How to Grow Superconscious Powers

    It’s normal to think of your life in terms of two states of consciousness—you are either asleep or awake. Recently there’s been a great deal of research about the powerful benefits of a more concentrated state of waking consciousness called “Focused Attention.” In this post, we’ll talk about what focused attention does for you and how it can lead you to break-through to a lesser-known and even more powerful state of “superconsciousness.”

    It’s common to move through life swept along in the continuous flow of thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Our waking life can be a series of associated experiences that seem to happen to us as prompted by what is going on around us. This is what some have called “normal waking consciousness.”

    In this state, you have perceptions through your five senses and these prompt associated memories of past experiences, or imagination of possible future experiences, or other associated thoughts, plans, feelings, images, and so on. Your mind can drift from one association to the next throughout your waking hours and you can become “lost” in that stream of consciousness.

    Recent research into meditation practice has shown what can happen when you grab hold of your drifting attention and focus it on one thing, for example your breathing, the flame of a candle, or some specific inner sensation. Focused attention can also happen when you read a book, play a game, do a crossword puzzle, learn a new skill, visit a new environment, or consciously focus on doing one thing to the exclusion of all others. In this focused state your mind quiets down and your brainwaves come into rhythmic coherence.

    Deliberate focusing of your attention has been shown to grow new neurons and new neural connections in your brain, strengthen neural patterns associated with what you are paying attention to, and increase brain integration. This can be good for your brain, calming to your emotions, and healthy for your body. And you can benefit from focused attention at any age.

    What is lesser known is the ability to go a step farther and become aware of awareness itself—to become superconscious. For example, as you are reading these words, is it possible for you to become aware that you are reading these words? Can you observe yourself in the act of reading? Can you become aware of the activity of focusing your attention? Another way to do this is to ask yourself: “Who is reading this?”

    Facing that question, you may notice that your mind becomes quiet. You have no “answer.” You become aware of the “naked” act of awareness itself. This can happen in meditation after a period of concentrated focus on any one thing for a period of time. You become aware of the background awareness that enables you to see the “object” you are focusing on in the foreground. A subtle shift occurs that frees your mind into “pure awareness.”

    Here’s another way to get onto this. As you sit here, is it possible to become aware of the whole space inside your skin? Then, is it possible to become aware of the whole space surrounding you? Can you shift back and forth between these two experiences? Is it then possible to sustain awareness of the whole space around you? You can do this with your eyes open or closed.

    This may take some practice. Yet as you get used to it, you may notice some profound effects.

    If you are stressed and you do this, you may notice that your stress just melts away. If you are stuck on some problem, you may notice that an intuitive answer suddenly appears out of nowhere. If you sit in the awareness of awareness itself, you may find yourself experiencing a feeling of complete freedom. You may find yourself experiencing a sensation of “oneness” with your deepest self or with Life itself.

    I would love to hear any results of your experiments with superconscious awareness. In my experience, it’s a doorway to our greater potential.

    Enjoy your practice,

    Kevin

    Kevin Schoeninger

    P.S. This week on Spiritual Growth Monthly we’re exploring how to find your peaceful center. Click here to learn more.

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