It is important that we develop our consciousness to include more than our physical body. There are other parts of us that are just as real. For instance, there is a difference between the way we experience other people when they are asleep than when they are awake. You can tell when children are pretending to be asleep and when they are actually asleep. Something is present when they are awake that is absent when they are not. And though we can theorize endlessly why this is so, it is better to recognize that the difference is a real experience. Understanding this difference is key to developing spiritual consciousness.
Think of someone you know. Ask yourself, “What would this person look like if she entered the room without her body?” Funny question, yes? Or, consider what your place of work feels like when your supervisor is present and when he’s not. What changes when he enters the room? Again, can you isolate that feeling from the experience of being in his physical presence? Developing the ability to do so develops your spiritual consciousness. You become more aware of people’s energy than you do of their body.
The range of our senses is much greater than we normally utilize. There is no such thing as “extra” senses. We only have the one’s we are accustomed to using, only we use them in a limited way. Integral to spiritual training is the development of the full range of our senses.
Knowledge is important in the development of our spiritual consciousness. When I first saw a painting in a museum by Monet, I could not grasp why it was so popular. To me, it was a huge canvas of mottled blue-green shapes, vaguely similar to a pond with lilies floating on the surface of the water. But listening to the tutorial on my museum headset, I learned that what Monet was actually painting was the reflection of the sky in the water. All of a sudden, and with great force, it sprang into three-dimensions. I was completely blown away. All it took was for someone to tell me what to look for.
Presence is a quality of being that is not subject to time. The body lives in time; presence does not. When you turn your awareness toward your own presence or someone else’s, you step out of the field of time. And by doing so, you automatically rise above the limitations of space, because time and space are two sides of the same coin. Experiment with this.