A friend of mine has been working with a company that teaches people how to take full control of their lives. In their work, they use a technique called “The Five Levels of Self-Awareness”. It’s a way of thinking about our lives and how they are designed to function. It’s not so much a philosophy as it is a practice.
I’m not sure if this is the same technique they’re using but I’m thinking that it’s like meditation. The idea is to think of the things you want to do, the things you want to accomplish, and then be sure to do them. I like to think of it like the difference between eating a bowl of fresh fruit straight away and having the fruit in the fridge and eating it slowly over time.
The theory behind this form of meditation is that it works because the mind is still and free from all the things that the senses do. The brain automatically goes into autopilot mode when we try to use our minds like we would in day-dreaming. In other words, we become aware of our thoughts but we don’t engage in them. This is the same way a body is in autopilot.
In a day you may just be sitting down to eat something. In a month maybe you’re thinking about doing something. Then as you have the food in the fridge or on the top of the cupboard, you are in autopilot mode. You have the food and you are aware that you are in autopilot mode. So you are fully engaged with the mind. The food in your fridge is like a mental image of the food in your stomach, and you are aware of that.
While this is an admirable quality, it can be quite a liability if we don’t do it. We are not in autopilot mode when we use the internet or when we are on the phone, but we are fully engaged with it. It is a matter of how we choose to engage with the world. We can often be fully engaged with our own minds, but it can be a problem when we don’t do it.
The problem is, many people are not aware of how they are doing it. One example is people who are on autopilot and are aware of it, but are unaware of it. For instance, someone who is fully engaged with their mind may be sitting in their kitchen, but if they dont take the opportunity to actually focus on what they are doing, it can be very distracting and tiring.
The other problem is the same as the first, but in a more literal sense. We take the opportunity to fully engage with the world, but it can be difficult for us to do so. If we are in a position where we are fully engaged with our mind, then we are in a sense on autopilot. If we are like the people in the second example, we have an awareness of it, but are still not fully engaged with it.
We can do this, but it is not the way to do it. The point is that many of our thoughts and actions are not fully engaging with the world, but we can’t do it.
Sometimes, when we are on autopilot, we are like the second example. We are fully engaged with our mind, but we are not aware of it.