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10 Powerful Reasons To Increase Your Self Awareness

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“Every human has four endowments-  self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” Steven R. Covey

This is a guest post for Powered by Intuition by Evita Ochel.

There are powerful reasons to increase your self awareness.

10 Powerful Reasons to Increase Your Self AwarenessWe are living in pivotal times, where many of us may find it challenging to keep up with our own life changes and personal awakenings, as well as those of our world.

Regardless, it is clear that we are motivated to pursue various paths of personal development. Whether it is a quest for truth, enlightenment, personal mastery or just happier living, there is a common thread to all personal paths that is at the root of their unfolding.

What is necessary for each of these aspects to become real for us is an increase in awareness, specifically self awareness.

On a more specific scale, a personal journey may focus on attaining success, learning forgiveness, finding a sense of purpose or improving personal relationships. What will dictate how easy or challenging a journey it may be, comes down to our level of awareness.

When we commit to increasing our awareness, everything takes on a different meaning in life, things become easier, and the benefits are many in every area of our life.

Let’s examine 10 powerful reasons to increase our self awareness, which will benefit every area of our life, no matter what we may be seeking or what path we may be on.

 1. You Get To Know What Your Unconscious Mind Is Up To

If you ask the average person if they are aware of their thoughts, words of even actions, most of us are quick to reply, of course! After all, if we don’t know what we are up to, who does? Yet there is a whole other piece to this equation.

While science isn’t clear on the exact percentages of the mind used (not to be mistaken with brain), what we know for sure is that most of the time we function from automatic or unconscious mind patterns, with the conscious mind playing a very small role. This is where the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind cannot be over emphasized in its importance on the quality of our lives.

Most of us neglect to factor in this difference when it comes to how or why we do, say or think the things we do – if we are even aware of them. We simply may not realize how much the years of conditioning from various sources have impacted us, becoming today programmed thoughts and behavior patterns that do not even represent us, or what we want.

The more self aware we become, the more we learn to become aware of our thought patterns, their origins, wound triggers, and so much more!

We start to function from ever increasing conscious mind patterns, over unconscious ones. We start to re-gain control over our life, rather than living on auto-pilot or as if some “external” force is in charge of things like our health, happiness, inner peace and joy.

2. You Become a Nicer Person

Rather than approaching the world from a reactive state of being, the more you increase your awareness the more mindful you become of how your thoughts, words and actions may impact others. You therefore become more mindful of what you will or will not say, or do. You become a more considerate spouse, a more patient parent, a more conscientious worker, and a more positively contributing member to your community and our world.

3. You Become More Honest With Yourself (and others)

According to Sigmund Freud, human beings can lie and not realize they are lying. Freud found that we have the ability to deceive not just others, but also ourselves. Our capacity for self-deception is so powerful that many people, especially when they lack the self awareness that allows them to peer into their deepest motivations, actually believe their own distortions of reality.

For example, you may think that you are helping make the world a better place by doing x, y, or z, when in truth the motivations are for nothing more than your personal status, power or financial gain. Self-deception runs deep and can affect every area of our life from weight and health problems, to financial and career advancements.

 4. You Don’t Have to Suffer From Guilt or Regrets

Ignorance is bliss, until it catches up to us.

We may forgo doing what we feel is right in our heart in the moment like not giving an employee a day off when they look ill, not contributing to your friend’s new charity, not telling your spouse the whole story of what really happened, not taking the time to learn about the medication you gave your child, or not paying attention to the environmentally destructive qualities of the product you just bought, etc. But when the moment of our ignorance or unconsciousness wears off, that is usually when guilt and regret sets in.

The more self aware we become, the more we triumph over ignorance and not have to pay the price of guilt and regret in some future moment. Awareness means we take some effort to consider how any one of our actions may impact us, others or our world.

