If you’re like me, you probably thought when you were younger that you were as fully conscious and aware as you were ever going to be. Ah, the innocence of youth. Then, as the years rolled by, you realized that you had been just self-absorbed enough to not realize that you were sleepwalking through life. As you gradually “awoke in the dream” and learned how to become a conscious witness to your own life, you marveled at how clueless you had been.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
That’s the Catch-22 of life. You don’t have a clue that you don’t have a clue, so you are blissfully unaware that clues are scattered about you wherever you are and wherever you look. If you’re wondering if you’re still clueless (which is your fist clue that you are!), look at how you respond to constructive criticism. If you get defensive or angry, you are still asleep at the wheel. A conscious, enlightened person will listen carefully and, regardless of the intent of the person providing the feedback, welcome the comment with gratitude and detachment, either accepting it as true and making changes accordingly or dismissing it as lacking in merit.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Here are more indications that you are not living consciously:
• If you think that what you believe is unquestionably the way things are.
• If you think you have no choice about the way you react to good news and bad news.
• If you think that bad news cannot possibly be good news and good news cannot possibly be bad news.
• If you judge others harshly without regard to their life circumstances and experiences.
• If you feel entitled to special treatment . . . ever.
• If you think that your religion is the only one that got it right.
• If you believe that everything that happens to you is random.
• If you believe that the purpose of life is to enjoy all the pleasures the world has to offer.
• If you avoid introspection.
• If you often lose your temper in your relationships at home or at work.
• If you rationalize any of your behaviors or actions.
• If you think that you’ve got life all figured out.
• If you think scripture can only be interpreted literally.
• If you think you know God.
• If you think you don’t have to learn and grow anymore.
• If you believe what you believe only because that’s what you were taught when you were younger.
How do you start living more consciously? When you can observe your thoughts as if they were someone else’s, you move from self-absorption to self-awareness. You begin living harmoniously when you perform every action with mindfulness and conscious intent.
No matter where you are right now or how far the road stretches in front of you, be kind to yourself. You know more about life now that you did five years ago, and you will know more about life five years from now than you do right now. Life never stops. So hang on and enjoy the ride!
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!
THROUGH GOD’S EYES PDF SAMPLER
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.