What is consciousness?

In my previous post I stated that the Power which helps us tame our mind and strengthen our will is our Heart. Using some other names, we can also call this Power Spirit, Soul, Love, Grace, Truth, or God. Our access to this Power is determined by the level of our individual consciousness. The higher the level of our consciousness – the freer our access to our Heart.

What is consciousness? How can we recognize, assess and develop it? In this post, I will just give a few definitions of consciousness and in the subsequent ones – talk about the ways of assessing and developing it.

Simply stated, consciousness is the innate ability of a life organism to reflect its internal and external worlds. Based on this definition, we can conclude that not only humans, but also all life forms have consciousness. There is even a belief shared by people of some cultures that inanimate objects have consciousness. I will not argue for or against this belief because it is outside of the scope of my main interest, which is human consciousness.

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