The ABCs of spiritual self-awareness

(OMTimes | Marc Lainhart) Self-awareness by definition and understanding. In the Cambridge Dictionary, “Awareness is the knowledge that something exists, or understanding of a situation or subject at the present time based on information or experience.” It is also the Universe’s way of saying “wake up, it is time to get up now!” It is important to recognize that both external awareness and self-awareness are not only about what we notice about ourselves but also how we notice and monitor our inner world and the world around us.

As we start to notice what’s happening inside of us, we acknowledge and accept the inevitable part of being human and the human experience. Furthermore, our self-awareness goes beyond merely accumulating knowledge about ourselves, but how we interact with those around us and our perception of our world. It is also how the world interacts back with our lives and us.

Awareness is about paying attention to our inner state physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually with a beginner’s mind and an open heart (even when we get to an older state of mind). Our mind is extremely powerful and skillful at storing information about how we react to a certain event to form a blueprint if you will of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual life.

“Awakening through the power of awareness is a process towards self-discovery that we are so much more than we perceive to be.”

The intuitive prospector: self-awareness

Awareness and self-awareness are having a clear perception of our personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self-Awareness allows us to understand other people, how they perceive us, our attitude and our responses to them in the moment and along our spiritual paths. Having awareness creates the opportunity to make changes in our behaviors, habits, and belief systems. Gathering and processing information.

Understanding and analyzing the information we collect. Thinking ahead, planning, and planting seeds for our future, that is the power of awareness! We at times are all self-aware when we can sense fear, danger, anger, or despair that may strike us at any moment in a world full of chaos and a history known for its violence. Through the power and assistance of awareness and self-awareness, we can enhance our response (or lack of response) depending on the situation when we have the choice of:

1. Fight

2. Flight

3. Freeze

The introspection factor offers deep clues

Self-awareness (sometimes also referred to as self-knowledge or introspection) is about understanding our own needs, desires, failings, habits, and everything else that makes us who we are. The more we know about ourselves, the better we are at adapting to life changes that suit our wants and needs and when those unexpected life events come our way. Essentially, the more we pay attention to our emotions and how we work, the better we will understand why we do the things we do. The more we know about our own fears and habits, the easier it is to move past those fears and improve on those habits.

In most cases, this takes a little experimentation and practice, time, patience, and a dedication to working with our awareness both externally and internally. Awareness through the process of evolvement and the understanding and gratitude of our surroundings will develop within us a sense of direction that our earthly experience provides us while having opportunities to grow through the process.

How to transform our lives through self-awareness

The changes in our mind and behavior become simple and easy steps when we develop and work with awareness every day in our lives. If we stay strong, focused, and “aware” throughout all the challenges that this life on earth brings to all of us, we realize those difficult times also brought us the greatest opportunity to learn, transform, move forward and progress using external awareness and internal self-awareness to recognize our own strengths, weaknesses, fears, habits, with a new sense of “knowing” that we are spiritual and energetic beings first brought here to have a physical, human experience!

The ability to monitor our emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and habits through the power of awareness from moment to moment in our lives is key to understanding ourselves better, the world around us and how we engage or not engage with our external environments. Through awareness and self-awareness, we also start to discover a peace with who we are, why we are here, our purpose, passions, and plans for life while learning to proactively manage our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors on the spiritual pathways of life. If we want change in our lives and experiences we have while here on earth, incorporate a daily practice of awareness and self-awareness and watch the changes unfold…

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”

-Eckhart Tolle

Source: OMTimes

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