Consciousness is the cornerstone of human experience. It’s the thing nearest to us. So close, in fact, that we rarely ever think about it. Take a moment to notice the objects around you. Now notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Consciousness is what allows you to be aware of these things, but what is consciousness itself? If you quite yourself of all thoughts and external stimuli, you will notice that existence seems to have an “Is-ness” quality to it — it is like something to simply be.
But why do we even have consciousness? When the time comes that robots are able to behave precisely as humans, does this mean that they are conscious too? If you could make a robot that behaves exactly like a human but is not conscious, why would there ever be a need for consciousness in the first place? Why are we all not just dead machines floating through space?
In this article, we will do an in-depth exploration on the nature of consciousness. Consciousness is more fundamental than you may think. It is not just an addition that emerges from a high complexity of neural interactions; it is the originating reality itself, existing beyond the notion of the world as we know it.
In the latter half of this article, we will also explore how consciousness can be “used” in manifestation. Consciousness is a power in and of itself, something you can prove by experiment. This is something I know because I do it, but you do not have to take my word for it. I believe that you’ll see the truth of it if you simply try it.
Here’s what we will explore today:
- The role of consciousness in reality
- Different perspectives of consciousness, including ancient spiritual perspectives
- The transcendent nature of consciousness and why it’s so hard to understand
- Consciousness and the individual and the dual aspect of the mind
- Consciousness and manifestation
- Practical implications of understanding this
- How to use the power of consciousness for manifestation
As we set off into this exploration, understand that while this initially may seem too abstract to be useful in any way, the understanding of consciousness has practical value. Through the combination of a deep understanding of consciousness and the practice of certain techniques, you will gradually develop companionship with this power, and there are no limits to what this can do for you.
What Is Consciousness?
Consciousness is an intimate yet deeply mysterious phenomenon that lies as the foundation of our sense of self and our environment. It goes beyond mere sensory processing or neurological activity; it is our subjective experiences of thoughts, emotions, sights, sounds, other so-called “qualia” (experiences), and the very essence of what it feels like to exist.
Consciousness is often defined as the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. It is that “experiencer” or “observer” within you.
Philosophers have long grappled with questions about the nature of consciousness: Is it merely a byproduct of physical processes in the brain, or does it represent something more profound, perhaps even transcendent? Various schools of thought have been adopted regarding consciousness and the ontology of reality:
- Materialism or Physicalism: The physical world is seen as the bedrock of reality, with consciousness emerging from brain activity.
- Panpsychism: The physical world and consciousness are fundamental. It suggests that a form of consciousness is inherent in all physical entities.
- Idealism: Consciousness is fundamental reality, transcending the physical.
These descriptions are somewhat simplified, and each philosophy, particularly idealism and panpsychism, have numerous variations of themselves.
Consciousness being fundamental is a view also held in New Thought philosophy and further back into ancient religions such as Hinduism. In fact, the New Thought movement was a modern reinterpretation of ancient scriptures and spiritual texts from various religions. They equate “spirit” (which is the same as consciousness) to “God.”
From a scientific perspective, consciousness is a field of study within neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science. Researchers in these disciplines operate within a materialistic or physicalistic framework, attempting to understand how complex interactions within the brain give rise to consciousness. They strive to understand how neural processes generate subjective experiences or “qualia” and how our brains integrate sensory information to construct the individual’s perception of the world. This difficulty in how mere matter and complexity create a mental, subjective experience is called the “hard problem of consciousness.” This dilemma has nudged many philosophers and some scientists toward panpsychism — and sometimes all the way to idealism.
Consciousness is both intimately familiar and profoundly mysterious. The view I’ll try and sell you in this article can best be described as a form of idealism. It is a view almost identical to that of the New Thought movement in the 1900s: 1) that consciousness is not merely a product of the brain’s complexity but actually the fundamental reality itself, 2) that the phenomenological world is qualia or experiences of consciousness, and 3) that consciousness contains within itself transcendent powers and is the undifferentiated source of everything. These “transcendent powers” are the foundation of the individual’s ability to do conscious manifestation.
New Thought and “Spirit”
I briefly mentioned the New Thought movement, and I want to elaborate a bit more on their philosophy of what they call “Spirit.”
