What is consciousness?
Is it being cognitively aware and responsive to the environment,as scholars suggest? Is it an ability? Or is consciousness higher than its abilities, its attributes?
Religious studies, which include the study of beliefs, behavior (rituals), and institutions, have ventured very little in this regard. Philosophers, attempting to bridge the gap between science and religion, commonly classify consciousness as a by-product of the biological process, relegating it to a subcategory of natural science. They equate it to conscious awareness.
But the science community has had little to do with consciousness. They regard it mostly as a subjective study, irrelevant to their examination of nature. They cover only the objective study of the physical and natural world. (The physical world includes all matter and energy, and the natural world, nature and its inherent tendencies and the transformation of energy.) They do not study the subtler realms of our existence—for example, how life comes into a body, or how it departs.
Some Himalayan yogis have equated consciousness to intelligence, asserting that consciousness is the intelligence in you, the intelligence in all of creation. With this, they explain how a plant knows in which direction to grow, or a bird how to build a nest. But I would rather say that intelligence is yet another attribute of consciousness, one that can easily be perceived all around us, but an attribute none the less.
What makes one person more intelligent than another? Do they have more consciousness? Or is it just that their mental being is more evolved? I would suggest the latter. In a mature mental being, consciousness is more awakened at that level. In an even more mature mental being, consciousness is awakened at the emotional and soul levels of being.
The ability of consciousness within the mental being is that it can imagine. It can create an imaginary world at will. To do this, it projects imaginary subjects and objects onto the holographic screen of our minds. You can do that right now: Imagine an apple. A juicy red one. Close your eyes for a moment and allow an apple to appear in your mind. It doesn’t matter if it is green. Could you do it? This is an ability of your consciousness, working through the mind.
Now imagine the potential for awakening if we became more aware of this aspect called consciousness. The Perennial Truth teaches us that consciousness is the witness in you. The one who perceives everything that is happening inside and out.
On this 1 day silence retreat, you work through each level of being ( Physical, Mental, Emotional and Soul) to dissolve into the present moment in your union with consciousness. We guide you on how to do this through understanding and practice of 4 key aspects of engagement with life:
Choicelessness through Acceptance
Sincerity through Trust
Effortlessness through Surrender
Totality through Oneness
Each individual is unique and special and yet beyond the physical we are all one. This Awakening Consciousness 1 Day Silence Retreat is the start of a powerful spiritual journey to help you find your inner sanctum of harmony, oneness and natural creativity. TLB Kruger and Karen Kruger facilitate this intensive self observation retreat that is sure to awaken you to your souls voice.