Spiritual and intellectual growth requires expanding our range of perception and awareness. We need to open the three windows that govern the bandwidth of perception. Do you know what they are and how to open them?
The Three Windows of Awareness
Our consciousness is like a temple. Three portals can bring about positive change: reasoning, self-observation, and intuition. Seems simple right? Well, it’s not as easy as it looks because there are so many obstacles. Let’s look at these three portals.
Some think these three windows are separate elements. But they are complementary tools of consciousness. Opening them in the correct order will bring about positive changes. It increases the bandwidth of awareness. In turn, it reveals the actual Observer or our experience.
You see, we are the Observer. It is not our personality or instincts which are part of our Ego, which is a tool that connects our consciousness to our bodies. The Ego contains the critic, which is the negative aspect of Ego’s voice. These are all tools of awareness that make acclimation to our bodies seamless. But, they work so well many people think they are either their body or their Ego.
But, the “real you” is the Observer. It’s the person you talk to inside your head. It’s this aspect of “self” which some traditions call the spirit or the soul. So, the Observer is the entity that is consciousness. Expanding the range and scope of awareness enables us to see through the eyes of the Observer.
“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” ― Thich Nhat Hahn
If you open these three windows of awareness in the proper order, you create a chain reaction that propels our mental and spiritual growth. Opening them expands the bandwidth of our perception. When awareness grows, we increase our capabilities on several levels.
Increasing the bandwidth of reasoning and common sense helps us connect to our intuitive powers, improving our self-awareness. Self-awareness takes us beyond the Ego. It allows the Observer of our consciousness to come to the forefront. The Observer is the awareness we are talking to inside our heads. It’s the real you.
Opening these windows in the correct order is the key. We can’t emphasize the point enough. These three windows are locked. They stay that way because of the programming we receive from the cultural narrative.
The three windows of awareness are available to everyone. However, we need to unlock and open them in the proper order. The first key is opening the mind through the use of logical reasoning.
You unlock the capabilities by studying how arguments are used and misused to sell us everything from toothpaste to ideologies. Enhancing your critical thinking skills is the key to the power of the analytical mind. Once we unlock and open the analytical mind’s ability, we are ready to unlock the second window.
Intuition is the second window. Once we have a foundation of common sense, our intuitive mind makes more sense. When both reasoning and intuition work together, the third window of awareness opens then Observer shows up.
You don’t have to go anywhere to find these keys. You don’t need to join a religion. You will most certainly not find these keys in any famous religious texts. These windows are within your consciousness.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” ― Osho
Expanding Our Range of Awareness
Think of these three windows as an analogy to help you remember these three elements of consciousness. Unlocking the windows of awareness in the proper order is critical. Don’t skip steps. Otherwise, you will not achieve the result you desire.
Think of this as a process, like baking a cake. You need to follow the recipe. You need to add the right ingredients in the correct order. Then cook at the right temperature for the right amount of time. If you follow the recipe, you get something delicious. If not, you get a mess.
The first window we must open is the window of reasoning. It begins the expansion process by bringing your analytical capabilities online, enabling common sense and wisdom to shine through. Common sense and logical reasoning will help you uncover your internal deceptions. It also allows you to shine your light outward at the right time to the right audience.
Expanding our range of critical thinking skills will increase the scope of perception. You’ll need to do this before trying to use the other keys. We’ve divided this key into three tools, logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and the truth-seekers axioms. Together they will help you determine fact from fiction, theory from mythology.
Using this tool makes unlocking the next window possible. Strange as it may seem, but logic and intuition are not opposites. They are complementary tools that work together.
When most people hear the term self-observation, they think of the senses or observing the body. But, it’s really about being able to monitor your thoughts and feelings without judgment. The last part is the hardest because we learn to assign values to everything. When we judge, we give values such as good or bad, and we change whatever we are assessing. Our valuation of the thought distorts the original.
So, the key to self-observation is learning to do so without judging, accepting yourself as you then enabling you to change it. If you try to change any thought pattern, you must first take it in its original form. To do this, we need to think logically. That is why we must first enhance our ability to reason. Then we can use the insight to apply techniques for self-observation.
The last of the three windows of awareness is our intuition. It’s the ability to discern the hidden with the heart. The window is the window of unrelenting love. Once we can think logically without the inference of mythology and superstition, we can observe our thoughts without judgment. Clarity of inward observation opens the window to allow our intuition to speak. Expanding our range of intuition increases our ability to discern fact from fiction.
Intuition is the ability to gain knowledge without proof or evidence. Intuition is insight without the use of reasoning. We don’t know where the answers come from; they just arrive. Different writers give the word intuition different meanings. It ranges from “mystical insight” to” unconscious pattern recognition.”
The word intuition is often misused or mistranslated as instinct, truth, and belief. The word for intuition comes from the Latin verb intueri, which means “to contemplate.” And, so intuition and reason seem to be two different roads? But, perhaps just different paths to the same conclusion?
Once you’ve opened the first window now, you are ready to cultivate your intuition to encourage its growth. It involves learning to focus on the power of your intention. Your mind is like a garden. To get the flowers you want, you must tend the soil. Then plant the right seeds, water, and weed.
After unlocking the first and second windows, the next one can open. When you open the first two windows, you expand awareness, which allows the real you to come forward.
Revealing The Observer
Here’s the goal, we finally “see” without the interference. We need all three windows of awareness open to get past the Ego and any negative programming of the cultural narrative. It’s the window of the Seer and Shaman.
There are several ways to reveal the real you, the person you are talking to inside your head. This entity is the Observer who “Sees” all of your experience but is silent and unjudgemental. Some traditions call this the Soul or Spirit. We forget the Observer is the one looking out through the “windows of awareness.”
“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” ― Ramana Maharshi
The experience of the Observer is the natural outgrowth of consciousness. You can get a glimpse of this when one meditates, reaching pure consciousness. You can open this window of awareness using a process like Japa Meditation. You can also use the commercial version of the technique known worldwide as Transcendental Meditation. We teach Japa as part of the progression in our blended learning process.
The Symbolism of Windows in Dreams
One of the first places the Observer makes its presence known is in dreams. The technique of lucid dreaming can facilitate this transformation of awareness. A common typology in dreams is the window.
When you see a window in a dream, you must be aware enough to observe your relationship to it. Are you looking through the window from the inside of a building? Or, are you looking into the building from the outside? Or, is the window standing on its own? What do you see when you look through the window?
The symbolism of windows in dreams depends upon the type of window and the clarity of what you see when you look through it. It’s a portal that shows us something important. However, deciphering the message is depends upon your history.
Ask yourself some questions. Is this a portal to the spirit world or my subconscious mind? What feelings does this object conjure? Am I fearful of what I see or may see?
The analogy of the three windows helps us remember the correct process for expanding awareness. Unlocking the three windows of awareness in the proper order is the key. Expanding our range of awareness makes us whole.
“Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Analytical reasoning is first—intuition second and then the Observer’s window. Don’t rush past the first two while trying to reach the Eureka experience without grounding in reasoning and intuition.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia