Recently, one can often hear about expanded consciousness, but not everyone is able to explain what it is. This is precisely the reason for this article - here the concept of consciousness will be described in detail, as well as its forms and types. Naturally, most attention will be paid to such a type as expanded consciousness. You will learn not only what it is, but also by what methods it is achieved, as well as what levels it has. But for starters, it’s worth understanding the consciousness itself and its basic types.
What is consciousness?
Before considering a detailed expanded consciousness, it is necessary in general to understand what ordinary consciousness is. All people use this word, but if you think about what it really means, few people can give a clear answer. The fact is that there is no clear answer - on the whole, human consciousness can be described as a structure due to which a person is able to control his actions. Thus, if you lose consciousness, that is, you faint, then immediately lose control over your body. When you do something unconsciously, or on a subconscious level, then you do not need to control these actions. You inhale and exhale air without constant monitoring of these actions, that is, you do it at a subconscious level - therefore, when a person loses consciousness, he does not die, because there are processes that do not require the involvement of consciousness itself. So now you have an idea of what normal human consciousness is. But before exploring the expanded consciousness, it is necessary to linger a bit at the basic level in order to get a wider idea of what state you can be in every day - this is very important for further understanding the subtleties of the transition to expanded consciousness.
There is no point in describing normal consciousness, since every person can imagine it. You are in this state of consciousness when everything around you and inside you is in order, without any major changes. But what does, for example, sleeping consciousness mean? No, this is not the state in which consciousness is when your body is resting during sleep. Although we can safely say that it is the most approximate. The fact is that sleeping consciousness is observed in those people who are overworked physically and psychologically. They can do various things, talk, but most often this happens almost unconsciously, that is, there is no direct connection between actions and emotions. Everyone knows the feeling when you return home after a difficult day, fall on the bed - and the next day you don’t remember how you got home. This is the sleeping consciousness.
Consciousness flying away
This type of consciousness is very close to the previous one, in fact, it is a harbinger of a sleeping person. When your mind switches to flying mode, you should think about rest. It is characterized by the loss of the possibility of concentration. The resources of your body are not yet exhausted, but often the thoughts that you want to focus on are eluding you.
Consciousness is bright
This example of consciousness is already much more familiar to all people. Many believe that it is it that is close to the expanded, but in reality this is not so. Bright consciousness is characterized by a keen perception of what is happening around. It is caused by any strong experiences, both positive and negative. In most people, it returns to normal rather quickly when the state of euphoria passes.
Consciousness is calm
If you are interested in an expanded state of consciousness, then you should pay attention to this point. The fact is that it is this type that is closest to the expanded - this is a kind of path to your goal. In order to comprehend the expanded consciousness, you need to learn to gain a calm consciousness in any situation. This type is characteristic of a person who rested, is full of energy, but is not in a hurry to spend it, is not distracted by any details, does not try to do several things at once. In this state, you are able to think slowly and slowly about yourself, your life, your environment, assess the situation, and so on. It is after this that one can try to comprehend the expanded state of consciousness.
What it is
However, what does it mean to expand consciousness, thinking? How can this be achieved? The methods should be left for later - they will be described in more detail later. Now it’s worth concentrating on understanding what the expanded consciousness is. So, you already know what a calm consciousness is - and now imagine that you are ascending above yourself and can look at yourself from the side. Generally speaking, this is precisely this expanded state of consciousness. You can’t just calmly assess the situation, you can do it by looking at it from the side, as if you weren’t in your body — you will be able to learn much more than if you were just trying to evaluate something in a calm state of consciousness. It is believed that this is one of the highest states of consciousness, which absolutely everyone should strive for. But you should not think that you can simply imagine yourself outside your body - and you will immediately recognize the expanded consciousness. To learn how to acquire it, you will need years, or even tens of years of training. This is a very complex process, which is not given to everyone. Therefore, do not be discouraged if you do not immediately manage to enter the expanded consciousness - it is good if you can do this in a few years. In this case, do not rush - otherwise you can’t even gain a calm consciousness, to say nothing of the expanded.
