Guest post from good friend S.Griffin from http://www.higherconsciousness.tv/
That’s a big question, and if you are looking for the answer it can also be a loaded one in certain languages ! Is knowing so important ? I think so, and hope I can give you some good reasons as to agree.
Awareness is at its core, intellectual understanding. Although closely ‘related’ to knowledge it’s more evolved. Having knowledge does not guarantee awareness whilst awareness does require knowledge, as well as the all important dose of personal experience.
Another important ingredient for awareness is open minded skepticism, i.e. having the ability to take on new information (data) whilst remaining skeptical to its content. In your own development skeptism should be a well sharpened instrument in your tool box.
Being told by some so and so ‘that it is so’’ does not necessarily mean it is ! Only personal experience can help us come to such conclusions. Even then one should remain open minded to reviewing new data, whether experiential or theoretical. The trick here is to be sufficiently open minded as to allow data in whilst avoiding your brain falling out !
Another ingredient for awareness is intuition. The dictionary definition of intuition is ‘the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning’ . Could this be misleading? Could it be more aptly defined as ‘the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for intellectual reasoning?
There are some persons with more intuition than others with there being no ‘logical’ reasoning as to why. A more esoteric explanation is that such persons are, as a result of repeated incarnations, older more evolved souls. Others might say ‘it’s in the genes’, or simply that some of us got a bigger dollop than others somewhere down the line.
For this exercise it doesn’t really matter, as my theory simply requires intuition to be nurtured through greater awareness and higher consciousness. ‘Stop’! I hear some say. ‘That’s a flawed statement’. If awareness requires intuition in the first place how can it then ‘feed it’ ? Well like the proverbial chicken and the egg conundrum, they evolve together.
The polar opposite to awareness is obviously ignorance. Ignorance is like an odorless gas – to be avoided like a broken gas heater ! The problem with ignorance is that you don’t know what you don’t know, therefore the metaphoric carbon monoxide might literally take away your livelihood (or worse) whilst you sleep snugly in an ignorant ‘fog of bliss’. So how do we avoid this?
Getting off the sofa and searching out new experiences is a good start, followed by watching out what goes into your stomach, respecting your health generally, going the extra mile, living and loving life and everyone in it to the full, persistently looking to increase knowledge whilst washing it all down with lashings of open minded skepticism.
So why is greater awareness so important in the 21st century? There are those that might say the world is so irreversible skewed up that ignorance is indeed bliss. Although that might have a certain sweet twang on a bad day I’d suggest such folk install the gas sensors as their lives are possibly going to change for the worse, and the change may come while they slumber!
Before having too many of my own experiences, intuition told me as a young tear away that people in positions of authority and / or power did not necessary give them automatic entrance into the realm of being right, or indeed have my best interests at heart. Those around me not sharing such a theorem – family, teachers, the law etc. – initially decided I was disruptive and eventually just damn right anti establishment ! As a result one could say I had an eventful, albeit very happy, childhood!
So as I waded through my early years did this ‘immature’ childish guerrero convert into a mature thought provoking adult . Damn right he did simply confirming what my intuition told me at eight!
The most important thing we need be aware of in 2015 is, apart from the global fiat, usury, fractional ponzi financial system, that those nice people elected and chosen to public office do not necessarily have at heart the best intentions or interests of the man in the street, i.e. you and me, and will lie, deceive and often worse, to achieve their (or the real makers and shakers) objectives. The problem is that even if they wanted to do things ‘right’ they simply can’t. The current system controlled by an all powerful establishment, corrupted and often vile at its pinnacle, simply doesn’t give them that room. The dice being definitely loaded in favour of the big money boys namely – financial institutions and multi national cooperation’s.
So does this mean all elected (and unelected, come to that) public servants are bad people? No, most of them are like you and me who either live in a conditioned denial, have consciously decided to live in ignorance, have not yet awoken, or discover, after idealistic beginnings, the whole system they bought into is heavily tipped in favour of a manipulating few.
Upon the realization of this truth they can either carry on ‘playing the game’, albeit now consciously, or look to jump ship. Problem here is that these mere soul after years of toil dragging themselves through the ranks, suffering 25 hour days with streams of sweat and no lack of tears have acquired all the material benefits that go with the terrain, and just in case they had thought of getting out, their lives are probably leveraged to the hilts with lashings of debt.
With a prospect like that the water below becomes ‘Titanticly’ cold!
Then there are the career politicians, (we’ll leave out the bankers and cooperate CEO’s for the moment). I haven’t worked out yet if these folk are born with psychopathic tendencies or they simply grow with the job. I don’t mean they necessarily enjoy going around having people killed, though with some you have to wonder at times, I refer to their greatest fear. The fear of getting caught in what ever they are doing ! Anyone with this psychopathic symptom has one common flaw, they lie and lie and if necessary lie a bit more! Ring any bells?
