Awareness of Self
Meditation is a means, it can be a very pleasant means, to cultivate self-awareness.
“When one masters the internal, the vital organs are in perfect harmony and the mind is calm. One gains clarity and insight, and develops a firmness and strength that do not falter. By mastering the internal we master the external.”
The understanding expressed in these words taken from the classic Huai-nan-tzu, an ancient Chinese text written in the 2nd Century BC, encapsulates what lies at the heart of Activated Qi Meditations.
We cannot master the internal unless we know what it is, we have to be able to connect with it; meditation is a very useful gismo to make that connection. Carl Jung said,
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
Today research has shown that compared with our conscious self our unconscious self is vast. It has been established that the Reticular Activating System within our brain systems operates about 5 times a second; seems busy? How about 11 million times a second? Research by H. Ross, in 2008 followed by Kozak and Lewis, in 2011 indicates that the brain processes roughly 11 million bits of information every second. A huge proportion of this is going to be dealing with the myriad of everyday bodily functions. One would think though that surely our conscious mind must be playing a preeminent role in this. Apparently not, their research discovered that no more than around 40–50 of the 11 million bits of information is our conscious self, with one estimate as low as a mere 16 bits. To put that another way the percentage of information that is handled by our consciousness is about 0.00045% compared with the 99.99955% of our subconscious.
We hope to help people achieve a deeper connection with the 99.99955% and therefore greater self-awareness, through both the information on this website and even more so the means, as in the meditations.
Self-awareness has been on peoples’ minds for a very long time. Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher credited with founding Taoism back in the 6th Centuary B.C. is quoted as saying,
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
Otherwise as Carl Jung observed,
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
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Lewis, T. (2011). David Brooks: The Man Who Can Measure True Happiness. The Guardian, (May 7). Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/science/2011/may/08/david-brooks-key-to-success-interview.
Ross, H. (2008). Proven Strategies for Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace. New York, NY: Diversity Best Practices.