The Value of Raising Your Consciousness

Bill Harris said, “It is impossible to create something that does not serve you, and at the same time create it consciously.  You can, however, create dysfunctional feelings, behaviors and outcomes over and over as long as you create them unconsciously (without continuous awareness.)  If you observe the creation of feelings, behaviors, or outcomes with conscious awareness, those that do not serve you will fall away.”  Therefore, the key to building the life you want, and gaining peace and happiness, is to gradually increase you awareness/consciousness over time.  As you do this, old non-resourceful thoughts, emotions and behaviors fall away from disuse and are replaced by the ones you choose.  Your first step is to accept responsibility for your thoughts, emotions and behavior.  When you are largely unconscious life appears to be happening to you, when in reality it is coming from unconscious conditioning within your mind.  Your second step is to develop awareness of each thought, emotion and behavior when it first arises so you can choose to accept it or create a new mental pathway.  Increased awareness/consciousness gives you the ability to choose the thoughts, emotions and behavior that are most beneficial, rather than think, feel and respond like Pavlov’s dogs.  There are two ways to rapidly increase your awareness: meditating and witnessing.  In meditation you realize you are the awareness behind your mind and body and then you apply it as you witness your thoughts, emotions and behavior.  The moment an impulse first arises in your mind you choose whether or not to identify with it and thereby, energize it.  Rather than judge or repress non-resourceful thoughts, emotions and behavior you simply let them pass as clouds in the sky.  The more often you practice witnessing the better you get at recognizing the triggers that move you into unconsciousness.  Bill Harris said, “You just cannot do something that is not good for you and also do it consciously.”


Life Coach – Dr. Dean R. McCormick