We all have our own way of processing information, that’s just the way our brains are wired. The way we process information can determine our level of awareness. If you’re constantly checking the news, you don’t have a sense of awareness. If you constantly pay attention to your surroundings, you can probably get a little bit of an edge in the world of awareness.
Of course, you can also just be as aware as you want to be, but your consciousness is constantly being shaped by the information that is around you. This is where the Internet, and the general internet, comes in to play. By creating your own little mini-brain that is constantly processing information, you can be more or less aware depending on how much information is around you.
The problem with this is that we can be aware just from our interactions with our surroundings, and that can lead us to a lot of things that we’ve never thought of before. The easiest things are the things we think are important and interesting; the things we’re not sure are the things we really want to know.
A few years ago, I had a book called “The Selfish Gene” that explained how self-awareness leads to overindulgence. I was surprised to learn that we can also control how much we are aware of. In fact, to be aware of ourselves (which we are) means we have to control the degree to which we are aware of ourselves. If we allow ourselves to become self-conscious, we are the ones who are self-aware.
And in fact, we can take control of the degree of our self-awareness. A number of studies have shown that we can change the extent to which we are aware of ourselves. Whether it’s in an experimental setting or in our own lives, we can reduce our self-consciousness by giving ourselves more control over our thoughts, emotions, and actions. In just a couple of minutes, we can reduce our self-awareness.
This is another reason why getting good at talking about your dreams is important. In a world in which we are constantly self-conscious, it’s easy to forget that we are the ones that most often wake up to the most terrible dreams. Dreams are the lifeblood of creativity, and if we’re not aware of them, we can easily lose the inspiration for our work or creativity.
Of course, as the saying goes, “getting to the root of a problem is the best thing that you can do.” Self-awareness is one of those things that we can do. By learning to listen to ourselves and identify the thoughts and desires that are driving us, we can discover what is causing us to act in certain ways. If we can find the cause, we can then work to eliminate it.
In this case, Self-awareness comes in the form of a “fuzzy” self. Whereas most of us have an “ideal self,” we are actually very fuzzy. We can have a sense of what the “ideal self” looks like, but we are actually quite fuzzy on what it feels like to really be that person.
We were talking about the fuzzy self yesterday. I had a friend tell me something very similar, but it is even more powerful. When you have an ideal self, your body and brain know what the ideal self looks like. But when your body and brain are actually fuzzy, you have no idea what the ideal self looks like. This is in fact one of the reasons to listen to your gut.