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Sadhguru explains what raising human consciousness means and speaks about the fundamental intelligence that makes life happen.

Defining Consciousness

Consciousness is often defined as our individual awareness of our thoughts, memories, emotions, and sensations as we experience our environment.  If you are feeling sleepy you may have noticed that you are not as aware as when you are happy or when feeling very energetic. Have you ever started to read an article or listen to a podcast, then find your mind wandering, causing you to reread or replay certain passages? Our ability to be conscious does not seem to be a stable element, but instead vacillates throughout the day.

The Consciousness Debate

For thousands of years, the study of human consciousness was predominantly done by philosophers; later, contributions by psychologists and scientists added to the mix. However, since we all, including researchers, seem to filter things subjectively, arriving at a shared definition has been difficult.

Consciousness Quotes

“Consciousness is the source of who we are. Our thoughts, intentions, and actions are a consequence of that.” – Sadhguru

“Consciousness is your natural state of being. You only lose it by identifying with your thoughts, emotions, and body.” – Sadhguru

“The nature of your consciousness manifests in every cell of your body, every moment of your life.” – Sadhguru

“Time and space are just projections of your consciousness.” – Sadhguru

What is Consciousness?

Sadhguru: “Consciousness” is a highly abused word, used in many different ways. First of all, let me define what we refer to as consciousness. You are a combination of many things. As a piece of life, as a body, you are a certain amount of earth, water, air, fire, and akash or ether. And there is a fundamental intelligence that puts all these things together in a particular way to make life out of it. The same ingredients that are lying there as mud sit here as life – what an incredible transformation! There is a profound and unimaginable level of intelligence that can make simple things like air into life. If the air stops, life goes.

Whether it is a tree, a bird, an insect, a worm, an elephant, or a human being – just about anything is made up of the same simple material. We call this intelligence that makes life happen “consciousness.” The only reason why you experience life and aliveness is because you are conscious. If you are unconscious, you do not know whether you are alive or dead. If you are in deep sleep, you are alive but you do not know it.

You actually can neither raise consciousness, nor can you bring it down. We only use the expression of “raising consciousness” against the following background: if you are strongly identified with your physical body, the boundaries of what is you and what is not you are distinctly clear. In this state, you experience yourself as a separate existence. This means you are in survival mode, which is what every other creature is in too. When you identify yourself as the body, the boundaries of who you are, are 100% fixed.

Even in the physical realm, the more subtle something is, the more the boundaries disappear. We are breathing the same air, which also includes some moisture. As we breathe, we constantly exchange air and water. We have no problems with this exchange between us because we are not identified with the air and the water. But we are identified with our body and consider it as ourselves, so we do not want anyone to transgress the boundaries of our body.

What we refer to as consciousness is a much subtler dimension of who you are, and it is commonly shared by everyone. It is the same intelligence that is turning food into flesh in me, in you, in everyone. If we move people from being identified with the boundaries of their physical body to a deeper dimension within themselves, their sense of “me” and “you” decreases – “you” and “I” seem to be the same. This means consciousness has risen on a social level.

Essentially, we do not raise consciousness. We raise your experience so that you become more conscious. All of us are conscious to some extent. The question is to what degree you are conscious. You do not have to raise your consciousness – you have to raise yourself to find access to it and experience it. Consciousness is there all the time. If it was not, you would not be able to convert your breath and your food into life. You are alive – that means you are conscious. But so far, you only have minimal access. As your access improves, your sense of boundary expands. If you become identified with consciousness, you will experience everyone as yourself. This is what yoga means.

The word “yoga” means union. Human beings are trying to experience this sense of union in so many ways. If it finds a very basic expression, we call it sexuality. If it finds an emotional expression, we call it love. If it finds a mental expression, it gets labeled as greed, ambition, conquest, or simply shopping. If it finds a conscious expression, we call it yoga. But the fundamental process and longing are the same. That is, you want to include something that is not you as a part of yourself. You want to obliterate the distance or the boundaries between you and the other.

Whether it is sexuality or a love affair, ambition or conquest – all you are trying to do is make what is not you a part of yourself. And so with yoga. Yoga means becoming one with everything, or in other words, obliterating the boundaries of who you are. Instead of talking about it, instead of intellectualizing it, we are looking at how to raise your experience from the physical aspect of who you are to a dimension beyond the physical.

This is what Shambhavi does – taking you to a twilight zone. You are still rooted in the body but you are beginning to touch a dimension beyond, so that your experience of life is not limited to your body – you experience it as a larger phenomenon. This is raising consciousness. It means you experience all the people around you as a part of yourself.

The material that makes the five fingers on your hand was in the earth some time ago – now it is your five fingers. What was on your plate yesterday as food was not “you.” But you ate it, and today you experience it as a part of yourself. You are capable of experiencing anything as a part of yourself if only you include it into your boundaries. You cannot eat the entire universe. You have to expand your boundaries in different ways.

Expanding the sensory boundaries in such a way that if you sit here, the entire universe is a part of yourself – this is yoga; this is raising consciousness. We are not doing it philosophically or ideologically but experientially, using a technological process that everyone can make use of. Why a technology is – the nature of a technology is such that it will work for whoever is willing to learn to use it. You do not have to believe it; you do not have to worship it; you do not have to carry it on your head. You just have to learn to use it.

Videos on Consciousness by Sadhguru

Evolving into Consciousness

Are you so engrossed in your phone screen that you are missing the cosmos? Sadhguru explains that for most of us, our psychological creation has become larger than the Creator’s magnificent creation. Correcting often automatic behavior into  conscious action is the essence of the spiritual process.

Memory, Consciousness, and Coma

During a session at Sanders Theatre, Harvard Medical School, on “Memory, Consciousness, and Coma” on May 14, Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital, Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT; and Nicholas D. Schiff, MD, PhD, The Jerold B. Katz Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences, Weill Cornell Medical College,New York, seek Sadhguru’s inputs on various aspects of anesthesia, the brain and science.

Turning Up the Voltage – Consciousness

How to raise one’s consciousness? If one enters a dark place and turns up the voltage, suddenly more and more is illuminated. Consciousness, Sadhguru explains, means you are well-lit within yourself, so you see everything just the way it is.

Tools for Consciousness:

Inner Engineering is an opportunity to raise your consciousness and to engineer an inner transformation that deepens your perception, bringing about a dimensional shift in the very way you look at your life, your work, and the world that you inhabit. It is offered as a program for personal growth and establishes the possibility of exploring the higher dimensions of life, in addition to optimizing health and success. Learn the powerful 21-minute Shambhavi MahaMudra Kriya. Inner Engineering is offered in person with Sadhguru along with teacher-led programs across US and Canada. Click here to learn more.

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