This is the nature of Spirit, according to New Thought:
- Fundamental Substance: In New Thought, Spirit is the “spark of life.” It is the abstract, absolute reality itself, not contained within space and time, from which all things emanate
- Creative and Intelligent Force: Spirit is perceived as inherently creative and intelligent. It’s not a passive energy but an active force that shapes and molds physical reality. This creative power is thought to be behind the manifestation of the physical world and our personal experiences within it.
- Universal and Individual: Spirit is both universal and individual. There is a “Universal Spirit” that pervades everything, and this same Spirit is present within each individual. This is the “God-in-man.” Each individual’s connection with the universal enables him or her to tap into and use its powers.
- Responsive to Thought: A key tenet is the responsiveness of Spirit to human thought and belief. The movement teaches that our thoughts and emotions can influence the Spirit, thereby shaping our reality. This is not in a metaphorical sense but in a practical, observable manner, where focused intention and positive thinking are seen as means to effect real change in one’s life.
The promise of New Thought is that their philosophy is not theory alone but that it yields practical results. The practical results are obtained through various methods. Common to them all is that one must align one’s thought and feelings with the inherent laws of Spirit.
As you may have already put together, what New Thought calls “Spirit” and what we call “consciousness” is the same thing. This Spirit, or consciousness, is the cornerstone from which our experiences and perceptions spring forth. It is the fundamental, omnipresent force of reality.
As we venture deeper into the realms of consciousness, we come across the concept of non-dualism. Non-dualism, rooted in Eastern tradition, states that reality is, at the most fundamental level, a unified whole. It challenges the conventional dualities we take at face value — such as the distinctions between self and universe or mind and matter — and suggests instead that all things are the projection of an abstract form of self-activity in the one, unified consciousness
The Essence of Non-Dualism:
- Oneness of All: The distinctions we draw between ourselves and the world around us are, in many ways, artificial. It suggests a fundamental oneness, where the self and the universe are not separate entities but interconnected aspects of a single reality.
- Illusion of Separation: The typical dualistic perception of reality – where we see clear divisions between observer and observed, or internal and external experiences – as a kind of illusion. This illusion, often termed “Maya” in various Eastern philosophies, represents the misleading nature of perceived separations in the unified fabric of existence.
- Consciousness as the Unified Field: Consciousness isn’t just one aspect of reality; it is reality. Everything that exists is seen as a manifestation or expression of this all-encompassing consciousness. From this viewpoint, the physical world, our thoughts, emotions, and sensory experiences are all intertwined expressions of this singular consciousness.
Non-Dualism and Consciousness:
- Beyond the Observer-Observed Dichotomy: Non-dualism tells us that the boundary between the subject and his or her world is blurry. The observed is not separate from the observer, but rather an out-picturing of the observer.
- Interconnectedness and Wholeness: Consciousness, though it appears to exist in separation (for example, the apparent separation of my consciousness and your consciousness) is fundamentally an interconnected, unified force.
- Causation: Non-dualism teaches us that the only causative power is to be found in consciousness. The apparent causation in the physical world is apparent merely, as it is only a projection.
The main point I want you to remember from this section is that the separation you see around you is an illusion stemming from the projection of a unified whole. Consciousness exists in singularity but manifests in multiplicity.
The Observer and the Observed
What, then, is the distinction between our awareness or consciousness (the observer) and the elements we are “aware of” (the observed)? This is an idea that can be found way back in ancient spiritual traditions.
Let’s revisit our own consciousness for a moment. Consider the things around you, the sounds you hear, your thoughts, and your emotions. These are what you’re “aware of” (the observed). As you perceive these qualia you react upon them in some way. Everything you experience is qualia. The physical world around you, the thoughts in your head, the feelings and sensations in your body, and so on.
But then, there’s this “you,” this constant awareness, doing the observing. It is clear that whatever it is, it is not “nothing” because how else could it be aware? If you try, you can definitely sense that you possess consciousness, but to fully grasp what lies “inside” consciousness is a paradox. You find that you can be “aware of” various things, you can even be aware that you have awareness, yet the “components” of awareness itself seems elusive.
Consciousness can put things into existence (out-picturing) and thus observe them, but the set of qualities that make consciousness what it is is beyond the scope of what it can be “aware of.”
Think of the eye as an analogy. The eye consists of numerous components, but it cannot see these components. It’s structurally impossible. The eye can look in a mirror and see that it is an eye, but it cannot look inside itself.
