by Michael Roads, Guest Writer for Wake Up World (excerpt).
Life, Mystery and the Unknown
The simple reality is, people today are not consciously involved in their own lives. Far too many people believe that life is an outside-of-Self event. The reverse is true. Life is something that many people are subconsciously afraid of, something they react to, and fear. All this accompanies a lack of awareness of consciousness. If you are conscious and aware of your moment-by-moment life, you are filled with an incredible wonder for the Mystery of life, a deep appreciation for the miracle which is life. Krishnamurti said it correctly; there is no such thing as the unconscious. If you can focus on the consciousness of your own life, if you can be aware of your conscious choices, of the flow of life within Self, then eventually you connect with Mystery, also known as the Unknown!
What is Mystery? This I will not attempt to answer, for to do so is meaningless. However, if you embrace Mystery with no attempt to understand it, you will find that all the barriers to discovery fall away. If, by using knowledge, you try to understand Mystery, to make the unknown known, you will certainly find that knowledge is a barrier to discovery!
So what happens when conscious people live without a fully conscious focus? It means that they are compelled to live from the subconscious level. If you were described as subnormal, it would mean that you were less than normal. To live subconsciously means exactly that; to live less than fully conscious. Apparently most people spend about ninety-three percent – yes 93%! – of their lives from a subconscious level. Think of that. Over ninety percent of your life less than fully conscious. Over ninety percent of your life on a secondhand basis. Over ninety percent of your life repeating your past. Over ninety percent of your life locked in a repeat pattern of sameness. Little wonder you get déja vu! Over ninety percent of your ‘newness’ is unavailable to you. All anger, all negative reactions, all fear, all violence, all intolerance, all rage, all wars, etcetera, come from and involve people who live subconsciously.
A fully conscious person has a Love relationship with life. This is how being conscious of consciousness expresses in humanity. You cannot be aware of the flow of consciousness in all life and live in a mundane way. When you perceive the magnificence and beauty in conscious life, that same energy is also expressing through you. Equally, until you are prepared and willing to be conscious of the consciousness of life, you remain spiritually unenlightened.
It would seem very strange to accept that a rabbit can be fully conscious in the moment while a human cannot. Obviously, such thinking is flawed. If a rabbit can be fully conscious in the moment, then surely with the greater potential of a human, we can be super-conscious in the moment. This is true, we can, but before we can live from our super-conscious state we have to live consciously. That is, conscious of being conscious. By living subconsciously, which is not bad or wrong, we are in the place where the victims of life function. This is the place of accusation and blame, of hurt and fear, of suffering and sickness. If you are a creative person you already know that you have to be fully conscious to create anew. You can subconsciously copy and imitate, but to create something new you have to be fully conscious in the moment of your creation.
So you want to live consciously – right? Practice being conscious. When you wake up in the morning, spend a few moments running your focused awareness over your body. Develop a sense of conscious appreciation for the faculties of your body. Such as, I can see – God, that’s wonderful. I can get out of bed and walk, fantastic. And so on. As your day unfolds, bring all these physical and mental attributes to your attention every now and again. When life gets a little threatening, put your focus on those attributes, and again feel that sense of conscious appreciation. When you look at people, really see them. If you choose to listen to people talking to you, really listen. There is nothing that you should, or should not be, to be aware and conscious. It is about being fully conscious with and of your actions. Most people are basically doing one thing while thinking about other things. Where is their attention? It is scattered and displaced. This is the place of accidents and mishaps, of pain and suffering, of illusions…
People are not focused, and doing and being are mostly dual subconscious expressions in conflict. We come out the loser in this. Oh, we can be wealthy, but we still miss out in the conscious continuity of life. Life is not a ‘one lifetime all over’ event. Life is a continuing process of either escalating conscious awareness, with its rewards, or declining conscious awareness, and all this invokes. When fully conscious we get to choose in life. When not fully conscious, we get ‘more of the same’, our subconscious repeats. Make a choice to live fully conscious of consciousness. This will not happen easily, but neither is it difficult. Habit is the stamping ground of the subconscious; newness is the proving ground of conscious awareness. Make your choice for newness … because not choosing newness means more of the same old same old same …!
The simple reality is … consciousness rules, okay!
Born in England in 1937, Michael Roads discovered at an early age he was able to communicate with nature and go beyond linear time and space. He immigrated to Australia in 1963 where he was a beef and dairy farmer, and prominent in the early organic movement. He wrote the first book on organic gardening in Australia, which was an immediate best seller. After a spiritual awakening in 1986, Michael wrote about his metaphysical experiences and has since published 14 books, and travels the world giving talks and 5-day ‘intensives’ on unconditional love and emotional balance. www.michaelroads.com