Curiosity and action. Together they build something that comes naturally when you’re in the zone. This kind of flow-state where you completely forget yourself and just do.
Within that moment where you’re extremely authentic, extremely perceptive and yet the mind is calm, thoughts are focused. To the point even, where thoughts disappear and only action remains.
A curious feeling, don’t you think?
I noticed this after a week of feeling off track. Finally getting back into my perceptive self and waking up again. Energetic, analytic and most of all curious.
Curious about what’s happening around me. Perceiving what’s happening without reading into it. A boon when you just let it happen.
At that moment, right a couple of minutes before I started to write this post, it hit me how pure and unconditional that consciousness suddenly becomes.
Consciousness that goes past the thought-patterns. It goes directly past the narrative of society and is guided only by its own curiosity. Not even to intersect or change anything, just to perceive and then to act experimentally.
A simple and easy to understand analogy is this. Imagine yourself being in a game. You are the consciousness, the player of the avatar. What you do is bound by no consequence. Imagine yourself being able to try whatever you want to try because in the worst case, you’ll reset the game or make a new avatar.
It’s kind freeing, isn’t it?
Or imagine yourself being a programmer, working on some code and experimenting with functions and silly ideas how to write something. Nothing is holding you back since trying might yield unexpected results. Innovation. Creativity. Or even more.
That’s the expression of consciousness free of thought. Or rather free of the survivalistic component of the avatar.
Now imagine if that avatar or the code you wrote have an inherent need to survive. Limiting effectively how far you can be curious and at some point reckless. Which makes sense, since the body wants to sustain itself. It wants to survive above all. So, any action challenging that naturalistic behavior clashes against the curious mind that wants to explore.
Luckily, many times for a good reason, since caution and wisdom are what is built through experience.
But still, in those moments when you are not threatened by anything that would harm the body either physically or mentally, where the consciousness can take hold, that flow suddenly kicks in and the spectrum of innovative and creative problem solving, expression or just perception gets heightened.
A fantastic feeling which is accessed far too rarely.
So how do we access that state more reliably?
Well, as you probably know from the last few posts, you know that I don’t believe in unscaleable metrics. If the practice is not reproducible it’s not valuable for us other than anecdote or as something to investigate. If we understand how it works, then we have the chance to reproduce. Now let it be through science or through techniques that go past the regular meditate to be mindful narrative that got a hold in the mainstream now.
Reliable reproducing flow states is possible and is somewhat documented scientifically. There are a lot of books that describe what kind of flow person you are and show you ways to manipulate yourself into thinking flow.
But I don’t want to go on that path. Instead, I’m interested in understanding metrics of flow that make it less about a task you’re doing and more about a style of living and perceiving.
One important thing to note up front is that in my experience you can’t fully fool yourself get into flow (which as a word I used the last time in this post). In my experience, you can learn to force yourself to become a little bit more efficient and focus on the work you do by keep telling yourself mantras or reassuring yourself that what you do is doable, finding enjoyment in it or just powering through it.
But are those expressions of consciousness or just another stage of work efficiency?
Consciousness, when active and perceptive, doesn’t know that kind of guided focus. It is that guided focus without the nicks and nacks that’ll make it work.
It’s similar to comparing this state to a bike with a gear switch to 3 although it has 5 gears, two of which can’t be easily accessed.
This means to me that instead of generating more output on the 3rd gear and learning how to handle only that gear it would be more reasonable to understand that there are more gears. Figuring out the other remaining gears and trying to understand how you can access them. Maybe the two gears left are not accessed by the main gear-switch but by doing something specific with the bike’s handle, or it’s located under the seat or just flares up when you do a sequence of actions on the bike before you ride.
What do I mean with this?
As you know, things like this are complex. They’re not complicated per se, just complex, since many aspects need to be taken into account and simplification kills the whole idea in many cases.
Activating consciousness reliably is thus not as easy as just flicking a switch but it can be accessed if you understand the body or bike you run it with.
In order to access it more reliably teachers of nowadays would advocate meditation, exercise, healthy nutrition, and enough quality sleep.
But is that enough? Think of this again as a gear problem. The most dialed in nutrition, sleep, exercise, and meditation won’t flick that switch to surpass the third gear. But why? Can you imagine the outrage if you would tell people that their efforts, as noble and as empowering as they are, are in vain?
They’re not in vain, they just don’t address the issue at hand.
Let me elaborate:
We can agree that exercise, nutrition, sleep and meditation (chillin’ basically) are essential for maintaining the body.
They are body focused. Yes, even meditation. Why? Well, let’s look at how meditation is being practiced. Mindfulness without action. Guiding thoughts and letting them go, understanding them and heightening perception. Yes, that’s a good practice but it’s like gardening. If you only maintain grass you only will get grass back, since you’ll be busy killing weeds and trimming the grass, trimming even flowers and other things that might be highly effective for growth.
This is not to bash meditation, this is more to realize that the nature of consciousness does not lie in meditation. It helps to maintain and to keep your thoughts tidy but it won’t give you that see-through, cutting-edge, crystal-clear perception of consciousness like waking up in a dream and becoming lucid.
What if instead, we focus on detachment and level up pour perception by questioning the very essence of our human lives. Pulling ourselves from our bodies and our identities. Now you could argue that this is meditation as well. And you’re right. But this is not just about mindfulness. This is about actively using and understanding this shaping the relationship we have between the body and the consciousness.
And yes, this means to see them as separate. To put labels on them that seem paradox. Labeling them makes it easier to distinguish. The body, The mind, The soul, are easier to relate to than just I.
Without distinguishing between these baselines the ego might become too strong and you feel too capable, too enlightened. We want to avoid that, instead, we want to stay humble by simply taking ourselves out of the equation while still being part of it in fractals. Namely body, mind and soul.
This interaction and distinguishing are what teaches me about my genes and my behaviors and desires without having the need to fulfill them blindly. It also checks me on the physical aspects of being, by not letting the mind wander off into weird delusion to see everything just as energy and thoughts as the ultimate tool.
Consciousness is here the ultimate checking device and you’ll know exactly once you discover it. At the same time, it’s not the ultimate answer. It’s just as much part of the equation as is the body and the mind. It works differently. It has the power to override influences of the body and the mind and is the most difficult to access reliably.
If you’re still reading, then you probably ask yourself, “ok, this is a long preface about how difficult it is, but how do I reproduce this now?”.
There’s no simple answer, unfortunately. Reproduction of stable and active/curious consciousness is something that needs to utilize health orientated optimisation and after that stepping one step beyond the current spiritual narrative that you’ll encounter almost everywhere.
Actually, the most reliable source of reproduction is expression and discourse. Being challenged in thoughts and beliefs to test them logically and to enhance the perception of other possibilities.
So, write and express. The more we discuss these things, realizing truths and discarding fluff and noise, the easier it’ll become to get conscious more reliably. That’s one of the reasons I write. Priming your consciousness with practice and understand how you work, physically, mentally and who your consciousness really is.
It’s exciting and it’s complex. It’s something that won’t appear on simple clickbait posts as it takes study and interaction.
Please feel free to leave a comment and start interacting to discover the more intricate aspects of consciousness.