Another analogy is a black hole. If you flew by a black hole in a spaceship, you could indeed see that blackness, but you could never really see what was inside. In fact, it doesn’t really make sense to speak of an “inside,” yet the black hole is not nothing.
Similar to those two, I’ll admit, a bit imperfect analogies, consciousness can be “aware of” qualia. It may also introspect, in the attempt to grasp its own essence, yet it cannot quite perceive those transcendent qualities that make it what it is. These transcendental attributes, though beyond the realm of observation, are nonetheless there.
As you may have noticed, describing something as elusive as consciousness in words is difficult. I found this excellent video, a meditation exercise that will give you a first-hand understanding of what I’m trying to say. It enables you to be aware of that little observer, or described as “the listener” in the video. Hopefully, it makes my analogy of the eye and the black hole a bit clearer. Here it is:
The Universal and the Individual — Unity of Consciousness
Let’s now take a look at something of capital importance in our exploration: the unity of consciousness. It’s a common notion to think of consciousness as a personal, individual attribute — you have yours, and I have mine. Yet this is not so.
In reality, consciousness exists as a singular, infinite entity. This universal consciousness transcends individuality, meaning that at the most fundamental level, your consciousness and mine are not separate entities but manifestations of the same consciousness or the same “Spirit.”
While it’s undeniable that our minds operate independently — your thoughts and experiences are distinct from mine — the “conscious-ness,” the observing quality we all possess, remains a constant across all individual experiences, like a universal backdrop to the varied plays of our minds.
Think of consciousness as always existing in its purest form, brimming with all its inherent transcendent powers. It’s the “God-in-man,” the imaginative being residing within each of our minds. This universal presence in our individual minds is often referred to as the subconscious mind because it operates almost as if it were a separate being.
To consciously manifest something, you’ll have to, as strange as it may sound, go within and find your own universality, which is pure consciousness, and direct toward the creation of the particular goal or intention you want realized. Consciousness, through its own transcendental powers and intelligence, beyond the knowledge and comprehension of your individual mind, will cause the manifestation of the intention. Manifestation is something theory cannot yet explain, and most do not even believe that it is possible, but you can see the truth of it in practice by adopting methods and following the right procedures.
The “I AM”
Following up on the idea of the “universal and the individual consciousness,” I find it relevant to talk about the concept of the metaphysical meaning of the “I AM,” as it’s no doubt a term you will encounter in the study of manifestation and consciousness.
The term “I AM” is the self-expression of consciousness. Notice how “I AM” is not followed by a predicate. It is awareness unconditioned. What are you really, but your awareness? If you strip yourself of all knowledge and all thoughts, all external perception, you simply just are.
The individual “John doe” or “Jane doe” that you are is first preceded by the “I AM.” The “I AM” signifies the Universal Self; it is the universal manifested in the individual.
The “I AM” is a way to describe the creative process of consciousness. Consciousness, continually and eternally existing in its primordial state, images itself from “I AM” to “I AM John Doe.” It starts as universal and creates by concentrating itself into particular individuality. Note that the “I AM” never disappears. In the statement “I AM John Doe,” the “I AM” is still there. No matter who you are, the infinite “I AM” is always with you.
Recognizing that “I AM” or pure awareness as the universal self, we come to the mysterious truth: we ARE the originating power itself.
The Physical World — Interface Symbols Simplified
Okay, so we have looked at how consciousness is reality, but where does the “physical reality” come in, the world we live and move in on a day-to-day basis?
The physical world is not as solid as it seems but more like a shadow world — a projection of deeper reality. A phenomenal analogy that explains this near-perfectly is this: Imagine for a second that our world is like playing a video game. It’s like the game environment surrounding you is real, but it’s only pixels on a screen. When you’re driving a car in the game, as you turn the steering wheel, the car turns. It feels like you’re really steering the car, right? It feels like the steering wheel caused the car to turn. But what’s actually happening? In truth, it’s just signals within the computer that make it look like you are in a car that is turning. The real action is happening inside the computer. There are no causal powers within the video game itself.
Now, think of the physical world around us in a similar way. Everything we see, touch, and interact with could be like the images on the game screen. They seem real and solid, but they’re just symbols, representations of something happening on a deeper level. The real action is taking place in consciousness itself, beyond the physical world of three dimensions that we see.
