How to dramatically expand your consciousness by simply choosing to
In our modern world full of entertainment and instant gratification, there is a serious need for those who will encourage us to think critically. But critical thought alone is not enough. We need those who will inspire us to think critically in expansive and universal terms, to pull back from our individual day-to-day worries and look at ourselves on a much bigger scale.
We need visionaries who see beyond the physical appearance of the way we’re accustomed to viewing the world. We need guides who can help us think: as individual human beings, what is the potential of our consciousness and how do we IMMEDIATELY apply that potential to the madness that is our current collective human experience?
With the exception of a rare few, most of those who suggest we think critically are not doing so themselves, though they may believe themselves to be. Their suggestions of critical thought, when examined, are biased by egotistical virtues. These thoughts, opinions, feelings and judgments are not really their own. And sadly, despite their confidence, they’re usually the last ones to realize that.
If their thoughts are not their own, then whose thoughts are they?
In the vast majority of cases, they are just a recycled version of other people’s thoughts and ideas expressed with their own twist or a flair of their own interpretation and personality. The worrisome thing about all this is that most of us don’t realize how heavily we’ve been influenced by the thoughts of others.
From even before the time we are conceived, we are filled with the thoughts and emotions of others, imprinting us with their views on life. The thought patterns of mothers has been shown to determine certain pathways in the brain of her offspring, and babies are taught by parents, teachers, and the media. Lessons and habits learned before the age of 6, even though we may not remember creating them, are the foundation for how we end up living our life, and can be difficult forms to break.
No matter if we are influenced directly or indirectly we are all but oblivious to the realization that most of our thoughts are not our own. We could trace this idea of the masses not thinking thoughts that are their own and instead thinking the recycled thoughts of others far back into antiquity, possibly even into the beginnings of human existence on this planet…whenever that was.
This leaves any individual who feels the desire to think critically with some serious collective thought parameters to overcome. Many people don’t even know how to think critically, and can face an uphill battle with their own mind.
Conformists will tell us “we can’t think for ourselves and make our own path in this world. We have to ‘fit in’ to the world the way it is, the way others have made it.”
Does anyone smell BS?
These parameters are spawned and molded by BS (belief systems) that are almost entirely the result of other peoples’ belief systems. They are not ours and they don’t have to be ours unless we knowingly or unknowingly accept them as our own. These belief systems have been molded and shaped through countless centuries, passed from ruling classes to the masses, or from parent to child, as an external, artificial rulebook for how to live life.
What then really is true critical thought? Is it the guise of critical thinking cloaked by the human species engrained follow-the-leader mentality? Or is there a way to break out of these collective thought forms and start thinking luminous and truly original thoughts? Additionally, what is it that we are being encouraged to think about by the mere suggestion of critical thinking alone? The true objective reality or only the ego based ‘human elements’ contained therein?
The last time that I checked we are all on a living blue and green rock that is spinning around a star! And that star itself is a part of a galaxy contained within a universe whose essential nature is expanding exponentially. (just watching this gif will dramatically expand your consciousness)
The point? We are just one little piece of something that is way bigger than any or all of us together! Am I sounding way ‘out there?’
Well, we are all ‘out there.’ And we’re not just ‘out there,’ we are WAY THE FUCK OUT THERE! In fact is there a person who can say with certainty that they know where they are or what this world is?
Does anybody really know anything about the nature of reality that is substantive enough to form a singular intellectually based critical analysis? Is there anyone qualified enough to forge a belief system that can eventually be accepted as ‘normal’ by the masses? This includes me, the opinionated individual writing this article!
But despite my rant, YES! There is someone who knows something substantive about the nature of reality. And if we all start listening to that person we can bypass the widespread acceptance of all belief systems and in their place incorporate an experiential perspective of reality that encompasses while transcending all of space and time!
Who is that person? You might not believe it at first but that person is you! It’s also me. And it even includes everyone who is alive on this planet right now. What? What is your dear writer talking about?
