Last year, I posted a blog on seven things parents can do to raise their children to feel good about themselves. I would like to add one more item to this list. In retrospect, it is likely the single most important thing parents can do, and that is to raise their children to ‘live in consciousness.’
I still believe the number one priority of parenting is to raise children to feel good about themselves. A child that feels good about him or herself can accomplish just about anything! They will live a happier, healthier life!
So, what exactly does it mean to live in consciousness, or to live consciously. Buddhists refer to it as being enlightened. Essentially it means to live with the awareness that there exists a higher power, or universal intelligence [God/Creator], and that we live in oneness with this intelligence [and each other]. It is to be aware that we’re all part of the flow of life and that all experiences that make up the flow of life are simply that, experience, neither good nor bad, and that it is our judgment of these experiences that creates good and bad [and suffering]. It is also to be aware that the primary purpose of life is to become conscious, to become enlightened, and to participate in the flow of life through a variety of experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant.
The simple awareness that we live in oneness with each other and everything else that exists in the universe has the potential to inspire us to live in peace, love and joy, so that we may treat each other with kindness and compassion. This awareness has the potential to end suffering.
Consciousness is not something that needs to be worked on or created or developed. We simply need to be aware of it! We need to be aware that there are two aspects to human existence: our loving, conscious self and our egoic-mind self. Our conscious-self is already aware that we live in oneness with all that is. It is aware of our true spiritual nature. It is pure love! It is also hidden beneath the egoic-mind self, which is simply our thinking mind that tends to be dominated by fear, anger and negative thinking. It is this fearful, egoic-mind that is at the root of greed, bullying, hatred, victimhood and the need for power, among many other destructive human behaviors. It is this egoic-mind that causes us to get caught up in the physical trappings [belongings, wealth, fame and power] of our existence, rather than enjoying a more peaceful, loving, joyful way of living.
As a simple first step, we need only to live in kindness and raise our children to be kind! Kindness alone has the power to change this planet. It has the power to end suffering! And for an in depth explanation of consciousness and the egoic-mind, I urge you to read A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle.
Have an awesomely conscious day!