― Wayne W. Dyer
Sigmund Freud once said, “Consciousness is contagious.”
Freud was correct. Your consciousness, whether it’s low, medium or high, wherever it is on the consciousness continuum, just like your attitude, influences everyone around you. If you have ever spent time around a toxic, negative person or an amazingly joyous one, you will know that the emotionality or the level of consciousness of these people affects you.
There are infinite levels of conscious awareness and all levels of consciousness are available to us when we are being still in the mindful moment. Which level of consciousness we choose is up to us.
Definitions of consciousness
Consciousness refers to being aware of your unique thoughts, memories, emotions, sensations and environment. Your conscious experiences are constantly shifting and changing. For example, in one moment, you may be focused on reading this blog, the next moment you may be aware that you’re thirsty. We have different levels of consciousness; it is a continuum. A simple view is to define both lower and higher consciousness. You can understand that they are two reference points on the continuum.
- Lower consciousness – This involves thoughts mostly concerned with survival, of the self or those closest to us. Our lower-conscious thoughts may involve food, safety and sex.
- Higher consciousness – When in our higher consciousness, we are fully aware of all of our thoughts, actions, maybe even our beliefs. It’s a state of consciousness in which your focus is enhanced; you are more aware of your own thoughts and actions and how they affect others. A leader with a higher consciousness uses moral judgment.
One of the greatest benefits of living in the mindful moment and having mindful moments is that you can create a variety of choices on how you want yourself to think and react. You may become aware of your lower and higher consciousness choices. Let’s define how we will use these terms.
We use our higher consciousness when we are fully aware of all of our thoughts, emotions, actions, maybe even our beliefs. And we also transcend our own experiences and extend ourselves and our understanding to encompass broader aspects of humankind, life and our planet and how we affect all of these with our thoughts and actions. It’s humanity’s highest potential.
It’s like climbing a mountain; you can see more and perceive more as you go higher. The bigger your perspective, the greater number of choices you have or can create, and the more options and possibilities you have.
How aware are you of your different levels of consciousness? Thanks for sharing.
For questions about this post or for information on becoming a fearless leader, contact Dr. Cathy Greenberg and The Fearless Leader Group at (888) 320-1299 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.