Consciousness is quite an interesting topic. Recently I have read several articles written by todays scientists, and professors at various universities. It seems they have come to the same conclusion I have come to through my spiritual studies. They find evidence of consciousness in the brain, but are unable to define where it comes from or how it gets there.
One of the papers I read said we should think of consciousness like space/time, a fundamental field that is everywhere. That is what I have learned is spiritual consciousness, God’s awareness of His creation, and it is very good. Human consciousness on the other hand, is our awareness or perception of ourselves and our surroundings, what we are focusing on at any given time.
Everything we think, and do goes out into the universe as collective human consciousness, and affects all mankind. That is why it is so important that we put only good things out there. When we have an unwanted thought that comes to us from the collective consciousness, we have a choice to make. We either accept it or reject it. This is what is referred to as mental suggestion.
When I was younger, I would get these awful thoughts, and I thought they were mine. There were times when I felt like I wanted to bang my head against the wall. I thought I had to be an awful person to think such things. Then I discovered this idea of mental suggestion, some of which is very aggressive, and started to understand consciousness. Thoughts are simply suggestions. I realized that just because an unpleasant thought landed on me, did not mean I had to accept it. I could say ‘not mine,’ and put it out of my thought. It is easier to do than you may think.
This is one of the big things that helped me turn my life around. I had learned how to control my thought, how to accept or reject thoughts as they came to me. When I would get a thought that maligned my intelligence, I would say, sometimes right out loud, “not true.” If I am God’s idea, His image and likeness, then my intelligence is normal and good. God would not create anything unlike Himself. I know you are probably thinking, what about those others out there that do not appear to have normal, and good intelligence?
Jesus once said, “what is that to thee? follow though me.” John 21:22. We need to take care of ourselves, so we can help others like Jesus did. Jesus advised us “…neither cast ye your pearls before swine, least they trample them under their feet, and turn again, and rend you.” Matt. 7:6. We need to seek out the receptive thought.
As a young adult, and living through the effects of child abuse, I would get a thought to do something, and did it without much thought. I did not really make choices; I was like a lamb being led to the slater. I learned later that not making a choice is the same as making a choice. The middle of my book is about all the wrong choices I made by just following the suggestions that came to me without question. And, then berating myself afterwards.
That is why I titled my book, A Chronicle of Choices, from Abuse to Absolution. It is written in three parts. Part 1, my 17 years with an abusive father. Part 2, 30 years struggling with the effects. Part 3, 15 years of Spiritual awakening, and my struggle to turn my life around. The last 15 years, not in my book, my life has been great. I continue to grow spiritually and learn new things all the time. One thing I learned is to stop blaming my past for everything. I live in the eternal NOW, and that has nothing to do with the past or the future. NOW, is the most important moment in time.
How I achieved the changes in my life was by elevating my consciousness from a human level to a spiritual level. By seeking God. By listening for his voice. I learned that if I listened, the right ideas came to me. His voice comes through as a suggested right thought, (the still small voice) and as I listen and followed those thoughts, my life changed. I learned to say no, instead of yes to bad actions. I started to like myself. I was never a bad person; I was just a good person making some bad choices.
“The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness. Then man will recognize his God-given dominion and being.” Science and Health p. 531:10
Jesus healed the insane man, and he started making better choices. Jesus healed the women caught in adultery, and said, “go and sin no more,” make better choices. The bible is full of nothing more than people making good and bad choices. I am so glad that Jesus showed us we did not need to live like that.
I overcame years a depression and low self-esteem using the same process. It is not a part of God’s creation so could not be a part of me. By refusing to accept any self-depreciating thoughts I eventually began to see God’s creation demonstrated in my life. I developed a much healthier regard for myself and depression and low self-esteem vanished and has never returned.
Everything in my life changed when I learned that I live in the spiritual consciousness. “In Him(consciousness) we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 That is where my essence is, that is the truth of who I am. All I needed to do was think and act like it, and that brought God into my human experience. He is there for all of us 24/7. He is our only parent and wants the best for us. All the suffering we do in life is because we do not listen to Him.
I had to laugh when I typed that last sentence. That sounds just like a human parent saying to one of her children, “if you had listened to me that wouldn’t have happened.”
Changing your life will not happen overnight, but it can happen.
Go out there and make the right choices by remembering the thoughts that come to you are only suggestions, coming to you for your consideration. Choose wisely.
Though we walk in the flesh, we Live in the spirit.