… If you have a pain, observe it happening in the body. If there is tightness or joy in your mind, observe that it is tight, sad, unhappy or happy. Just observe that you are not enjoying, and it is happening elsewhere, as though it is happening elsewhere. (… you are free the moment you see it’s not in you.)
~ Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The information that follows allows an overall view of the major components of how life arises, appears, and changes through inter-connectedness of cause and effect. These are the essential teachings I have taught clients and students for approximately 25 years and much more.
What Is Energy?
We are living energy fields. Our physical bodies are composed of energy-producing particles, each of which is in constant motion or are vibrating.
To many people, the concept of energy fields regarding the body, may sound like spiritual hoopla, but scientific research has proven that all things in the universe, including us, give off electrical and magnetic energy. Our hearts beating, breathing rates, and circadian rhythms are examples of physiological rhythms we can feel and measure. On a smaller scale, every cell, atom, every bit of “us” vibrates at characteristic rates. Everything vibrates at different rates and those rates can speed up or slow down if conditions changes. These vibrations generate electromagnetic energy waves. Researchers have found that vibrations and the electromagnetic energy associated with them cause changes in your cells, which can then affect how your body functions. This is life force, which is the element that animates all that is seemingly “out there”.
Life force is considered to be the body’s natural healing energy. It is thought to be responsible for maintaining all the physical functions of the body, If one’s body is low in life force, then they could become physically or mentally unwell. However, when one’s body has plenty of life force, then the person is usually in good health.
What Are The Three Levels of Awareness?
In yoga tradition, this is life force one of the two types of energies that are present in all beings. The second is mind or consciousness which is awareness.
There are a multitude of levels of consciousness/awareness which also vibrate, but there are three main levels. At a higher level of vibration, we become increasingly aware. Dependent upon your level of awareness, you will be more or less mindful of what is going on inside of your self physically, mentally and emotionally and your experience of the outside world.
State of Contracted Awareness
This is the usual state of awareness. We are controlled by our ego conditioning and believe that the conditioned thoughts, emotions, behaviours, etc. are what we are and that the outside world is the only true reality. We feel small, isolated and separated from the world (even though we are always connected to the universe). We are at the mercy of emotions such as: fear; anger; guilt; shame and desire and thoughts which are often very negative. We have been conditioned to believe certain things which may be true or not. Life is a struggle and we often feel at a loss. This is the “dream state”.
State of Expanded Awareness
In this level, what appeared to be threatening or a barrier are actually opportunities. We understand that everything that seemed like an obstacle has a clear purpose. We can see the beauty in most things. We begin to feel connected through a web of energy and consciousness to everyone and everything. We have a higher perspective which is accepting and more neutral and based on logic or reason and truth. In this state of awareness, we can be mindful within the present moment. In other words, know what is factually occurring inside and outside of one’s self. This is the mindful stat
State of Pure Awareness
All is obvious. There no problems, there is just what is and we accept what is. We feel the wholeness and unity creation. One knows that all is the flow of spiritual life/creative force and consciousness filled with abundance of all possibilities. We are peace, joy and loving compassion. You realize that you are The Source. There is no separation. We know “sat chit ananda” Absolute Bliss Consciousness. This is the “awakened state”
All experience is created in consciousness, and the only way to explore this is through self-awareness, through self-reflection, through questioning perceptual reality, while making conscious choices and ultimately, though transcendence.
Mindfulness is the state of expanded awareness in which you focus on what you are sensing, thinking and feeling and your actions and re-actions and the experiences of the outside world within the “now”. This is all attainable through the practice of mindfulness to reach mindful states of awareness that allow you to observe the present moment without attachment and judgment. Practising mindfulness can involve breathing methods, guided imagery, meditation and other methods which help to relax the body and clear the mind to reach a higher state of awareness which in turn reduces stress, releases stuck energies and conditioning and brings balance and health in every way.
Through mindfulness, the realization unfolds that there is only consciousness at the highest levels of vibration. All exists within consciousness as a perceptual experience. Being in a state of mindfulness is awareness that is aware of itself, it is awakening to present moment experience within consciousness.
Utilizing mindfulness meditation enables us to recognize ourselves as soul and accept that as our True Self. We can then over-come suffering which is caused by attachment to the outside world due to our ego false self. Yes, we all have loved ones and things that are very special or crucial in our lives, but we can experience the outside world and still realize the truth within, that we are part of an infinite higher consciousness and a force of creative energy that all is embodied within.
Mindfulness meditation allows us a deeper understanding of Self and being “in the moment”. We become more mindful of our actions, emotions and thoughts and learn how to express and interpret the present environment through self-regulation of attention and personal experiences. We can create positive connections to our souls and The Source.
Mindfulness meditation provides benefits throughout our professional and personal lives. Improving mindfulness through gratitude, filtering, and active listening will give us the advantage of seeing things in a new light and then enabling us to interact consciously instead of reacting absentmindedly.
I have taught mindfulness meditation over 25 years, assisting my clients and students to find the Ultimate truth of Spirit – The Source; along with peace of mind, health, balance and wholeness. This is my life’s calling and I am grateful for it.
Written by Orecia (Iris) T
She is a co-author of two books Practical Manifesting: Overcome Fear, Realize Truth, and Create the Life You Were Meant to Live and Pessimist’s Guide To Manifesting. She has students and clients around the world with whom she works in-person and through Zoom, Skype, FaceBook, and over the telephone. You can contact Iris through email at [email protected] or on Facebook at Orecia Terner.