Welcome to “critically feeling from a universal perspective 101.”
Collectively, we human beings have proven that we are the most destructive and least capable earthly species there is in terms of living harmoniously with nature. This wasn’t true of indigenous cultures. Instead, this destruction is inherent in modern society because we are so separated from our own nature and from the Earth herself.
Why are we so out of touch with nature? The reason is because we are out of touch with our own inner nature. What if our ability to think critically could be supercharged by learning how to feel critically from a universal perspective?
We are so used to feeling from our own personal desires and dramas that we think that’s all there is to feel. The analogy has been made before, that we are jailed in a prison of our own making, a prison of our own minds.
We are a species driven by the pursuit and fulfillment of our own egotistical needs to the degree that each of us alone and together, either consciously or unconsciously believes that we are the center of the universe. It’s true in a sense, too. We are the individual center of our own experience, but that’s not what most of us consider. We often think of collecting things, like money, cars, and houses, instead of collecting experiences, or even creating things like health, gardens, and joy.
We believe that our physical or emotional needs alone are the most important thing going on in the world and we are literally so self-obsessed about it that we are trapped in our own drama of egotistical psychosis.
But the reality is that we are all alone-together! Many people feel alone yet they somehow (even if they don’t know why) know that we are all in this together. Many people say that the word alone is a combination of two different words: ‘all’ and ‘one.’ Is the word ‘alone’ trying to evolve into “All One?” That’s the least of our concerns.
Are we alone or all-one?
By virtue of even the most limited use of logical reasoning it becomes self-evident that all the systems of nature’s awe-inspiring biodiversity depend on one another for their individual and collective existence.
The smaller systems are interdependent on medium sized systems and medium sized systems are interdependent on even larger systems. Yet at the same time the bigger systems are also exceedingly interdependent on the smaller systems and when you mix it all together the entirety of all natural and universal principles are unified and interdependent on one another.
What if we spent more time as individuals deciding to observe nature while critically feeling the unseen ‘energetic glue’ that programs it all to function in a unified manner? And then what would happen if we started to form thoughts inspired by the feeling that this ‘feeling’ invokes in us? Allow trees to inspire a sense of awe, let your breath be taken away by a sunset, or lose yourself watching the ripples of a stream.
Would we then be on the cusp of discovering our own ability to produce luminous original thoughts? Yes we would! And if that is the case what is the potential that we as individuals are able to embody for the possibility of our own consciousness? Look up into the sky at night if you are somewhere without light pollution. Do you see any limits?
How do we as individuals initiate this process within ourselves? We can begin by observing the world around us and conclude through logical observation that all the systems in nature are interdependent upon one another and that there must be some larger piece of the puzzle, some sort of innate intelligence programmed into it that if we can become aware of will provide the answers we are looking for. There is already a flow to nature, and we are a part of it.
The more we contemplate the potential of this possibility the closer it will lead us to the innate intelligence contained within our own human bodies.
At some point in this process of critically feeling from a universal perspective we naturally experience that the innate intelligence contained within our own body is directly connected to the innate intelligence inherent in the limitless natural world we find ourselves a part of.
Within the direct experience of this realization a sensation that unifies our consciousness to all of nature’s systems both within this world and beyond can be felt on the deepest levels of our awareness.
If people doubt that what I say is reality and are unwilling to experiment in the land of their own thoughts, then they may simply have not yet reached this part of the journey. They may not be ready on their own path to experience it for themselves.
When they do find themselves amidst the majesty of this experience they find that solutions to our dire human dramas both personally and collectively arise naturally.
It’s worth taking the time to critically feel from a universal perspective. When more of us are able to feel from a universalist perspective, we will be able to come together to create lasting solutions for the planet that we call home, for the nations that are constantly at war, and for the people who suffer from all the maladies and circumstances that we must endure.
Seth Leaf Pruzansky is the editor of TheUniversalObserver.com a website dedicated to transforming human consciousness.