Awareness

By Jesse Herriott, D.Min.

One of the earliest scriptures in the Bible states, “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die” (Genesis 2:17). Throughout the years, there have been many interpretations of this scripture, but at its essence, it calls for us to be mindful of feelings of fragmentation, or separation.

We make distinctions such as good versus evil or ego versus shadow because we feel, in some way, we lack completeness. In our scramble for wholeness, anything that seems outside or separate from our understanding of ourselves is often perceived as negative. Take a look at the word devil. It derives from the Greek diabolus (Satan), which comes from diaballein, “to pull apart and hurl.” And this is how we feel whenever we find ourselves in rough patches—pulled apart and thrown in different directions. The key to pulling yourself together is found in the power of Awareness.

From our earliest beginnings in the mind of God, we were made whole. However, when we encounter challenges in life, we can lose our grip on wholeness. But whether we are aware or not, we continue to be unique and whole.

Carl Jung often hinted that some of the most precious gifts and talents we have are bound within our unconscious energies. Whenever we don’t like or don’t want to admit something about ourselves, we push those energies deep within the recesses of our psyche, creating compartmentalized versions of who we really are.

Jung used the term individuation for the process of using Awareness to bring unconsciousness to consciousness. It’s a process through which we become more singular: whole, self-actualized, motivated, and empowered to commune with Spirit and carry out its deeper wishes for our lives, without any prodding from outside influences.

Awareness is the flashlight that identifies those energies within us, and if we allow it, we can integrate those feelings, ideas, thoughts, and emotions into our consciousness. But we have to be open and willing to make that journey inward.

Jesse Herriott is a spiritual writer, minister, professor, and speaker on spiritual psychology, Christian mysticism, and the Bible. Jesse is in the process of completing Ph.D. studies in psychology at North Central University. He hosts a weekly spiritual psychology program on Unity Online Radio titled Living on Purpose. Learn more at jessherriott.com.