Question: To be awake is something I want to experience in my life.
What more can I do so that I may realize being more awake in life and what are some of the changes I will notice when it is occurring?
Answer: As Alana tunes into your question I feel you have the intention to discern if greater levels of awareness are leading you in the direction of attaining an enlightened state.
The second more subtle question within your initial question is easier to answer than the first. When one has the answer to the first question, the second question will not exist.
Gratefulness Fuels Becoming Awake
Now let us return to the first question. The way you begin to become more conscious and aware of an awake state is to recognize that you are not always conscious of everything that goes on within and around you.
The first step to becoming more awake is to be able to distinguish the difference between being aware and how one is also unaware. So, I must congratulate your gentle being, for your nature already knows this distinction exists.
This brings about the next step, to becoming more awake, which is really a state of gratefulness for what is present. Then what you dwell on and what think about expands. You get more of what your attention goes to.
- Let us be grateful for awareness.
- Let us be grateful for the ability to feel self-awareness and to feel what it is like to be in a body.
- Let us be grateful for our ability to feel what it is like to sense hunger.
- Let us be grateful that we have eyes to see the butterflies.
- Let us be grateful that we have ears that can hear the songs of birds.
- Let us be grateful that we can smell and taste good cooking when is occurring.
- Let us be grateful that we can sense a kind heart within a friend.
- Let us be grateful that we can witness an action of another and feel their emotions and inner nature.
The first step to being more awake in one’s life is to be more sense-aware by opening your senses more and allow more information to be channeled through you.
As you are being in a state of gratefulness, you begin to tell the universe that “I want more”. The more that you are grateful for, the more that you are expressing that you want to experience more. Therefore, more shall be delivered to you.
Eventually, this exchange creates a rhythm. It becomes a dance of recognizing when you are sensory-full and when your awareness needs to sleep. Just like when a baby sleeps, your senses at times need to rest and re-generate.
This does not mean that you are asleep or are lacking consciousness, it just means that it is time to regenerate. You can learn to recognize that sometimes when you forget, it is just because you are balancing with life moving around and about you. When you recognize that you are asleep, you have an awareness that you are asleep. Therefore, in that moment you are actually aware. Do you see?!
Becoming Aware of Your Inner Observer
What Alana has described is the development of an observer.
We have now cultivated the fact that we are within ourselves and we are also within ourselves seeing the “within nature” of our self. This is the way of becoming more aware. This is the way of becoming more awake. This is the way to feel the nature of enlightenment and to know that enlightenment still contains a full range of feelings in the moment.
Many believe that when one is enlightened they do not have anger or sadness. There is a mental belief that when one is fully awake they are connected to the God-Source and are able to live in a constant state of “is-ness” and that this is-ness has a singular expression.
Yes, there is ‘isness’ but the thing we must not forget is that ‘isness’ embraces all and it does not exclude anything.
Your ‘isness’ always includes whatever comes into your nature because being fully awake includes that you are a full-sensory being able to feel it all as it really is (light/dark/and in between coexisting together in the moment). That is your ‘isness’.
This is why enlightenment is kind of funny because it is really about just being. Enlightenment is a joke. There is no place to go since you are there already (realizing it happens with an observer, then a moment of Ahhh).
So begin by saying…
- I am very grateful that I am enlightened in this moment.
- I am very grateful that I have enlightenment in my being.
- I am very grateful that enlightenment exists in my world.
- I am very grateful that we have free will to have enlightenment in our natures.
- I am enlightened.
So be it.
Thank you for your question. Thank you for your gentle being. Thank you for your benevolent nature for bringing forth such a delightful question.