This article has everything you need to know about consciousness development and the reason of our existence.
|If you want to better understand the purpose of your life, it might be the right place to start.
We often wonder what is the purpose of our life.
Why is this important?
We, humans, need meaning.
We need to be motivated, to feel empowered.
But why did I write this book?
A journey of 60,000+ km
Travelling a distance of more than 1.5 times what it takes to surround the Earth on my motorcycle, allowed me to discover a new breed of “thoughtSeekers”. Interviewing them motivated me to open up the discussion about my own quest.
“On the development of consciousness” is looking for reasons of our existence and answers to the unanswerable. The book takes you from everyday life and puts you in front of your psyche to get you to the core of being human.
It should leave you with a need to explore, to ask more questions about the meaning of life and even to consider its ideas as possible answers.
Allow yourself to bring forth unexpected emotions, to challenge yourself with transformational thoughts and then it might even create vibrating shifts.
|About the author
Simion Hurghis is an entrepreneur and explorer, founder of thoughtSeekers.
In his 20s, he travelled more than 80.000 km on motorbike across the world in a quest to find the meaning of life.
After interacting with different cultures in more than 50 countries, he reached to find a simple yet profound and perspective changing answer with his book “On the development of consciousness” to the question “why do we live”?
Multilingual. Entrepreneur. Black Belt.
I was committed to questioning everything early on which offered me the drive and the discipline in obtaining a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, learning several foreign languages, taking an entrepreneurial path, learning how to play 3 musical instruments.
The passion for the happiness of pursuit rather than the quest for the destination made possible writing the book in my twenties, in the years of exploring more than 50 countries around the world.
Almost dying twice, after birth and at around 7 years old, my interest in the meaning of life was a constant companion for me since childhood. The initial discussions with others hold the first memories of revolt in the face of resignation, when hearing that there are questions you could never find the answers to. Similar moments continued in the face of seeing attitudes of resignation throughout my life, but amazingly, the strongest introspective moments looking back came from conversations with apparently resigned people whose “why”-s were deeply riveting.
The visceral revolt in the face of the lack of answers was replaced in time by the search for a personal identity, a hunger for understanding myself and the world around. Moving out from my home country at the age of 18 to start university, I immersed myself in a new culture and a new language, which brought forth meanings and words that don’t cross languages, freeing my reasoning of the limitations of one language.
It planted in me the seed of exploration, of needing to experience more cultures.
The book is mining in the depth of my own experiences and connections.
“As a traveler, I have always been deeply immersed in the local cultures, through conversations with other “thoughtSeekers”, by opening my mind to questioning everything and be questioned in return.”
Thankfully, patiently, lots of the people we discovered in our travels agreed to let us immortalize glimpses of their own life journey, stories that touch the heart in the best of ways. People with outstanding personalities, due to outstanding achievements and outstanding attitudes. During the trips, the questioner often became the questioned in an open conversation across mentalities.
“The stories of all the people I met in all the travels challenged my thought system. Seeing so many people, living so many experiences, makes you question your truths, their truths and to open up to sharing stories.”
The book took form at the end of the first round of travels. A distilled system of essays infused with a challenge for the right questions. A proposal for understanding the meaning of life, in a revealing moment in time.
The power of the right questions
The quest transcended into the search for the right questions. Awakening conversations can be carried out only through questions. Answer a good question with another one and you could reach a consciousness shifting thought.
There is great power in a single thought that refuses to leave you once it crossed your mind.
And paradoxically, with more of the right questions, instead of a higher need for answers, you rather find peace, silence and the urge of getting lost in creative expression.
Get lost in the creative act
Opening up, creating, is the highest act in the development of consciousness. Being able to lose oneself in the creative process transforms the creation into all you’ve accumulated and what you became, who you are in that context, in that moment in time.
“Reaching a higher level of consciousness happens regardless of whether you want to or not, and it is not correlated directly with age. There is no unique “key” to how you can achieve it, but the context in which I put myself challenged me to constantly Re-Think.”
