The term consciousness correlates to energy, focus, awareness, vibration, and spirituality – it’s a state of ‘being.’ New-age mystics and scientists both are trying to explore and expand the knowledge on consciousness, but the concept seems to be a little tricky to comprehend by a novice brain. Today, we have jotted down our perspective of this well-talked-about topic. Take a dive and see how the world you experience (or do not experience) is because of you being conscious or unconscious.
In simple words, consciousness is awareness of what’s going on around us and what’s going on within us. The point of awareness or consciousness is called the observer, the soul, the self. You are conscious while connecting to this materialistic world, and you are conscious when you are choosing to quiet your mind and listen to your higher self. It’s when you pay attention to something or someone, and when you experience things that are making you feel alive and aware of your surroundings.
Consciousness is everything that you are, everything that you are not, and everything that you want to be and experience.
Evolution of Consciousness
When the term consciousness first came into being?
Well, there are no proven facts to answer this question correctly – consciousness is an ancient concept with several defined and undefined meanings.
However, it is believed that psychologist and philosopher Willian James first came up with the idea of “the stream of consciousness”. According to his theory, consciousness is a thing that keeps going on. It is like a stream of thoughts and ideas and images that flow through our heads.
There are some other popular theories as well, some of them are discussed below –
Mayan and Incan Theories of Consciousness
Mayan and Incan theory defines consciousness as human awareness of both the internal and external stimuli.
The Mayans were the first to come up with an organized sense of each level of consciousness along with its purpose and connection to humankind. On the other hand, the Incan took consciousness as a progressive thing rather than awareness but primarily of other concerns as well.
Sigmund Freud on Consciousness
Sigmund Freud was known for his five-stage theory of human development. His Psychoanalytic theory originated through his observation and thorough experience of adults’ recollection of memories during therapy sessions.
He started working in the 1880s and by the end of the 1890s, his theory took more of the formal attributes of its five stages. According to his theory, the components of the mind include the conscious, pre-conscious, and subconscious mind along with the three components of personality: the Id, the Ego, and the SuperEgo. The three distinct levels of consciousness have their separate function, helping humans to evolve and unlock their true power.
John Locke on Consciousness
John Locke’s philosophy of mind gained huge attention in the past three centuries. His theory of consciousness is often regarded as a forerunner or Higher-Order Perception (HOP) theory.
According to his theory, a mental state is conscious and the concept of consciousness brings the capacity to form second-order mental states. Locke viewed the theory of consciousness as internal sense or reflection and his theory is often called the (HOM) Higher-Order Monitoring theory.
Experiencing Consciousness by Being Mindful
If you are yet to embrace your sense of being, i.e. experiencing the consciousness, you need to let go for all limiting thoughts that hold you back.
You need to shift your attention to this very present moment and notice the heightened awareness to seek some clarity and perspective. Doing so with an intention of transformation can help you take control of your life’s wheel and drive to the way of ultimate peace and security. Further, you can activate your consciousness by practicing meditation, connecting with Mother Nature, repeating mantras, and by affirming that you are a calm, centered, and balanced being.
Ayahuasca and Consciousness
Ayahuasca is a powerful brew that’s ideal to help people tap into their untapped human potential. It’s prepared by shamans and is consumed in a sacred ceremony organized in a safe and peaceful setting.
People who have participated in Ayahuasca retreat have reported deep spiritual healing leading to a higher sense of awareness. They talk about living life more consciously and making choices that help them address challenges with a clear and composed mind.
If you are keen to design a rewarding and constructive life, choose to discover the Ayahuasca experience. It will help you clean up the existing negative energy and become mindful of your thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Book your Ayahuasca retreat with us today and let the magic unfold for you.