In this way, the physical world might be like the graphics of a video game, a kind of display that our consciousness interprets. It’s not that the world around us isn’t real; they’re real experiences in consciousness. The trees, the buildings, the cars — they’re like the images on the screen, showing us what’s happening in the deeper, unseen parts of consciousness.
What we think of as reality — the physical stuff we can touch — is actually just one part of a much bigger picture, something happening in the realm of consciousness that we can’t fully see or understand.
Consciousness Beyond Space and Time
Consider our video game analogy again. Ask yourself this: where does the computer exist within the world of the video game? You’ll quickly realize the question itself doesn’t even make sense. The computer, the thing running the game, exists entirely outside the three-dimensional realm of the video game. It’s the core that powers the game, yet it’s nowhere to be found within the game’s virtual environment.
Drawing a parallel to consciousness and the physical world, we find a similar scenario. Consciousness, much like the computer, runs the “game,” or the physical reality, yet transcends the familiar confines of space and time that define physical reality. It’s not an entity you can pinpoint on a map or a moment you can capture in time. It transcends the framework of space and time; it goes beyond it. In this sense, it can be said that it is omnipresent. It doesn’t matter where you are; consciousness is a hundred percent equally present everywhere. Whether you’re on top of a mountain, in the depths of the ocean, or wandering through a bustling city, consciousness remains a constant, unbounded by physical locations or the ticking of time.
But I want to go a little deeper into time — because what does it even mean to be “beyond” time? If you think about it, the fundamental resource of life is time. We have to do everything in time. For some, it’s getting food before dying of hunger, and for others, it’s about reaching certain milestones before getting too old. But this, too, is merely an artifact of consciousness. In the physical world, there is a forward-moving arrow of time where the future merges into the present and the past disappears forever, but consciousness exists beyond this axis in an everlasting NOW. This means that consciousness is, in a sense, omnipresent in time as in space. It can change things anytime, in the same way that it can change things anywhere.
Does the Tree Make Noise When No One’s There to Hear It?
Let’s consider a classic philosophical query: “Does a tree make a noise if there’s no one there to hear it?” The answer is no. In fact, the philosophy we’re exploring here says that the tree doesn’t even exist when not perceived.
The tree, as we know it, doesn’t exist in the absence of an observer. Remember our video game analogy? In a game, the environment — trees, mountains, rivers — doesn’t exist as an independent reality but is generated in response to the player’s interaction with the game and emerges from the underlying computer hardware. Similarly, the tree and its sound are not pre-existing, fixed entities. They are perceptions brought to life through our interaction with the true reality — consciousness.
This perspective doesn’t negate the existence of an objective reality (if we equate the term “objective reality” to mean independent and fundamental reality), but it redefines it. Objective reality isn’t the physical world of space and time as we commonly perceive it. Instead, the physical world — with its trees, sounds, and other sensory experiences — is a projection that materializes when we, as human beings, interact with the true objective reality.
Consciousness, then, is the fundamental reality. It’s the canvas upon which the rich tapestry of our perceived universe is painted. The tree, its fall, and the resulting sound are part of this tapestry, coming into being through our conscious engagement with the true objective reality. In the absence of a conscious observer, the tree’s existence — as we understand and experience it — is gone. What remains is consciousness itself, the underlying, unmanifested reality that is the foundation of all that we perceive. Think of it as a big network of consciousness in self-activity. Your reality is a certain activity in consciousness, and the result of your individual being’s interaction with it is that a physical world emerges.
In this view, the physical world of space and time is an artifact, a perceptual byproduct of our interaction with the deeper, more fundamental reality of consciousness. This shifts our understanding of the universe from a collection of independent physical entities to a dynamic interplay of consciousness and perception.
Neti Neti — “Not this, not this”
I have alluded to the transcendent nature of consciousness. In Eastern spirituality, they describe this transcendent nature through the term “Neti Neti,” meaning “Not this, not this.”
