What is higher consciousness — and how can you elevate yourself to a higher level?

Higher consciousness has many names: collective consciousness, Christ consciousness, Buddha consciousness, superconsciousness, and God-consciousness.

Those names conjure up images of divinity and exceptionally high states of spiritual development or energetic vibration.

Higher consciousness is a spiritual or energetic awareness that transcends the mind’s normal preoccupation with the past and the future. As you raise your consciousness, you awaken to the eternal, unlimited nature of your being.

Higher consciousness is ever-increasing awareness of the meaning of existence, your spiritual essence, and of the spiritual or energetic nature of all things.

You may wonder if it’s possible to achieve higher consciousness, given the truly exceptional nature of the people we associate with it: Jesus, Buddha, etc. The answer is, YES, you can.

But mastering the mind and realizing our oneness with the infinite ocean of energy is not easy. Why?

First, we see, and then we believe. But ascending to a higher consciousness can only happen when we believe… and THEN see.

Feeling Alone And Vulnerable

We believe we are separate from everything else, alone and vulnerable.

But are we?

Imagine an ocean of pure, loving energy. It is infinite and eternal. As part of that ocean, where do you begin and end? What are your boundaries?

Look at the photo of the droplet of water above and see if you can spot it once it enters the greater body of water. You can’t.

And when it comes to the universal energy field, there is no surface, no boundaries — and so we can never, ever be separate from it. We (each and every one of us) ARE the ocean of conscious energy!

At the higher levels of consciousness, we no longer feel separate. We feel, know, and experience oneness with the universal energy field.

We are points of energy, but energy has no limits, only characteristics.

Spiritual Awakening

Through meditation and other spiritual practices including awareness (mindfulness), development of intuition, and the teachings of the ancient spiritual masters, you can elevate your consciousness to a higher level.

The beauty of spiritual awakening is that you are not “becoming” anything — you are simply awakening to your true nature and awakening your dormant faculties.

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Spiritual teachers make us aware that we are operating as only partially conscious beings due to our untrained minds as well as a preoccupation with more base desires (preoccupation with the physical experience and its pain, suffering, desire, and impermanence).

Most humans are in a state of being asleep even when awake, meaning we are blind to the true nature of existence.

We see what WE perceive to be a reality, but what we perceive is seen through the unconscious lenses of our past conditioning, which is completely different from that of any other human being.

That means that for every single person alive today, there is a different reality, a different truth. It’s no wonder we fight so much!

And, on a deeper level, it means that each one of us creates his or her own reality and his or her own universe. Imagine if you stopped seeing yourself as separate. How differently would you feel?

You would see YOUR face in the face of a stranger or an enemy. You would become patient, kind, and compassionate toward all beings.

This is the beginning of an awakening to your true nature as an infinite, eternal point of consciousness. When you learn self-mastery (mastery of thoughts and emotions) and embrace and embody the concepts of compassion, understanding, forgiveness, gratitude, unconditional love, patience, kindness, truthfulness, and humility (among others), you will reach a higher level of consciousness.

Transcending Your Thoughts

But that is not the end of awakening. At the exceptionally high levels of consciousness, you don’t master your thoughts anymore; you transcend them.

You become intensely aware of the true nature of reality, without the constant mental chatter and critique of “what is.” This level of self-control is difficult but certainly not impossible to achieve.

Anyone who is serious about transcending the mind and elevating themselves to that high consciousness can do so.

Why is it a process of steps?

The mind is difficult to master and it takes small incremental steps to master and then transcend it. You have to learn to master thoughts; emotions; your body; your mind’s wandering ways; and your propensity to mentally live in the past and the future.

When you are able to see reality as it truly is — NOT through the lenses of your conditioning; and when you are able to raise your energetic vibration through the right thoughts, words, and actions, then you continue elevating yourself to a higher consciousness.

What can you do to achieve Higher Consciousness?

You can alter your state of consciousness anytime when you meditate or pray, engage in yoga or other spiritual practice, have a “religious experience,” or engage in activities that induce a trance.

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In these states, you can experience an equally real, parallel world (also of your own creating).

One way to begin your ascension to higher consciousness right this moment is to think, say and do things that feel good and right and avoid things that feel terrible and wrong.

You will begin vibrating at a higher rate, the instant you do that, and you will attract correspondingly high-vibrating energies.

Even a glimpse of your true nature is compelling enough to want to take on this spiritual journey. As you do, the results of your physical experience will be absolutely amazing!

Have you experienced a state of oneness with the Universe? What did that feel like to you? Share with the tribe in the comments below.


*This article was originally published at blog.mindvalley.com.