Have you ever felt as if the way you see the world was only but a small part of the wonder it has to offer? As if your eyes were only half open to the experience of who you are?
We all have different experiences, perspectives, and ideas with which we experience the life given to us. Although we see things through different filters, some of us are still viewing things with squinted eyes. The more we are able to move onto higher levels of consciousness, the more of the picture we see, and the clearer we can see it.
Consciousness can be divided into two different parts: spiritual and psychological.
The 7 Spiritual Levels of Consciousness
There are two divisions of spiritual levels of consciousness: average states of conscious experience, and the enlightened states of consciousness. Every conscious human being on this earth has experienced the first three levels. They are:
This is the state in which we go through our lives most of the time.
Every time you are aware of and are in control of your actions, you are in a state of Waking Consciousness. These comprise of your memories, thoughts, feelings, and the information gathered by all the senses of the body.
The utter stillness and restfulness of being unconscious is the state of Deep Sleep.
You experience this as the lack of information or memories. It is the missing parts of our experienced life, when we are sleeping or unconscious.
We recognize this state by the fleeting and abstract experiences of dreams. We often remember only pieces of this state, even though the realism of this experience can feel quite authentic.
This state is often credited to the subconscious state of mind.
The last four states are often gifted or earned through the exploration of the subconscious mind. Continual practices of spiritual arts such as meditation, prayer, or mindfulness are the common causes of these states of experience. However, sometimes these states appear through certain happenings in life, such as epiphanies or sudden realizations. They are:
It is the silencing of all senses while being completely conscious.
The ability to silence the chaos of all senses and the overwhelming clamor of the mind is a powerful ability in the pursuit of enlightenment. By quieting all the senses of the body and mind, you are free to connect, undisturbed, with the spirit.
This state is often considered “the dissociation of the ego.”
You begin to realize that what you thought was your “being,” is not. You realize that you are much bigger than what you have, do, think, or what role you play in the world. You start to connect with the eternal being of you.
The things you previously cared so much about start to fade away, alongside all the biggest problems you thought you had.
This state of being is described in one word: bliss.
You begin to feel a deep warmth and connection with everything around you as you take on this consciousness. You filter your perception through joy and love, as your heart is full and open.
Your mind is the glowing light and you see only the pure radiation of love through every person and thing in the world.
You see all as one and there is no longer a you, but rather, an us.
There once was a separation of self, us, them, and it, but now you can only see one energy flowing in different forms. You have found a complete association with everything. You realize that there is only one consciousness.
Psychological Levels of Consciousness
Levels of spiritual consciousness are not the only levels of consciousness we should know about. There are also the psychological planes of consciousness we need to consider when it comes to opening our awareness. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychology, has always been one of the biggest contributors of psychology. He has one of the best psychological models of the different levels of consciousness.
Freud’s Levels of Consciousness
Sigmund Freud, for those of you who don’t know him, was an Austrian born neurologist and physician who ended up being named the father of psychology.
His views of consciousness were that there are three planes of awareness we operate within: the conscious, the preconscious, and the unconscious.
The Conscious State of Awareness
This is the state of your present thoughts. As you read this article, you are thinking about certain things that pertain to your life and experience of this subject. You constantly have this activity in your mind, and it helps you process activities through your day. You are very familiar with this state.
The Preconscious State of Awareness
This is all the information that you are not presently using, but have stored in your mind until needed. In the case of your thoughts on this article, you may have other references/resources on the subject that you do not need at this point in time. Thus, they are tucked away and not currently in your conscious awareness.
This level of consciousness deals with the information and ideas that you will need at some point in time, but not at this very moment.
The Unconscious state of Awareness
This level of consciousness can be defined by the processes of the mind that you are unaware of. This level of consciousness is often where dysfunction can occur. This is where the habits and processes you have acquired reside, without you voluntarily being a part of this creation.
Repressed emotions and thoughts fall into this category.
Freud’s Iceberg of Consciousness
Freud uses an analogy of an iceberg to explain how these three states of consciousness work in your mind.
The part of the iceberg that sticks out of the water is the conscious mind. It is in your awareness and you see it above the water, so to speak. This represents only 10% of your awareness.
The other 90% is the preconscious and unconscious mind. This is the part of the iceberg that is under the water and not distinctly noticed. The Preconscious mind only represents 15% of this awareness, while the unconscious mind takes the other 75% of the remaining 90% of your awareness. The unconscious takes up the biggest part of our consciousness, and Freud believed this is where the forming of Id, ego, and superego takes place.
The Id is our primitive behaviors, emotions, and needs.
It is primarily driven by the statement “I want.” Babies are only in the Id state and have no other agenda except for basic pleasure seeking and survival.
The ego is more rational and realizes that you can’t always get what you desire. The ego’s job is to get what the Id wants, but go through the process of compromise and with the thought of long term consequence in mind.
This part of the mind is the link to morality. It strives for perfection and is the enforcer and holder of rules. The superego holds the ego to a set of principles of good behavior that it must strive to uphold.
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Through our experience of life and our awareness of ourselves, we will always aim to reach a greater state of consciousness. It is important not to become despondent when our conscious development moves slower than what we would like.
Consciousness development is more about the journey of each level of consciousness, rather than a goal of attainment. Notice, feel, and become aware of where you are and enjoy every aspect of your journey.
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