The book is an illustration of a proposal on the meaning of life as understood in one introspective, revealing moment in time.
All in all, the question I ask myself even more now than “What is the meaning of life?” is “How can I be of service?”.
I think that in giving away everything you know, more will come back to you.
Explore. Question. Re-think.
We explore to develop. Which leaves us sometimes with questions rather than answers. We need to have the courage to personally, intimately, release the creator within.
What do scientists say about the development of consciousness?
In this section I will briefly present some main ideas of renowned psychologists but without using too complex words (I will do my best!).
So let’s start.
Viktor Frankl was a renowned Austrian psychiatrist who put an emphasis on our search for meaning.
While living in the German labor and death camps he realized that the only difference between life and death is life’s meaning; he observed that the moment his colleagues in detention lost their purpose to live, they perished within days or weeks.
He furthermore coined the term logotherapy to name the process through which a person is helped to find his or her meaning again.
Frankl’s concept is based on the premise that the primary motivational force of an individual is to find a meaning in life:
- Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
- Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.
- We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stance we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering
According to his own words
“the consciousness of one’s inner value is anchored in higher, more spiritual things, and cannot be shaken by camp life. But how many free men, let alone prisoners, possess it?”
For more in depth details, search for his book Man’s Search for Meaning.
Other psychologists, like the father of the cognitive development theory Jean Piaget, focused on the gradual development of consciousness and imparted it in 4 stages:
- Sensorimotor (between 0 and 2 years) represents the learning of how to use our body
- Pre-Operational (between 2 and 5 years) when babies realize that they are different from their surroundings
- Concrete-Operations (between 6 and 10 years) learning concrete things such as addition or subtraction
- Formal-Operations (from 11 years) think in an abstract way
His first 3 levels (which are very similar with Piaget’s) are:
- Incorporative (or Jean Piaget’s sensorimotor stage)
- Impulsive (Jean Piaget’s pre-operational stage)
- Imperial (Piaget’s concrete operations)
- Interpersonal (I am not my needs, I have them)
- Institutional (prioritization of needs which leads to forming of values)
- Interindividual (discernment)
The psychologist Julian Jaynes went to the extent to argue that ancient people were not conscious in his book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, where he argues that different functions of the brain were imparted between its two halves. According to him, only 3-4 thousand years ago a higher, holistic consciousness emerged.
Giampaolo Sasso focuses on the development of consciousness in children bridging bridges between psychoanalytic theories and contemporary scientific accounts of neuropsychology in his book The development of Consciousness.
Robert Ornstein was an US psychologist who was also interested into reconciling the wisdom traditions of the east and science in The Psychology of Consciousness.
Barbara Marx Hubbard, co-founder and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, is a writer and speaker on the topic of consciousness development, being the subject of a biography by author Neale Donald Walsch.
A very good summary on the current state of science in the field of the development of consciousness is given by David Chalmers in his TED talk.
He sustains that consciousness is currently a science of correlations answering some questions but leaving aside answers to important, real questions and suggests that consciousness can be fundamental (like basic physical laws) or universal (every entity in our universe might have a smaller or larger degree of it).
The word “consciousness” is used as well in many contexts with different meanings by more organizations, such as IAC, the Rob Cairns Institute, the higher awareness community or the consciousness development foundation.
On the development of consciousness
In today’s fast-paced environment, information must be presented in a simple and concise way, if it is to be taken in. Thus, I have tried to write this book in such a style.
This book reflects my understanding of how we, as human beings, work. It is my answer to the question “Why are we here?”
There are many possible answers to this question, just as words have many and various meanings and dimensions.
Imagine a jar, into which have been thrown several stones, of different sizes. If that jar is a word, then every stone within is a meaning of that word.
In this book I describe one of these stones for each jar. Please read it and let me know what you think about it. I am looking forward to your feedback.
