10 ways to become more conscious

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    Sep 09, 2008 7:11 AM GMT
    by Steve Pavlina

    Previously I wrote about 14 Reasons to Become More Conscious. Now let’s explore the how.

    What does it mean to become more conscious? It is the progressive realization of conscious mastery over your mind.

    The challenge is that it takes consciousness to grow consciousness. But you needn’t worry about this because you already have the seed. Think of it like fire. You have a flame, and you want to turn that flame into a huge blaze. How do you do it? You add fuel. The following list includes examples of how you can add fuel to your flame of consciousness to become a raging inferno of consciousness. Well, OK, the analogy sort of falls apart there, but you get the idea.

    So here are 10 ways to raise your consciousness:

    1. Truth

    Truth raises your consciousness. Falsehood lowers it.

    First, accept the truth. Whatever you’re afraid to know lowers your consciousness. Step on the scale to see how much you weigh. Have a long talk with your spouse about the status of your relationship. Take a deep look at your career. In every case accept the outcome. Don’t just acknowledge the current status and dismiss it. Really accept it as the truth. Think about what it means for this to be true. Also accept your feelings about the truth, whether you like them or not.

    Secondly, speak the truth. If honesty is a challenge for you, it’s because you aren’t being honest enough with yourself. Lies you tell others are shadowed by lies you tell yourself. Take note of those areas where you feel incapable of genuine honesty, and dig deep enough to find out why. You’ll find that you uncover a part of yourself you’ve been unwilling to accept. You don’t lie about the parts of yourself you accept 100%.

    The more you’re able to accept and speak the truth, the more conscious you become. Raise your consciousness by uncovering and dumping all traces of falsehood from your life. Allow this to be a gradual process. As your consciousness increases, genuine honesty will come more easily to you.

    Yes, there may be consequences when you switch from lies and half-truths to the full truth, but highly conscious people know that crossing that bridge is well worth the effect. A short-term adjustment is nothing compared to the joys of living honestly and openly. It’s so much easier and less stressful to be yourself and allow others to do the same. Not everyone will appreciate the real you, especially if they’ve grown accustomed to a false version, but that won’t matter once you accept and appreciate yourself.

    2. Courage

    Courage raises your consciousness. Cowardice lowers it.

    Courage is the gatekeeper between unconscious growth and conscious growth. As long as you remain on the unconscious side, life will keep throwing problems at you until you step up and take charge. When you face your fear, the fear vanishes, and problems transform into opportunities. But when you run from your problems, your fear only grows.

    A powerful guiding principle to adopt is, “Whatever I fear, I must face.” The more fears you face down, the more conscious you become. As you master this lesson, eventually courage becomes less necessary. Once you develop the courage to face any fear life throws at you, you stop attracting so many fear-based experiences into your life. This is why courage is the dividing line between unconscious growth and conscious growth. The mastery of courage gives you the power to decide how you’ll grow instead of being a victim of the whims of fate.

    3. Compassion

    Compassion raises your consciousness. Cruelty lowers it.

    A great way to become more conscious is to search for signs of unconscious cruelty and disconnection in your life. This can be very difficult to do since it also requires courage. We naturally resist facing our own cruelty, but it’s there just waiting to be uncovered.

    Compassion is the root of unconditional love, a feeling of connectedness with everything that exists. Do you feel connected to yourself? To others? To animals? To all living things? To everything that exists? The more you develop this connection, the more conscious and aware you become.

    4. Desire

    Desire raises your consciousness. Apathy lowers it.

    When you get clear about what you want, such as by setting a goal, you raise your consciousness. Clarity focuses your mind and gives you the power to think and act intelligently. You can feel this effect whenever you think about something you definitely want.

    On the other hand, when your desire is unclear, your consciousness is muddled. Your thoughts lack focus and direction, and you merely spin your wheels.

    Strive to become more clear about what you truly desire most, and your consciousness will expand.

    5. Attention

    Attention raises your consciousness. Distraction lowers it.

    Improving your ability to concentrate will make you more conscious. Pick up a rock and give it your full and complete attention,
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    Sep 09, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I like this, thanks for going to all the trouble to post it. I need to practice the first four, however, I am already very attentive. I am so focused on what I am doing that it drives my husband to distraction. Maybe I have gone overboard on attention. Also, I am attentive enough to know that you promised 10 ways and so far, have only delivered 5.icon_wink.gif Ah, heck, I am just teasing you. Do not take it as a critique.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:21 PM GMT
    What brought this on? Have you been reading Tolle?
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    Sep 09, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidWhat brought this on? Have you been reading Tolle?


    lol... funny you should mention that because I'm a huge fan, but this is from Steve Pavlina's blog which has a lot of excellent content http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog - I'm hoping to raise the consciousness of these forums (and yes, I kept a straight face while typing that)
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    The Majjhima Nikaya states that consciousness is the only real truth. The natural state of the self is pure consciousness. In order to reach this enlightened state of being, we are suppose to give up all attachments (i.e., desires). So how can we reach a higher level of consciousness if we are focusing on desire?

    I’m not being a smart-ass, I am just wanting to keep this great thread going with some good conversation.

    -Den
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    Horseshit, consciousness is not a checklist, an action plan, or a self help program.

    Be human, it is enough to be human.

    Love, love someone other that yourself, that is 99% of everything.

    Don't whinge, nothing is worse.

    Terry
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidHorseshit, consciousness is not a checklist, an action plan, or a self help program.

    Be human, it is enough to be human.

    Love, love someone other that yourself, that is 99% of everything.

    Don't whinge, nothing is worse.

    Terry


    To many people it is not enough to "be human". To be human is to suffer. Life itself is defined by suffering in one state or another. The goal of many spiritual people is to break the cycle of death and rebirth in order to end suffering. This is done through enlightenment; to become more than "just human".

    Love someone other than yourself is 99% of everything, but unconditional love for all beings is unmeasurable.

    Namaste,
    Den
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    This is an awesome thread. For those interested in this topic there are some great books written by David R. Hawkins, two of which I have read, "Power vs. Force" and "The Eye of the I."
    Thanks Bread for trying to raise everyone's level, brother.

    Peace.
    Joel
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    cosmicjewboy saidThis is an awesome thread. For those interested in this topic there are some great books written by David R. Hawkins, two of which I have read, "Power vs. Force" and "The Eye of the I."
    Thanks Bread for trying to raise everyone's level, brother.

    Peace.
    Joel


    Power vs. Force is on my list of books that changed my life! It is an incredible book and I would recommend it to everyone.

    -Den
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    Sep 10, 2008 7:03 AM GMT
    even horseshit is divine...

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    ursamajor saidHorseshit, consciousness is not a checklist, an action plan, or a self help program.

    Be human, it is enough to be human.

    Love, love someone other that yourself, that is 99% of everything.

    Don't whinge, nothing is worse.

    Terry
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    Sep 14, 2008 2:44 PM GMT


    This is all very heady stuff, but I'll disagree on numbers 4 and 5 as I've seen examples that completely bear out the opposite.

    Desire: I've seen those whose desire completely negates the validity of others'. Their desire was the only one that mattered.

    Attention: Being highly focused can give you tunnel vision that's nothing short of spectacular when it comes, once again, to others.

    I think you'd have to use all 5 points in tandem for any of them to operate effectively.

    As for truth, it's a double edged blade that can cause endless amounts of grief without it's moderator; discretion.