Self-Awareness transcends time. One of the keys to developing self-awareness is letting go of any preconditioned sense of yourself. Over time we develop a false image or preconception of one’s true self. We think we know who we are. We go through life with an incorrect understanding of self-awareness. As well as with an unaligned expectation of who we are and ought to be. Therefore we lose touch or even worse never connect to our essence. Essence is infinite and self-awareness is bliss. Many of us are filled with questions and missing pieces within ourselves. The truth is, it is perfectly okay. We are only human and this is why we are here on this journey.
If there is such a thing as life’s purpose, other than putting all these different pieces of the puzzle we each hold together, is the journey to knowing thyself and truly developing self-awareness.
You In The Past: Letting Go
People are bound to be defined by their past. Our past is deeply ingrained within us, just the same way we sense ourselves through a preconditioned brain. It is those hundreds of thousands of neurological connections in our brains that dictates what we do, how we do it and why we do it. It certainly feels like there is no escape from our past. However, that couldn’t farther from the truth.
The truth is that our past is only a medium and a representation of dead time. When you view the past that way, we can effectively escape from it or at least loosen up the chains so seemingly confine us. Your understanding and awareness of your past only serve to assist you in letting go of your past. Who you were in the past does not necessarily mean it is who you are now.
You In the Now: Know Thyself
We must embrace self-awareness with a completely “blank slate” state of mind. It is what in Psychology is referred to as the ability to literally become anything or anyone at birth. It is only in this state of mind that we can connect to our essence and develop self-awareness. This allows us to have full awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and essence without being restricted by your past experiences. More importantly, knowing thyself goes beyond being aware of your inner world, your thoughts, and your emotions. It is truly being aware of who you are beyond time, your body and especially your brain.
Self-awareness is technically referred to the ability to observe our inner world and this includes our thoughts and emotions. But it is much more than that. Without over complicating this concept, to this project, it relates to a complete and immersive sense of your essence. An essence that lives beyond flesh and bones. And as mentioned above, it transcends time and your preconditioned brain. Which is so critical to be fully present in the now and having a blank slate state of mind. It is only the now that truly matters when your goal is to tap into full self-awareness of thyself.
The Limits of Self-Awareness
Your ability to develop self-awareness is limited by the preconditioned sense of yourself. Please skip this section if you are a Yogi, fully enlighted or biologically thousands of years more developed than the average person. If you are not, you are for the lack of a better term “stuck” with your brain. It is this dependency on your brain that will ultimately limit your ability to fully reach self-awareness. That does not mean you cannot tap into or have an inwards glance through that window called reality. But this also means that the persistent wandering in our minds will prevent you from being fully present and developing self-awareness. Which is why we believe that “quieting the mind” is such a critical pillar in self-development and realization.
In addition to the constant monkey banging drums in our brain, the various intellectual inclinations also influence our capacity to have an authentic understanding of ourselves. This closely relates to being restrained to the preconditioned mind but also touches on a natural instinct: Our insatiable need to find meaning and purpose to life. It is when you detach from this need and find meaning through the “being” that the limits of self-awareness are less apparent.
Practices for Self-Awareness
There are a few key practices for self-awareness. But I feel it is important that we start with the most fundamental practices.
At the very top, we have mindfulness. This is the ability to be fully present and submerged in the waves in your mind. Being fully present will provide a much stronger sense of your inner world at a given moment. It helps create the consciousness of the emotions and thoughts as they are created.
At a more superficial level, you need to place yourself in the proper environment. With time this won’t be a necessary practice but when you start on the journey of developing self-awareness having a quiet space is critical. We already carry too much noise in our minds. The last thing you need is outside noise as well. Ideally, you want to create a space for yourself where you can block as many senses triggers as possible. This will help you zoom in to those internal triggers that give birth to not only emotions and thoughts but the essence that lives within you.
The third and last practice we recommend is to simply listen. Learn to fully listen. Listen to those triggers and your open heart. There are certain parts of what makes you that are unspoken or indescribable. However, you can learn to listen to those parts by keeping an open heart and a blank slate of mind
Infinite Self-Awareness Through Essence
Being self-aware is not a destination. It is a constant journey through the now and mindfulness. Self-awareness lives beyond the ability to observe your emotions and thoughts. It lives through the very essence that transcends time, flesh and bones.
Self-awareness does transcend time which is why the now is so important in being able to develop it. It touches those deep fibers that define you and provide you with a very small piece of that complex puzzle called life.
The Higher Path Project