Consciousness is the degree to which the self has been developed, and this development is measured by means of the capacity of discernment, which develops as the result of accumulated learnings.
Consciousness can be viewed from both an individual and/or a societal perspective.
The self, the inner self or the soul is an entity that originates from the divinity and which follows its own process of growth and maturation, in order to develop itself.
The divinity is the origin of existence, the source of the universe which is created based on specific laws, such as the law of cycles, the law of cause and effect and the law of attraction.
Three dimensions of consciousness
The first dimension of consciousness is information; everything which one lives, experiences and perceives. The second dimension is the intensity of the perception of information. This quality is subjective, unique to each person and as diverse as the number of possible perspectives. This second dimension is the depth to which certain information is perceived and stored in one’s inner self.
Different people may perceive similar information within similar or even identical contexts, but with different intensities.
The third dimension is the capacity to connect pieces of information with each other. Information that has been perceived more intensely is, in general, more quickly associated with other pieces of information. This gives us the capacity to create, to extend our perceptions, learnings and associations into new relationships, items, experiences and all other things that are born in us.
The larger the volume of information that one perceives is and the more diverse that information is the more one can associate items of information and the greater the variety in those associations.
The greater the volume of associations created, the higher the rate and broader the nature of learning will be. With the increase in learning, the capacity for discernment increases and the dimensions of one’s consciousness enlarge as a consequence.
First, the information
Information is one’s context.
The contexts experienced by individuals may be very similar. Take, for example, two neighbours in the countryside. Both wake up early in the morning and go to work nearby and take the same way back home in the evening, go to the village pub and have a smoke together, perhaps while discussing God and creation. Clearly they share a great deal, however this does not mean that they perceive all that happens in their contexts with the same intensity, nor are they necessarily impressed by the same things in the same way.
Of course, contexts vary a great deal. The quiet village in the countryside is very different indeed from the busy capital. Places and types of work, daily commutes — all differ significantly. However, the informational differences between contexts are rather small for people conducting their existence in the same place. They will see the same birds flying into the sky from the fields, the same advertisements on huge digital screens mounted on city skyscrapers, will eat a similarly-cooked meal with the family or go to a food court in a mall with friends after work, to share often similar stories.
Second, the intensity of perception
Each one of us looks at a tree in blossom with different eyes. Any group of people will comprise those with different values, views and opinions pertaining to the same things. We may all behave differently in any given, even shared situations.
What is more, we all are going to be affected slightly differently when confronted with life’s events: a car accident, a parent’s death or a promotion in the work place. One person may have a much more vivid memory of their promotion party than the celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary, or vice versa. Some may be moved to tears by an astounding landscape. Everyone perceives one’s own context differently, being touched at a specific intensity by it. One forms one’s own particular view of a specific fact or experience.
Therefore, the information, which exists as different contexts, will be perceived with different intensities and is thus stored differently by each individual. This unique, subjective depth of perception of one’s context is fundamental for establishing connections between events, facts and experiences of all kinds. In general, experiences that are felt and perceived more deeply are likely to generate a greater degree of association of the information included within them.
Third, associating the perceived
The ways in which we associate perceived information is unique to each of us and is the spring of creation. One is more likely to associate information according to the intensity of perception; one tends to connect information that was more intensely perceived, more often.
Each person will analyse the new information in light of past experiences. One draws and builds upon that foundation, forming new connections and drawing conclusions. Ultimately, this activity forms learnings. The more variety there is in perception, the more variation there is between the associations made between experiences perceived at different depths, and this forms each consciousness in a unique way, giving variety the learnings that each of us acquires along the course of life.
One’s dimension of consciousness develops constantly with each accumulated learning, the result being that one’s consciousness becomes able to deal with an ever-increasing amount of information, and able to connect that information in increasingly complex ways. The more complex one’s accumulated learnings are, the broader one’s consciousness is.
