What Is Consciousness And Why Is It So Important?
There are many books, articles and blog posts on the internet that give off a different perspective of consciousness. And rightly so, the interpretation of a being’s consciousness, questioning what consciousness is, creates a little bit of a paradox because the thinker is questioning the thinking.
It can put the ‘thinker’ into many different aspects of a conscious state. The problem arises when you realise that consciousness has many different layers attached to it. These layers help to define a person and push them on to become ‘who’ and ‘why’ they are.
Consciousness turns itself ‘on’ inside your brain at a very early age. That first baby smile, the first time they put their arms out for a cuddle, or form tears of fear or even that first look of acceptance. That is consciousness at work. It activates and turns on like a newborn star moving away from the centre of its galaxy. Consciousness grows with your perception of reality and defines your very existence on this planet.
If you spend enough time with animals, you will notice they also have a very high level of consciousness. They are very aware and interact, develop personalities and even dream, as we do. However, animals live in stage 1 and 2 of consciousness, they understand the dangers of reality, death, social acceptance, language and communication; but they are limited with how they have evolved with the environment. They don’t create, build or advance their level of consciousness unless there is an environmental change, to which they have to adapt. This doesn’t mean to say they are not clever and don’t have feelings as we do. The fact of the matter is they do.
Because animals interact and live with the environment, means their instincts shape and define their existence. Humans still have instincts, however, we have learned to develop our own environment through the use of tools. This mechanism has given us creative thoughts that have pushed us to build and develop technologies.
To define consciousness would be to say;
Consciousness is a living beings interpretation of reality; which can expand and develop over a lifetime. Consciousness is everything we can perceive through thought, and which can spark the mind into a state of creativity that projects a new interpretation of the very thing we call consciousness.
Now we have a clearer understanding of what consciousness is, it becomes our duty and responsibility to look after, nurture, love and create an equilibrium with all species that have a consciousness. These very words have now given you a conscious that makes you question how you see all other living things.
In the future, all living species will be seen as sacred. Vegan and vegetarianism will be normal for everyone, while synthetic meat farms will grow food as an alternative delicacy. Slaughtering of animals will be forbidden and we will look back in history with our expanding state of consciousness and shake our heads into our hands.
One of the underlying components to understanding the basic principles of consciousness is having the ability to feel.
- We feel through emotions
- We feel through touch
- We feel through thought
- We have an array of emotions that we are born with and learn to develop and strengthen as we mature into adults
- We are able to learn skills such as music, sport, art, cooking, educational subjects and much more. This directly links to a heightened emotional state. We as a species who like these emotions, these feelings and the endorphins they release into the mind as a reward.
Most of us go through life without even questioning what consciousness is and why it exists. It’s a just part of being human and life goes on. However, our consciousness is still evolving as a species and for individuals trying to understand their position in this universe. We are on a path to unlocking our very existence with the ability to travel to new worlds and keep on existing. Without a developing consciousness, we would fail to move forward and grow as ‘light beings’ who smile back at our galaxy.
Having an understanding of our own consciousness helps visualise the past, present and future. It helps build pictures inside your mind, while learning, developing and pushing boundaries beyond your imagination.
With this introduction we can now look at the different levels on consciousness:
Level 1 Of Consciousness
Everyone is born with consciousness, it’s been evolving for hundreds and thousands of years. It’s learned adaptations pass through your DNA and awakens your mind as you grow from an infant into a young adult. It defines you and tells you who you are. The voice inside your head guides you through all these moments on your lifeline. For the majority of people, that’s enough, that’s all they need to know and they won’t question it further. This state tells you the difference between right and wrong, how to love and protect your family, how to learn a skill and make a living within this current state of society. This level keeps you in a state of feeling safe, secure and the need to get through life in a state of acceptance within your employment, circles of friends and family life. Unfortunately, this state of consciousness can be broken through several anomalies. Because consciousness is directly linked to your mind and feelings, that keep your state of existence in a form of normality, it can be shattered. Any type of prolonged physical, mental or substance abuse can send a normal state of consciousness into problems. This is related to mental health issues that need time, recovery and help to heal. The minds frequency is out-of-sync with the resonation that defines reality. Mental health issues can happen at any level of consciousness – not just at level 1. Humans with a level 1 state of consciousness tend to be the *working-class people. This is directly linked to knowledge and intelligence. If an individual is prepared to put the time into expanding their own knowledge, they have the ability to expand into level 2,3 and beyond.
*Define the working-class people: If you get up in the morning, evening or night and go to work to pay the bills. You are defined as working class. This covers many job titles including manual labour, desk jobs, directors, company owners, solicitors and designers. Some working-class people have more luxurious items or a slightly bigger home in a nicer area, however, you are still defined as working-class.