5.  You Are Able To Know What You Want

If we look around, many people are not following their dreams, or passions, or getting that certain job or partner, because in truth they do not really know what they want. When we allow the external environments to blind us, putting us almost into a comatose way of living, we are less inclined to be conscious of what is going on within us and what our real needs, desires or aspirations are.

The more self aware we become, the more we are able to come into alignment with our inner being and follow our soul’s plan at any given time, knowing what we want and why.

6. You Have An Easier Time Making Decisions

This idea goes hand in hand with the points above, but it expands even further. Each day we have to make decisions or choices, and it is clear that some of us seem to have an easier time with this and others. We have all felt indecisive at one time or another, but for some people this becomes a daily way of life whether they are picking a new pair of socks or a new career path, making life seem very challenging.

The more self aware we become, the more we begin to tap into our inner essence, rather than being influenced by external sources, of what it is that is best for us at any given time.

7. You Gain More Inner Peace

The more we increase our self awareness, the more we begin to respect the divine flow of all that is. Rather than live in resistance to what is, which in turn creates turmoil in our life, an expanded awareness allows us to better grasp why things happen as they do. Although we may not always know the full reason for something, we find inner peace in knowing that nothing happens in our Universe without being in perfect alignment with divine creation and evolution for the benefit of all those it touches.

 8. You Become More In Tune With Nature

When we pull our attention within, we start to not only live from a higher state of appreciation for nature, but also more in harmony with nature. Becoming more self aware translates into having a connection with all living beings, and being mindful of how any of our actions impact them. The changes within can be as simple as no longer complaining about the weather, to as profound as feeling the life force of all species within us in that we can not inflict any violence on any of them, as we become aware that we are one.

9.  You Increase Your Intuition

Increased awareness also correlates to an increase in our intuition. We enable ourselves to detect subtle energy changes, we become more in tune with our feelings, messages from our bodies and our environment. All of these play a role in helping us tune into the inner knowing, also called intuition. As one can imagine, the benefits of this are numerous and have compounding benefits in many of the other areas we discussed above, like being a better decision maker, etc.

 10. You Learn Who It Is That You Are

Last, but not least, there is perhaps no better reason to become more self aware, than to get to know yourself (or know yourself better). The more self aware you become, the more you get to know the “real” you—not the Ego you, not the pain-body you and not the “shaped-by-others” you. With increased self awareness, you begin to tap into the deep essence of your being—your soul—and are then able to align with your true purpose in this lifetime.

Closing Thoughts

Now that you are aware of the numerous benefits of increased awareness and their importance in increasing the quality of your life, the next step is learning how to increase your awareness. The great news is that numerous resources, from many disciplines, exist today to help us achieve this through various forms like meditation, stillness sessions, philosophical studies, and ongoing education on all topics.

Wishing you a wonderful journey of increasing your awareness!

Are you on a journey of self awareness? In what ways has becoming more self aware been of benefit to your life? What is the best way to become more self aware?

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Evita Ochel, Evolving BeingsEvita Ochel, B.Sc., B.Ed., CHN – is the founder and editor of EvolvingBeings.com – an online monthly magazine to awaken and inspire people to grow in consciousness and connect with a heart-centered way of life. She is also a nutrition and healthy living expert, and the author of the newly released book “Healing and Prevention Through Nutrition”, as well as the editor of EvolvingWellness.com – an online publication featuring numerous resources to help people attain optimal health and wellness.

 

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  1. How wonderful to see Evita here on PBI :)

    ” most of the time we function from automatic or unconscious mind patterns, with the conscious mind playing a very small role.” I was re-reading some of Earnest Holmes last night and one thing that stood out more than before was how often he said 15 minutes a day is not enough, if you want real change. It needs to be something we do throughout the day, a regular part of daily life.
    It can be difficult to make the commitment to taking time to be fully present. But you’ve given some great reasons why. If the why is clear enough, it can move us to stay disciplined. Otherwise it’s too easy to just think we’re consciously aware, while on automatic.

