Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I heard once that our minds must align with Faith. Faith leads, consciousness follows.
As an EMT I often dealt with various levels of consciousness, people who were unconscious, or had what we call an "altered" state of consciousness. Drugs and alcohol often lead to these altered states.
If consciousness can go one way, like passing out, it makes sense it can also go the other way. Raise to an increased state of consciousness of yourself, things, people and your surroundings. Maybe temporary, maybe slowly growing, who knows.
The scriptures speak of becoming conscious of something. Alma 14: 6 "And it came to pass that Zeezrom was astonished at the words which had been spoken; and he also knew concerning the blindness of the minds, which he had caused among the people by his lying words; and his soul began to be harrowed up under a consciousness of his own guilt; yea, he began to be encircled about by the pains of hell."
People in the scriptures are said to become conscious of their own guilt. Previously they were oblivious to it, but under this new state of consciousness they suddenly see the value of repentance and are often moved to seek God in profound and personal ways. They change in orientation and begin to live in ways that serve, teach and love their fellow man.
I find that super interesting.
Joseph Smith once said: "“We consider that God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and diligence given to the light communicated from heaven to the intellect; and that the nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin; and like the ancients, arrives at that point of faith where he is wrapped in the power and glory of his Maker, and is caught up to dwell with Him. But we consider that this is a station to which no man ever arrived in a moment.”9