Awareness is a precious commodity. It’s the measure of our wakefulness and the bandwidth of perception. You find this higher range of awareness by practicing the right meditation not by following religion. — Guru Tua
Bandwidth of Perception
Our mind is like the wilderness. So, we need to tend to our awareness in the same we do the environment. If we pollute or damage the environment, plants won’t grow. Animals cannot use it. If they do, then they become sick and die. Cleaning up pollution takes more effort than keeping it free of toxic materials. But once it is polluted, we need to clean it up if want to use it safely.
Awareness is the conduit that governs our capacity for perception. The range of awareness affects our ability to think and reason. So, expanding our awareness is vital to our overall health and wellness. A narrow mindset is susceptible to the power of groupthink manipulation and suggestion. It becomes easy to program distorted thinking, values, and beliefs.
Our dominant cultural narrative is polluted by damaging racial, ethnic, and religious bias and prejudice. It promotes greed and the justification for hate. The three most popular religions spread this pollution. These are the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. They have a membership with half of the world population with over 4 billion members. And like the wilderness, if we do nothing about it the damage gets worse the pollution spreads. This pollution decreases the bandwidth of perception and awareness. People become narrow-minded.
People talk about being awake. Some people awaken a little at a time. Others awaken in great leaps and bounds. The measure of wakefulness is the degree to which we are awake. We can determine the degree to which we are awake by how we perceive ourselves and the world.
One can perceive things externally and internally. Some internal measures of wakefulness are present in the degree to which we are in touch with intuition, our creative impulse, and our wisdom. External measures are our level of observational awareness, our ability to sense external energies of people and places, and our situational awareness.
Our measure of wakefulness depends greatly on the clarity of our thinking. When our thinking is based on greed, bias, and prejudice, we cannot think or reason more clearly. Our conscience goes to sleep.
The Range of Awareness
Our awareness is what determines our reality. In fact, everything we experience happens within our awareness. What we perceive reflects our awareness. Awareness is on a continuum, this is the bandwidth of perception. On one end is someone asleep, they are controlled by dominant cultural narrative and live out their lives in service to it. On the other end of the continuum are those we call enlightened.
Awareness expands or contracts depending on the clarity of your mind. Our awareness can expand so that we can perceive more. For example, when most people dream, they do not realize they are dreaming. But people who learn lucid dreaming perceive that they are dreaming. Their perception expands to include both the experience of dreaming and their consciousness watching the dreaming being done. This is why awareness is such a precious commodity it is the measure of wakefulness.
How Culture Affects Awareness
Back to our analogy of the wilderness and the mind. Nature cannot recover if we keep polluting the environment. The same with the mind and our awareness. The pollution of an unhealthy culture distorts the bandwidth of perception and awareness. And, this harmful mindset cannot be fixed if we keep polluting it.
A worldview is unhealthy if it uses groupthink manipulation tactics to install bias and prejudice. This is mind pollution. Almost everyone is subject to massive amounts of this negative cultural programming under the guise of religion.
Many people do not have the choice of what they believe. Our family and culture often indoctrinate children and those who are vulnerable. But each of us has the responsibility to fix this programming if it contains bias and prejudice.
Determining the Measure of Wakefulness
The cultural narrative plays a huge role in supporting unhealthy thinking and values. It can contribute to our growth and expansion of awareness, or it can cause us to regress. You can tell where you are on the continuum of awareness by asking yourself some questions.
- Does the belief structure promote or cause you fear or anger?
- Do you feel you need to defend your beliefs about spiritual reality?
- Do your beliefs contain elements harmful to you, others, or the environment? Does it contain justification for harming or discriminating against others?
- If your belief system has a hierarchy, does this promote more value or human rights for certain classes, ethnicities or genders? In short, does it value some people more than others?
- Do your beliefs place boundaries on what you can think, what you value, what you can do? If so, are these boundaries applicable to everyone, or are some exempt?
- If there are boundaries are they around what you can believe about physical or spiritual reality?
- Are there boundaries for what is an acceptable spiritual practice? Are you permitted to create your own path of spiritual exploration?
An affirmative answer to any of these questions means you are subject to structures harmful to the health of your awareness. You have two choices.
You have two choices. Your first choice is to ignore your conscience. Ignore the evidence that exposes the truth about the cultural narrative and go back to sleep. Or, the second choice is to push back. Seek ways to expand your awareness as your situation allows.
If you desire to be more awake good for you! Be prudent. Many cultures are oppressive and restrictive. Working on the expansion of awareness may need to be a private endeavor. Sadly, there are societies where it is not safe to be a freethinker. Oppressive cultures exist around the globe. People think that the West is a bastion of freedom and tolerance for people of all backgrounds. Perhaps this was the case long ago. However, even in North America, one needs to be cautious and prudent.
Promoting the Expansion of Awareness
Here are some practical things you can do if you want to increase the bandwidth of perception and awareness.
- Eliminate or at least minimize your contact with the major mainstream news media. If you are a news junkie switch to independent sources.
- Eliminate your exposure to voluntary social and cultural programming. This is important, but it’s hard to do since it’s this comes under the guise of religion. Specifically, Western Organized Religion under the umbrella of the Abrahamic Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). If you can’t disengage the counteract the social programming by doing independent sources. Study and learn how to use logical reasoning. This is imperative. Otherwise, the longer you are subject to this social conditioning, the harder it is to reason objectively.
- Find other truth-seekers. If you can research together, that is a great strategy. If the culture you are in is oppressive. You create your path, but that doesn’t mean you have to walk it alone.
- Be careful not to share your new awareness and knowledge with those who would use it to persecute or ostracize.
We can increase the range of awareness if we nurture it correctly. Practice any form of seated or moving meditation that expands awareness. If we want to see ourselves and the world more clearly, we need to increase the bandwidth of perception.
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Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia