07 Jul Three Ways To Achieve Higher Consciousness
By Jacklyn Fee
“The best thing you can ever do is believe in yourself.” Buddha Teachings
The very fact that I am able to sit down today and write about “higher consciousness” is a testament of my own attempt to experience it in my daily life. As a therapist, I have many clients today, a couple of administrative deadlines, and a swirl of thoughts regarding upcoming social obligations in the next few weeks. We all have busy lives. We are all distracted by the minutiae that takes up the majority of the space in our brain. I need to focus and stop the chatter so I can share a few ways that will genuinely support your well-being and your mental health. I promise that it will only take a few minutes a day to get started on this path to a peaceful and meaningful existence. It will not cost you very much time.
So what is the catch? There is no catch. Life is filled with much happiness and much sadness and everything in-between. Life can be frustrating, messy, boring,scary, worrisome, stressful, and unfair. And you can fill in the blanks for many other words. But the other side of the figurative pendulum of life is brilliance and goodness and joy. There is a quote that I like to think about and share. The author is unknown to me: “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” I guide my clients in how to choose not to suffer. And now, even though I was having a day of distracted thoughts myself (after all, I said I was a therapist, not a Buddhist monk), I am focusing entirely on writing this blog and happily living in the present. My heart is filled with gratitude.
Three Steps to Achieve Higher Consciousness
There are three simple steps to help you achieve a higher consciousness. Let’s get started!
1. Affirm and Visualize: Beginning your day with an affirmation (before you get out of bed) is a great way to start living in a higher consciousness. Be very kind to yourself with your thoughts. Think of how much a good friend might appreciate your very essence. Do they love your silly sense of humor? Do they know that you have a heart of gold underneath a veneer of sarcasm? Whatever your personality traits may be, embrace them. It is not about becoming somebody else, it’s about rediscovering and then appreciating yourself. Not the best version of yourself, just yourself – plain and simple. Just like when you were a child and you were innocent and perfect. Every day before your feet hit the ground running, think of one or two or three affirmations. If you can see it, you can be it. “I am kind”, “I am flexible” or “I am resilient” are examples. On a brave day you may throw caution to the wind and mention things that include beauty, brains and talent. It’s all about believing in yourself!
2. Mindfulness: is a form of meditation. The word meditation means: “to become familiar with.” This is the goal of mindfulness practice,to become familiar with thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you and to begin healing from the inside. Take an objective look at what you believe is holding you back and create a map of your future to help you mentally rehearse and confidently step into the unknown. In our attempt to awaken our true nature, it is helpful to use the internet to seek out ways to achieve mindfulness and quiet the mind through activities like breath work. Just google “higher consciousness” or “mindfulness.” You will discover information that will speak to you. Embrace the possibility that you can heighten your spirituality by using an electronic device. You already use these devices for much of the day anyway. Why not use them to help you create a future of peaceful existence? A novel idea, but also practical and easy. Just a few minutes here and there is all that is required.
3. Awareness: Increased awareness of a meaningful life can help you achieve a meaningful life. It’s a simple concept about being grateful for the present. It’s about elevating yourself beyond the narrowly defined propensity to dwell on how you are feeling shortchanged by the world. Discover ways you can truly connect to the beauty and energy within all things. You can start by finding yourself in the face of strangers. This helps to step away from the misconception that you are separate from everything else and will help you begin to feel, know, and experience oneness.
Finding the appropriate therapist can provide you with the resources you need to make positive changes and help create the life you desire. What you really need to consider is seeking someone who “gets you”. It’s beneficial to select the therapist with the X-factor that can walk beside you in solidarity.
Once you begin the journey, your family and friends will notice. You’ll have confidence in your new outlook. Start small and know you are incrementally working towards a life of fulfillment and purpose. How will you know that it’s working? You will find proof through your interactions with the outside world. It’s the law of attraction. If you are grateful for what you already have and feel abundant, by law of attraction you will receive everything you need in ways you never thought possible. Higher consciousness surpasses the ordinary mind – so take that leap of faith and remember “the best thing you can ever do is believe in yourself.”