11 Important Tips To RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS
What does âraising consciousnessâ actually mean? It is often portrayed as some sort of super-human accomplishment that will grant us spiritual super powersâŠ but it is simply about becoming freer within ourselves. The freer we feel within â not âbecauseâ of this or that â the LIGHTER we are. Becoming enlightened is simply aboutÂ lightening up. We can now forget about becoming something more âspecial.â Raising our consciousness isÂ simply the process of lightening up our load of baggage so we can move freely and fluidly as the light beings that we already are!
Here are 11 tips and insights (with links to talks and guided clearing meditations) that have personally helped me lighten up my own load and shift my consciousness.
1. Be You in Every Moment
Yep, itâs that simple. Replace pretense with your presence. You donât have to wait until you feel âgood,â âperfect,â âenlightenedâ or wait for something to happen for you to relax into your own being.Â You donât need to look at anothers journey and compare, judge or doubt yourself either. This type of thinking just tricks you out of the perfection ofÂ youÂ in this moment anyways.Â No matter what you are feeling or what the situation is,Â just be youÂ and let the rest unfold.
âFind that placeÂ which is effortlesslyÂ at rest within itself.Â Be thereâbe one with that.â âÂ Mooji
2. Let Go of the Fear of Feeling
This is a big one. Discovering who we are is no different than opening the door of a house â the house being a metaphor for our human mind.Â Itâs a great step, weâre letting some light in! But does it mean we have visited it thoroughly? Does it necessarily mean we have experienced each room, opened every closet, and even spent some time in the âscaryâ basement? Perhaps we have quickly peaked in each room, but have we taken the time to explore them fully, meditate in them, open the windows to let some light in, and perhaps do a little clean up? Are we okay with leaving the doors open for us and others to see?
The light of our awareness isnât limited to entering what is comfortable and acceptable to the mind. It is here to illuminate all rooms â even those dusty closets with all of the old, emotionally charged baggage we have been reluctant to explore.Â What hasÂ laidÂ dormant within each room is often ignored. But now, the winds of change are blowing all doors open and many of us are feeling and re-experiencing many emotions that we have once protected ourselves from feeling again. The only thing that blocks us from seeing the blessing in letting the wind blow us open is the fear of feeling.Â When we choose to not be controlled and defined by this fear anymore, we naturally keep all of our doors open knowing that it cannot break who weare, but only identities with old patterns that were limiting our inner-freedom and peace anyways.
âThe intent of this journey isnât to âfeel good,â but rather to feel whats actually unfolding within us right now. in other words, our intent isnât to feel better, but to get better at feeling. Our authentic state of presence is joyful, harmonious, peaceful and loving. However, to awaken to our presence initially requires journeying through the current condition of the emotional body.â â Michael Brown, The Presence Process
3. Identify With Nothing (Not Even a Spiritual Identity)
Dis-identify from labels:Â Can you identify as nothing in particular? For example, look at a bunny, a bird or a flower. Is the bunny hopping around thinking itâs a bunny, is the bird singing because it knows âthatâs what birds do,â and is the beauty of a flower experienced via itâs name, or is it simply witnessed in silence? The same goes with us. Letâs not dismiss the BEING within the term âhuman being.â The less we let ourselves be defined by identity, the more space we allow for our own authentic presence to shine through, and the lighter and more alive we feel. Take a moment to breathe in this very moment and identify as NO-THING. There you areâŠ
Dis-identify from thoughts and emotions:Â This is also a great reminder when it comes to letting ourselves feel. We are currently living in times where a lot of stuff is coming to the surface for release, whether it be belief systems, blocked emotions, trauma imprints, identities and perceptions. The smoothest way to move through it all is to not only release the fear of feeling, but to not always jump to identify with what stories and emotions come through. This can be a challenge, but it helps to know that dis-identifying is not something we DO, but is something we ARE underneath all that weâre trying to do! Underneath the mental noise, we are HERE,Â observingÂ what passes andÂ feelingÂ all sensations without judging or identifying. When we consciously move from identification to detached observation, we shift from resistance and confusion to peace and clarity.
