The Evolution of Consciousness Part 1: The Level of Ordinary Consciousness
There are three transformational processes within the evolution of the Consciousness. These are, in fact, three levels of development. At these different levels of development the state and functions of the Consciousness show entirely different signs. If we are aware of these characteristic signs, we may easily recognize what state of development of the Consciousness we are in: ordinary Consciousness, awakening or the level of complete freedom.
The Level of Ordinary Consciousness
This is the lowest level of the evolutionary process of the Consciousness. Ordinary Consciousness is rooted in, and feeds on, past times. The present moment is less important for it, it is only a gateway leading to a future we long for. Future is nothing but an improved and beautified version of the past, a future in which we will be successful in all the things in which we have failed in the past. For ordinary consciousness, only past and future exist, it lives in those and feeds on those.
In that state of Consciousness the appreciation and opinion of others are very important for us. We want to meet the expectations directed at us, we are pleased to play the social roles that are dictated by our community. We thrive to be good parents, a good husband or wife, useful employees and law-abiding citizens. Our willingness to play these roles is caused by our complete identification with those roles. Our entire identity is based upon those roles. We do not look for true answers to the question ”Who am I?;” we are content to be told that by others.
In the state of ordinary Consciousness, the dominant character of our life is the Ego; we wish to make it larger, brighter and more individual. That is why we are learning, gathering knowledge from others, until the end of our life, in the belief that we will thus become more and more intelligent. Still, we become less and less self-confident, and we do not have enough courage to face the challenges of life on our own. We therefore need a guide, a support. We do not long for complete freedom, we follow predetermined rules and respect authority.