What are the attributes of a person who lives from higher consciousness? How does that relate to 'living consciously' and tending to one's spiritual growth, from your perspective?
I feel that 'higher' is a misnomer, as there is no higher or lower consciousness. There is pure (undifferentiated) consciousness, known by many names such as the Absolute, the One Being, Original Designer and Unmoved Mover. Pure consciousness observes, inhabits, and upholds all that is. Within each human is an animating spark of pure consciousness, which grows or dims according to the openness of the heart and mind.
Pure consciousness is essentially the Great Spirit, and a person who lives spiritually and consciously is one whose heart and mind have opened to the Spirit. When this openness is real, the person will reflect it through kindness, compassion, confidence, strength, wisdom and other eternal qualities, in daily actions.
From the theory and practice of higher consciousness emerges a practical philosophy which can be supported by these simplified, effective reminders:
Be present Breathe deeply
Feel being Expand awareness
Act in the flow Act from stillness
Open heart Give freely
Play creatively Emanate Presence
Individuals in Community
I can understand in theory (since I've not yet experienced it) how a community which is governed consensually and with individual agreement to be surrendered to higher consciousness without coercion from others, would evolve naturally — beyond the imagination of anyone. I would love to experience it and contribute my gifts to such a community.
Raymond Powell, Lead Developer / Architect at Tribe of Awakening Sovereignty wrote, 'I absolutely believe that the key part of inner work is to do the things that keep you in your highest state of consciousness and awareness.'
G. - Agreed. And, it is an individual work. We may give each other input when invited, then leave it as a personal choice.
R. - If things like yoga and diet allow you to most optimally achieve that, then those things are an absolutely critical component of living in community.
I believe it is the personal responsibility of each of us to do our best to be our best, to know what kinds of habits make us our best and keep with those habits, and ask for support if needed.
I don't doubt that a certain diet and physical energetic movement component are important for me. And I also know the commitment it takes to fully integrate those things into my life.
I tend to take issue with the idea that there are certain ways of self-care that are assumed to be necessary to maintain a high state of consciousness. These things are personal choices that we all must make. And it is our personal responsibility to maintain a high state of consciousness in our interactions with others in the community.
G. - Raymond, what does a high state of consciousness mean to you? What are the attributes of a person who lives from a high state of consciousness? How does that relate to 'living consciously' and tending to one's spiritual growth, from your perspective?
R. - <-- This is a great question that I will propose that we add to our New Member Questionnaire. And we all intend to answer all of these questions as well, and share those answers where appropriate.
G. - (and that is the question I answered for myself at this beginning of this post, replacing 'high state of consciousness' with 'higher consciousness.')
You make a valid point, '... if you do succeed, you will become what you despise.'
(referring to those who seek to better humanity by replacing old systems with new, more conscious ones.)
The definition you posted of transhumanism is, 'the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.'
The only evolution that could prevent a repeat of history is the psycho-spiritual evolution of the individual. How are the actions of one who lives from higher consciousness distinct from those of one who does not? Perhaps I can only answer for myself, yet a collective understanding could contribute to actual evolution which denies history its repeating patterns.