What is the practice of expanding consciousness? This is the question people are asking who want to comprehend this condition. In fact, there are several methods. This article will talk about the most famous, popular and most effective methods. And the first one is disabling emotions. The fact is that it is emotions that load the human consciousness very strongly, redirecting it to those topics that should not excite it. A person is happy, upset, scared, and so on. And all this is due to emotions that do not allow you to find harmony with your inner world and look at the situation from the side. You will not be able to achieve an expansion of consciousness if you are distracted by various emotions, so if you are interested in how to expand a person’s consciousness, the first thing you have to do is learn to turn off your emotions. If you manage to do this, then you will remove the invisible restriction from your capabilities, you will have a chance to go up a notch above the level at which all average people are.
Another method that you definitely need to master is the harmonization of the state of the body. What does it mean? The fact is that constantly your body makes any small or even large movements. A slight turn of the head, a look to the side, raising a hand. All these actions occur due to the fact that your brain gave an order through the nervous system. Naturally, all these actions require concentration, attention, and resources from him. And all this loads your consciousness, so you can not hope to find peace until you can take it all under control. Your goal is to establish the temporary harmony of your entire body so that the brain does not have to be distracted by any commands. All processes that must occur in your body will be subconscious, and your consciousness will be clean from all unnecessary actions. Experienced specialists can achieve this state on their own and quite quickly, but if you are just starting to practice, then, for example, music that enhances consciousness can help you. It harmonizes the vibrations of your body, thereby facilitating your task.
What other ways are there to expand consciousness? If you really want to succeed in this, then you should definitely find out what a mantra is. A mantra is a special text that may have a specific meaning, or may not have it at all. The essence of this text is to be constantly repeated. Why is this done? Everything is quite simple - when you read the mantra, you fill your consciousness with the only information. When this happens, your consciousness is no longer able to perceive other signals that both the world around it and the body itself send it. The result is a kind of blocking of consciousness, which will allow you to achieve its expansion. As you can see, you can expand your consciousness in different ways, but it is best to use the whole complex, so the likelihood of success will increase significantly.
The first level of expanded consciousness
If you watched a movie expanding consciousness, you most likely heard that there are levels of such consciousness. This is true - many experts distinguish three levels of expanded consciousness, each of which must be comprehended in order to rise one more step up. So, the first level differs from ordinary standard consciousness not too much. However, the differences are already quite noticeable, so it is unlikely that you can enter into such a state and not pay attention to it. How to find out a similar state of consciousness? The fact is that in a standard state a person perceives the world as it is. This means that for him, a house is a house, a tree is a tree, and a table is a table. Nothing unusual, everything is quite standard. If you were able to achieve a state of expanded consciousness, then everything in the world begins to become not static, but dynamic. So the table for you ceases to be just a table, it turns into a part of an interconnected constantly changing system.
Second level of expanded consciousness
When you can fully comprehend the first level of expanded consciousness, the second level will await you ahead. What is he like? In fact, this is about the same as the first level. Only this time your consciousness ceases to be an “observer”. If on the first level you simply watched how objects are intertwined in interconnection, how everything becomes dynamic, then on the second level, your consciousness also becomes part of all these intertwines. And as a result, it remains to comprehend only one, the highest level of expanded consciousness.
Third level of expanded consciousness
What awaits you at the third level? As you already understood, this is the last, highest level, to which absolutely everyone strives, but only a few are able to achieve it. Your consciousness is still part of everything that happens around you, it is still part of the universal network, but at the same time it rises a notch and takes control of what is happening. That was what was originally discussed - when you reach such a stage, you are able to assess the situation as a whole, to penetrate it, to understand the essence of everything that happens. Simply put, your consciousness at the same time remains your consciousness, and becomes something higher, governing everything around.
Expansion of consciousness: a practical technique
To expand consciousness is to go beyond the existing boundaries of perception. People are often interested in methods of expanding consciousness, but it is worth noting that our consciousness is never in the same state. Its boundaries are not fixed rigidly, thus, almost any event in life can have such a strong impact on human perception that the boundaries of consciousness themselves go beyond the usual framework. It is not for nothing that they say that when an unexpected event occurs with a person, this can directly affect his attitude to reality and how he will perceive it.
