And, since most of our emotional junk lies within our much larger unconscious — thus it isn’t usually even considered — there’s a good chance it will manifest as something negative. We might believe it was fate. It wasn’t. The signs were there the entire time.
So, what really is Consciousness? I mean, if conscious (i.e., being conscious) is that important in order to be at our most effective and productive, we should know what it is. We should be able to define it. And, in studying this topic, I’ve heard many excellent definitions. The one that stands out for me however, in terms of practicality, is by T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. He described it as:
“Observing your thoughts and actions so that you can live from true choice
in the present moment rather than being run by programming from the past.”
I love it! Observation is the key. It’s actively digging in there and being…well, conscious of what we are thinking and doing. Only then can we know what we’re thinking and even know what (or, at least, that) we’re not thinking. And, only at that point can we begin to determine if perhaps some of these thoughts and feelings have been programmed into us rather than programs we have chosen to live by.
At the conclusion of the last article, I suggested that we overcome this by digging into our unconscious and becoming aware. In other words, it all begins with consciousness. It begins with it, but that’s not all it takes. As Jim Everett suggested in the Comments section, it’s not everything. He wrote:
“I don’t think the path to improvement is to rely completely on awareness, but to use the scarce and utterly important 2% of the time when we are aware to put into our unconscious what we want to act upon spontaneously and what we want the universe to validate to us.
“We are all equipped with a beautiful ‘auto-pilot’ system called our unconscious that we can program. We simply (not easily) need to understand how it operates and program it for the destination we desire and make the occasional course correction.”
Though I don’t know if the 2% he mentioned is the limit – with work, I’d hope it can be even more than that – I certainly agree with him. We don’t rely completely on awareness. It’s the awareness that allows us to take the next step which, as Jim suggested is to then program and allow our now more benevolent unconscious to guide us to where we consciously choose to go.
Before ending, however, I have a question for you: I mentioned that it was necessary to “dig into our unconscious.” Many, though, might say that’s counterproductive and instead we should step back and observe. What do you think? Have you found one approach to work better for you than the other? Or, could it be both? I’d love to know your thoughts.