Transforming ourselves through heart based inner experiencing and consciousness studies

 

States of Consciousness


The  manifestation of  consciousness as a life force in a new born baby, is mainly in the  centre of the upper body or 'heart'. They a pure 'feeling beings'. That is why they are so attractive and magnetic. Consciousness then begins to spread out - we know that a new born does not see - it takes a little time before consciousness moves to the eyes. It is like a wave of light moving against gravity. Tradition cultures knew about the movement of consciousness from the centre and they developed various massage techniques to help this process.


Eventually consciousness moves to the head region and we develop something called ‘mind’. In our society, we highly prize the consciousness that moves to the head region and we attach great importance on the cultivation and development of what we call 'intelligence'.  This can often cause a rather one sided approach to life, as we predominately use only the left hemisphere of the brain. Those who develop their artistic talents which largely are centered in the right side of the brain, are exceptions in our society and often they have to go against the general norms to be allowed to do what they want.


When we start the process towards what we usually call 'death', consciousness again descends to the 'spiritual heart’ and we notice this in some old people as they become softer, more feeling and sometimes more child like. A yogi does not want to wait to 'die' before exploring and experimenting these states, he wants to do it while still alive. Then he can choose to be either in the mind or in the heart and can also be present ubiquitously in the whole body or go beyond into 'cosmic consciousness'- he or she is free and this is what real freedom is all about.


With the practice of a technique such as Arka Dhyana,  consciousness begins to fall or fold back on itself.

”The ‘rational mind’ is the first layer from which we start our exploration of our inner world and it is 'I conscious awareness' or ego which under takes the journey.                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The second layer that we discover is just under the  surface mind and as we become aware of the potential and capabilities of this layer, we are often truly surprised. Arka Dhyana helps create a balance between the left and right hemisphere as when we put our hands on different polar regions of our body and bring our attention to these spots, we effectively split the 'bubble' of the mind in two. This helps to re-establish neural connections and with time we find what Srinivas Arka calls our different 'petals'
developing. In each person it is different, but maybe we start developing talents we had long forgotten we had or even developing new ones.


As consciousness folds back further, we arrive at the 'feeling mind'. Here feeling consciousness generally prevails in the heart region and it is this what Arka identifies as 'heart' or 'heart-consciousness'. Through time when it is experienced and expressed, it gives rise to the emotional faculty called ‘intuition’.


The next layer is where we feel emotions with even greater depth - and it is this that he calls the 'Spiritual heart'. Here the presence of surface mind is reduced and the presence of subliminal or subconscious mind is enhanced. It is formed by impressions gathered through what you have learned and experienced along with the memory of your personality.


The fifth layer is Core-Consciousness. It is the very essence of your whole presence and of everything that you feel, think and do. It is this which is generically addressed as Soul or Self.


Obviously the contents of each layer is different in different people but the same broad stages are similar even though there are many other layers in between. Srinivas Arka has written a book called "Adventures of Self Discovery - the journey from mind to heart to consciousness" and Tina says that for anyone wanting to know more about the inner journey, this book is a good way to start. However, to really know about the inner journey, one has to also undertake it and experience it for oneself.