Levels Of Consciousness
The levels of consciousness are determined
by the levels of diminishing obscurations
We may have assumed that consciousness is just one level – we are conscious – but consciousness has many levels as we have many levels of fixated concepts. We perceive through ‘dark glass’, through karma.
Our level of consciousness is determined by how, as an individual, we perceive the mental obstacles that obscure pure consciousness of clear seeing. Are there obstacles or not?
At street level, we are not aware that we have consciousness; we just constantly react. Consciousness perceives, and positive and negative emotions arise, causing us some sort of suffering.
At another level, consciousness applies an antidote to these emotions – such as compassion for anger. We are applying a positive to counteract a negative, but in doing so, we are reifying the emotion, thus causing more emotions such as pride to arise.
At yet another level, those same emotions are perceived as brightening the mind, and therefore become, or are inseparable from, wisdoms.
At the highest level, there are no emotions – or even consciousness, for that matter – as pure consciousness abides within itself.
It’s not a contest.
It is just noticing the mind,
hopping back and forth.