Creation of a new reality requires some form of “change”, and this change usually would entail the dissolution of some parts (or all) of the old reality, you can call it the “consequences” of allowing a new reality. A conscious mind is more aware of the consequences of a change than an unconscious mind. By conscious mind I just mean a mind that’s more aware of life, of reality, of itself (a mind that has the capacity to be curious, intrigued and contemplative about life) and an unconscious mind is the one that has a very vague awareness of life. Hence, some unconscious minds can exhibit reckless fearlessness and thus are more likely to allow the change and be dynamic, whereas an highly conscious mind, which has not yet transcended the influence of fear, is likely to resist change because of its over-analysis. Of course, an unconscious mind is very likely to move into some form of imbalance at some point owing to a lack of depth in its perception.
A conscious mind does not automatically imply a mind free of the influence of fear, neither does it imply a mind that has a clearer understanding of life. A conscious mind is just more conscious, more aware and more observant, of reality. Thus, a conscious mind is likely to be far more fearful of life, than an unconscious mind, until it uses its awareness as the pivot to transcend the influence of fear. A mind with a high IQ does not necessarily become a more conscious mind, in fact it could well become highly unconscious by becoming lost in its technical expression. It’s difficult to explain the exact factors that makes a mind more conscious, one of the main ones of course is “sensitivity” – and this sensitivity is sometimes present since childhood, while for some it develops later in life under the influence of some external events.
The bottom-line is that a conscious mind has a much higher capacity/proability of becoming rooted in fear while engaging with physical life, and hence resisting the creation of its desired realities, until it uses its awareness to transcend fear through gaining an understanding of life, and by seeing through the influence of fear. You only fear fear as long as you keep hiding from it, as long as you try to avoid it within you, but the moment you bring your awareness to this feeling of fear you see through its limits and then you are no longer fearful of it. Also, an understanding of the working of life is essential for a conscious mind because in the absence of such an understanding it’s more likely to keep trying to “fit in” with the unconscious way of living (which would just make it feel that there is something wrong with it).
Isn’t an unconscious mind better than a conscious mind for physicality?
Unconscious living and conscious living are two different experiences of life, and frankly from an absolutely perspective one is not superior to the other (it’s like saying adulthood is superior to infancy, when in truth infancy is a required phase for adulthood, and ultimately they are just different experiences), but conscious living is the evolution that the human race per se is moving towards – it’s inevitable for the brain to grow in awareness as part of evolution/growth. So there is a phase when the majority of the brains are unconscious, then there is a phase when a few brains are conscious, leading to a phase where more and more brains become conscious until the majority becomes conscious. It’s not really an agenda, it’s just the natural evolution that’s bound to take place. Of course, the transition phase is usually what’s challenging, because the conscious brains are confused among the presence of a good majority of unconscious brains, unless they gain a deeper understanding and learn to work with their awareness to attract a reality that’s congruent with them.
Actually, this current period on earth is a pretty good platform for a conscious mind because there is already a good amount of consciousness in the populace (for example, there is a lot of freedom of expression today and more channels of information, you are not likely to get stoned to death for voicing a new perspective). I am pretty sure that it’s not possible for another world war to happen because there is a good majority of the population that has more consciousness than what was present a few decades back. There are also some conscious leaders who are coming to the helm, which is an evidence of the growing consciousness among the masses. Of course, there is also a good majority that is still lost in unconsciousness, and in that sense it’s a transition phase for human consciousness as a body.
Unconscious living can easily move into an imbalance of negativity, the history of humanity is a stark evidence of this. But in truth, it’s a phase that really can’t have been avoided, it’s all part of evolution of humanity. The more conscious humanity becomes the less imbalances it has, but that does not mean there will be no more challenges or opportunities for growth – life is an never-ending, eternal, movement of growth and there will always be challenges to work with (by challenges I don’t mean anything negative, I just mean opportunities for growth, advancement and relative improvement), but from a place of consciousness the experience of living is balanced and harmonious. It’s the difference between an imbalanced/diseased body and a balanced body, both have the job of exploring physicality but a balanced body has a much better experience of it.
Consciously transcending fear
You can transcend the influence of fear quite easily if you have the awareness to gain an understanding of fear. Quite simply, the only reason you are afraid of fear is because you never really observed it for what it is, you just became identified with it by taking your mind’s perspective to be true. For that matter, any negativity which is present in your mind can be released if you bring an awareness/understanding to it, instead of being identified with it. You need to use your awareness to see through negativity and let go of its pull on you, and this can only happen when you stop fearing this negativity, allow it to arise in you and see through its influence. Negativity only has a power over you when you are identified with it, when you believe it, when you fear it, when you defend it or when you try to suppress it. You can be aware of a certain negativity, in your mind, without being identified with it, and it won’t be long before the pattern of negativity loses hold on you, it could be anything – guilt, anxiety, stress, resentment, jealousy, worry or neediness.
A few posts that discuss how to transcend fear/negativity through awareness are – Don’t fear fear, Fearless awareness, Why do we fear the mind, The practice of relaxed awareness, Space of being, Freedom from the grip of negativity and Reducing mind momentum is the key. Transcending the influence of negativity has very little to do with practices or techniques, and more to do with gaining “understanding” of the mind, of negativity and of life’s working.
The bottom-line is to observe the movement of fear/negativity in your mind, understand it operation in you and let go being identified with it. If you feel that you can’t help being pulled into identification with your mind’s negativity it basically means that you need to grow in your understanding of the mind, of life and of negativity per se, because if you are holding on to some misguided perspectives/beliefs it becomes very difficult to let go of negativity and a better understanding can help you let go of these limiting beliefs – most of the posts on this blog are focused on giving this understanding. The more understanding you have of life, of the mind and the dynamics of negativity, the less likely you are to be gulled in by the influence of negativity in your mind. A conscious mind can only transcend the influence of negativity when it gains a deeper/better understanding of life, and of self. The more understanding you have the faster you can let go of the negativity.
Understanding is the key to alignment
The reason why traditions of Zen seem to take years to create any form of liberation in a person is because they focus more on just being “aware” without giving any “understanding”. The job of any teacher is to give out the “understanding” that they’ve attained, this makes it easy for the student to evolve quickly, instead of the student having to waste time reinventing the wheel. For example, I might have taken a few years to use my awareness to gain an understanding, but if I can give out this understanding in a few hours to someone who is receptive to it, I can cut short his/her journey towards alignment in a huge way, and this saves massive amounts of time/energy for this person. The bottom-line is to be aligned with one’s natural expression and live out an aligned life, it’s not to spend a life time being a “follower”.
As they say “the truth sets you free”, and the truth is just a synonym for the “right understanding”. You can sit in meditation for 20 years without understanding anything, just focusing on your breath to instill some temporary silence in your mind, and your mind would have the same negativity it had 20 years ago – all you end up doing is suppress the mind and your expression. Or, you can spend a month or two gaining understanding of the mind, and of the dynamics of creation in life, and be free of huge blocks of negativity within you. That’s one reason I am not big proponent of meditation as a means to freedom from negativity, especially for conscious minds, because I understand that a conscious mind has the capacity to imbue understanding, and hence “understanding” should be the channel through which a conscious mind gains freedom from negativity.