How To Be Self-Aware In a Troubled World

Right now, it’s a challenging thing to stay connected, listening, and loving. To have a tender heart and an alive intelligence. From global to personal, so many issues press in from all sides. Admitting to yourself that sometimes no matter what you do, it all feels impotent. This can leave you feeling powerless and somewhat devastated.

But we can remember that we have a deeper, real power at our disposal. This power comes not from our actions, but from our awareness – the awareness of our dreaming.

The power of awareness

Consider the dreams we have every night. We get emotionally hooked by the storyline of our dreams when we’re asleep and unaware that we’re dreaming. But if you happen to realize while dreaming that you are in fact, in the middle of a dream, everything changes in an instant.

Becoming conscious that you are dreaming makes you no longer at the mercy of your unconscious mind. Fear, anxiety, and frustration no longer own the narrative. With such lucid dreaming, you can influence the storyline.

And your true power comes into play here – recognize that you’re dreaming. If this little miracle happens to you, your dreams become conscious and connected to your heart, instead of your unconscious mind. A playful or insightful element suddenly appears.

What we don’t realize is that most people live much of their waking life in a dream as well. It is a daytime dream of separation.

In nightmares, the stories and emotions run rampant through your head. You are unaware of how safe and sound you are in bed. Likewise, the heartache expressing in you right now is caught up in the violence and pain playing out in the world, feeling like “safe and sound” is a million miles away.

How do I become conscious?

I want to suggest that you can learn to recognize that you are dreaming – not while you’re sleeping, but in your waking life. 

It’s actually really simple. It’s your nature to be aware. 

Move your awareness: direct it from the terrors in your news feed, and come inside your own mind and body. Become conscious of the injustice and betrayal that is insistent and chronically expressing in your system when triggered by these external events. 

Become aware of the resistance and the fight echoing inside your skin. 

Become aware that these are feelings of separation. They are parts of ourselves that don’t yet know they are always connected to a vast resource of support, love, and safety – a resource that is very alive in the present moment. We can be aware of these storylines, mental loops, and emotions, while still knowing that we are not actually isolated from support and safety and love. The separation is the illusion, the dream.

 To become aware that you are dreaming gives you power to reconnect those disconnected parts. That is the power of being conscious, really conscious, in this moment.

In the internal noticing of the story, those parts in ourselves that feel helpless, powerless, and impotent can be connected to the fact that there is something in the deeper dimension of the present moment that is much more harmonious, present, and throbbing with connection. 

The secret here is really in just noticing all that. That which feels so certainly separate from solution, support – the persistent, captivating, and disheartening illusions on chronic replay in your system – can be brought right back into love, into healing, with this one act. Ironically, this doesn’t mean any action on your part; it is the simple power of being totally conscious.

What happens when you become conscious

When we don’t let our fear, anxiety, and injustice fight through the day, when you are not indulging, acting, dreaming, controlling the moment, we actually have much more power. When we come inside to the insistent habit of injustice or betrayal, we can see the dream being cast. This is you dreaming. However, there is a deep eternal safety and love that is alive…

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