Consciousness always seems to be just out of reach of our minds, no matter how much we try to analyze it. If you did the meditation exercise from earlier, you’ll know. Every time we think we’ve got it figured out, it goes beyond our grasp again. It’s like trying to catch your shadow — you can see it, but you can’t grab it. This is a key part of what “Neti Neti” is all about. It tells us that consciousness is always more than whatever we think it is. For example, we can be “aware of” the mind, and for that reason, the mind cannot be consciousness. What can’t we be aware of? Awareness itself. The “observer” cannot observe itself. If awareness tried to twist in on itself, the awareness that is now observing what it formerly considered to be the observer, would still not be observed. It becomes an infinite regress. No matter where the eye looks, it cannot look within itself. You cannot be aware of the observer-quality.
This idea fits well with what happens when we meditate. In meditation, you might reach a point where you’re aware of being aware. But even then, you can’t quite touch the core of this awareness. Its deeper aspects, like its transcendent powers, remain a mystery. It’s there, but it’s beyond what we can fully understand or describe.
So, while analyzing and studying consciousness is useful, we have to accept that it will always elude complete comprehension. This is not a failure of the intellect. It is incomprehensible in principle. But here’s an interesting twist: even though we can’t fully know consciousness through analysis, we can still “connect” with it by simply letting ourselves be in the silence of meditation without any thought.
At our core, we are this elusive, mysterious consciousness. We may not be able to describe it perfectly, but we live it and experience it every moment. That’s the real knowing — not through words or thoughts, but through existence itself.
Transcendent Powers of Consciousness
If you didn’t think we were far out before, now we’re about to go completely off the rails. Please try to keep your mind as open as possible as we now go into some of the key principles of consciousness and the transcendent powers it possesses. I admit I’m venturing deep into speculative territory here, but there’s a reason for my confidence in these ideas. I’ve been practicing manifestation for a long time, and it’s clear to me that there must be a sort of intelligence and power beyond my own that constructs my thought into physical form through an intelligent process.
Anyways, for the purpose of our exploration, you will have to, for the moment, assume the truth of the idea that consciousness is fundamental reality. It’s more than an emergent phenomenon; it’s the originating principle and the undifferentiated source of everything, and every qualia, every thought, feeling, and sensation is a differentiation or manifestation of this original, unformed energy.
Okay, so consciousness isn’t a mere passive energy. Look around you — the world exists in a certain way. Things happen; you are surrounded by certain people, and life unfolds in specific patterns. There is not nothing, so it’s clear that consciousness is an active force.
If you have ever manifested something, or when you do succeed, you will see that the originating principle is responsive to your suggestions. You will find that it’s like the “little” you can send thoughts or suggestions to the “bigger” you, and this bigger you, the universal consciousness, the originating principle, then takes the suggestion and transforms it into physical reality through its inherent powers.
And this transformation of idea into form unfolds without you having to manage or even consider the steps to achieve your desired outcome. By giving it the end goal, it will construct a path from your present state to the achievement of said goal. This is a demonstration of the infinite intelligence inherent in the originating consciousness. Consciousness is a singularity of infinite intelligence. It is not just “really smart,” it’s infinitely so, understanding and perceiving everything all at once. Here, we touch upon the concept of “transcendent” again because the idea of “infinite intelligence” is beyond comprehension. I want to hammer home the fact that you’re not wielding an unintelligent force like electricity, but you are pointing an omniscient, all-perceiving power toward the achievement of a particular purpose of yours.
As we also see in manifestation, it doesn’t really seem to matter the particular set of conditions you find yourself in. If you’re broke, as long as the idea of wealth is substituted in consciousness, conditions of wealth will manifest themselves and replace the poverty situation you found yourself in beforehand. Yes, the wealth conditions may have evolved out of the poverty condition, but consciousness was not limited by the external conditions. As soon as a new suggestion was given to it, it molded external reality to fit to it. From this, we adopt the assumption that consciousness must exist anterior to the physical world.
So, in the framework of New Thought, and for the practical application of the originating energy of consciousness in manifesting our individual goals and intentions, we can deduce that consciousness must have certain qualities:
- Responsiveness to Suggestion: The infinite power is responsive to suggestion from the conscious, surface-level mind.
- Infinite Knowledge and Intelligence: It possesses boundless intelligence and knowledge. This isn’t limited to the knowledge of this or that fact but is a form of abstract, transcendent wisdom. It’s not just “really smart”; it is infinite intelligence overseeing everything. Moreover, it knows our desires better than we do because it’s our true self. Theoretically, this must also mean that we can ask for “the best,” and our deepest, truest desires will manifest without us even having to formulate or figure out what our desires may be.
