To what extent do you have your shit together?
So to put what is occurring in your life another way, you are now paying greater Attention to your Awareness. It’s one thing to be “aware,” but it is another thing altogether to pay attention to what your Soul is aware of (instead of ignoring it, which most people do most of the time).
This mixture of the two is what might be called Consciousness. When your Mind pays attention to your Soul, and your Mind and Soul thus carry the same data, hold the same idea, and possess the same perspective, you might be said to be fully conscious.
So, in real terms, it is your Consciousness that is expanding as the Awareness of your Soul comes to the Attention of your Mind.
Walsch, Neale Donald. The Only Thing That Matters (Conversations With Humanity Book 2) (p. 7). Hay House. Kindle Edition.
Consciousness is when the awareness of your soul and the attention of your mind are in sync. In other words, does your mind know what’s in your soul? For most people most of the time the answer is “no,” they have no idea.
One way of describing this psychologically is to name these two faculties as “the head” and “the heart.” Often the head is one place and the heart is somewhere else. There is a disconnect. When the head and the heart are functioning together we call this “integration.” We say that someone has a well integrated personality. In the 60s we called this “having your shit together.”
In Unitarian Universalism we affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This search takes us to observing whether our head and hearts are in sync. Is our mind attending to the awareness of our soul?
The soul is aware of what really matters and it is that which we deeply desire which ultimately is the rejoining with the Divine after separating ourselves from it. We desire deeply to become one again with God, the Divine, our Transcendent Source, the Ground Of Our Being, Life. The ego has to be discarded in the end and our separateness will end as we rejoin the Divine which is what our souls deeply desire.
How conscious are we of this deep yearning? Not very. We have forgotten from whence we came and to which we yearn. Our life on earth has been an experience of grief for our lost innocence, and we yearn to regain that which we have lost, to be healed of our separateness. To be, once again, in Love.
To what extent does you mind pay attention to your soul? Are you aware of deep down your heart’s desire? Do you consciously strive to become the person deep down you believe God is calling you to become? Are you doing with your life what deep down you believe God is calling you to do with it? Answering these questions requires a process of discernment. And discernment is a practice. It regularly askes, especially when stressed, “What would Love have me do?” It is in attempting to answer this question that we engage in the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. It is in this search that we work to get our shit together.