âFeelings are Just Visitors â Donât Identifyâ â Mooji
4. Donât Be so Hard on Yourself
âRaising consciousnessâ is not a serious mission. Thereâs no self-judgment or âI wonât make itâ kind of thinking required. Remember, weâre here to be human and awaken through this human form â not deny it altogether. Weâre not lacking peace because we have allowed ourselves to be human, we lack peace because we judge and resist certain aspects of being human while chasing and overvaluing others. We are not here to make ourselves an enemy and seek to destroy our ego; we are simply choosing to become conscious of how it currently operates and make some adjustments without an ounce of judgment. We can definitely give ourselves a pat on the back, planet Earth is one intense school. But it is with great love and excitement that our souls are intending to make a shift, not with self-judgment.
âDo you really think you can embody your true nature of peace and unconditional love by fighting and judging yourself?â â Higher Self
5. Donât Make Personal Growth Into a Means To âGet What You Wantâ
When we are identified with the ego, we believe in the thought âI lack and therefore must fillâ when in truth, we are whole and complete. Even when it comes to our own spiritual development, we can get caught up thinking âif I clear this pattern, I can then manifest the âidealâ relationship, stop that experience and get what I want insteadâ or âIf I clear my fear right now, I can prevent it from happening later.â As much as a shift in consciousness does shift our reality, holding on to expectations still focuses our awareness outside of us and therefore keeps us in the very state we think we want to move beyond.
Notice how in this state of expectation, we still judge our current experience â our very messenger and teacher â and look outside of ourselves for something âbetter.â When we are truly beyond past fears and insecurities, not âgetting what we wantâ wonât affect our inner-peace because our true source of peace is within anyways.Â It doesnât mean we canât have what we desire, it only means our entire sense of self and inner-peace wonât be dependent on it. In a state of inner-freedom, not only more possibilities will open up to us, weâll have the eyes to see it!
If I had to invent a mantra about this, it would be this one:Â I am releasing what no longer serves to be FREE within myself, not to project outcomes.
âYou find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.â –Â Eckhart Tolle
6. Be More Interested in Your Reaction Than In Who/What Triggered It
If we tend to always react in the same old ways to specific scenarios, it might be time to question our reactions instead of pointing our fingers out there. I can tell you from experience: focusing solely on external triggers leads nowhere. When we accept that outer circumstances and other souls can play certain roles to make us aware of our sensitivities, we realize it is futile to shoot theÂ messengers. We should actually thank the messengers for the message they bring! Sure, the urge to react can be strong, but this is a perfect opportunity to apply the wisdom and simply sit with our feelings. By allowing what we feel to just be, we are able to detach from our reaction and see things from a higher perspective.
âI reacted this way because I let myself be affected by otherâs judgment,â âThis person attacked me because of their own insecurity,â âIt upset me because it reminds me of a past scenario I have not yet made peace withâŠâÂ These are examples of what realizations may occur when we take the time to observe what is taking place. When we acknowledge the core beliefs behind of our reactions and let them go, our consciousness naturally raises beyond old patterns.
âWe donât blame the mail carrier for bills that are delivered, just as we donât blame the mirror for what it reflects. Likewise, itâs pointless reacting to reflections of our un-integrated emotional charge.â â Michael Brown, The Presence Process
P.S. Even when it comes to the corruption of this world, it is not by always RE-ACTING in the same old ways that we are going to CREATE real change. Observing the world instead of reacting to the worldÂ doesnât mean apathy or being passive. It is a complete and neutral acknowledgment of reality, in which we are free to create something different. Reaction tends to go in circles and perpetuate a victim mentality instead of bringing the awareness that we are all co-creators.
7. Make Friends With The Unknown
Ahhh the scary unknownâŠ but what if itâs not that scary? What if the unknown is simply what we havenât created yet? BINGO! Thatâs exactly what it is. We create moment to moment from a field of infinite possibilities. We are naturally fluid beings. If we are really afraid of the unknown, we should be screaming right now because weâre in it! But thatâs not the state we want to be in.
We want to quitÂ dragging the past along with us and stop projecting an image of what our future should or could look like. When we do this, it is like watching three channels superposed on one screen: we got our past, our present and an imagined future all playing at once. We canât see clearly! However, when we dis-identify from the past and let the future be unknown, all that is left for us to see is what is real: This moment. In this moment, everything is clear and fresh, everything is for us to experience and create with. Freedom can only be felt in this moment! After all, itâs by constantly projecting a known past into an unknown present that we get stuck in our patterns.
âIt is amazing the energy we spend holding on to our past fears in order to predict our future misery. Weâd rather be afraid and in control, than to dare fully enjoy the present moment.â â FranĂ§ois Lange