- The Undifferentiated Source: Consciousness is the source of everything. Through its self-contemplation and infinite intelligence, it differentiates itself and outpictures manifestations. As individuals, our role is to send suggestions to consciousness that align with our deepest desires, which it then acts upon and turns into manifestation.
- Acting Beyond the Individual Mind and Physical World: The originating principle, or pure consciousness, operates independently of the individual mind. We don’t need to intellectualize or exert mental effort for manifestation. Moreover, it functions beyond the physical realm, meaning no matter our external circumstances, consciousness can manifest new, desirable realities in their place.
- Affirmative Tendency: Consciousness is always moving toward greater self-expression and more perfect manifestations of its nature. Since consciousness is infinite, this process is ongoing. It inherently tends toward ever-increasing good. The movement of “desire” within the individual is the expression of this tendency for greater self-expression of consciousness, and the individual’s truest, deepest desires are always in harmony with this direction.
As warned about earlier, this section was a bit abstract, but hopefully, you now have an idea of the incomprehensible magnitude of power you are gifted with. And it’s hidden right within the depths of your own being.
Consciousness and Manifestation
As we have now discussed, consciousness is an immense power. And it’s within our grasp to use. Through proper cooperation with it, we cause the creation of our desires. For example, if you want to be wealthy, you can, through the power of consciousness, cause said thing to appear in your life. This process is what we call manifestation.
The key to this is that consciousness is responsive to suggestion. The individual mind has the ability to present ideas to consciousness, and like the planting of a seed, once the idea is accepted into the fertile ground, it begins to grow. In other words, consciousness undertakes the suggestion given to it by the individual mind and then begins the process of transforming it into a tangible outcome. How one can do this is what we will look at now.
Principles of Implanting an Idea in Consciousness — How to Manifest
We’ve established the role of consciousness in manifestation. Let’s now look at how to manifest.
To manifest, we have to find a way to send a suggestion to the universal consciousness and to ensure that this suggestion is accepted by it. Once this is done, and if the suggestion is kept alive, that is, if it is not neutralized by a counter-suggestion, it will begin to realize itself both through the actions of your mind and body AND directly as changes in your external circumstances.
The method I will talk about today is similar to one by Émile Coué, a French psychologist and pharmacist in the early 1900s. Though Coué probably never accepted the radical position of the ability to manifest something directly into the external world, he was a big believer in the power of the “unconscious mind” (a second, deeper “self” within the mind), as he called it.
According to him, a person is almost entirely controlled by the unconscious, and he stressed that the will, which we so proudly acclaim, is powerless when in opposition to imagination, or the unconscious. He developed a procedure for operating the unconscious mind, which he found produced significant results in the subject applying it. This exceedingly simple and easy method was developed based on the idea of autosuggestion.
Note that there are many manifestation methods out there. I just find this particularly effective and easy to understand for beginners. Another technique I find equally effective is Neville Goddard’s SATS method, which involves visualizing yourself in the achievement of your desired outcome.
Autosuggestion means the implantation of an idea in oneself by oneself, and this is exactly what we want to do in manifestation. It’s the exact same process and the exact same steps involved no matter the goal. Whether you want to make a change in your mind, body, or behavior, as Coué did, or you want a change externally, autosuggestion provides the means of doing so.
I will not give the concept of autosuggestion the depth of explanation it deserves, but I will now give you a brief overview and tell you the practical steps for how I do it.
Before you begin giving suggestions, get into a relaxed state of consciousness. Sit or lay down and completely relax your body. Simply let yourself be. Silence your mind. If a thought arises, just observe it and let it go.
Through meditation, you are going into a vast universe within yourself where you get closer and closer to pure consciousness. As you meditate, the critical factor of your mind lessens, making you more amenable to new suggestion.
Now, you can still effectively do autosuggestion without a deep state of meditation, and this is especially advisable when time is limited. While a full state of meditation seems to be the optimal condition, simply taking a few moments to relax and then doing the autosuggestive procedure will make its mark, too.
When you’ve quieted your mind, you’re ready for autosuggestion. I recommend you start by affirming to yourself (ideally, you should say it out loud, but you can do it mentally) something like, “These suggestions will now be engraved, imprinted, and encrusted in me and will realize themselves beyond the knowledge of my conscious mind.”
