What is my conscience? Where does it exist? How does it influence my decisions?
What if I had the ability to be consciously aware all of the time? In every decision? Would my life look different to how it is now? How would it be different?
Have you ever stopped to think about this?
On a wet and stormy day as I got out of my car, I saw an old man looking at the sky and remarking to himself quietly, in great despair, “Look at how much rain there is!”
As I walked past him, I instantly gave him my umbrella without thinking; I didn’t have to do it, I had a choice, but I had made a decision and I had made it quickly.
I’m sharing this story not to show my benevolence, but because it left me thinking:
‘Why is it that, at times, I do not need to “think” about my decision – it happens almost automatically – whereas sometimes I can be left stuck contemplating for days?
Everything we do requires a decision. As we get older we have more autonomy over these decisions. This brings responsibility. So we want to make the right ones.
We can either make decisions from our values or from our beliefs. Values are innate and love driven whereas beliefs are fear driven depending on sociological upbringing. When we find it hard to make a decision, our first line of defence is to seek more information. Knowing more suggests we will then know if our decisions are the right ones. But, in this case and many like it, I didn’t have all the information. I didn’t know much about this elderly gentleman. Perhaps he had a car, or was being picked up? Maybe the rain didn’t bother him? I didn’t know, but I still made a decision quickly.
When we experience our true conscious self, the values driven self that is created out of love rather than fear, we realise our conscience is in play. To feel your conscience ‘again’ it takes experience. Experience is what you get when you do not get what you wanted. So we learn to ulearn our beliefs and so the journey begins from survival in our youth to serving towards the end of our physical existence.
Values = beliefs minus experience
From this experience and with spiritual philosophy I have come to realise there is a method to live a consciously aware life. This isn’t just about spiritual development but also about engineering inner peace.
There are five principles which if followed we can consciously make any life decision, whether it is big or small:
Conscious decision = Truth + Compassion + Contentment + Humbleness + Love
If you speak truthfully, without fear, you are guided by the universe to be exactly where you need to be. You can not “believe” in this. You must experience this to see the power this has. Fortune does not favour the brave. Fortune favours the truthful.
More so, thinking of others and what is best for them brings about an understanding of how we are all connected. This is a very high level of conscious awareness. It brings about an understanding of recognising humanity as one. For example, if you were looking to grow sales, make decisions based on compassion – empathise with the consumer as if it was your own family member. This will lead to a shift in energy in your conversation your words will lead to a long-term, sustainable business relationship.
Likewise, with regards to Contentment, the mind cannot differentiate between the happiness of achieving a desire and being desire-less. They both provide an equal level of happiness. When you accept things as they are, you start to see the beauty in the creation. An important step to move away from fear based survival to love based serving.
Humbleness allows us to learn from others to make a conscious choice. It is a ‘tool’ that should be overused to compensate the ego.
Make every decision with Love. By being truthful, compassionate, content and humble you will automatically be fuelling your decision with love. Leave no room in your heart for hate. Leave no space in your mind to think that you are separate from another.
These five principles guide us to make conscious decisions. The mind seeks information. Your conscience already knows the answer. If used appropriately, the decision is comfortable rather than difficult. You are much more powerful than you think. The decision regarding the umbrella was easy. These principles were followed automatically, subconsciously.
Working together, these principles bring you a decision that is authentic to your soul.
What key decision are you fixated on right now, one which is still playing on your mind today?
Take a moment.
Write these five principles down and weigh up the options. You may not be able to tick every box but the very process of doing this will help a great deal in activating your decision to be a conscious one.
Don’t let Google guide you when you are stuck on a decision.
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5 thoughts on “How to live a conscious life”
Love it ! But sometimes after making such decisions like giving your umbrella away to someone or may be giving a few quids to a beggar who you’re feeling sorry for we start thinking oh did i do the right thing? Should i have done this? So is it our mind trying to confuse us or we don’t have enough love in our heart for other people? Why does such a thought even enter our mind? Do we need to train our minds to remind ourselves that We’re being compassionate towards other people and get rid of the silly thought?
To a large degree the five thieves, kaam (lust), krodh (rage), lob (greed), moh (attachment) and hunkaar (conceit), prevent us from being selfless. Humbleness resides where there is a death of ego, and where ego dies there is no room for a second thought to manoeuvre. Life is as simple as you make it, give selflessly and expect nothing in return.
Thanks for the enlightening post, Prabhmeet.
A wise person once told me that when making a decision the following ingredients are mandatory:
The decision achieves your purpose, but does not harm you or anybody else, and ideally benefits other.
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