In resume I get the feeling that the 21st century establishment with their hierarchical structures and consequent paradigms encourage a certain type of person into positions of high power whilst the lower echelons of elected and unelected public servants subsequently fall into a type of institutionalized subornation to be maintained at all costs as to avoid the icy Atlantic.
Within this political back drop the degeneration of public services, social reforms, along with the destruction of the worlds resources is taking place. Cooperation’s and bankers have gained control of our public servants and global organisations, ensuring laws and wars are based on their better interests and not those of the electorate or the environment we live in. Awareness of this is vital, and hopefully your own experiential journey of awakening to this fact will be fast and not too painful.
Okay, so there are many negative facets that make up the problems we face, but it is simply not good enough to just blame them on this and that and the other – third parties! Change starts with ourselves, our own habits, and our ability to respond – responsibility.
So, what of consciousness and what does it have to do with a world falling apart?
Mainstream science would have us believe consciousness is generated by the brain. i.e. no brain no consciousness. Fortunately this reductionist idiocy is slowly being overturned by more enlightened scientific souls, but in the meantime whole industries and educational syllabuses are still based on such a fallacy.
Ironically modern day science, born from the scientific renaissance as an alternative to dogmatic 16th century Catholicism, has since converted itself into its very own religion – dogma and all. This is particularly evident from its perspective on causality and the basis of – if you can’t measure something i.e. its not accessible to the five senses, it simply does not exit.
Even for a scientific dimwit like myself who flunked miserably all science at school I can categorically say this is hogwash and give three quick examples to back up this fact.
One : The double spilt experiment first carried out over one hundred years ago and repeated hundreds of time since proves beyond doubt (using the scientific method) that outcome can be determined by observation.
Two: In Terrance Mckenna’s famous words about science he said :-
“Give us one free miracle and we’ll explain the rest.”
The one free miracle being the appearance of all matter and energy in the universe and all the laws that govern it from nothing in that single instant, i.e. the big bang. Thereafter everything else can be explained by cause and effect!
Three: And my favourite : Despite the requirement for something – anything – to be real it must first be measurable using the ‘Scientific Method’. SM is used to determine all mainstream scientific theories. In the case of medicine however it insists on the placebo effect being taken into account before making any trial valid!! How crazy is that ? This is the same placebo effect that science itself can not explain! Trillions are invested in this scientific hypocritical falsehood.
Our forefathers talked of working towards a better future for their children and their children’s children. The last 200 years of exponential growth in population, technology, science, economics, food supply, money supply, debt, etc. and the consequent exploitation of our natural resources ensure that the decisions we make today will literally determine our tomorrow i.e. our immediate futures. What is lacking is an all important exponential shift in human consciousness required to understand how we can thrive in this intriguing new world.
Whilst the ‘old school’ dwell on old truths, new indisputable evidence about our own evolution and the universe has been discovered which mainstream science, historians i.e. the ‘establishment’ refuse to recognise. As a result we are trying to solve new problems based upon ‘old truths’.
The massive flaws in 21st century mainstream science means that it can not yet be counted upon to provide answers to the so far un answered mysteries of the universe. Our own experiential solutions have therefore never been as important as they are now if we are to evolve to a level that does not involve stroking mankind’s self destruct button.
To really understand consciousness you have to feel it, and here comes the crutch of the matter. If awareness uses the intellect, i.e. the brain, consciousness is about feeling it – feeling it in the heart. Physically a short distance from awareness but a massive journey in understanding!
Understanding this in certain languages has an added difficulty in that the same word is used from awareness as it is for consciousness. Spanish is a good example!
So if awareness is an intellectual knowing, an understanding, why when we are aware of negative behaviour, don’t we change it?
Now that’s a complicated question, ask any addict. The mother of answers to this conundrum is that we have not felt the true depths of the problem in our hearts. Our heart is no doubt our ‘wisest’ organ. When we act from it we become the answer i.e. the solution, and we stop ‘being’ the problem. Being conscious is therefore a knowing, deep from within the heart.
This is somewhat ironic bearing in mind we relate consciousness to the brain. I suggest that consciousness is what connects us all within a unified field, who’s ‘signal’ is received by the brain and message is felt in the heart.
Unfortunately such ‘theories’ are ‘relegated’ to the realms of spiritualiality, and whilst science is moving forward dogma is burning the disks keeping it stuck in the paradigms of the 20th century. If this trend does not change, and quickly, we have quite a problem on our hands in the 21st Century!
So in resume …it’s physically a short trip – brain awareness to heart consciousness – it just seems a bloody long way!! In fact many of us go to the grave without completing this short journey! This needs to change, and change is coming, what is holding us back is our understanding
So back to the initial question. With the status quo of mankind’s ‘immature’ state of consciousness and the advent of genetic engineering, robotics, the all important A.I. and the subsequent singularity , avoiding mans own apparent self destruction could be a race that has already begun. If we are to improve our ability to thrive, improve sustainably with harmonious compatibility we must change our negative habits by first being aware of them and secondly by being truly conscious of their consequences, nation by nation, company by company, heart by heart.
Original Article published here