Everyone has power: survival power, creative power, ego power, healing power, will power, mental power and spiritual power. Everyone has access to the power of love, or they have a love of power. Those who have a love of power are at risk of using their power to overpower others, to seduce, manipulate or conquer others if that power is not used with an appropriate sense of self responsibility, appropriate personal boundaries, personal honour and integrity and transparent motives. All of these factors require a certain level of self-awareness and self-knowledge. This is the short answer here in this article. (The long answer is in my next book, “Why bad things happen to good people” and it’s subtitle: “why good things happen to bad people.”)
A distinction should be made between the person and the quality of their behaviour. After all, they are innocent until proven guilty. There may also be the potential for good behaviour in a previously, badly behaved person. That is the purpose of healing and rehabilitation. Their BEHAVIOUR is bad. How they use their powers, how they behave – in a positive or negative way – is a matter of conscience. Your conscience will keep you awake at night. It will niggle at you, and won’t stop, until you do what you need to do to be at peace with your conscience. Badly behaved people don’t have a conscience, or they have low quality conscience. A poor or low quality conscience is the result of a lack of spiritual consciousness.
Spiritual consciousness refers to an awareness of your spirit and how well you manage your spirit. Where, why, when and how you direct your spirit is determined by your conscience. You could say that your conscience manages your spirit. Your spirit is your life force. This life force is the fuel that drives your bodily functions, your emotions and your mind. It makes the sun rise and set. It provides life to plants, animals, and everything on earth and beyond. A lack of life force – or to use spiritual terminology, an absence of ‘spirit’ – is the cause of death. The presence and absence of spirit is at the heart of the rhythmic life-death-life cycle of nature. The degree of your awareness of your own conscience will enhance or reduce your spiritual consciousness. No-one else can regulate your conscience but you and your awareness of it, and ultimately, it’s your conscience that guides you in all that you do. In normal healthy human beings, your conscience knows right from wrong. It recognises the difference between the truth and a lie or an illusion. You develop a guilty conscience because you’ve ignored your conscience when you were meant to honour it or uphold it. You feel guilty because not only have you upset others by not following your conscience, but you’ve also betrayed yourself. The remedy is to develop a higher quality conscience. A high quality conscience is the hallmark of spiritual consciousness.
There are ways you can develop or grow in consciousness. A high quality conscience will produce a high quality life. It will manifest a much richer emotional, mental and spiritual life, whereas a low quality conscience tends to precede a poorer quality life. You are the only one who can hear your conscience, and you are the only one who must pay the consequences for it when you don’t. You will grow in consciousness the moment you begin to listen, trust and follow your conscience. Check your decision making process. If you feel good or at ease about a decision you are about to make, then you could say that your conscience is clear. If you do not feel good about a decision you are about to make, or you feel guilty, or any other form of negative emotion, then you know that your conscience is far from clear. You will grow in consciousness each time you examine your conscience this way. If it is clear then you can be at peace with yourself. If your conscience is not clear, then do what is necessary to rectify the situation.