In our blog of February 4, 2019, we addressed the meaning of living consciously and urged our readers to visit www.Liveconscious.com and, in particular, Jack Eagle’s article “Thrilled To Be Alive.” It is a topic I relate to deeply and enjoy commenting on with ideas, tools and skills that may be helpful to some in their quest to “rise in consciousness.” This arising in consciousness is a pre-condition to living more consciously for both our own benefit and the benefit of all the others around us.
To live consciously has to do with awareness–awareness of self, of others and of our environment. It includes awareness of the effects we have on ourself, others and the environment.
Most people are overly self-absorbed with finding ways to meet their fundamental needs first, and beyond, to meet a multitude of perceived needs. That search generates fears, worries and tensions that fosters a climate of internal struggle as they look for solutions to their problems and ways to gain from opportunities. Jack Eagle refers to that state as living from a “safety consciousness.” The personal experience he relates in “Thrilled To Be Alive” led him at a time of great personal stress to an epiphany as he realizes the depth of his love for his wife, and as an extension, his love for life. He sees this as an opening of the heart and refers to his state of gratitude as living from a “heart consciousness.” In that shift there is the new awareness that the only problem he had was the thinking that there was a problem. He realized that the more he worked at addressing a problem as a problem, the more he validated the problem in his mind. This echoes the admonition of the spiritual teacher Joel S. Goldsmith (1892–1962):*
Eagle goes on to explain that when we suffer from a negative emotion as a reaction to another person or event, that “primary emotion” is generally short-lived. What extends and magnifies our suffering is the “secondary emotion” that has to do with our reaction to our primary emotion–“the feelings we have about the feeling we had.” Those feelings are “internal dialogues and stories we tell ourselves about life events.” So long as we remain in a state of safety consciousness we prolong the agony. If we can rise to a state dominated by heart consciousness there is a shift in our perception that results in being “out of despair, into an awe of life.”
This process creates an enhanced emotional maturity that brings us to the understanding that although “life includes problems, … it does not need to include suffering.” Suffering feeds our self-created life story bending toward a dramatic view of self and of life. It is a lack of awareness “of one’s authorship of one’s life and world where one flees.” But the opening of the heart feeds a fuller, truer, and more exalted view of self and of life that makes us both happier and more pleasant for others.
In short, “the awareness that there is the potential to be more fully our true self” is a jumping board toward a higher consciousness that improves our quality of life and of all the others (people, plants, animals and the environment) around us.
For whoever thinks that all this is new age mumbo jumbo, consider that The New York Times reported February 4, 2019 that the British government has announced 370 English schools will start to practice mindfulness—“relaxation and breathing techniques and other methods to help regulate emotions”—in a new initiative and study aimed at addressing the mental health crisis affecting young generations. The study which runs through 2021 is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
It has been said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama suggested that the purpose of life is
This statement leads us to see that the way to happiness requires a strong degree of conscious living.
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*Joel Solomon Goldsmith (March 10, 1892 – June 17, 1964) was an American spiritual author, teacher, spiritual healer, and modern-day mystic. He founded The Infinite Way movement, a spiritual teaching revealing the nature of God as one infinite power, intelligence, and love; the nature of the individual as one with God's qualities and character, expressed in infinite forms and variety; and the nature of the discords of this world as a misconception of God's expression of Himself in His universe.
“Thrilled To Be Alive.” Live Conscious, 13 Jan. 2018, liveconscious.com/2017/12/thrilled-to-be-alive/.
Magra, Iliana. “Schools in England Introduce a New Subject: Mindfulness.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 4 Feb. 2019, www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/world/europe/uk-mindfulness-children-school.html.