An interesting question is the connection of consciousness and perception. Perhaps here we can say that our consciousness directly depends on the way of perceiving reality, but there is also an inverse relationship when your perception depends on the breadth of consciousness. This statement leads us to the following conclusion: from whatever side you begin your development, from the side of changing the angle of perception or starting to work with consciousness, this will lead to the fact that the second element of this pair will also undergo a change and, possibly, even transformation (a pair, as you already understood, is consciousness and perception).
The way in which it is possible to influence consciousness through perception can be illustrated by the quite popular appeal technique these days: we stop focusing on negative situations, generally do not perceive negative as negative, changing the perception of unpleasant situations or facts to positive, choose the position of “crazy "An optimist who says that everything that is done is for the better, and we begin to live in this modus.
Thus, we develop a new outlook on life, the perception of reality under the influence of regular practice of unlimited optimism will begin to gradually change, and with it the consciousness itself. At the same time, the more you are in a state of internal and external awareness, the more useful this practice will be for you, that is, you not only do it mechanically, automatically, because it is ordered to carry it out, but you are fully aware of the events and your reactions to them.
Awareness of life, situations and the whole of being can also be singled out as a separate independent practice, which not only dozens of books are devoted to, but almost every true spiritual teaching gives priority to the practice of cultivating awareness. The development of awareness is considered as the cornerstone in the system of self-development embedded in spiritual teachings, therefore, the development of awareness practices is taught from the very beginning of the student's immersion in a new knowledge system. What is meant by the practice of mindfulness?
Multidimensional expansion of consciousness through observation practice
First of all, a multidimensional expansion of consciousness is not only the awareness of your actions, but above all your reaction to them. Observing an emotion, tracking its appearance and fading come to the fore. Ideally, this technique should be applied to any emotion that has arisen, so over time you will learn to track and even prevent the development and development of emotions, especially negative ones, into a kind of emotional explosion. To do this, from the very beginning, you must be identified with emotion as such. Stop personifying your own “I” with a specific state. Many spiritual teachings, no matter how different in nature and orientation, at this point agree that the human "I" is not an emotion and not a state, not to mention that it is all the more not an external image, like you yourself understand.
Therefore, during the very initial stage of the emergence of emotions, for example, you begin to feel anger inside, you must switch from the object that caused this feeling to the feeling itself and try to feel it. It would seem that this is a contradiction, because you should not personify yourself with feeling and at the same time you should feel it, immerse yourself in it.However, there is a big difference between awareness, feeling of the emotion itself and unconscious reactions caused by this emotion, under the influence of which you will respond to the challenge of reality or, in other words, respond to the object.
The practice of expanding consciousness according to the method of Jose Silva
Many of you probably heard about the method of expanding the boundaries of consciousness according to the method of Jose Silva. In his method, the theory of wave activity of the brain comes to the fore, where
- Beta rhythm is activated when we are awake and perform normal actions, work. The oscillation frequency can vary from 14 to 40 Hz.
- The alpha rhythm starts when we are physically less active or even if we continue to seem like these, but internally are much more calm, then the frequency of the oscillations decreases. Characteristic of alpha frequencies from 8 to 13 Hz.
- The theta rhythm is mainly a state of sleep, although for those who practice regular meditation, this rhythm of brain activity may turn on at the time of meditation, which will mean staying in deep meditation. The oscillation frequency is from 4 to 8 Hz.
- The delta rhythm manifests itself in a state of very deep sleep, and the vibration frequency ranges from 1 to 4 Hz.
Jose Silva was well acquainted with meditation practices. On this he based his method of expanding consciousness, which subsequently gained popularity under the name "fulfillment of desires according to the method of Jose Silva." Silva explained the miraculous effect of his method in this way: when a person is in a state of consciousness in which beta rhythms are maximally active, he cannot hear / receive the message from outside. External noise, too much mental activity (and we must not forget that our mind is chatting incessantly) interfere with our own development. Thoughts themselves are an obstacle between a person and information that a person can receive from higher planes. The “noise background” of the thought process drowns out vibrations of a different level, which keeps a person from going to another qualitatively new level of consciousness. Later, other areas and schools of self-development and spiritual practices will call such a transition of consciousness from one level to another a “quantum leap” for greater clarity.
