I AM What I Am Part Five

The lessons entitled ‘I Am What I Am’, outlines knowledge that is fundamental to the self-esteem coaching offered at Think Big Coaching Academy.

In Retrospect

We closed the lessons that focused on consciousness with pointing out that we all are a unit of conscious energy. And our awareness of who we are intensifies as we advance from one state of the consciousness to another. In the following lessons, we will be focusing on the elements of consciousness that makes ‘knowing’ possible and have a more detail look at ‘knowing’ itself.


WEEKLY QUOTE: Your thought process is an important identity mark of the state of your consciousness’


1.Knowledge acquired begins with a thought. The thought is related to a particular object or subject matter.  But thought of itself does not confer consciousness. Thought makes us aware of the fact that we are conscious. In the absence of thought and thinking, we are unaware of our existence. This state is sometimes referred to as nothingness.While a stimulus fist impact our lower mind (or emotional component), so as to create a feeling;  a thought must be selected to represent all stimuli that are fed into our senses if the stimuli ought to be understood and attended to.

2.Latent thought does not awaken us to the reality of our existence.  Thought must be made active by the element of reflection. While thought is the intellectual or mental ability to form imageries (concepts) of things, acts or relations; it is reflection that keeps the thought alive. Reflection throws back or constantly reproduces the thought.  In this way, reflection keeps the thought alive; and so we are able to consider and reason the thought. If the thought becomes latent we are no longer aware of the thought and the thought is neither considered nor reasoned. (This does not mean the thought may not be impacting our behavior. The thought may have become a part of our subconscious and is creating our reality.)

3.This takes us to two other elements of consciousness. These are consideration and reason. Consideration and reason allows for an expansion of the consciousness and are considered to be components of consciousness as well. Consideration refers to the ability to select the thought (mental concept or imagery), that best describes the stimulus/feelings.  Reason recognizes the combination of thought that follows a logical sequence and those that do not. Reason makes us aware of truth (as it relates to the state of our consciousness).

4.Before leaving this section, we must have a look at one more element of consciousness. This element is the gateway through which stimuli enters the consciousness and is directly tied to our senses. The element is our lower mind or emotional component. Two other words to describe this element are passion and power. Unless a stimulus enters through the gate of our emotion, it cannot be represented by a thought. There are times when a stimulus may have entered through the gate of our sense but have not entered through the gate of our emotions. Whenever this happens, the stimulus is not attended to. We attend to stimuli that have entered through the gate of our emotion when it awakens a particular feeling within us. While word is the language of our intellect, feeling is the language of our emotion.

5.These are the elements responsible for an active consciousness, namely thought, reflection, consideration, reason and power. But always remember, consciousness is living energy with a potential to carry out these functions. Consciousness continues to be alive and is considered to be consciousness even when these functions are not active. What makes it consciousness it the fact that it is living energy with the potential.

Self Reflection

  • How does thought relate to knowledge?
  • In your own words define, thought, reflection, consideration and reason.
  • What does ‘nothingness’ means in regards to consciousness?
  • In a previous lesson you were asked to define consciousness. At this time, give a more expanded definition of consciousness.
  • Rewrite paragraph two in your own words.
  • What effect will this new knowledge have on your relationship to others and the universe?
  • Did this lesson trigger within you any feeling of discomfort, anger, confusion or affirmation? Explain.
  • Complete the following statement five (5) times. ‘What I learn today is…’
  • ACTION PLAN: This lesson has caused me to decide to take the following action towards myself, others and nature…

Prepared by Think Big Coaching Academy. The academy for personal development coaching, self-esteem coaching, anger management coaching, spirituality coaching and business coaching.

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