What is Consciousness?

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As oil in sesame seeds, as butter in cream, as water in the riverbeds, as fire in the parched kindling, so is the Indwelling Spirit grasped in one’s own self when one is dedicated to seek out Consciousness.
— Svetasvatara Upanishad (1.1)

Sages from the ages, philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual gurus have searched and debated since the beginning of time just what Consciousness is. We all experience it, yet it is difficult to explain. You could literally sit and endlessly ponder the question if you were so inclined, and never reach a definitive answer.  

Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness:

‘Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.’ 

Definitions of conscious include ‘aware of and responding to one’s surroundings,’ and ‘having knowledge of something.’ It’s about a willingness to expand your view about who you are, your life and the world around you, regardless of where you start. 

As we ponder what consciousness really means, we think about raising our vibration, getting into alignment, surrendering to life rather than trying to control it, and becoming more free (and what that actually means).

Lean into what it would mean to become more conscious in your current life, and what your next level of consciousness could look like through greater alignment, surrender and freedom.  

Affirmation: 

Every day I expand my consciousness, my awareness, in my life. 


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