The 6th state of consciousness is a separate partition of awareness with unique experiential properties. How do you get there?
One of the foremost goals of spiritual exploration is reaching higher states of consciousness. Come with us on this journey, Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. Many enlightened sages tell us this is one of the chief reasons we are here.
The most divine mission of every human being is to explore himself. We all contain a seed, which is the source of unlimited possibilities and our link to GOD. The nurturing of this seed is the source of fulfillment and joy. The pursuit of own understanding is the ultimate divine purpose of life… — Osho
Whether we are aware of it or not, the real purpose of life is to realize the divinity within. ― Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)
Reaching Higher States of Consciousness
To better understand what the 6th state of consciousness is, we need to go over some background on the first five states. Our default platform of consciousness includes three basic partitions, 1) waking 2) dreaming and 3) sleeping. Of these three, the waking partition of consciousness takes priority. We call the experience of life in this partition of consciousness normal reality.
Next, let’s look at each of these three default partitions of consciousness. The normal waking state is the like ram memory setting of a computer. When we are in this default partition of awareness, our brain operates in the beta frequency range from 13 to 20 Hz. The normal range when we sleep is in the delta range around 1 to 3 cycles per second. The lines of demarcation between these basic states are often imperceptible. Most people are not aware of the shift from one partition of consciousness to another.
Although dreaming is a common experience, most people ignore its significance. It gives us a glimpse into other possibilities of non-ordinary reality. When we sleep and dream, we are generally not aware of time or space. That is, unless we train our mind through lucid dreaming techniques.
When we dream, the landscape is one of non-ordinary reality. So, even without the use of extraordinary processes or drugs to induce altered states, we experience non-ordinary reality regularly. Again, this is an important point to keep in mind. The door is always there, always open. We just need to learn how to use it.
Transcendental Consciousness The 4th State
Reaching higher states of consciousness starts with transcendental consciousness. We know it by several names including the 4th state, the transcendent, pure or bliss states of consciousness. This is a partition of consciousness with specific metabolic characteristics, including increased coherence of brainwave pattern and brain frequency operation in the theta-wave area around 4 to 7 Hz.
It is most notable for its profound state of rest while the mind remains alert. Scholars and teachers from Joseph Campbell to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi describe is as bliss consciousness because the individual is self-aware without having the normal inner dialogue.
You might remember early in our discussion we talked about how we don’t normally perceive the shift from waking to sleeping or from sleeping to dreaming. Well, some people do. They experience the gap or shift between different partitions of consciousness. And, you can too if you practice the methods of meditation noted above. If you practice a while, you will be able to perceive the shifting of these states. And, most interestingly, you’ll discover that it the 4th state of pure consciousness that undergirds the other default states. This is another way of expanding your awareness.
Shamanic Journey the 5th State
Reaching higher states of consciousness is a goal at the heart of many ancient cultures. The first spiritual process man developed is what we call the Shamanic Journey. We find this awareness altering process in many cultures around the world. This is a portal to non-ordinary reality which we create.
This process has a common theme. It uses rhythmic sound as a focal point. This controls heartbeat and breathing. Then the individual adds creative visualization techniques. This produces an altered state of awareness. Besides being self-aware, you project yourself into a “visionary state” of consciousness. You are both the director and participant within a landscape of non-ordinary reality.
The fifth state consciousness is what Michael Harner calls the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC). He is a noted anthropologist, writer, and Shaman. In this partition of consciousness, the brainwaves are in the theta-wave area.
The 6th State of Consciousness
When we meditate regularly and bathe the mind in transcendental consciousness, we prepare the nervous system and mind for growth. This allows the 4th state to combine with the default partitions of waking, dreaming, and sleeping. This combination results in a new level of consciousness, the 6th state.
This partition of consciousness is significant for several reasons. It proves we can expand awareness to view reality from two separate vantage points. So, we learn our awareness not confined to the limits of our bodies. The 6th state of consciousness It is a stepping stone to other higher levels of perception.
One achieves this sixth state through regular Japa or TM meditation. This process draws the mind naturally to the state of bliss. So, it is a natural progression to bring this quality into the waking state of ordinary reality. They describe the experience of this state as “witnessing.” It expands awareness to perceive reality from two separate vantage points simultaneously. There is a conscious awareness separate from the corporeal body while at the same time being fully “present” in mind and body.
This is what some call astral projection. This state of consciousness provides experiential proof that what we perceive as ordinary reality is more aptly a collective holographic construct. There is also the experiential realization that “we” are eternal and one with this reality as Observer or participant.
“In the morning stillness, when the world is just waking up and your conscious mind hasn’t fully taken over, you may feel a connection or passageway to another world and a feeling that something is about to happen in yours. It’s like a quiet storm is coming. You can feel the distant rumble of thunder on the horizon, yet you have no idea of the deluge your life is about to experience.” ― Padma Lakshmi
It is possible to get glimpses of the 6th state of consciousness. You may first experience the 6th state when waking up in the morning. In those precious moments of stillness between sleeping and waking states, it is possible to become aware that you are sleeping. Then, you observe yourself waking up. When the chatter of the mind is silent, then the transcendental state of pure consciousness can reach the surface of normal awareness.
If you try to hold onto this experience, it is gone and you are just awake. The best way to cultivate this awareness is to meditate regularly where you commune with pure awareness.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia