Conscious Effulgence

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Consciousness, as we all know, or deem to discern, is primarily the equivalent connotation of our mind. While purists may not agree with the idea, because it sounds far too generalised, narrow, or ‘broad’ in a limited sense, depending upon which area you would want to be identified with — the study of philosophy and consciousness, or psychology. This is simply because in the latter the examination of the mind is equated as a part of its processes as much as the conscious, or the ‘veiled’ unconscious.

Most psychologists, or mind researchers, equate consciousness, or conscious awareness, as being a part of self-consciousness — the fulsome orchestra that gives melody to our ‘mindful’ music. To cut a long story short — you’d think of consciousness as being a part of wakeful awareness, a state which underscores the full ease of access to our mind, body, and spirit. To pick an example — when we are awake, we are fully conscious, or so we think. When we are fast asleep, we do not stop to experience visual and auditory happenings by way of imaginings, if not dreams in isolation.

It’d, again, be interesting to note that when we are fully up and about, wakeful, totally aware of our consciousness, there are a number of things that we don’t experience at all, or overlook if we want to. You may think of such a state, which most of us are often guilty of, as unmindful ‘constructs’ of ourselves, our fellow beings, our environment, or surroundings. Philosophers call it a state of voluntary seclusion — a result of our everyday stresses and pressures, or dealing with complex issues, and not certainly a pleasant state. Think of it in any which way you want, or wish to.

Most thinkers attest to the idea of consciousness as knowledge — even when the attribute is non-conscious, or implicit. The idea is plain — because, it helps us to acquiesce to our thoughts and impressions, while augmenting our understanding, or grasp, of things. Put simply, to accept is to acknowledge, while instilling conscious awareness. This is akin to living in the present-moment, and looking at the future with animated expectation, irrespective of whether the road is ‘up’ or ‘down,’ while elevating our psyche to a new level of conscious awareness.

This is also the basis of emerging fully and wholly into conscious living. More so, because it is only when we expand our conscious understanding would we be able to express our feelings — to reaching a higher plane. This characterises our greatest moments of happiness, or relief from difficulties, or upheavals. Why is this so, you may well ask. The answer is simple — it is your emotions that ignite a sense of positivity, or fear, including the bearings to overcome troubles to emerge triumphant.

All of us are endowed with feelings — about someone, or conditions — including the ability to measure and gauge the impact of situations, circumstances, other peoples’ behaviour, as well as our own. This is the prerequisite that all of us are provided with, by divinity, to categorise our needs from wants from needs, or vice versa, and to turning around things for ourselves — each in our own way and in the best manner possible. When this happens, we tend to hold on to the conviction that we can help ourselves and others around us.

In other words, we ought to heed to the doctrine that there are scores of people that surmount their difficulties to help out others in distress. This is a game-changer — because, it propels us to understand others’ emotions as our own. Maybe, for a better purpose.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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