Article - Conscience

Conscience
By Josh Ramage

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What is conscience? Webster’s dictionary defines “conscience” as, “An inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one's behavior.” Conscience is a gift from God to his children. It distinguishes us from artificial intelligence. This gift, of many, reassures us that we are a spiritual “being”. It gives us a sense of oneness, which works throughout our whole being. It is another name for intuition. When we listen to our voice and guides, it permeates our body. It guides us to discriminate from morally wrong and right behavior, thoughts, and feelings. Webster’s dictionary defines consciousness as, “aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.” Conscious functions in our waking life, sometimes dreams. Both in our unconscious and waking life, conscience is important. It should be obvious why it is important in our waking life, but how is it any relevance to our unconscious?

Psychology says that what we think before we go to bed…is what we think when we wake up. Everything we do and process today, is consolidated into our memory while we sleep. Some things are discarded, others decay, and most are groomed. What we think creates reality, so thoughts affect every level of consciousness and every dimension of our lives. We must continually guard our minds, snag the good and let the bad thoughts be like bad odor caught in the wind and pass by. Pay no attention to needless thoughts.

When we are giving faith to right thinking, we physically feel good. We are more creative, we feel like a ray of sunshine! We are more in touch with our spiritual gifts and others’ needs. When we give faith to wrong thinking, it feels like we are walking through mud. A sense of inertia as everything else passes by. If you are going through a tough time or situation, and cannot find the right answers, then change things up. Dig deep into your creativity and learn something new. Do something different. Writing, acting, going to a movie, the gym, and etc. are a variety of ways to gain solace and healing. If you work 7 days a week, and time seems more like a limitation than a convenience, learn breathing exercises to keep your mind and body centered in the moment.

You may say, “I do write a lot, but it no longer nourishes me.” There are a few things in this world that are consistent; ironically, change is one of them. Right? We go through ups and downs. Different lessons and cycles. One modality, like writing, might have worked then but not now. Anything we do for a long substantial time, becomes a habit. That is why certain things lose their zest. Listen to your CONSCIENCE or your intuition. Once you get used to doing something else, you should be able to go back to what previously worked. This works most of the time, from my own experience. Flux and change has its own heartbeat.

Everyone dies, but not everyone lives.

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