1. Consciousness came into being at the first division.

Consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation, making the mind a perceiver rather than a creator. (T-3.IV.2:1)

2. Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego. (T-3.IV.2:2)

3. Consciousness is the receptive mechanism, receiving messages from above or below; from the Holy Spirit or the ego. (C-1.7:3)

4. Consciousness has LEVELS and AWARENESS can shift quite dramatically, but it cannot transcend the perceptual realm. (C-1.7:4)

5. At its HIGHEST it (consciousness) becomes AWARE of the real world, and CAN BE TRAINED TO DO SO INCREASINGLY. (C-1.7:5-6)

6. Yet the very fact that it (consciousness) HAS LEVELS and CAN BE TRAINED demonstrates that it cannot reach knowledge. (C-1.7:6)

So how is our consciousness training going? How close or how far are we from being aware of the real world? Let’s be honest. We are all inside the pod until we are not. No matter what level of consciousness we are at we are still in consciousness, we are still asleep. We really have no idea what is going on. We have no idea what is a “victory” and what is a “defeat.” So what do we do? Come in humbleness.

Of yourself you can do nothing, because of yourself you are nothing. (T-8.IV.7:3)

Yet are the humble free to hear the Voice which tells them what they are, and what to do. (W-186.5:6)

The truly humble have no goal but God because they need no idols, and defense no longer serves a purpose. (S-1.V.2:3-4)

Be humble before Him, and yet great in Him. And value no plan of the ego before the plan of God. (T-15.IV.3:1-2)

And then in humbleness become a servant of the Spirit.

A healed mind does not plan. It carries out the plans that it receives through listening to wisdom that is not its own. It waits until it has been taught what should be done, and then proceeds to do it. It does not depend upon itself for anything except its adequacy to fulfill the plans assigned to it. It is secure in certainty that obstacles can not impede its progress to accomplishment of any goal that serves the greater plan established for the good of everyone.


A healed mind is relieved of the belief that it must plan, although it cannot know the outcome which is best, the means by which it is achieved, nor how to recognize the problem that the plan is made to solve. It must misuse the body in its plans until it recognizes this is so. But when it has accepted this as true, then is it healed, and lets the body go.


Enslavement of the body to the plans the unhealed mind sets up to save itself must make the body sick. It is not free to be the means of helping in a plan which far exceeds its own protection, and which needs its service for a little while. In this capacity is health assured. For everything the mind employs for this will function flawlessly, and with the strength that has been given it and cannot fail.(W-135.11:1–13:4)

Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. (T-14.XI.12:1)

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