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“I don’t believe that consciousness is generated by the brain.
I believe that the brain is more of a receiver of consciousness.”
The first step in practicing contentment is “awareness” (Chapter 1). It is doing our best to pay attention to the comings and goings in our brain of our unappreciative more, better, different thoughts. It is the awareness that any degree of discontentment we feel – anger, sadness, frustration, etc. – results from the energy generated by an unappreciative not-enough thought.
It is now known that we are all part of an infinite energy field. Science has shown that everyone and everything is part of this energy field (Chapter 7). Whether physical or emotional, organic or inorganic, or anything else we conventionally think differs, in reality anything and everything is one form or another of energy: an ever-changing dynamic unified form of electromagnetic and electrochemical power. Some things, say a rock, may be a less dynamic form of energy as compared to say a human being, but at its core everything is simultaneously a part and the whole of one infinitely vast energy formation.
What, then, is the energy formation behind our awareness of not-enough thinking? In other words, what is the energy form that generates our awareness of these types of thoughts (and all of the other countless kinds of thoughts that continually pass through our mind as well as all of emotions and behaviors which ensue from them)?
It is the energy of “consciousness”. This is the infinite energy field that is far beyond our ordinary ability to be aware of our unappreciative and other types of thoughts. Some say this form of energy is generated by our “soul” or “God”. Others say it is generated by the collective consciousness of the universe. But irrespective of how we label it, practitioners of contentment understand that “conscious awareness” is the energy behind our ability to know the nature of our thoughts, our unappreciative and appreciative ones alike. They also understand that it is conscious awareness that frees us from our not-enoughness thoughts such that we can respond rather than react to these types of thoughts in contentment-producing ways.