Raising Human Consciousness
Raising consciousness means to make people hungry for something more than food, money, wealth, pleasure — to make them hungry to know something bigger than what they know right now ~ Sadhguru
In one of my earlier posts Finding Your Life Purpose, I talked about finding our inner voice that makes us more self-aware and helps us in raising our human consciousness.
In this post, I want to dive deeper on how we must raise our human consciousness.
Let me start by asking you one question: How do we become more self-aware of everything happening around us?
It’s not some magic that will just happen over night.
Most of us are just living life. A life designed where we are reacting to every experience and situations.
We depend on something to happen for us to take action.
Even now we are choosing our life, but now we are choosing it in total unawareness. But whatever we are doing in unawareness, we can also do in awareness. That makes a world of a difference. It is the only difference between ignorance and enlightenment.
So what do we stop doing to become more self-aware?
How do we live a life with full consciousness?
I can immediately think of ways to stop that constant noise in our head, or stop living in auto-pilot mode, or unplug from those emotions that are connecting my mind and energy body.
“To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else.”
~ Dalai Lama
Tune Inward For Self-Awareness
To become more self-aware also means more self-improvement.
Essentially, it means that the more you pay attention to your emotions and how you work, the better you’ll understand why you do the things you do. The more you know about your habits, the easier it is to improve on those practices.
Self-improvement also means that we need to do the right things that will result in right actions.
It doesn’t matter who you are; life doesn’t work for you unless you do the right things.
We most often try to put things always in a rational and logical framework. And so we call that human intelligence. But life is beyond this human intelligence.
We need to become responsible to become fully conscious.
But what do we need to do that makes us more responsible. What do we need to do differently? How can we take control of our actions?
Design Your Destiny
When was the last time you have lived a day of your life, the way you have planned it? A day without stress, anxiety or irritation.
How many times have we lived a day with peace, joy, and happiness?
Your destiny is written by you unconsciously.
Quoted from the teachings of Sadhguru in his book Inner Engineering, he talks about how if we have mastery over our physical body, fifteen to twenty percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your mind, fifty to sixty percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your life energies, a hundred percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands.
Creating your own destiny does not mean you have to control every situation in the world. Creating your destiny is about steadily heading towards our well-being and ultimate nature, no matter what the content of life is around you.
That means that we don’t need to respond to everything around us.
We don’t need to get crushed by external events or situations in our life.
Designing our destiny has to start from a point of well-being.
But what do we consider to be a state of well-being?
Very simply put in the book by Sadhguru on Inner Engineering, well-being is just a deep sense of pleasantness within.
If your body feels pleasant, we call this health. If it becomes very pleasant, we call this pleasure. If your mind becomes pleasant, we call this peace. If it becomes very pleasant, we call this joy. If your emotions become pleasant, we call this love. If they become very pleasant, we call this compassion. If you life energies become pleasant, we call this bliss. If they become very pleasant, we call this ecstasy.
This is all that we are seeking: pleasantness within and without.
We often miss including our own self while living a life. We forget that we are the missing element of life.
We need to include our self while having different experiences in life. A sense of inclusiveness is important, because that when we will experience compassion, empathy, and love.
When we feel more connected from within, we discover that we need not live life more on the outside, but from the inside.
When we start connecting with people emotionally, with proper intent and when we start living in the here and now, we can appreciate even the simple things in life. That is where we can feel joy or happiness from inside.
Once we understand that we need to live by the guideline that all human experience is generated from within — either with the support of external stimuli or without. That is all. If we establish this within ourselves, the consequences of our interactions will no longer be burdensome.
In this state of well-being, we start to become more responsible. Being fully responsible is to be fully conscious.
And this is when the journey of raising our human consciousness beings — a paradigm shift in our way of thinking and living.