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Higher Consciousness


School of Life




Higher consciousness' sounds mystical and possibly irritating. It shouldn't. It just captures how we see things when we go beyond our own egos.


The term higher consciousness is often used by spiritually minded people to describe important but hard to reach mental states. Hindu sages, Christian monks and Buddhist ascetics all speak of reaching moments of higher consciousness through meditation or chanting, fasting or pilgrimages.

Unfortunately, the way in which the spiritual people discuss their states of higher consciousness has a tendency to put a lot of secular types on edge. It can all sound maddeningly vague, wishy washy, touchy feely, and for want of a better word, annoying. What on earth do these gurus really mean? We deeply sympathize with such frustrations, not being by nature particularly attracted to the ineffable or the mysterious.

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