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    • Hi Aileen,

      Thank you and a pleasure to have you share in this discussion :)

      I appreciate your comment so much as discipline is such an integral part of success in any area of our life. As long as we make excuses and not commit to something that is important to us, it tends to go on the wayside and well…things go, as they go…. So yes, for increased awareness, for a truly conscious life, it has to become part of us. It is great to go for a walk, or meditate for a set amount of time, but what are we doing all the other times of the day? This is where personal discipline is key in how we approach our thoughts, words and actions.

      Awesome stuff – thanks again!
      Evita recently posted..The Zeitgeist Movement and a Resource Based Economy

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  2. Dear Evita,
    Thank you for being an awesome guest author here at Powered by Intuition. Your article was absolutely magnificent! Please come back soon too.
    xoxo,
    Angela

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    • Dear Angela

      Thank you so much for having me! It was a wonderful pleasure to contribute to your wonderful community of like-minded souls and share some of my work. You have created a wonderful resource for people and are helping through your wisdom and loving guidance so many people. Our intuition is such a vital gift and part of us to nurture. And I would be thrilled to be back :)
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  3. Great post. I smiled at the first reason. I wrote awhile back about the hidden life of minds. At a discussion group I lead, we all spent a few minutes just letting our minds wander and watching where they went. When we debriefed, we were all so surprised by how our different minds went to such different places. An artist’s mind does not wander the same ground as a lawyer’s mind, for example. It was a fun exercise to do in a group. Thanks for a motivating article.
    Galen Pearl recently posted..Feelings on My Mind

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    • Hi Galen,

      Thank you for your feedback and comment. It is so interesting to see where our minds go indeed! What is interesting too is when people say things for example unconsciously and someone gently nudges them to realize what they just said, and the person says, I didn’t say that….we are so often not even aware of the words, never mind thoughts that our unconscious mind produces…and of course some would argue actions as well. It is all great if these are positive, but we know of the pain that can be caused when they are not. So getting to know our mind better through awareness is such an integral part to a happy and peace-filled life.
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  4. I like that when I meditate and have a negative thought, I can take the time to explore why. Sometimes it’ll be a past experience, or something more present. It’s good not to let things like this sneak up on me, and I feel as though approaching it this way actually relieves the pressure in my subconscious. Get rid of all that Shadow, as Jung calls it.
    J. R. Nova recently posted..Everything Is a Remix!

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    • Hi J.R.

      Very interesting point and thank you for sharing it. Indeed, when we meditate and different things come up, we may be quick to judge them or make ourselves feel bad for allowing it in, or even entertaining it. But to question and introspect, and decipher, or as you so eloquently put it – explore – is very powerful. It is then that we get to the root of issues and can enhance our awareness, understanding and so much more!
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  5. Hi Evita,

    Indeed self-awareness can benefit every area of our lives. I cannot imagine how we can do well at anything without being aware of what it is we are doing. I enjoyed reading your 10 powerful reasons to increase our self-awareness. Here are some of the thoughts that crossed my mind.

    1. You Get to Know What Your Unconscious Mind Is Up To

    Being aware of my unconsious mind and subsconsicous triggers has made a big difference in my life. When I was younger, I was unaware of the root cause for feeling miserable and depressed. As a result, I could not take decisive action to resolve the issues and feel better.

    Today, being aware has made it easier for me to have greater self-mastery. I know where to look when inner turmoil arises and I know the steps I need to take to resolve the problem at its root.

    6. You Have an Easier Time Making Decisions

    I have always been concerned about making the best choices in any situation. When I lack awareness I become confused and uncertain about how to proceed. This requires me to mull over the problem until I can get to the heart of the matter to know exactly what I want and need. From there, the decision I have to make becomes crystal clear. When this stage is reached, I can take action quickly. Being self-aware helps to shorten the process tremendously

    Thank you for writing this lovely article Evita and thank you Angela for sharing it!

