A Simple Guide To Understanding The Consciousness Definition

“What am I going to do today?”

We’ve all asked ourselves this question before, as we do so weighing our options.

“I could lay around and do nothing, for once. Or I could go do some yoga and practice my meditation. Maybe a hike, or swim in the nearby lake?”

Sounds familiar, right?

Where although many of us can assuredly relate, the underlying complexities of such an ability in the human psyche quite often go overlooked.

Our ability to analyze and rationalize, remember and question, form ideas and take precise action.

However, perhaps with a better understanding of consciousness definition, we may find ourselves more aware.

More aware of how complex such simple questions really are, more aware of how such complexities have come to be. More aware of how all of these complexities started in the first place.

So, what are we going to do today?

Today, let us embark on a journey towards truly understanding the consciousness definition.

What Does Consciousness Mean?


What is consciousness?

Although a highly debated topic, across scientific and philosophical fields alike, it is commonly accepted that our consciousness definition insinuates a state of awareness.

To be aware of your own physical and mental self, and to further be aware of an ability to control yourself, your actions and your thoughts.

Anything that you find yourself aware of, is consciousness.

The Origin And History Of Consciousness


Such an awareness has existed in the human race since the dawn of time, so to speak.

Although the exact parameters of our consciousness definition certainly began their development long before the rise of man.

In fact, the origins and history of consciousness take us back as far as 350 million years, when mammals and birds first split from a common reptilian ancestor.

How exactly we’ve come from such a time, to where we are today, is something also highly debated across the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, religion, and psychology alike.

Consciousness Psychology


Looking at consciousness psychology, we address two major components of our consciousness definition.

The birth of free will

The first is the development of free will.

Thought to of manifested as a biological necessity, wherein pre-human entities found it evolutionarily advantageous to be able to discern between certain specific ideas.

That is, to be able to analyze a situation, conjure up an idea as to what exactly was going on, and then make a conscious decision in the direction of specific action.

Realizing the self

Our second major component likely developed as a byproduct of this free will. At some point, this hypothetical pre-human entity acknowledged that it was indeed making decisions.

That it was a thing capable of manipulating its own existence.

Thus birthing the concept of “I”.

Through the lens of consciousness psychology, consciousness comes to be as free will and the realization of “I” assimilate into one overlying realization of the self.

And with the birth of consciousness, so inherently follows the establishment of it’s opposite.

Anytime we have something that is, we must also have something that is not, naturally.

The Three Meanings Of Consciousness


consciousness psychology

With an established consciousness definition, our opposite becomes something we have coined, unconsciousness.

Where being unconscious refers to a state of mind that holds absolute zero self awareness.

However, as humans, the overly imaginative creatures that we are, we cannot stop here.

There does indeed exist a state of mind that lies beyond our current consciousness definition.

A place of super consciousness.

Thus, we wind up with 3 classifications of consciousness, three meanings of consciousness.

1. The subconscious

  • Where mindless actions are taken; ‘muscle memories’ both physically and emotionally.
  • A borderline intuitive sense of action and analogous in some regards to the superconscious state
  • The stuff dreams are made of, daydreams as well

2. The conscious

  • A rational and logical thought process
  • Where decisions are made based on analysis
  • Classifies and quantifies the world, creating a state of comparison and judgement
  • A potentially dangerous place to be, if one only relies on the conscious mind to operate

3. The superconscious

  • A level of consciousness that exists beyond one’s own ability to naturally ‘control’
  • A state of mind only attainable if one is receptive
  • One must have a positive attitude, be willing to face their fears and pain, and hold a desire to embrace love. Specifically, self love
  • To have a willing acceptance of reality, and an understanding of one’s own complete inability to control it

We reside primarily within the conscious mind, but can and often do operate subconsciously. As we likewise find ourselves capable of initiating a superconscious state of mind.

Finding ourselves removed from our intrinsically conscious state, is something that happens both as a natural phenomenon, and at times, as the result of deliberate individual action.

States Of Consciousness


Okay, but what exactly does ‘removing ourselves from our intrinsically conscious state’, actually mean?

Within our consciousness definition itself, there enlies two subsequent states of consciousness.

  1. An unaltered state of consciousness, and
  2. An altered state of consciousness

So, what this actually means is that we’ve entered an altered state of consciousness.

Where an unaltered state of consciousness is simply that, remaining conscious, unaltered by any external or internal force.

An altered state of mind can be composed of either a heightened awareness or of a decreased awareness.

A decreased awareness

There are certain physical ailments which can numb one’s mind, of which dementia and brain damage are prime examples.

