The Importance of Consciousness

If one is fragmented in consciousness, it has a detrimental effect on the other states of awakening, so the fact that consciousness is the first step on our path does not make it any less important or profound. Other states of awakening are relatively simple. The awakening, transformation, and, at last, the surrender of consciousness are the most challenging. Consciousness is simply complex, and unless this complexity is properly grasped and understood, there will always be confusion, or one will simply remain fragmented. There are those who are confused, and there are those who are fragmented but not confused because they are not even in touch with their confusion. To be confused is actually a much better starting point because at least from there one can activate the intention to bring true clarity.
One can awaken to the I am of consciousness and abide upon the foolish conviction that there’s no more me, that one is enlightened, or one can use this opportunity of having access to the light of I am to begin the process of growing into complete consciousness, which is the true purpose of that initial opening. If that purpose is not fulfilled, that initial opening and the opportunity it provides to transform is simply wasted.
Even though reaching the absolute state is a major shift, its essence is extremely uncomplicated; one has to shift, embody, and stabilize the state, and then live from the absolute. With consciousness, it is not that simple. Even though everyone speaks of consciousness, no one really understands the nature of consciousness; it is still a secret. All these concepts about consciousness are simply hiding ignorance. Sometimes it’s better not to understand anything at all than to abide upon a superficial understanding or a pretension of understanding; if one simply does not understand, at least all the doors are still open and one still maintains the quality of innocence.
Our consciousness is complex, but the moment you get in touch with its major aspects, which are in fact aspects of your own self, you find that it’s not something abstract that requires you to have a very analytical mind to be able to grasp the subtle nuances of it. All the aspects of consciousness that we speak of can be clearly experienced as inherent to who you are. They are just different angles of looking at the reality of your identity. The moment all these elements of consciousness are clearly recognized, met, and touched, you can clearly see that even though your consciousness is rich and multi-dimensional, it is as well quite simple. A human of average intelligence should be able to grasp its nature.
However, if we are fragmented, locked in the mind, and completely identified with the function of the observer, obviously there’s no way to understand what consciousness really is. For that understanding to begin, we need to first awaken the foundation of consciousness, which is pure consciousness – the ground of complete consciousness. Understanding alone is not enough if it’s not immediately connected to the transformation and awakening of these aspects of consciousness with which we are getting in touch.
Awakening to pure consciousness is the beginning of the awakening process of consciousness as a whole. In this process, it’s not like you are practicing something. You are practicing but not in a way that you are performing some techniques; you are growing into yourself, integrating and connecting all the aspects of your identity.