Recently a reader of my recently published book The Mercury Formula: Three Steps to Self-Transformation had inquired as to what is consciousness?
Consciousness is an interesting subject as it’s something that’s there, but it’s intangible. It can mean something different to each person, so I thought it worth defining for my readers.
Consciousness is awareness. It is that awareness that makes something truly alive.
Consider yourself as an example:
-You have a physical body
-You have emotions
-You have an intellect
But any one of these things in and of themselves does not comprise the truly unique aspect of what makes you, you.
You know the following to be true:
-You have a physical body, but you are not your body
-You have emotions, but you are not your emotions
-You have an intellect, but you are not your intellect
It is possible to observe, and subsequently master each of these aspects of yourself.
The observer is you, the observer is consciousness. Further consider the following:
Consciousness = Awareness
This awareness of your self and environment is consciousness.
A Useful Analogy for Illustrating Consciousness
Probably one of the best analogies I have discovered to illustrate the concept of consciousness is a dome light that protrudes from a ceiling. The space above the ceiling could represent spirit or empty space. The ceiling represents the boundary between spirit and matter. The dome protruding from the ceiling represents your body, and the light within the dome represents consciousness.
The ceiling and dome fixture are not the light, but facilitate the presentation of light to be experienced by the individual in the room. Your body and physical presence are not your consciousness or conscious self, but similarly are a vehicle in which consciousness may experience life on Earth.