IT TO FORGET INFINITE FOR AWHILE. THE BOX ASPECT PLAYS INTO THIS AS WELL IN REGARDS TO IMPRISONING THE SOUL, WHICH ALLOWS THE SOUL TO EXPERIENCE LIMITATIONS. WHEN WE ARE RELEASED UPON COMPLETING THE INCARNATING CYCLE, THERE IS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING OF FREEDOM, REJUVENATION, AND EUPHORIA. I LIKEN THIS TO WHAT I FELT LIKE IN BASIC TRAINING IN THE ARMY AND FINALLY BEING SET FREE AT THE END. I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT MYSELF THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE OTHERWISE. NO ONE CAN FREE US FROM OUR OWN IMPRISONMENT OUR OWN INCARNATE CYCLE. THIS SOMETHING WE MUST DO OURSELVES. NO ONE PERSON CAN SET US FREE FROM OUR OWN FEARS, WHICH IN ESSENCE IS WHAT IMPRISONS US. FEAR IS THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE, A TURNING AWAY FROM LOVE, AND IN THIS OPPOSITE OF LOVE WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE IN DUALITY AND LIMITATIONS. 

SO FIRST ON THE AGENDA IS WORKING ON THE INTELLECTUAL ASPECT OF OUR MINDS. TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT OUR BELIEF SYSTEMS ARE, WHO TAUGHT US THEM AND WHY, AND TO VERIFY WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE VALID. CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS ARE ABOUT CLARIFYING INFORMATION, BOUNCING IT OFF OF OTHER INFORMATION AND VERIFYING WHETHER ITS VALID OR NOT. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS WOULD BE TO LOOK AT LOVE IN OUR CULTURE. WE SAY WE LOVE SOMEONE AND WE SAY THIS LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL AND YET IF ONE LOOKS FURTHER BEYOND THE WORDS, ONE WILL FIND THE ACTIONS DO NOT SUPPORT THIS. IN FACT, IT IS REALLY CONDITIONAL LOVE. WE HAVE COME TO BELIEVE THAT CONDITIONAL LOVE AS UNCONDITIONAL. CRITICAL THINKING IN A BOX ALLOWS THIS TO CONTINUE UNQUESTIONED, FOR THE RULE IS TO NOT QUESTION OUTSIDE THE BOX. I'LL LEAVE IT UP TO YOU TO FURTHER THIS LINE OF CRITICAL THINKING. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT A GREAT DEAL OF WHAT WE BELIEVE IS BASED ON BELIEF, SOMETHING TAUGHT TO US. WHEREIN THE OPPOSITE OF BELIEF IS TO KNOW. ONE KNOWS FROM DIRECT EXPERIENCE, WHERE AS ONE BELIEVES BASED ON WHAT THEY READ OR WERE TAUGHT. TWO DIFFERENT CONCEPTS. ITS SORT OF LIKE READING ON HOW TO RIDE A BIKE AND THINKING YOU KNOW, BUT WHEN YOU ACTUALLY GO TO DO IT YOU DON'T.

I CREATED MY OWN DEGREE PROGRAM AT FAIRHAVEN COLLEGE ENTITLED: SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY: BECOMING CONSCIOUS. THIS WILL OFFER SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON AREAS TO WORK IN. I'LL ALSO POST SOME OF MY PAPERS I WROTE IN MY OWN PROCESS.

AREAS CRITICAL FOR EVALUATING ARE: SPIRITUALITY, CREATIVITY, SEXUALITY, CULTURAL, PSYCHOLOGY, BODY WORK, AND HUMAN ECOLOGY.

 

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Updated: 7/10/10