The gap between having a thought and choosing not to believe it is self-awareness. Self-awareness is a state of perception and has to do with how you see and feel things internally. Being aware of your thoughts and emotions from a conscious observer state as they happen is a degree of awareness. Some people have thoughts and can think about their thinking. This is called -meta-thinking. This is a level of awareness. It means they can observer their thinking, analyze it, see the limitations of assumptions, and consider alternative perspectives.
Self-awareness also means being present with your emotions. Having an emotional reaction and then afterwards realizing you got carried away is lacking self-awareness. The self-judgment, guilt, and feeling bad for over-reacting, is also a lack of self-awareness. It means that your mind runs thoughts out of control and takes you for an emotional ride. You might know it is happening which is good one level, but being able to change perspective, and not believe those thoughts is much greater awareness and consciousness.
If you don’t have much self-awareness it would be like only seeing in black and white. Someone explaining self-awareness would be describing what it is to see colors to a person that only sees black and white, or in gray scale. They might misunderstand in a couple ways.Continue reading
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Moving out of your mind’s version of your “self” and seeing those versions from a neutral observer. As you develop in awareness you experience yourself more as consciousness directing the mind instead of the mind defining you.
|#48: Becoming the observer – mindfulness practice|
When we act in the way of a neutral observer we notice different things. We notice when thoughts are arising from parts of our ego and the emotions they produce. We can also notice the idealized version in the background of our mind being used as comparison.
|January 7, 2016|
|#40: Self awareness and mindfulness|
Understanding how your mind creates emotional reactions is key to making personal change. This understanding of the mind is done through mindfulness, also know as Self Awareness.
|December 12, 2011|
|#25: Overcoming controlling behavior of jealousy and anger|
David started the Self Mastery Course because of emotions and behaviors for jealousy, anger and controlling in relationships. It was difficult to see himself having this problem because David’s belief system masked and justified his behavior as “helping people”. In his mind he was serving and helping people.
|April 6, 2009|
|#19: Understanding the spiritual journey|
All self help, personal development, growth, and self awareness work is part of the Spiritual Journey. That’s because Spirit means Life. The mystery of the Spiritual Journey is that it happens within the realm of your perceptions, mind, emotions, and consciousness.
|June 26, 2008|
|#18: Changing habits and overcoming addictions|
People attempt to change a habit or addiction by going cold turkey. This often raises the expectation too high and can set a person up for failure if they don’t yet have a lot of personal power or discipline. The result is failing and self judgment.
|May 17, 2008|
|#15: Finding your self|
Finding your self or figuring out who you are is one of those eternal questions. We often struggle with it as teenagers, then again in our thirties, or during a mid life crisis. The struggle to know thy Self is as old as spiritual traditions that attempted to answer the question.
|August 20, 2007|
|#11: The ego mind and consciousness|
Understanding the ego mind and consciousness means becoming aware of the way our mind dreams. The ego mind has more than just thoughts and beliefs; it has emotions, memories, visual images and a life of its own. When we believe what our imagination dreams we can get lost in a world of illusions.
|January 28, 2007|
|#10: Can you change your life|
I often get asked if people can really change their life. They want to known if they can overcome fears, stop the judgments, and quiet the voice in their head. The answer is yes. However, when people ask, they usually ask with such fear and doubt that almost no amount of words will suffice. Perhaps this interview will help overcome some of those doubts.
|January 1, 2007|
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