Our last entry a couple weeks ago dealt with the move from sleep to awake, from hypnotized to aware, from blind to seeing. These shifts imply and assume a shift in our consciousness.
So what is our consciousness?
I feel a need to define our terms so we are clear what we mean when we use these terms that are relatively unfamiliar to us in the Christian world.
Consciousness is the quality of our mind that includes our own internal reality. It includes our self-awareness, our relationship to our environment, our relationship to the people in our lives, and our worldview or model of reality.
Your consciousness, or perception of reality, is created by the interactions of your subjective and objective life. (Your subjective life being your interior world and your objective life being your exterior world…those two coming together is what creates your world view.) Simply put consciousness is HOW YOU EXPERIENCE THE WORLD.
I am trying to link this to what Jesus was doing when he came to earth. He was trying to get us to shift how we viewed and therefore experienced the world.
I want us to work on understanding how and in what ways we can transform our consciousness. That would mean….
1. Heightening our awareness and moving from asleep to awake (think about how Jesus warned of sleepiness!!!)
2. Transformation of our internal dialogue that creates the false self and tells a broken and incomplete story
3. Awareness and transformation of our worldview and mental models which is how we make meaning in our lives
In other words radically shifting your consciousness means radically shifting your perspective of who you are. Can you think of ah-ha moments or the culmination of a slow process where you had one of these shifts?