Living a Conscious Life

Continuinearthg off of my previous blog posting from the Caroline Myss’ book Anatomy of the Spirit I’d like to share the author’s steps to help you attain a higher level of consciousness along with some additional commentary on my opinions about these steps.

·         Develop a practice of introspection, and work to become conscious of what you believe and why.  I feel like this is very important practice to implement in our lives, we often don’t really look into what we belief and why we have that belief.

·         Keep an open mind, and learn to become aware when your mind is “shutting down.”  An open mind is essential to your conscious awareness.

·         Recognize defensiveness as an attempt to keep new insights from entering your mental field. What a beautiful way to see how being defensive is actually prohibiting your growth.

·         Interpret all situations and relationships as having a symbolic importance, even if you cannot immediately understand what it is. Many times we are blocked to some of the people in our lives, pay attention to their meaning and what they have to teach you.   

·         Become open to receiving guidance and insight through your dreams. How many times have you had a dream, but you didn’t listen or respond and then that dream repeated? Dreams are a way of communicating with you, a recurring dream is definitely trying to tell you something. Don’t be afraid to literally “follow your dreams.”

·         Work toward releasing any thoughts that promote self-pity or anger, or that blame imgp2433another person for anything that has happened to you. This is taking full responsibility for your life, with that you learn from your mistakes and move forward in a better direction thereby releasing the self-pity that holds us back.

·         Practice detachment. Make decisions based upon the wisest assessment you can in the immediate moment, rather than working to create a specific outcome. We often react a certain way in order to get the desired outcome that we would like to see, instead, don’t be attached to the way things end up, simply make the best decision possible.

·         Refrain from all judgments – not just those rendered against people and situations, but those that concern the size or importance of tasks. Rather, remind yourself continually of the higher truth that you cannot possibly see all the facts or details of any situation, nor visualize the long-term consequences of your actions. Beautifully said, judgment serves no one.

·         Learn to recognize when you are being influenced by a fear pattern. Immediately detach from that fear by observing its influence on your mind and emotions; then make choices that weaken the influence of those fears. Too many of our decisions are based from fear, instead of truth, love, service, and purpose.

·         Detach from all values that support the belief that success in life means achieving certain goals. Instead, view a successful life as a process of achieving self-control and the capacity to work through the challenges life brings you. Visualize success as an energy force rather than a physical one. With that said, success is within us and not any external circumstance. Mastering self-control is a successful feat that should be honored.

·         Act on your inner guidance, and give up your need for “proof” that you inner picture3aguidance is authentic. The more you ask for proof, the less likely you are to receive any. Trust your intuition, enough said.

·         Keep all your attention in the present moment- refrain from living in the past or worrying about the future. Learn to trust what you cannot see far more than what you can see. This is a beautiful statement about living in the now and trusting that the Universe/Spirit/Source is providing for you and knowing that all is coming together for the highest good of all concerned.

These steps are the key to living a conscious life (and business). How beautiful would are lives be if we lived these every day.

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4 Responses to “Living a Conscious Life”


  1. 1 Jerome M April 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Many of these ring true for me. Like you said, what a wonderful guide toward living consciously.

    I’m going to recommend Caroline Myss’ book as the next title for the online book discussion group I facilitate, A Novel Paradigm. If you have the time and desire, I invite you to join and share more of your insights. Our next title will be announced Friday April 10th, and we’ll begin reading and discussion on April 20th.

    Thank you for the inspiring post and the book lead!

    Jerome

  2. 3 Sean Patrick Simpson April 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    This is a fun topic! I’ll go ahead and write my commentary next to each point too!

    Develop a practice of introspection, and work to become conscious of what you believe and why. True true! Like you said people often don’t know why they believe what they believe. Practicing introspection, and specifically meditation on our thoughts, behaviors, and actions can open ourselves to new insights and create an awareness that we didn’t have before.

    Keep an open mind, and learn to become aware when your mind is “shutting down.” And to widen people’s perspective on this, I’d say in addition to ‘shutting down,’ say specifically ‘resisting.’ What shutting down is close to resisting, however it can be just a process of LITERALLY shutting down and not caring period and being in a lethargic state. The other area is in resisting. The human psyche today has been conditioned to resist what our ego does not like. When we can become aware to this resistance and let it be, resistance ceases to exist.

    Recognize defensiveness as an attempt to keep new insights from entering your mental field. Goes right along with the resistance topic!

    Interpret all situations and relationships as having a symbolic importance, even if you cannot immediately understand what it is. Have you ever read the book ‘The Alchemist?’ This reminds me of it. It refers to symbolic things as ‘omens.’ I love it!

    Become open to receiving guidance and insight through your dreams. Haven’t quite mastered or learned this area at all yet as I haven’t paid much attention to my dreams…Considering I mostly wake up feeling great, I haven’t considered to. I’ll do this next time I sleep!

    Work toward releasing any thoughts that promote self-pity or anger, or that blame another person for anything that has happened to you. Back to the concept of resistance! Also like you said, it’s about 100% responsibility for your life as well as not living in a sense of ‘entitlement,’ that people should treat you a certain way. People are people, they all have their own quirks and behaviors. The only person you can truly be responsible about is YOU!

    Practice detachment. Make decisions based upon the wisest assessment you can in the immediate moment, rather than working to create a specific outcome. When we’re here there IS no resistance!

    Detach from all values that support the belief that success in life means achieving certain goals. Yes! This is the concept of BE-DO-HAVE rather than HAVE-DO-BE!

    Act on your inner guidance, and give up your need for “proof” that you inner picture aguidance is authentic. Amen! I follow my intuition so much! When my thoughts begin getting in the way, I meditate, clear my mind, and allow the answer to flow to me.

    Keep all your attention in the present moment- refrain from living in the past or worrying about the future. Learn to trust what you cannot see far more than what you can see. And this, again, brings about the awareness and non-resistance to things the ego does not appreciate.

    That was fun!! 😀

    –Sean Patrick Simpson
    **The Mindset Apprentice**
    Twitter Me @vpsean


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