Does living consciously suggest that experiencing consciousness must be intentional? Furthermore, must awareness be intentional before it is possible to consciously awaken and to be conscious? Let’s ask one additional question. Does the intention to live more consciously originate in the mind, from the realm of consciousness, or both?
Let’s first start with a clear understanding of intentional. The internet Dictionary describes it as something done on purpose and being deliberate. Many life-forms experience consciousness at a given level. Therefore, does a bird or plant have the intention to be conscious? No, this is unlikely. You would probably agree that it is also unlikely that other known objects in the universe contemplate being conscious. And yet, a rock, tree, or bee exists and is one with the universe and life without any intent.
It is unlikely that there is any intentional pondering done by a fish as it swims along in the water. The fish surly does not use the mind to become more aware of the water in which it thrives. We are not only an object that is a person. Life energy and consciousness suggest that we are pure universal energy beyond mind and body. Therefore, is the mind a window to consciousness or is it vice versa?
Intentional Demands Are Not Necessary to Live Consciously
I feel that this is both and neither. Mind and consciousness should be in a partnership and not a competition. Your state of being is the key. Are you alive to live? Or, are you living to think about life? There is a difference. Also, we cannot be completely sure that life energy is conscious without an object being aware of consciousness. Nevertheless, energy vibrations pulsate and manifest through all objects. But, there is no need for life to be conscious of itself. Nor, must the universe consciously know “I am”.
The mind actually gives us many opportunities. Intentional awareness to the energy field of consciousness is an example. The totality is a realm of energy. Therefore, the universal is mentally and consciously. Thus, the mind is helpful in becoming more aware of consciousness. But, this can only happen when observed by in a conscious state of being. Otherwise, we remain mostly unaware. Hence, the conditioned mind overshadows our state of being.
It is beneficial to acknowledge consciousness and, through practice, to live consciously in unison with it and thus life. Moreover, a moment will come when the process of intentionally being aware of consciousness is not necessary. Living consciously will become the normal state of being.
P.S. Sadhguru offers helpful insight in this video about the flow of energy in the universe.