The broader the consciousness is, the broader the the capacity of discernment. The broader both the consciousness and the capacity of discernment are, the larger the capacity for creation is.
Furthermore, consciousness manifests itself within the perceived context. The context is information.
When two people interact with each other, each participant’s perception of the other is formed in a series of steps.
The easiest element to perceive is that of the personality; the way one communicates and expresses oneself among and in front of other people. The second easiest element to observe is that influence which flows from one’s context, i.e. the context is given by the family, culture and societal influences, such as views, values and patterns of perception. These will influence one’s views upon a variety of aspects of life. The third to be observed is the package taken from past lives, which includes all the inner beliefs and views as well as the past and the future scheduled learnings. Nevertheless, the deeper one goes the more challenging is to see through the different layers, not everybody being able or willing to do it.
In order to go into more depth and learn how does the dimension of our consciousness develop, about the guiding principles of this process and about the development of our discernment capacity, give this book a try and support our motivational platform thoughtSeekers with this purchase.
But let’s get back to where we started, to real life examples.
What is a thoughtSeeker?
The definition came into place along many years of travels, discussions and reflection. We coined this term for a content we learned gradually. In very simple words, a thoughtSeeker is somebody who:
- searches and finds mentors – they are the richest guidance source of pieces of advice and experience.
- asks questions and explores constantly in order to find things which he or she can do with passion
- pursues one’s passion despite the limitations of the context or the scarceness of the resources at one’s disposal
- executes primarily focused on measurable results – only volume of work doesn’t suffice
- expresses one’s creativity and have a curious and open attitude towards life
- contributes to the progress and well-being of the people around them
In a word, becomes every day a better version of what they were the day before
We searched and found thoughtSeekers in the world along our trips in more than 50 countries and cultures.
Vesela Tanaskovic transforms Sahara into a jungle
She is greening the deserts with her start-up Afforest4Future and in this interview she shares with us what moved her to find a solution to green world’s deserts
Jeanine Lim dedicates part of her life to charity activities in Vietnam with her Give Pray Love Project
“I derive the sense of fulfilment and joy when I see these kids’ faces, suddenly they have money for school, and they have a school bag, a bicycle. For us this means nothing, but for them it changes their life: if they can go that year to school, it changes one year of their life!”
Bala is working with ex-convicts, sharing his profits with elders
After finishing their due time, convicts often have a difficult time finding a job and reintegrating themselves into society.
Not if they work for Bala, who found his passion in building a social business with their help and donating the profits to the elders in need.
Josh’s work helps shape the future of technology, the environment and human consciousness
Josh is a global nomad.
His companies, projects, and interventions are helping shape the future of technology, the environment, and human consciousness.
- named a Champion of Change by the White House for its transit-tech company TransLoc
- TransLoc is #5 on Fast Company’s 2017 list of the most innovative companies in transportation, right alongside Uber and Tesla
Christina Medosch helps children with challenging backgrounds
We first met in 2012, when she won the 1st price in the Social Impact Award competition, organized by ImpactHub. Besides her working activity in the field of arts, she found a way to give back to the society and help children with challenging backgrounds in a unique way: with dancing.
Doris Holler-Bruckner transforms our world in a more sustainable one, piece by piece
A very important moment in my life was sitting on the side of the Danube River near Vienna about 25 years ago, in 1984, when I was a student. I remember it was very cold, in the winter. My colleagues and I were protesting against the big water plant which was about to be constructed on the Danube River near Vienna.
It was then, when I realized that we can change the world together when we work together.
For Matthias Reisinger happiness originates in the value created from addressing social challenges
The question I asked myself is how can we use this business tool in order to create value for others? How can we address the most pressuring challenges in society that we currently have? The long way of discovery leads us to social innovations, to the social innovators and into ways to help and support them.
Galina Chernik saves energy and increases mechanical machines’ life time with her nano technology invention
With her invention, Galina increases with up to 20% the fuel consumption in engines and increases their lifetime up to 40 times.