“Become Conscious” is a card I recently drew from the “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” card deck by T. Harv Eker, founder of Peak Potentials. What is consciousness? According to Eker, “Consciousness is observing your thoughts and actions so that you can live from true choice in the present moment rather than being run by programming from the past.” How do we get to this point of becoming conscious? In the above statement, one of the key words is OBSERVING: Developing the ability to observe oneself, others, and nature through the practice of meditation is a core component of all spiritual teachings that I am aware of. Master teachers like Krishna, Buddha, and more recently Paramahansa Yogananda and Deepak Chopra insist that the practice of meditation is imperative if one wants to raise their consciousness and achieve full Self-realization.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is hailed as “The Gandhi of our times” states that in addition to nutrition, exercise, and sleep, meditation is the fourth pillar to developing positive health. And with this formula, we have an integral system for achieving what Sri Aurobindo calls “The Triple Transformation of Integral Yoga:” Deep, high, and wide.
The question of meditation comes up frequently in coaching sessions, and I like to respond from personal experience. Currently, I practice a 15 minute guided mediation from “Getting Into The Vortex” by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham), which I enjoy tremendously… I keep craving it daily.
The four step wellness formula of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has become the core component of my wellness coaching because it allows for those who apply it consistently to become more conscious and eventually access the supramental state, which Sri Aurobindo names as the fifth and final phase of our human evolution. When we:
- Use nutrition wisely to respect the needs of our body and mind, when we
- Exercise for optimal alignment and fitness, and when we
- Practice optimal sleep hygiene to ensure a well rested body and mind, and then
- Couple the above with the regular practice of meditation…
…we can enjoy these benefits without being attached to the physical senses and mental processes… free from the duality of pleasure and pain… and awaken to our supramental intelligence and bliss body. We now have a formula for healing, transforming, and transcending the “Pain Body” (Eckhart Tolle). Where do you start?
You can start anywhere. What is most important is that you have the deep driving desire to become more conscious, to evolve, to transform, to transcend ordinary human consciousness. How will you know what to do?
I have found it easiest to ask clients: What do you know that you must STOP doing… and start there. I call this concept “The Zero Agreements.” Chances are, your intuition, your inner guidance, has already been knocking on your door of higher awareness. “Just do it” (Nike)… why wait?