You are now reading The Three Levels of Self-Awareness: A Mindful Approach to Consciously Being Free.
I know that you already know this, but the three levels of self-awareness are often confused. The first level is the most basic, where your mind is in a state of autopilot. This is the state where we go through our lives and don’t even notice that we’re on autopilot. The second level is the most advanced, where we become aware of our inner voice. This is the state where we are more aware of our thoughts and feelings.
The third and final level is the most developed, where we can actually hear our inner voice and act on what we feel. The most effective way to become aware of this is to simply sit quietly and notice when we feel good. If you feel good every time you eat vegetables, go to the gym, or do something that you enjoy, you are already in the third level. The next section will go into more detail about the third level.
Inner awareness. This is the state where we are more aware of our thoughts and feelings. The third level is the most developed, where we can actually hear our inner voice and act on what we feel. The most effective way to become aware of this is to simply sit quietly and notice when we feel good. If you feel good every time you eat vegetables, go to the gym, or do something that you enjoy, you are already in the third level.
Once we are in the third level, we can begin to think about our inner dialogue and what it is saying. We can start to think about the dialogue we have with ourselves. We can begin to notice when we feel good. We can begin to make changes to ourselves to feel better and become more aware of our inner thoughts.
It is crucial to begin to notice when we feel good before we begin to change our inner dialogue. Too often, we let our inner dialogue keep us stuck in a downward spiral. The only person who knows for sure when we feel good is ourselves. We don’t have the time to sit quietly and notice how often we feel good when we are doing something good. We have to make conscious small changes to ourselves to start to feel good.
If we know we are feeling good, we are already ahead of the game. If we feel good, we have a much better chance of changing our inner dialogue. For example, if we feel good we are more likely to say, “I’m feeling good,” than “I’m getting hungry.” Or if we feel good, we are more likely to say, “I’m being productive now.
This is the point of all of these things. Even when you are feeling good, there are times when you don’t feel good. For example, when you’re working on a project, you can feel your heart beating faster. It can also feel as if your head hurts. You might not even be aware of it.
For some reason, when we feel good, we tend to be more productive, or we feel a greater sense of connection with others, or we feel like we have more energy. In other words, we are more like the feeling good people. Not because we think we are them, but because we think they are us. For some reason, we feel these things when we are feeling good.
So how does this relate to painting or building? It is a very simple, but profound, thing. If you are feeling good, you are more productive, you are more likely to succeed, you are more likely to give more time to your work. You are very likely to do more work, but you will also be more creative. When you feel good, you are more likely to find something to do that you feel good about.