- the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.
“she failed to regain consciousness and died two days later”
- the awareness or perception of something by a person.
plural noun: consciousnesses
“her acute consciousness of Mike’s presence”
- the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world.
“consciousness emerges from the operations of the brain”
You may have seen many definitions of Consciousness. But its true meaning to you still remains elusive.
You have grappled with it, you have tried to pin it down, but what the heck is it?
I found the above definitions online when I googled “what is Consciousness.” But to me, these explanations don’t hit the nail on the head. To me, they barely scratch the surface.
Why is that so? Cassius, in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, got it right when he said:-
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, ………”
The limitation lies in the way we perceive the world. Most of us perceive and interact with reality mainly through our conscious minds, which are in turn shaped by our beliefs. Simply put, we don’t believe what we cannot see and we cannot see what we do not believe.
That is the working of our conscious minds. So how, do we break free from this limitation that we may fully grasp what consciousness is, what role it plays in our lives and why the heck should we care about it?
I like to borrow from greatness in explaining the workings of our Universe, so here are the words of the inimitable Dr. Wayne Dyer.
“You’ll see it when you believe it.”
Open up to belief
So much waits for you when you open up. When you let go of your existing, unquestioned beliefs about life, reality and the universe go, you stretch and you expand. Your life becomes fuller, richer, deeper and more textured.
And do you know what is truly exciting?
You’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll understand that you are not an insignificant speck and the universe is not a cold and uncaring place.
Consciousness, your consciousness, is a highly complex, elegant and intelligent energy that originates from Source. Some refer to Source as God. Source is neither masculine nor feminine. It is a perfect balance of both energies.
Source has an individuality but its awareness cuts through all dimensions. It is aware of everything as it happens in the now. It is aware of a blade of grass shooting through the earth. It is aware of a child playing in her room. It is aware of how gas and dark matter clump together to form stars and how stars clump together to become galaxies.
Yet Source is greater than the sum of its parts. It is forever evolving and expanding. And because your essence comes from Source, you are also always evolving and expanding.
Quantum physics and Consciousness
Quantum physics, which deals with the physics of very, very small things like electrons (which is smaller than atoms), is just beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to defining Consciousness. It recognizes that:-
- Your brain is a physical organ that transmits electrochemical signals via the nervous system
- These signals influence the behaviours of molecules and atoms, which are in turn dictated by the laws of quantum physics.
Your heart also transmits electromagnetic energy, and its field is more powerful than that of your brain, extending for several meters around your body. This field is where your emotions reside energetically, and all of your subconscious communications with your environment happen here.
You are therefore an energetic being operating within an energetic framework.
You are from Source
Since you emanate from Source, you are perfect, no matter how imperfect as you may perceive yourself to be.
Once you accept this to be true, all things become possible for you.
You come to understand that you are given free will to develop and grow as you choose. Every person given life is given that same choice. You don’t die when your physical body returns to the earth because you are made of energy. Your Consciousness continues. It is fluid, it is always in motion, it flows and it communicates through vibration.
Once you believe and trust this, life brings you richer and better experiences than you could ever have imagined.
The purpose of all creation is to create and expand and create and expand. It is a ceaseless, untiring, unending process.
This purpose is hardwired into you, so why fight it?
Why not just flow with it?
Life can be powerful and joyful when you align with the forces of creation. If you wish to know more as to how to do that, I spell it out in greater detail here.