Cosmic Consciousness - The three states of existence
ASLEEP, AWAKE, or AWARE
In "spirituality", we speak of the "three states of being"....
ASLEEP: when one is not conscious of the "illusion", those individuals whose "self-awareness" is limited to the egoic identity and see "third-dimensional reality" as all there is....
AWAKE: the transition between being "asleep", and being "aware", usually brought forth by a pivotal event, such as an NDE (near-death experience) or an OBE (out-of-body experience)....
AWARE: when one knows that "existence" is far more than what we are taught to believe, that EVERYTHING is connected, WE ARE ALL ONE, like a drops of water in an enormous cosmic ocean, but no drop actually separate from any other drop, all one with, and not separate from the Divine....
Consciousness, Awareness and Being
By Remez Sasson
Watch closely your consciousness, this feeling and sensation of being aware and alive, and
observe what you feel. I do not mean that you look at the contents of your mind. I mean becoming
fully aware and conscious of the sensation of being alive and existing. Some concentration ability
is required to perform this simple exercise, because the mind and its thoughts will probably try to
stand in your way.
This consciousness I am referring to, is not the awareness of having a body, emotions or thoughts,
but of something beyond.
This consciousness is your inner being, and there is nothing mysterious or mystical about it. We all
experience this consciousness constantly, but never investigate or try to be consciously and intently
aware of it. This is because the mind and the attention flow outside, and rarely inside.
You might ask: "Why do I need to be aware of this consciousness? I have never thought about it
before. Why now?"
You are this consciousness - it is your being, and you therefore need to know about it. If you own a
car, don't you want to know, at least superficially, how to take care of it? If you own a TV, a mobile
phone or some other electrical appliance, don't you want to know how to use it efficiently, and
understand, at least a little, how it works?
The more you become aware of your consciousness, the more you become conscious and aware of
its power, and can utilize its power. Calmness, peace of mind, freedom from anxiety and worry, inner
strength and happiness are some of the by-products of becoming conscious and aware of your inner
When watching a beautiful, breathtaking landscape, do you sometimes become immersed and
overwhelmed by it, and for some moments you cease to be aware of your body, feelings and thoughts?
For a little while you become merged in some sort of silence.
A little while later, your mind starts verbalizing about the landscape, and you become aware again of
your feelings and thoughts. You return to your ordinary consciousness and awareness of your body
and its sensations.
You did not lose consciousness during this experience. It was a happy and joyous experience, in which
you became aware of something beyond your ordinary awareness.
This consciousness is beyond the body, feelings and thoughts. It is beyond beliefs, attitudes, names,
gender, family and social or economic status. It is your inner being.
Body feelings and thoughts are changeable and impermanent. Even the cells of the body change in
time. Yet, the Higher Consciousness never changes. It is immutable. It holds everything else together
like a string that holds a necklace of pearls. It is constant, but all the "things" attached to it or revolving
around it always change.
When you reject every component as not your "I", the residue that remains is something, which cannot
be described, only lived. It is an impersonal "I". It cannot be the object of thought, because it is above
and beyond thoughts and the mind.
You can know, experience and be this "I", but you cannot think about it or analyze it, as it is not an
outside object. This "I", this consciousness is the real you.
Discussing this consciousness is just mental acrobatics, because this consciousness is beyond thoughts.
It is fully experienced only when thoughts cease, whether unintentionally, as in the above case of watching
a landscape, or intentionally when special exercises are performed to enhance it.
By teaching yourself to be aware and immersed of this consciousness, the mind and the flow of thoughts
calm down, and you experience inner peace. This is usually done through meditation and proper mental
Being able to concentrate is a great help. Reading spiritual literature, or coming in contact with people
who are living in constant spiritual awareness are great aids. Your practice should be done in a relaxed
and calm way, without thinking of the target or worrying about it too much.
You do not need to search for this Consciousness. It is here, and you are living in it all the time. You only
forgot it. You are letting thoughts rule your life. The sky is always up there. If you don't see it, this is
because of the clouds that cover it. In the same way the clouds of thoughts cover your Consciousness,
but by removing them you become aware of it.
This Consciousness I am talking about, is not the everyday, ordinary awareness of our body, ego and
personality. It is not the awareness of the world around us. It is a sort of "Higher Consciousness" that
stands beyond the ordinary one, and is responsible for it.
The ordinary consciousness is changeable and intermittent. At times we are aware of the outer world
and at other times unaware or only partially aware. There are times of sleep and times of wakefulness.
Yet, the "Inner Consciousness" is always present. It never ceases to be and is always present. It is at the
background of whatever happens in life.
Developing the power of concentration, practicing meditation and trying to be aware of your Awareness,
Consciousness, and Being, is the way to the golden key that opens the door of Enlightenment.