Have you ever wondered, “What is consciousness? What is awareness? What is the spirit?” Learning about these abstract concepts can be confusing in the beginning, but getting to grips with them will form the foundation of deep spiritual understanding. 

In this post, you’ll learn the following:

  • The difference between a life path and your soul’s purpose.
  • What is consciousness? 
  • The difference between consciousness and existence.
  • How to nurture and expand your soul.

Truth, Reality and the Path of Human Consciousness

Your path is the direction and speed you are moving through your life. Your focus, goals, values, will, desires, and choices determine the quality and productiveness of your path. 

Everyone is on a path. You are on a path.

However, is it the proper path? Will it allow you to achieve your highest goals and purpose? Will it be the most advantageous way to walk your life path? 

Your purpose is the direction you are facing while you walk your path. Just like your destination is the direction in which you will travel when you go on vacation. 

Walking a path aligned with your purpose is the active participation in truth, reality, and human consciousness. 

To assure that you are on the right path, you must first determine:

  • Who are you at your soul level, including an honest assessment of particular qualities such as your true essence and authentic capacity?
  • What is required to maintain the two foundational qualities of being human—existence and consciousness? 
  • What are you capable of doing within the framework of your physical body, emotional and energetic nature, environment, and other factors?

Once you have these answers, align yourself with the reality of the present.

Then you will have clarity of what is possible for your path, what you may reasonably become, and where it may likely lead you.

The degree of a person’s successful living is the degree to which a person accurately walks this path. There is no other true success.

Money, fame, awards, etc., are temporal and meaningless if they have not contributed to the growth and substance of your soul. As with any recognition or achievement from a past life, they may have fleeting significance.

The goal of your path, and the learning involved in walking it, are not to be manipulated nor meant to be useful for other objectives––not for a career, health, relationships, knowledge, talent, money, etc. Such pursuits are distractions from the purpose of the path.

Go ahead and read that last paragraph again. Let it sink in.

Your path is not a tool for another gain. Your path IS all gain, and the only real gain there is. Your path needs to support no other pursuit. Instead, all other goals are validated only by their support of this path.

Discovering more and more of the lost knowledge concerning your true nature is a release. It forever grants you a clear and growing view of your potential and power. It continues to shed light on the path.

When you are unclear about your soul’s purpose and feel lost on your path, you can focus on developing and nurturing the two foundational attributes of your life: Consciousness and Existence.

What is Consciousness and Existence as Axiomatic Conditions

An axiom is an indisputable fact upon which we build our view of reality or upon which we make decisions.

The human experience has, at its basis, two axiomatic conditions: consciousness and existence. Consciousness is foundational to the awareness of existence, and existence is the object of our consciousness. 

When a person is unsure of their exact purpose, focusing on supporting personal consciousness and existence would create a worthy life path.

Human consciousness is intentional, meaning one must choose to nurture and care for it. Tend to your consciousness as you would a garden that is the sole source of your nourishment. It is.

To know that we exist, we need consciousness. Existence gives us something on which our consciousness can focus. Consciousness and existence come as a pair and depend on one another. Without either one, we would be nothing—and we would not even know that we were nothing!

Existence and consciousness are the two most fundamental components of life. By “life,” I mean not just the life you are living now, but the “you” that extends over many lifetimes and between lifetimes into eternity. 

Your soul. 

To keep your soul strong, growing, and thriving along this journey, you need to feed and nurture existence and consciousness. The more you feed and enrich these two fundamental components, the more rewarding your life becomes.

Existence feeds on experiences. Choosing a deeper and more varied range of experiences enriches your soul. These experiences can be positive or negative. You can bring consciousness to bear on your existence to make it increasingly more constructive and pleasant. Still, even challenging experiences increase the health of your existence through variety and the effort to correct course.

Whether you are a carpenter or a rocket scientist does not matter. The depth and breadth of experience feed existence, not your career choice. If you feel frustrated in your career, you may need variety or a change. You may be doing something that no longer teaches you anything or has become redundant. Your current profession may no longer be relevant to your path or purpose.

You feed consciousness by becoming more aware of yourself and the universe—by exploring your motivations, learning life lessons, engaging in activities that encourage self-discovery, healing fear-based perspectives and behaviors, and through practices like meditation, creative visualization, and hypnotherapy that build your imaginative powers. All of this is food for consciousness.

Experiencing Awareness Through Dreams and Metaphors

Daydreams are a perfect example of auto-hypnosis. When you daydream, you have put yourself into a natural state of trance, allowing for creative imagination, relaxed contemplation, and productive problem-solving.

Dreams occurring during sleep provide a means for our unconscious mind to communicate a distinct and personal message to our conscious mind. We are often fascinated by the symbols and their meanings when we have dreams. We instinctively know there’s something more profound than just the haphazard and often bizarre imagery presented.

Yet, dreams are only one method the mind uses to communicate its message. Another way is through our bodies. Let’s take a step back from our everyday perceptions and imagine, for a moment, the “bigger picture.”

We are each a spirit, a soul, that has cultivated a body to use for a given lifetime. A helpful visualization may be to see ourselves slipping into this body, as one might put on a glove. We are still a spirit, yet now we have sensory matter all around us that can communicate messages to our greater consciousness about the world in which we find ourselves. We can see, touch, taste, smell, and hear our environment.

Likewise, our greater consciousness has the same medium, the body, to communicate its messages to our conscious awareness focused here in the physical. The body will indicate our mental and spiritual states through emotions and physical symptoms. When we listen to such messages––and take decisive action to make corrections when necessary––we have the opportunity to avoid uncomfortable symptoms or even terminal illness.

Daydreams combine relaxed, focused trance states and imagination to calmly and creatively sort through issues. Dreams directly communicate between the unconscious and conscious minds, using metaphors and imagery. Similarly, our physical aches and pains, illnesses, and diseases are metaphorical messages with a distinct purpose of warning of danger, stress, or needed change.

We frequently ignore the intuitive knowledge that we receive from the subconscious realms. To get our attention, the signals from our subconscious have to become bolder, louder, or more tangible. 

The body weakens from the stress caused by that signal and begins to show symptoms of illness and disease, whether mental, emotional, or physical.

While there may be environmental causes, compelling evidence demonstrates the underlying psychological and emotional connections to physical ailments. A 30-year study by Psychologists Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Ph.D., and Gregory E. Miller, Ph.D., revealed, “Stressful events reliably associate with changes in the immune system and…characteristics of those events are important in determining the kind of change that occurs.”

Hence, by starting with the type and nature of a person’s stress, a direct pathway will lead to the condition to develop in the future. This correlation is good news because it brings the power of healing back to the individual. The state of your health is not as random as was once believed. 

When a person becomes aware of the stressor, they can act upon that knowledge to usher in the changes that result in a healthier, happier lifestyle. Working with a qualified hypnotherapist can expedite the journey.

Final Thoughts  

Nurturing our consciousness and existence is vital to our soul’s health and wellbeing. It’s worth pursuing when another more specific purpose is as yet unclear.

Your consciousness communicates with you through signals to the body and emotions. Attending to these signals can help to improve your life and health.

I look forward to reading your experiences and opinions on this fascinating subject! Please share your thoughts and experiences below in the comments section.

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