    Irving the Vizier
    The Vizier recently posted..The Vizier on Being Tactful

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    • Hi Irving,

      You are so welcome and thank you for your awesome additions! I think it is so powerful to be so aware that you know exactly where you were, and where you are, and how you got from there to here. Many people indeed live on auto-pilot or allow their unconscious mind to roam free, so much so that they cannot connect how or why things happen as they do in their lives.

      Thanks to you sharing your personal experiences and insights, it is so valuable for others to be inspired on their personal journey as well.
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  6. Evita,
    I’ll keep this short! I have to be MORE aware;)
    Tess The Bold Life recently posted..Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For What You Want

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    • Hi Tess,

      You are awesome! Yes, short, sweet and to the point :)

      But in all seriousness, we are each on our own journey of increased awareness, and so may we always be loving with ourselves and know there is no race, no finish line, nothing that is a must. It is all just part of a wonderful journey of getting to the essence of our existence.
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  7. Wonderful post Evita! Self awareness is the basis of our feelings of freedom from all that is holding us back. You make a great point that being more self aware helps to make better decisions. When we are not in tune with ourselves, we are not sure what we want.

    I do believe sitting for a period of time in stillness has helped me access myself at a deeper level. I’m still exploring meditation, but do find it helpful. Thank you for an insightful post.
    Cathy | Treatment Talk recently posted..Are You a Parent that Needs to Let Go of Denial and Enabling?

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    • Hi Cathy

      So wonderful to hear your experience, as you continue on your own path of self awareness expansion. I too have found that having stillness in one’s life is precious and one of the best things ever for going within….and so much more!

      Thank you for stopping by to share in the discussion and your lovely feedback :)
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  8. Hi Evita. Expertly stated. Increasing our awareness is essential for evolving in all domains of life. Awareness punctures the old beliefs we have taken for granted and grants us the insight to recognize the truth, judge with discernment, and act decisively and with power. I’ve learned that Self-understanding has helped me elevate my consciousness. Increasing our level of awareness empowers us to see ourselves as we truly are, an astonishingly beneficent being!
    rob white recently posted..The Purpose of Aging

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    • Hi Rob,

      Thank you for your feedback and I really love the way you summarized the importance of increased awareness. I always love hearing too how transformation increasing one’s awareness has been on their life.

      ….yes, we really are amazing beings!
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  9. Evita…
    An inspiring guest post Evita that is a great reminder of how important our intuition is. You’ve give me a lot to think about. As much work as I do in this arena, there’s always more.It’s a challenge but a worthwhile one :)Fran
    Fran recently posted..How An Irreverent and Passionate Physicist Turns People Onto The Mystery and Beauty of Life

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    • Hello Fran,

      It is great to hear you found it valuable. Thank you so much for stopping by to read it and joining in the discussion.

      And yes, I definitely second that….I think personal mastery is one of the most exciting, even when challenging, parts of our life here on this planet. Definitely worthwhile for it can make our life so much easier, and joyful and peace-filled :)
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  10. Evita,
    Beautiful guest post with a lot of great ideas! Worth pringing out. I’m practicing about 1/2 of these and really need to be doing all! Thank you for the reminders.

    PS I’ve read your blog over Evolved Beings and love it!
    Betsy at Zen Mama recently posted..Your Perception of Time and An Inspirational Movie Monday

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    • Hi Betsy,

      I am thrilled to hear your feedback about the article and my site too – thank you so much!

      As we put our intention forth to live in, or from a certain state, it begins to take shape in our life. Along the way, we can enjoy the journey, and always remember to be loving with ourselves knowing that it is all part of the journey, not the final destination :)
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  11. These are indeed powerful payoffs. Inner peace is so very important to me. This is my personal reason for always becoming more aware of myself and loving who I am every step of the way.
    Nea | Self Improvement Saga recently posted..Inspirational Thoughts: What are You Waiting For?

