Soaked in Consciousness
Your life is soaked in the colours of your consciousness.
Every experience you’ve ever had – including the one you’re having right now – ricochets through the expanses of your perception where it is shaped and moulded to fit snugly into your personal version of reality.
We create our individualised experiences of the world.
The way you think, feel, live; moods, anxieties, limitations; presence, potential, freedom; immersion in life; EVERYTHING – every little quirk and quark that makes up the creature reading these words – it’s all dependent on the size and quality of your consciousness…
Okay. Prolly lost you at the end of the first sentence.
So let’s take a quick detour past the entirety of awareness: your consciousness.
Consciousness is one of those woo-woo (every)things that’s kinda difficult to define.
It’s like a window.
You look out through the window of consciousness at the world.
If you have a small window then when you look out, you’ll have a small awareness; when you contemplate something, you’ll have a small understanding and as you go about your life, you’ll have a small wakefulness and depth of experience.
You shrink and stain and tint the glass of the window with your elaborate stories about how important your problems are and judgements and anxiety and fear and separation and yuck – all of which cause your experience of life to become dark and blurred and distorted and small.
As the window of your consciousness gets smaller and less clear, you compensate for the lack of real life shining in by believing the stories that you make up about how special you are and how real your closed-in world of limitation behind the window is and other such bleh anti-parables.
But while you play cabin fever make-believe behind your little smudged window and forget what Reality really is – infinite potential and love and perfection and buzz and yum – life continues to gloriously shine on behind your little window.
So here’s the thing: forget polishing and expanding your window of consciousness to let more light in, and instead smash the window, climb out and dive into the warmth of reality to soak in the infinite potential and buzzing bliss that is the true nature of existence.
Woo-woo as that little analogy sounded,
exploding the bounds of your consciousness not only dissolves your problems and stories and muck, but also improves your life in ways better than you could imagine.
The Beyond Within
Expanding your consciousness is like playing a role in a movie that is set in a dark dungeon and believing that the movie is real life and not knowing that it’s just a movie …only to walk off the set and open the door of the movie studio to a sea of flowers, hot babes and the most delicious fresh air you’ve ever tasted.
The mind is a funny thing.
When your consciousness is limited and includes only your mind, the stories you create and punctuate with a director’s commentary of judgements and what ifs and anxieties and limitations – it all feels real.
But when you expand your consciousness to take in the resonating depth of life beyond the fast-food version that your mind manufactures, you realise the triviality of your stories and mind muck.
Your awareness dilates and you realise how unimportant negativity is and how silly it is to take life too seriously.
Not to say that life becomes trivial or frivolous. The opposite happens.
Your experience of life becomes richer and deeper and more real.
And you still use your mind to uh, think and stuff. But it stops using you. (The whole “I am not the mind” spiel has been rattled on about by many a bare-footed, cave-dwelling yogi, but basically you can be aware of your mind so therefore you cannot be your mind but rather you are the awareness that is aware of the mind. Don’t understand? That’s the point. Read on.)
You live in Reality instead of your watered-down interpretation of it.
When your consciousness expands, your perception of negativity and your yuck drama widens and you see how meaningless and empty it all is. Stress evaporates.
Without the limitations you place on yourself, life opens up and becomes enjoyable. You see people as friends instead of enemies and see challenges instead of impossibilities.
There is clarity in everything that you do and life glows with unlimited possibility and aliveness.
When you expand your consciousness, you melt into reality and flow with life instead of against it.
You realise that you don’t need to do or get anything in order to be you.
Ease instead of struggle.
Vivid clarity instead of smudged blur.
You become more you because you stop editing out your inner wahoo awesomeness and unleash. You love the things you love more. You become more expressive and open and you feel a deep and wide happiness.
Full of ease and openness and yum.
You get more done and you feel better.
You live more.
Expand My Consciousness Eh? *scratches head* …How?
Many lifetimes have been spent sitting cross-legged in caves pondering this question but it’s not as difficult as it seems.
That’s probably why people find it tricky: most methods of expanding your consciousness are simple and don’t involve dark swirling clouds being shooed apart by an old bearded white guy to make way for angels to float down and shake your hand and pose for the T.V. cameras with you like you won the lottery while Elvis sings an electro remix of kumbaya in the background.
There are countless approaches to expanding your consciousness and becoming more aware and in reality. Most of them are similar to one another and basically involve deepening your awareness and melting into reality. Best way I can put it.
So here are a few techniques to try…
Rotation of Awareness
One ‘method’ of expanding your consciousness is by rotating your awareness to watch yourself and your mind from a different perspective in order to realise that:
a) you are not your mind since you’re watching it, you cannot BE it.
b) the perspective that you think you are – the one between your eyes – isn’t who you are but rather, you are every perspective and no perspective simultaneously.
Practically, when a thought comes up, notice it and then become aware of the part of you that is aware of the thought. Another approach is to imagine watching yourself from a different part of the room.
Another way to expand your consciousness is to become what Eckhart Tolle (affectionately known as ‘Ecky’) calls ‘Present’. He didn’t come up with the idea but wrote a surprisingly life-changing book about it called “The Power of Now”. Chchcheck it out.
The essence of becoming present is to melt into Right Now. Listen to the sounds in the room and the silences on which the sounds blip into being. Notice the space that surrounds and interpenetrates all objects around you.
Welcome the sensations surrounding everything that you feel in this moment and relish what you are experiencing. Become aware of your breathing. Melt into right now.
Feel the aliveness that pulses through your being. Close your eyes and focus your attention to your hand. You can feel your hand even with your eyes closed. Now allow that sensation of feeling your body from within with your eyes closed to expand to include your entire body, feeling each part ignite like a flamethrower as you pour your awareness into it. The weird thing is that you can feel that same aliveness when you touch other objects or just sense the space around you.
Another method that I’ve had indescribable success with is known as ‘releasing’ or ‘The Sedona Method’ which involves ‘letting go’ of feelings and negative emotions as they come up. When you’re feeling angsty and like you’re about to erupt, feel the sensation and then ask yourself, “can I let this go?”. There’s a lot more to it than that, including a laugh worthy of the front page of YouTube, but this is getting way too long and google is your friend and I’ll be rapping about it soon so check back.
Melt Into Reality
Consciousness isn’t just some catchy concept that you can read about on some guy’s blog that doesn’t get updated enough and boom, everything clicks into place and you can add ‘ I know what consciousness is’ to the list of things that makes you cool.
Duddn’t work like that ‘cos consciousness isn’t an understanding kinda thing.
It’s the essence of your entire experience of life.
Melt into reality and expand your consciousness and you’ll feel an almost supernatural sense of aliveness.
I know this sentence will sound like the basis for a future insanity plea but I swear to God, I’m looking out my window and it’s almost like I can feel the space between here and the wall on the other side of the street.
And more than anything, there’s space.
You know that no matter what, everything’s gonna be okay.
And if this article wasn’t already borderline thesis, I’d elaborate about how expanding your consciousness brings up a sense of connectedness with life. Unity nahmean?! UNITY. One love.
And there’s freedom from negativity and yuck stories and bleh.
And infinite potential.
And there’s clarity.
And there’s ease.
You get more done and you feel better.
And you live more.
Melt into reality.
P.S. Would LOVE a quick stumble if you have a sec
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