Eckart Tolle writes about the unconscious state of humanity stating; “Most people alternate between unconsciousness and deep unconsciousness. Presence or the state of NOW is either never experienced or is briefly experienced only accidentally without being recognized for what it is”.
So, what does it mean to be unconscious and/or deeply unconscious? To be unconscious is to live in total resistance to what is. This creates the unease and discontent that most people accept as normal living. When the resistance becomes intensified by a challenge it brings up negativity, anger, fear, depression, aggression, and deep unconsciousness.
Carl Jung, the renowned Swiss psychiatrist, wrote of a conversation he had in 1924 with a native American Indian Chief, Ochwiay Biano, (Chief Mountain Lake). Jung was sturck by the sincerity and unpretentious demeanor of the chief. The chief spoke very candidly with Dr. Jung; “See how cruel the whites look, their lips are thin, their noses sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression. They are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don’t know what they want. We think they are all mad.”
When asked why he thought whites were all mad, the chief responded; “They say they think with their heads.” Dr Jung responded; “Of, course, we think with our heads. How do you think?” “We think here”, the chief said as he put his hand over his heart. “This indian chief had struck a vulnerable spot and unvieled a truth to which we are blind”, noted Dr Jung.
The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you handle your daily challenges. An unconscious person falls more deeply unconscious while a conscious person becomes more intensely conscious. Your challenges can awaken you or pull you into an even deeper sleep.
Ordinary unconsciousness means being identified with your thought processes. Constant thoughts about the past, the future, your desires and your aversions keep you from appreciating the present moment. Most people live in a constant state of unease, discontent, boredom or nervousness – which creates a background of static. We think this is normal. It is only when we learn to be present that the ‘static’ stops and we feel a sense of relief. Just like when you become aware of the hum of an air conditioner only when it stops.
Ordinary unconsciousness can turn into deep unconsciousness with a sense of suffering and unhappiness when things go ‘wrong.’ Our suffering is intensified by our resistance to what is. In the present moment you are always safe. Negativity, discord and violence cannot enter the present moment. These challenges are your tests. The way in which you deal with them will indicate your state of consciousness. Be the witness of your thoughts and emotions. Become aware of your judgments, mental projections, and the undercurrent of unease, tension and nervousness. These are all signs of your resistance to the present moment of NOW.
Anytime you breathe deeply and feel the aliveness within your body you are entering the present moment. Ask; “Am I at ease at this moment?” Be as interested about what is going on within you as what is happening outside. If you are carrying around resentments? Observe them. The energy you emanate from these resentments is harmful. You are contaminating not only yourself, but those around you. What thought is your mind creating around this situation? Then either stop doing what you are doing, speak to the person concerned and fully express what you feel, or drop the negativty your mind has created around the situation. Negativity serves no purpose. Recognizing its futility is important and leads to real change. A negative inner state is very contagious and spreads quickly to all around you except the highly conscious.
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin; “The more I practice being in the present moment, the happier my life becomes.”
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