What is consciousness?

Wow – this is a huge question!

It has been discussed since forever, even in biblical days. So I am little frightened entering this sphere of dignified gentry and accomplished scholars but here I go – I will dive in.

Am I going to definitively answer the question – no! But I am going to give you my observation and experience of what consciousness is to me.

Consciousness is a form of waking up to what is actually possible in your life.

Consciousness is:-

-seeing all parts of you as they present and working with them, no matter what.

-being present in the moment

-developing a curiosity and objectivity outside of yourself. With this you can make assessment without judgment. You experience a more objective curiosity. I love this insight for myself. It works so well.

I have been in judgment mode for a lot of my life, without realizing. Now I surrender myself to this, give myself permission to judge. With this surrender comes transcendence into an amazing vortex of awakening to pure potential. It is pretty cool – just notice and be aware.

consciousness awakening

When I began to awaken I wanted to know more. 

How to maintain this sense of being free to be me?  How to lean in to the present moment?

What other information is out there? Boy – there is a lot.

I was intrigued by the term “unconscious competence”.  It is part of a paradigm, a matrix, a personality diagnostic tool or simply a theory.

The Four stages of Competence are

  1. Unconscious incompetence
  2. Conscious incompetence
  3. Conscious competence
  4. Unconscious competence 

As I began to investigate and discuss this theory with a colleague, I heard the term “unconsciousness incompetence” for the first time.  Wow this was a big aha moment. What are we, if we continue to not be conscious? I think, personally I was asleep for a long time. I did not want to hear or know or appreciate my inner gifts. I probably was unconsciously incompetent and that’s why it was a big WTF moment.

awakening consciousnessNow what I know in my heart…

That life and living is more than just existing.

Life is about enjoying the little things.

It is wondering and philosophizing about life, engaging in the potential.

It is being in awe of nature and the beauty within.

It is appreciating the struggle and living through it without suppressing emotions, feelings.

It is an energetic loop of giving and receiving.

It is looking at every aspect of ourselves and loving our innate gifts from the inside out.

Life and living consciously is loving the lessons and embracing the shifts.

So where I am now with my work as a Healer, I am at the steps of being unconsciously competent. 

Now I would love to know where you are on this spectrum of consciousness. Comment below – we are always learning – oh boy what a ride – isn’t it magic!!

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16 thoughts on “What is consciousness?

  1. Deb

    Yes Maria, This is what we are doing for all of our loire. Every time we learn something new we are consciously incompetent, then we become consciously competent and then unconsciously competent. The big thing is recognising there are always areas of our life where we are either unconsciously incompetent. Of course, as we are unconscious of that area, the question then becomes: How do I uncover my blind spots? Asking for feedback from others is one great way to do that. Others see things about ourselves that we do not see for ourselves. One of the reasons coaching can be so valuable. Keep up the good work! Love to you. Deb

    1. Maria Post author

      Oh thank you Deb – you taught me well. It was during one of our discussions that the term came up – it peaked a profound curiosity – I had to explore. It is such an evolutionary process – moving continuum. Awakening is heart and soul fuel. xx

  2. Elizabeth MacLeod

    I go in and out of all those stages of consciousness depending on where I am in any given moment!!! you are right, it is quite a ride… I think for me, it's curiosity that keep me alive in my soul. I remember long ago, a profit healer said to me as we were working together… "A healer only needs to have the curiosity of a 5 year old." That stayed with me my whole life. Reading this… reminded me of that moment … thank you… x

  3. april

    "consciousness is a form of waking up to what is actually possible in your life." i seriously love this definition, maria. and i'm thinking that CONSCIOUSNESS may be a perfect word of the year for you in 2015! 🙂

  4. Kathleen

    Of course I'm in stage four! haha, I wish. I'm sure I run the gamut of each of the stages all in one day. I do know that I've come a hell of a long way from where I was even ten years ago.

    1. Maria Post author

      Hi Kathleen, I do believe that transcendence into stage 4 happens momentarily. It does feel good when it happens 🙂

  5. Cheryl

    I just realized I have a long road ahead. I don't know where I am but I think I have a little of all four on any given day. Maria, please be free to be you. Share your gifts and your light; you are so inspiring.

    1. Maria Post author

      Hi Cheryl – thank you so much – the continuum can be long but oh so exciting for those brief moments – I so can relate, lovely xx

  6. Cathy

    Those are some head-spinning definitions, Maria. Will have to let them settle. I'm definitely aware of the moment when I went from unconscious to conscious in terms of "waking up" to myself, my gifts & true aspirations, connecting to that sense of higher/deeper self. Would you say the incompetence of that consciousness comes in the inability to surrender to it? If so, I'm in the forward/backward dance of easing into competence.

  7. Michelle

    Hmmm… Interesting. I would consider myself unconsciously competent. But I think it's easy to slide backward a little when life gets in the way. And of course, those are always the teachable life moments that bring us back to unconscious competence. It's the circle of competence. 🙂

    1. Maria Post author

      Mmmmm that feels good – doesnt it – the teachable moments in life are the best – always (perhaps some in hindsight). xx

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