Hide and Seek: The Power of Awareness

Chapter Fourteen

Impressions

Every thought, word, action, and experience etch an indelible mark into our subtle nervous system, depositing an energetic impression. Each impression consists of both memory and an embedded energy signature. No aspect of our existence eludes this process. Impressions can range from the sublime to the mundane and from the uplifting to the distressing. Likewise, their accompanying energy signatures can be positive, neutral, or negative, resonating with varying degrees of harmony or dissonance. In the vast tapestry of our lives, there are countless impressions, each a unique thread contributing to the fabric of our inner world.

Our overall state of awareness and the prevailing emotional atmosphere we inhabit are direct consequences of the cumulative energy emanating from these impressions. Because of these impressions we become contracted or expanded. This collective energy molds the general inner mental and emotional environment in which we dwell and then manifests as our outer conditions.

Ethics and moral guidelines are integral components of virtually every spiritual path. These ethical codes, such as the Ten Commandments in Christianity, the Five Precepts in Buddhism, the Dharma in Hinduism, or the commands of Islam, serve several significant purposes. When we act in accordance with virtuous principles, we imprint positive energy within ourselves. Conversely, unethical behavior can imprint negative energy. Our state of mind and overall happiness are the direct result of the energy of impressions we carry within us. Practicing ethical behavior helps cultivate inner peace and contentment.

When we engage in virtuous actions, we maintain a sense of inner purity, which, in turn, expands our awareness and allows our mind to feel resonant and peaceful. A clear and pure inner environment allows us to connect more deeply with our true Self and perceive genuine reality. Ethical conduct serves as a guide to ensure that we don’t contaminate or disrupt our inner environment with negativity and dissonant energy. Even our dreams are a result of the activation of our impressions.

Experiences of suffering, ego and fear create impressions within us that are weighty, dense, and shrouded in darkness. If these experiences persist intensely, recur frequently, or if they remain unresolved over an extended period, they become the root cause of distress. This energy can be likened to a drop of sour milk contaminating the pure milk, resulting in inner pollution.

Dissonant impressions constrict our consciousness, allowing the ego to thrive and self-centered desires to take precedence. In this state, suffering proliferates, and we continue to accumulate countless more negative impressions within our subtle nervous system. To restore balance and clarity, we must find a direct method to neutralize and purify the energy of these impressions.

Think about one question; ‘Is that worth my attention?’ We ask this all the time. Is that TV show worth my attention. Is that person worth my attention? Is reading that book worth my attention. Should I attend to this chore, this work, this thought? Attention, action and intention are the generators of impressions. What we give our attention to and the intention with which we act are what reside inside us as impressions in the form of memory and energy. They all join us on our life’s journey, even as we forget we performed that action, said those words or thought that thought.

Immersing an impression in the still state of pure awareness allows the dissonant energy contained in the impression to be neutralized while allowing memory to remain unaffected. This discharges the dissonance from it. That prevents it from being triggered into a reactive pattern or affecting our inner atmosphere. To bring negative impressions into neutrality, the high vibration and stillness of meditation is the most effective technique we can practice.

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