Most of the tools in this series are just like tools in a mechanics’ toolbox. You get them out when you need them to perform a specific task. In the next couple of articles, I’d like to discuss some tools that have a more general use. They’re like some of the things mechanics use in a garages—oil, drip-trays, manuals; the cloths they wipe their hands on without even thinking about it.

You might think that we all do this innately, all of the time. Actually we don’t. Whenever we are acting out from some unconscious trigger, we are completely oblivious of it.

The first of these tools is self-observation: the ability to observe one’s own behaviour. You might think that we all do this innately, all of the time. Actually we don’t. Whenever we are acting out from some unconscious trigger, we are completely oblivious of it. (The clue is in the word ‘unconscious’.) We do or say whatever stupid or damaging bit of behaviour it is and even if someone tells it straight to our faces we still don’t get it. We go into denial and repeat the process every time that particular trigger is activated.

Coalminer’s helmets

The Ascension process strips away that ability to keep acting out from the unconscious. One of the components of this is self-observation. The more you develop your powers of self-observation, the sooner you’ll clear all that junk in your unconscious and the faster you’ll speed along the Ascension highway. (Ascension can be understood as the process of emptying the unconscious into the conscious; the ‘fully conscious individual’, by definition, has no unconscious.)

To strengthen your self-observation, simply be aware of it and intend to develop it. Imagine it’s like one of those coalminer’s helmets with the light on top. Switch it on and leave it. After a while you’ll notice that your ‘inner observer’ comes into play. Your inner observer is cool and detached. It notices patterns of dysfunctional behaviour both in you and in others.

Oh, duh

Initially we may begin by realising we’ve done something less than healthy after the fact. “Oh, duh, I did such-and-such again.” As we strengthen our self-observation, it shifts into real time. We can see and feel ourselves acting out from a damaged place in our psyche even if we are—in that moment—powerless to stop it. And, even for experienced Ascension practitioners, there can be times when our inner observer goes offline when we are immersed in something particularly deep.

Once you have identified an issue within yourself, you can get out the other tools described in this series and do the inner work of clearing the damage. No time to rest, though—once one issue is cleared you need your inner observer back on the job as another issue is likely to follow!

Image: Kenz magnified by Steven Smith on Flickr. Cropped to 16:9.

This article was originally posted on www.in5d.com.