So to can certain psychoactive substances, if deliberately consumed via some attempt at escape. Alcohol readily serves as such an example.

Psychoactive substances however, can also be used to escape into an altered state of mind that is hyper aware. A manipulating agent such as ayahuasca, would be a prime example.

Altered into a hyperawareness

Such a state of mind would then enter the realm of superconscious. An altered state of consciousness where our individual energy and the energy of the universe as a whole are acting together, in parallel.

Interestingly, we take action in pursuit of such a residence intending specifically to remove ourselves from the basic construct of ‘action’ itself.

Still yet, even within this residence, the only tangible path towards achieving anything definitive, is a conscious decision to initiate action. Action whose manifestation is inherently composed of an exertion of energy.

We exert energy outwardly, in order to receive energy. As we likewise ‘put’ energy in, in order to ‘take’ energy out. Deliberately, via conscious choice.

So begs the question, are consciousness and energy the same thing?

Is consciousness the same as energy?

The simple answer, is no.

Energy feeds being, being feeds consciousness. Consciousness then finds an ability to analyze, rationalize, and act accordingly.

Such action then propagates forward as a new energy.

Perhaps, consciousness is but a medium by which energy has configured a path of growth towards analyzing and understanding itself?

Regardless, here we are, human beings, facing our own desire to understand these energies. An understanding more easily obtained through an accessing of our own higher levels of consciousness.

What Is Human Consciousness?


Level of consciousness

Our own higher levels of consciousness?

We can become more conscious than we already are? What even is human consciousness anyways?

This act alone, of pursuing a consciousness definition, becomes a direct representation of human consciousness itself.

Not only are we self aware beings, we further find ourselves capable of qualifying and quantifying this exact state of being.

We’ve created, understood, and utilized language. Thus isolating ourselves from the rest of the animal kingdom, and consequently initiating a rapid expansion of the consciousness definition. An expansion so vast, that we’ve even begun to comprehend a possibility of a true objective awareness.

That is, there may even exist an extension of the consciousness definition, in fact a few, that lie beyond our current three dimensional confinements.

Levels of consciousness

Perhaps initially a counter intuitive thought, and yet if we allow ourselves, here we are.

As this beautiful course of human history unfolds, we find ourselves coming to an understanding of seven different level of consciousness.

  1. The state of waking consciousness
  2. Deep sleep
  3. Dreaming
  4. Transcendental consciousness
  5. Cosmic consciousness
  6. God consciousness
  7. Unity consciousness

Every conscious human being on this earth has experienced the first three levels.

— Cheyenne Diaz, Mindvalley writer

If you’re reading this, you’ll likely find it easy to agree with such a statement, remembering our classifications of the subconscious and conscious mind above.

But what about that superconscious state? What about these last four levels of consciousness?

The last four states are often gifted or earned through the exploration of the subconscious mind.

— Cheyenne Diaz

Everybody loves a gift, right? However, we absolutely must make sure not to let ourselves get to caught up here. Results in life come to be only when action is taken towards achieving those results.

Although certain realizations and/or epiphanies may naturally occur in our lives, if we wish to truly access higher levels of consciousness, we must find ourselves willing to put in the necessary effort.

Thankfully, a path towards accessing these last four levels has been constructed for us, a template and guideline, which we can utilize to provide our efforts with purposeful direction.

Access Consciousness


So what about these last four of our seven levels of consciousness?

Where do they point, where can they guide me?

Is there more to this life, more to my existence?

Am I capable of something greater?

If we ask ourselves these questions long enough, if we choose to maintain a hard focus on the core of their essence.

If we choose not to hide from the coinciding developments of fear, but rather to embrace and accept these fears. To move forward through the fear, and with the fear, in a unison of understanding.

Then our answer will always inevitably manifest as a resounding, yes!

We’re ready to fully access our consciousness.

As we do this, and begin to sense the true power we have over our lives, and our collective mindset, we simultaneously begin to acknowledge the potential for a path of never ending growth.

Consciousness Raising


Consciousness raising

As we realize this potential, we inherently develop a brand new, and rather profound, desire.

We wish to initiate consciousness raising.

But how can we do this?

First and foremost, we must allow ourselves to initiate the pursuit of a pure and complete state of objective self-awareness.

And although the embarkation of such a mission may perhaps manifest itself in many a fashion, the Becoming Limitless Program offers us an incredibly straightforward guide.

So we have expanded our understanding of the consciousness definition. Now, we must ask ourselves whether or not we wish to act on our developing desires.

It is a choice that each of must individually make for ourselves. How badly do we wish to become all that we are truly capable of becoming?

There is only, one way to find out.


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