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    • Hello Nea,

      Thank you for stopping by to share in this topic and discussion.

      All of the reasons are important to me as well, but I do second your sentiments, that inner peace is one of the most important….for if we don’t have that….we tend to translate our inner un-ease to other things in our life.
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  12. Great piece, Evita! Of course the part about connecting with Nature resonates most with me.
    I know what you mean about going deep within yourself to find meaning and realizing that sense of the oneness of life. But the ironic thing is that my approach — going completely out of myself, putting myself out there in the same space and spirit with the water, trees, critters, sky, etc. ends up in exactly the same place.
    Jeffrey Willius recently posted..TIME-LAPSE, NATURE’S WAY – Zihuatanejo Snaps

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    • Dear Jeffrey,

      Thank you, and yes, I imagine that part would :)

      That is so valuable also to hear your approach! It is wonderful as we can all learn that there isn’t normally 1 way to do something or be something. We each must find our own approach that works best for us, where in the end, we still get the same result, in this case increased awareness.
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  13. It’s nice to read a post from you, Evita. I enjoyed point #10 the most. My journey with self-awareness led me to ultimately knowing that I am beyond my body. I also access a profound love while meditating. There are certainly many benefits with developing self-awareness. I am also more able to laugh at myself, my idiosyncrasies and bad habits and all!

    Thank you, Angela, for featuring this post!
    Evelyn Lim recently posted..Develop Self-Acceptance: The Secret to Everlasting Beauty

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    • Dear Evelyn,

      Wonderful to see you here and thank you for adding to this discussion and topic. It is always very helpful for us all to learn from each other and know that many people share our journey of personal evolution. You have definitely accessed some powerful realizations that carry such profound freedom and joy….and so much more! And being gentle with ourselves – yes, that is so important too, for it makes everything so much more challenging if we become rigid, and hard on ourselves along the way.
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  14. Great post Evita! All personal development starts with self-awareness. If you don’t know what’s going on inside, you won’t know what to examine and change. My last post had a lot to do with that self-awareness and the ensuing internal conversations it leads to.

    It took me a while but I’ve learned to slow down enough to listen to what’s going on inside me and make more conscious choices from that awareness. It’s definitely a practice though. Sometimes I’m more mindful and aware than others. At least I know I’m on the right path. The more I practice, the easier it becomes.

    Thanks for the wonderful guest Angela!
    Paige | simple mindfulness recently posted..I Want To Change the World and I Want It Done Yesterday!

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    • Hi Paige,

      A pleasure to hear your thoughts and personal experiences. And thank you for the wonderful feedback!

      You also shared something so important, in that the art of self awareness becomes easier, the more we practice it. So some patience and discipline is kay to achieving the desired life results.
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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  15. A wonderful post and one that everyone could use today. Hectic lifestyles and a perceived sense of a lack of time make it easy to get carried away from our real core. Often we don’t even stop to think about why we’re doing what we’re doing. Self-awareness has got to be a key ingredient to be successful in any facet of life, and Evita, you have described so beautifully ten reasons to do become conscious of it. Thank you. Very timely reminder for most of us.

    While I practice this most of the time, I do tend to get all worked up when I have stuff that will take more than 24 hours, but MUST be done in less time. Of course I’ve learned to prioritize. Still. :-)

    Thank you Angela. This is the sort of post I enjoy starting my day with.
    Vidya Sury recently posted..The Haiku Challenge 2012 – Day 19 – The Four Seasons

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    • Hello Vidya,

      Thank you for your valuable comment! You hit on something so important – “we don’t even stop to think about why we’re doing what we’re doing” YES! so true! And in such a state life can definitely pass us by, becoming a struggle along the way as we don’t understand why things happen as they do.

      I really enjoyed your insights – thank you again for sharing them :)
      Evita recently posted..Meditation, Mindfulness and CBT for Healing & Personal Mastery

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