Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.
When we speak of higher consciousness, what we are referring to is the activation of the part of our brain which we typically do not access, at least not for lengthy periods of time. As human beings, we spend most of our lives functioning in states of lower consciousness, where what we are principally concerned with is ourselves, our survival and our own success, narrowly defined.
When you operate from your higher consciousness you are working from outside of lower consciousness, also referred to as the ‘ego’. When we function from the ego, we tend to be more self involved and self focused as individuals. When we are working out of higher consciousness, we access the parts of our brain that make us more self aware, less selfish, and we display more empathy, compassion and kindness. We act from love rather than from fear.
Higher consciousness is a huge triumph over the primitive mind which cannot envisage any such possibilities. Ideally, we would be a little more alive to the advantages of this higher mind and strive to make our oceanic experiences somewhat less random and less clothed in unnecessary mystery.
In a fast paced world which can appear to be driven by ego and fueled by technology, fame, material possessions and status; moments accessing the higher consciousness within us is necessary for balance both individually and collectively.
It is within this type of introspection that we gain insights into ourselves and indeed others that would perhaps have gone long unnoticed. When we actively seek to understand ourselves in this way, we are open to see the thoughts and belief systems that we have running in the background of our minds, which are allowing decisions and choices to be made unconsciously that perhaps don’t serve us.
How can we access Higher Consciousness?
There are two very clear ways to access your higher consciousness- intention and stillness (Meditation).
By setting the intention to access your this part of your brain, you are immediately creating the space for it to happen. Once you have the space and the intention, next you need stillness (Meditation). In the beginning stages of this practice you do not need to sit for hours in meditation, you could try for 5 minutes at a time. Simply sit, breathe deeply and hold that intention of opening up a dialogue with your higher consciousness. Pay attention to what you see in your minds eye. Do not attempt to label anything, just be.
If you practice every day, you will start to notice that your access to your higher consciousness will sharpen more and more. Your instincts will become sharper, you may start to feel happier and more clear in your mind, you may even start to notice that your intuition around certain things is stronger than it was.
All of these things point to an open awareness and a genuine connection to your higher consciousness. A pretty great skill to have don’t you think?
So, Try it today!
What is Samadhi? Samadhi is derived from the Sanskrit, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” Its most basic definition implies a complete state of concentration. Simply stated, samadhi is the mind’s ultimate state of being; it is enlightenment and the preliminary state to nirvana. A perfect union of the individualized soul with infinite spirit. A state of oneness; complete absorption.
Many a times, samadhis or exotic experiences of consciousness are equated with Self realization. Self realization for sure is not some samadhi as we typically understand it, nor some super exotic state of consciousness. Self realisation is simply being aware of awareness or abiding as awareness on effortless basis. This awareness is not created at the time of awakening but gets acknowledged concurrent with destruction of ego. The ‘oh‘ or ‘wow‘ after Self realization is wondering for missing this simple awareness, which while always present, never gets acknowledged during life with ego.
Self realization is often thought of as exalted state of samadhi, needing intense practise of meditations.
Constant discipline and daily meditation practice help each of us to rise up and break the old patterns and habits. While we might not attain samadhi in this lifetime, we are certainly better off and more evolved as humans when we practice meditation.
Finally, as you grow, remember to treat yourself with compassion, love, understanding, and forgiveness. You will fail, fall back into your old patterns, and forget what you’ve learned—that is inevitable. Always remember your own divinity. Remember that you are filled with absolute love and nothing less. And most of all, remember that’s it’s a journey and not a destination.