It is tempting to think of consciousness in terms of its contents and not as a thing in and of itself, like thinking of a mirror that has no reflection. So, I want to be clear at the outset that it is consciousness itself that needs raising and not its contents. And by “raising,” I mean a kind of frequency enhancement that enables us to see more of what actually exists, an empowered awareness that can access a wider and wider context within which we experience the world.
Such a raising of consciousness, for instance, would enable us to have greater compassion for others, because we would be more aware of what they were feeling. It would prevent us from seeing other people as objects and thus make it more difficult to use them as though they were. Raising our consciousness would make it easier to see the world as interconnected, the “Web of Life,” and that what we do to one part of the web, we do to ourselves. It would enable us to see that sustainability in our economic systems is preferable to continual growth. It would show us immediately and obviously those things and activities that threaten our health and wellbeing, and which things enhance them. We would be able to see our rightful place in the world, and even more, our place in the world hereafter, so that we could make our life choices with our soul’s wellbeing in mind as well as our body’s.
There is so much more to the world and its workings than we see, either with our eyes or our understanding. And yet, year after year, those limits to our vision and our understanding are stretched further and further, so that now we are able to know exponentially more about everything than we could have ever imagined. But, we continue to believe that we see everything, that we understand it all, and in so doing we blind ourselves to what is yet possible. The act of raising our consciousness is a way to remedy that problem.
So how do we do it? Ironically, it is not by increasing our knowledge of the world or the things in it. It is by intentionally turning our awareness away from all things outer and turning it instead back in upon itself. This is kind of like a mirror looking at its own reflection (if it had one!) This might sound hopelessly abstract, so let’s look at it from a different perspective:
We know that there is an inner light, an energy, the power of life that courses through our body. The light we are looking for is this life energy made visible. It’s not hard to see. It’s easy to imagine, and the imagination is as good a tool as any to put us in touch with what is actually there. Think of it as your inner vision.
This inner light corresponds with the nerve energy in your body. The nerve fibers carry the electro-chemical substance of the nerve energy, and the nerve energy carries the light. Anywhere you have nerve energy in your body, you have light. The easiest place to see this light is in your central and autonomic nervous systems. Also, the terminuses of your hands and feet are especially active with radiation from the life force. But, it is better to look within your body than on the outside, to look at your inner core than at your fingertips.
How does light enable us to raise our consciousness? Simply put, we need light to see. When we realize that we see with our brain and not with our eyeballs, we get a better idea of what “seeing” actually is. In fact, we can take it one step further and realize that our brain doesn’t see anything either. It is our mind, which exists independently of our brain, that sees. So, light is that which enables our mind to see. The more light we have, the more we are aware of the reality of the space in which we live, both the inner and the outer.
There are many different ways to meditate, and this is just one of them. But I think you will find it an effective way to raise your consciousness. The key is to turn off your external sensory awareness and use your inner vision—your imagination—to look into your core energies, the light within the nerve energies of your spine. Lean into that. Allow it to spread throughout your inner space, your inner field of awareness. Later, you will see it start to flood your physical body, and the Illumination will begin.
See you there!