One of the main elements of being conscious is that of awareness. And it’s not any special or tricky kind of awareness. It’s simply awareness.
And here’s the best part: We obviously all have an ability to be aware, at least those of us who are conscious beings (and I assume you consider yourself a part of that group)!
In fact, we cannot help but be aware — of something!
By refining and expanding upon this one simple quality, your consciousness — and intuition, too — will grow exponentially. Yet if it goes unnoticed, you’ll manage, but without the benefit of an integral part of your inborn guidance system.
We can even go so far as to say that operating without a broadened awareness is a handicap that most people are living with.
If you begin to play with being aware, it will become blatantly obvious that there is a lot of information available to you all the time that normally you simply just don’t notice. Or if you notice it, you don’t pay it any mind.
We are often so focused on the task at hand — which usually involves thinking about something rather than participating in the moment — that there is not even a little crack for awareness of anything else to enter.
3 Steps to Expanded Awareness
Here are 3 simple steps you can do immediately that will help you expand your awareness.
Intention goes a long way. This is such a simple and easy action that it’s easy to overlook the power of it. But taking a moment to set an intention can make all the difference.
So, intend to be aware and intend to notice. This will help whatever’s relevant come to your attention even when your attention is on other things.
Hint: It sometimes helps to set your intention to notice something that serves a purpose. So, for example, you might say “I intend to notice anything that might be helpful to me today”, or “I intend to notice something that will delight me today”, etc.
You can repeat this periodically but even once is better than not at all.
2. Notice deliberately
Short practices expand your consciousness and strengthen your intuitive muscles, too.
Take time periodically to:
a. Notice that you are aware, and
b. Notice what you are aware of
This will be interesting in itself, but you’ll also find that you will now be more consciously aware even when you’re not doing this noticing intentionally.
This brings what you are already aware of at a subtle level into the foreground. When we don’t do this, the awareness remains at a subconscious level, where it can do things like make you feel uncomfortable but you don’t know why.
Some of these new awarenesses will be practical observations that you would otherwise miss but which you can now tend to. If your body is cramped, get up and move around or take a good stretch! Thirsty? Get a drink of water! Slightly upset? What’s going on?
3. Remain open to surprises.
The more aware you are, the more you begin to notice things that you’re not expecting at all.
Staying open to surprises will help you not simply see only what you would expect to, but also those new things that your mind would automatically dismiss.
Expect the unexpected! It helps you notice it, which is half the fun.
So these are but a few of the many exercises you can do to increase your awareness.
They’re intended to open some new channels in your habitual modes of experiencing.
You may not get any big a-ha‘s at first, but if you practice them enough, you’ll find your awareness and intuition opening up in exciting, new ways.
Here’s to your expansion!
What did you intend to notice? Did you? Any surprises? Or what’s YOUR favorite way of expanding your awareness? Do share!
Speaking of intuition …
One of my stories is included in Angela’s post today over at Powered By Intuition.
You can read it here: Intuition: Miraculous Stories of Following Intuition in Everyday Life