Are you awake or not? Here are some important questions to find out if you are. And, if you are awake to what extent.
Awakening is not really the goal. Awakening is the starting point of your spiritual journey. To awaken is to embark on a life-long journey of discovery. It’s a step-by-step increase in awareness. Asking if you are awake is, therefore, a bit of a loaded question? Do you really want to know if you are awake?
Being awake is not a matter of intelligence. There are a number of smart people in the world, but sadly not all the smart ones have awakened. So, the misuse of people and the environment. The world needs more people are awake.
Are You Awake or Not?
Being awake is a measure of awareness. People who are aware are not always articulate. Nor are they always people with resources or social standing. However, the bandwidth of our awareness is a good measure. Our ability to perceive is key to awareness. It is more accurate than assessing intelligence or social skills. Do you really want to know if you are awake?
Awareness is an interesting commodity of consciousness. It fluctuates depending on the clarity of our thinking and perception. There are several factors that affect awareness and clarity of thought. Our level of rest affects awareness. Drugs alter awareness, either to diminish, distort, or expand it. The clarity of awareness shows up in our ability to observe. There are three categories we can look at to measure if someone is aware and thus awake.
The first one is our awareness during sleep or dreaming states of consciousness. The second is our awareness of our breathing. And the last thing is our curiosity about the unknown. So, we are assessing our awareness in the three basic states of consciousness, waking, dreaming, and sleeping. Here we go.
Do you really want to know?
Curiosity About the Unknown
That you are reading about being it is a sign you may be awake to some extent. Good for you! Awareness in this context is not about intellectual prowess. This is about the desire to go beyond boundaries and social conventions. There aren’t any questions for this category. Fan your curiosity. Keep reading and researching.
Many people live out their days on auto-pilot. Most people are content to remain plugged into the cultural narrative. Ego is fully in control and the programming of commercialism runs their lives.
Questions About Your Dreams
Do you dream, and if you do, can you remember them?
Are you aware you are dreaming? Do you dream but don’t remember them? If this sounds like your experience, then you really aren’t fully awake yet. This is a sure way to find out if you are you awake or not. But, don’t worry, The dream state is the first and easiest place to expand awareness.
Increasing the bandwidth of your awareness while dreaming will increase your ability to expand awareness in other windows of consciousness. An expansion of awareness also enhances your reasoning and perception abilities. This will be important when opening the doors to higher levels of consciousness. Waking, dreaming, and sleeping is the default settings. There are other possibilities available to everyone.
Questions About Your Breath
Can you observe your breath without interfering with it?
Learning to observe without interfering is an important skill in both “inner work”, as well as, in our perception. There are two simple but powerful exercises to expand your awareness and control of breath. These are the following processes on active and seated mindfulness meditation. It will not take your mind long to learn to observe your breath. As you learn to observe your breath you are building the skill of observation. This is an important element when you take the next step toward observing thoughts and feelings. Please practice and enjoy these mindfulness exercises:
- Throughout the day gently remind yourself to… stay present.
- Observe your body, your breath in the present moment.
- Eventually, the goal is to observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment.
- Take time to think before speaking or acting.
Seated Mindful Meditation
- Sit comfortably upright with the head floating above the shoulders, hands resting in the lap.
- The spine should be straight but not strained.
- Close the eyes.
- Bring your awareness to your posture and breath.
- When your mind interrupts, gently bring your awareness back to your posture and breath.
- Don’t force it. Don’t judge yourself.
- If you can’t observe your breath without interfering, then just focus on your posture.
- Ignore external distractions. When they occur, gently bring your awareness back to your posture and breathing.
- Write down your experience. We tend to miss the incremental growth if we don’t see the subtle changes when we go from a hyperactive mind to calmer states of simple awareness.
Questions About The Transcendent
Have you ever “experienced” being aware of the space, or gap between the three basic states of consciousness (waking, dreaming or sleeping)? This is a good sign.
In case you didn’t know, the three default states of consciousness are upheld by a deeper level of pure awareness. People who are “awake” and “aware” will notice these gaps, the spaces as they transition from one state of consciousness to another. Eventually, with the use of the Japa Meditation technique, you can become very familiar with this 4th state of consciousness, the transcendent state characterized as being restful-alertness.
Remember, the degree to which you are aware has NOTHING to do with your belief in any particular set of religious beliefs. Mythology has nothing to do with awareness, or consciousness or spiritual exploration. So, can you relate to this experience? Are you awake or not?
Spiritual exploration or whatever you call it involves the use of a number of different techniques (we call them spiritual technologies) that were pioneered and passed down to us through many ancient cultures. What are Spiritual Technologies?
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
Many people are happy to remain immersed in commercialism and hypnotized by capitalism. They want to stay asleep. How about you? Do you really want to know if you are awake or not?
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia