A helpful analogy for understanding consciousness is to consider a human being as a highly advanced computer.
In order for a computer to know what to do, software needs to be installed on the hard drive. The computer faithfully listens to and performs the functions the software tells it to do without questioning, even if the software is sometimes a bit faulty.
Now imagine, for a second, that our
consciousness is something like a computer hard drive and all our
beliefs, habits and reactions are like the software…
We took on this conditioning automatically. We did not ask to be programmed.
Just like the computer hard drive itself
has no say in which programs the user puts on it, we didn't choose
which ones were thrown onto us.
We may observe this in our automatic, unconscious reactions to certain situations or people and think,
The reality of the matter is that we can wish all we want but if we are still running the same outdated programs in our subconscious mind then we will continue to see the same result.
Certain thoughts and actions will
repeatedly pop-up without us consciously choosing them. At times, it
is as if we are being run on auto-pilot.
A useful tool that works for computers is the anti-virus program. The function of the anti-virus program is to search the hard drive for unneeded or harmful programs, viruses, or outdated software. Once the anti-virus program has identified all useless programs, it deletes them and reboots the computer.
The result is a fresh operating system
that runs faster and more efficiently.
One of the most beneficial ways is
remarkably similar to the antivirus software program. It involves
observing the thoughts which manifest in our minds and identifying
beliefs which are no longer serving us.
These signs come in the form of the
thoughts we think. Once we can observe that negative thoughts
are occurring within us, we can rest assured that they are coming
from subconscious programming which needs to be addressed.
When it is realized that holding onto negative thoughts and feelings is actually making us sick (mentally, emotionally and spiritually), we can be courageous enough to forgive ourselves and let it go.
With practice and vigilance, this
technique helps to clear away everything which obscures our true
And it is this True Self which was there all along.