Level 2 Consciousness
As your state of consciousness is linked to your basic instincts, the ability to feel, constructing images inside your mind that show you the past, present and future, external factors that make you react to different situations; consciousness can be grown and expanded on. The secret or key to this expansion is knowledge. Your level of intellect defines your intelligence which directly comes from learned knowledge. The greater your thirst for knowledge – the greater state your consciousness has to grow into. You need to have a self-taught mindset. This level is the first layer towards gaining a better understanding of yourself. You’re starting to open up doorways inside your mind. You are connecting with books, education and other sources of material that helps you move forward with your career and life. This category of person tends to have a slightly higher state of consciousness.
Level 3 Consciousness
Developing a level 3 state of consciousness normally comes directly with reading many subjects. You’re not dappling in just one area, your reading through books about history, science, religion, physics, poetry and art. Your mind starts to combine your knowledge with deep thought processes and you realise your growing. You think beyond the next page before you read it or the next page is already sitting in your mind, you start to feel the writer, the words, you see art and read poetry in a way you thought you never could. This is you, developing a higher state of consciousness. You start to feel people while in conversation, you can pick up on tiny amounts body language, you give them your knowledge, you feel like you’re helping them and can push others on the correct life path. You might start writing a book of your own. You also start thinking beyond your own imagination, your not even sure where this new stuff is coming from.
Level 3 is a beautiful state to be in. I call this the ‘finding me’ stage. You as a being are starting the see beyond the reality you are bound to. Your breaking free, your starting to see life for all that it is.
Level 4 Consciousness
Developing a heightened state of consciousness takes time, years in fact. It can’t and won’t happen overnight. You need to start seeking it and living the journey that takes you beyond thought. You have to learn to resonate with yourself through meditation. This stimulates your inner and outer interpretation of reality. You need to learn to combine your knowledge with your physical body. You start to see that the organic matter around you is a vessel. You’re only borrowing it to experience this reality we call life. The best way to combine both physical and mental presence; is through the art of meditation.
There are 4-5 states of mediation that helps you to develop an intensive perception of reality. You will see different states of your life journey, feel stress-free, your mind becomes calm and collective and your senses sharpen to show you all that forms the reality you live in.
From here you start to understand that although you know your true self, you start to see and feel that all humans have the capacity to acquire a collective state of consciousness. Which is the key to our survival, bringing balance back to our world, and pushing our way of life to a future; where we all feel free!
There have been many recent and past events which have awoken our state of consciousness. Some of the latest include:
- Climate Change
- Plastic waste in the sea
- Wars in the middle east
- Major earthquakes or volcano activity.
These are global events that are magnified by media channels. Everyone stops looks up and has thoughts which can stimulate actions. This is a collective state of consciousness that can branch out and create new pockets of thoughts and behaviours. Most of us start working together and adapt to secure our survival. This is what collective consciousness is; which is why it’s so important to understand. In fact, once you see how easy it to control the minds of the whole planet, they can be manipulated through those same media channels. Deceitful information can be spread, blatant lies or layers of truth can be withheld to show and train the minds of the collective consciousness. If you look back on history, you don’t have to go back that far; you will actually see how misinformation was projected to create a false sense of reality for a global audience.
The Future Of Consciousness
These facts a very difficult for a growing mind to accept. People who have a higher position in society (elitists), who look after democracy, based on the rules of capitalism; create a paradox. The collective public believes they are being looked after, nurtured or protected for a fairer and better future. And rightly so, they have worked a lifetime holding the elitists up and paying for their position of stature. We’re shown to believe that one can’t live without the other (The Paradox) but the truth is; we can live collectively without the need for any elite or elitist establishment.
Moreover, the elite at this present time of collective consciousness needs to be here. They offer direction, keep the structure in place, offer balance, move society forward and have the ability to connect global conditioning. You need to study history in order to understand this. Owning land, having a title, creating laws, paying taxes and creating a political backdrop; helps structure the future of our collective consciousness.
Unfortunately, our collective consciousness is not advanced enough yet to work without it. Our current state is low because our knowledge is not aligned nationally and globally. The good news is, we are on the right path but we need to do more. The future is in our youth and holding education in the highest possible place for everyone. Things we need to include in the education system and at home from a young age – include:
- Meditation sessions for all students
- More creative tasks that link to the academic workload
- Advanced nutrition and gardening skills (Every school should have plots for all children)
- Creative writing with poetry and philosophy
- Political models.
We have come along way in the past 500 years which is only six to seven generations old. Think where we could be in another 500 years, or 1000 years. This is a good mindset to practise, always think about the future and what you can do now to help develop your ideas. As our consciousness continues to evolve we are actually working towards a free society. One where human beings are working towards a goal. For the majority of humans at the moment our goals are:
- Money to pay for bills
- Money to pay for a new car
- Money to pay for a holiday
- Money to pay off debts
- Money to eat food
- Money to live.
If we took out the money cycle from society then we could collectively work towards a free society. That’s why we would work, build and make advancements for the future because we live for free. Imagine not having to worry about money, debts, and bills. Imagine combining your free will to create new ideas or using your time to benefit a collective consciousness that defines the human race as one entity. That will be the future or a moment in time that has its place in existence.