Then, begin to repeat an affirmation that implies the fulfillment of your desire. It could be “I am becoming more and more confident each day,” “I am wealthy,” or whatever aligns with your desire. In the beginning, before you have seen the power of manifestation in practice, go for something that is within your ability to believe. You need to hit a fine line between stretching your belief system yet not going too far.
The principle by which autosuggestion works, according to Coué, is this: you can only hold one thought in the mind at a time. If you succeed in fixating your attention completely on a single thought such as, “I am becoming more and more confident each day” — without holding any other thoughts, without thinking something like, “Will this work?” or “Am I doing it correctly?” — will cause it to transform itself into an autosuggestion, and from here it will begin its germination into form. If you concentrate completely on a single thought and no other, the thought will to you become a fact in your mind.
Now, another principle to follow is the law of reversed effort. It is very important that you do not use any force or willpower when autosuggesting. It HAS to be easy, and it has to be effortless. If it’s not, you are suggesting the idea of struggle.
Another principle is the catalyzing effect of emotion or the law of auxiliary emotion. By getting emotionally involved with the idea, you increase its potency. Feel things such as gratitude, satisfaction, achievement, or fulfillment when thinking the idea, but of course, do so without effort.
Once you’ve done this to an extent you find satisfactory, do a closing statement like the primer in the beginning: “These suggestions have now be engraved, imprinted, and encrusted in me, and will realize themselves beyond the knowledge of my conscious mind.”
What to do after?
When you awake from your slumber, the seed should be planted in the ground. The power of consciousness, or the unconscious/subconscious mind, will cause your intention to manifest in every particular in your mind, body, and behavior and directly as changes in your external reality. You will be moved to do certain things, and certain things will just happen on their own. Things will move step-by-step until your goal is realized, but it should be said that you may not have any clue as to how it will come. The means are constructed by a deeper intelligence.
Otherwise, you should repeat this practice at least once a day (preferably more), consistently. A good routine is this:
- Before you rise from bed in the morning, as you’re naturally in an altered state of consciousness, affirm, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” (20 times) Do this around twenty times, slowly, effortlessly, and monotonously. This is an affirmation constructed by Coué and suggests the idea of betterment in all areas. The tide lifts all boats, and the particular goal or desire you are striving for will be lifted by this overarching suggestion.
- Throughout the day, do at least one session where you go into meditation and affirm your desire, as described earlier.
- At night, in your bed, before you fall asleep, affirm again in the same way, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” (20 times)
Following this practice properly, you are planting and strengthening a thought in consciousness. Through repeated and consistent sessions, you give more and more energy to the thought until it becomes strong enough to overcome any antagonistic and limiting autosuggestions that already preexist within you.
As we conclude this exploration of consciousness and its role in manifestation, it’s clear that we’ve voyaged through a pretty abstract topic. Consciousness is more than a mere function of the brain; it’s the foundational element of our reality. Our exploration has spanned various philosophies, from ancient teachings to contemporary interpretations in the New Thought movement.
The key takeaway is the practical application of consciousness in our daily lives. This isn’t just theoretical knowledge; it’s a usable skill. We’ve discovered that our personal self can interact with the larger, universal self to manifest real changes in our lives. The process hinges on the principle that consciousness is receptive to suggestion. This means that our thoughts and intentions, when focused and directed, have the potential to shape our reality.
We’ve delved into methods like autosuggestion, illustrating how directed thoughts can embed themselves in our consciousness and influence our reality. This practice underscores the importance of conforming our thoughts with our goals and aspirations. It’s not merely wishful thinking; it’s a disciplined approach to shaping our experiences.
To sum up, this article isn’t at all an academic discussion. It’s an invitation to open your mind to the immense potential within each of us and to harness the benefits it can provide to us. By understanding and applying the principles of consciousness and manifestation, we open ourselves to a world of possibilities. Our consciousness is a power. Used with intention, it can transform our experiences and mold our lives as we wish.
As you move forward, remember that this journey with consciousness is ongoing. Consciousness is always there at the deepest layer of your being, and life is a continuous process of discovery, growth, and application. Keep engaging with your consciousness, cultivate it with purposeful thoughts, and observe as your life aligns with your thoughts. In the intricate dance of consciousness, we are both the choreographers and the dancers, constantly shaping and being shaped by the world we create.
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