Hans Berger's contribution to multidimensional expansion of consciousness
As we see, Jose Silva did not make any special discoveries, until now unknown to mankind, his merit lies in the fact that knowledge, which was known to the ancients, including yogis and followers of Buddhism (which, however, does not contradict one another, because yoga as a spiritual teaching can be an integral part of certain schools of Buddhism) became known to the general public, and without going into a description of the specific terminology that is often used by schools of ancient teachings, Silva described what happens to a person with the help of well-understood metaphs district, such as the "receiver" and "transmitter", comparing the human mind with a radio receiver, and using the findings of modern science.
For this, we should be grateful to Hans Berger, the founder of modern electroencephalogram, who was the first to record fluctuations in the electrical activity of the brain in the range of 8-12 Hz and immediately called them alpha waves, because they were discovered first. Until now, official science cannot give an unambiguous explanation of the activity of these waves, while people practicing the expansion of consciousness have long understood that the alpha rhythms of brain activity lead to the fact that internal psychological blocks are removed, which instantly opens up access to other knowledge , more extensive, not subject to the exact laws of logic, in a word, a state of consciousness in which a person is incredibly creative.
Creativity: techniques and methods of expanding consciousness
Creativity reaches unprecedented heights, and it is not by chance that most of the masterpieces from the world of art and scientific discoveries were made precisely when the activity of beta waves was suppressed for some reason, as, say, in well-known cases when discoveries were made in a state of drowsiness, that is, the idea came just at the time when the person dozed off (that's when alpha rhythms manifest themselves with greater force). And is it because of doing creative work, playing music, creating pictures, participating in choral singing, a person actually goes into a state of meditation, and this is just such a state that is characterized by a greater activity of alpha waves, sometimes with a transition to theta and minimal activation of beta mode.
Now it becomes clear to us why often, when asked about expanding the boundaries of consciousness, they recommend creativity, because it automatically, without special exercises, without dedication and studying complex, unknown practices, changes the human mind, because during the creative process brain vibrations change. Thus, doing something creative, even creating crafts or sketches on paper, you yourself are immersed in meditation without realizing it. A similar state can be achieved during a long submerged reading of literature.
Your brain still produces beta waves, but alpha is already starting to block them. By the way, it is this condition that is called the state of "increased learning". If you can stay in it for a certain period of time, then you need to use it with benefit for yourself. During this period, new material is best remembered, in order to remember something, several repetitions or the use of mnemonic techniques will not be required. Information directly enters your consciousness, because you really have expanded your consciousness.
Meditation as a method of expanding consciousness
The advantage of new methods is that in them, without any preparation, some techniques are given to a person with the help of which he can learn to immerse himself in the alpha state. But such methods are suitable for those who in no way want to practice meditation. For those who want to start practicing real meditation, perhaps even attend a vipassana course or are already practicing, no other methods will be required, because whatever the new method, it always contains the basics of meditation practices. Therefore, even from a practical point of view, it will be better to master real meditation than to devote time to its derivative products, which are just adapted for a modern person who does not very often wonder where it came from.
Perhaps the most important thing that can be said on the topic of expanding consciousness is that the desire for it is unnecessary. If we recall the words of the Buddha, who said that all desire (or desire) gives rise to suffering, then the meaning of the above will be understood in the context of expanding the boundaries of consciousness. It is, rather, the desire of the ego, the “I,” for self-affirmation, rather than an internal need. Although even a need can come from false reasons, but it can again be based on inner dissatisfaction with one’s own life, hence the desire to express oneself on the other hand.
In fact, consciousness necessarily evolves at the right time, if such is the plan that is destined from above, but it is not necessary that this should happen in this life. The pursuit of something only indicates that a person is still looking for meaning in the external, even if we are talking about such a thing as consciousness. Search and aspiration are the result of unfulfilled diverse desires that sublimate, but do not leave a person alone until the end, they are not outdated. Try to generally generate fewer desires, and then all that is required will come at the right time.
Our reader probably already understood that one way or another, and methods of expanding consciousness are associated with spiritual teachings, the practice of meditation, concentration of attention and awareness. Therefore, the time has come to decide for yourself whether you delve deeper into this topic further, following the path of ancient practices, or a superficial acquaintance with this area of human knowledge will be sufficient for you. The choice is yours. Be in the flow.