Today you hear a lot of talk about raising your consciousness in order to be more successful or peaceful or happy or joyful, but what does that really mean? What is consciousness anyway? It actually means to be aware of something, to understand it and to know it.
When I first started learning about Universal Law I was unconscious. I had a victim mentality and didn’t realize I was attracting unwanted experiences. As you’ll remember from a previous article what most people don’t understand is that every thing is really two things. It is the thing you desire and the absence or lack of it. In life you get what you think about and believe is yours consistently, not what you want (which implies lack of it). I was misusing the Law of Cause and Effect and suffering the consequences.
I came to understand that I could change my life but had to first change my thinking. Willpower alone would not do it.
What is Reality?
Since we are talking about the creative power of thought, it would be good to know what we’re thinking about. That brings us to the touchy issue of “reality.”
If I asked you what reality is, what would your answer be? Some people would say, “It’s the world around me and everything in it.” Still others might say, “It’s what is real; what I can see, hear and touch.”
The truth is, there are two types of reality. The first, which encompasses the answers above, is actually Perceptual Reality. It is what can be perceived through the senses. It is also ideas or concepts that we have a sense of certainty about, which we call beliefs. This reality is based on the interpretation of the person perceiving.
The second and the “real reality” is Absolute Reality. This is Infinite Intelligence and the Principles that govern everything in existence. This is Universal Principle, the First Cause that produces every effect according to a precise, unwavering, infallible Law.
Perceptual Reality is nothing more than a limited view of our external world. It’s the meaning that we ourselves give to events, conditions and experiences. We create this reality by what we believe to be true, based on our conditioned beliefs and habitual ways of perceiving life.
It isn’t necessarily true or real; it’s just our perception.
People take thoughts they’ve had many times or experiences they’ve repeated and label them as truth or reality and the tremendous limitations they experience as a result are huge.
Thoughts Become Beliefs
We continually process ideas and concepts that have been presented to us and contemplate them in order to understand them, categorize them and give them meaning. This is called thinking. A persistent thought, over time, becomes a belief.
Once a thought is a belief, it goes into the automatic mode in our subconscious mind and we don’t have to think about it any more. From here on it will shape how we view things and create our life experience.
Remember, consciousness is all about attention: What you direct your attention to grows and what you take it away from withers and dies.
Here’s an example most people have experienced. Have you ever been in love and wound up with that person? It doesn’t matter whether you got married or just had a relationship for a while, the key is you were madly in love and got the girl or guy.
When you met that person and fell in love, I’ll bet you thought about them all the time, right? You just couldn’t get them out of your mind. You contemplated being with that person, imagining all the things you’d enjoy doing together. You imagined it sparked by strong feeling so much that you produced the effect of being with that person. Right?
What’s Up Doc?
To become conscious of being conscious practice “catching yourself thinking.” As you go throughout your day STOP and ask yourself, “What am I thinking right now?” and simply become aware of it. As a matter of fact STOP and ask yourself that question right now…
What were you thinking?
Don’t tell me you were just reading. You were also having a conversation with yourself or arguing with me or thinking about something beneath the surface of your awareness. You may have been telling me I’m full of it with all this consciousness crap, or telling yourself this is way too hard to understand. Or… you might have been agreeing and thinking, wow, this is really cool stuff!
Since the subconscious mind will quiet down when you observe it, start watching it and become aware of what you’re thinking all the time, because that is what is producing the reality you are living today.
You will never achieve or have anything that you are not conscious of being (believe you are). That is why it is so important that you direct your thoughts away from perceptual reality and whatever you have been taught that limits your progress. Focus instead on this truth: you are the creator of your reality.
The only real difference between a wealthy man and a poor man is the consciousness of wealth the rich one has and the consciousness of lack that the broke one has. This is why in my seminars and audio/video programs I talk about developing a “Millionaire Mindset,” which is a state of mind that attracts wealth.
Your mindset can only be discovered by observation of your results without criticism or judgment, because your results reveal where you live (mentally). Where you live mentally is what you demonstrate automatically in your material world. To have anything you desire you must have the consciousness of being or having the end result.
The bottom line is… Nothing has existence for you and me except for the consciousness we have of it.
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