Consciousness is the essence of reality. Everything I see, feel, smell, touch, taste, and sense all makeup the mental frame of what I percieve as life. Consciousness is important to understanding an individual’s perception of reality. It defines the world that each person lives in; the reality that each calls his/her own.
Others might define consciousness as what defines existence of the waking world; where the individual is aware of their surroundings, but it’s far more than that. To me, consciousness is how I perceive everything. It’s the world as I see it through my eyes, where I am the hero of my own story. Others might explain it as when they feel someone giving a lecture is looking at them. It’s the exact same thing.
This idea of consciousness connects to my belief of reality holding endless possibilities. Since my consciousness recognizes reality as holding many different forms, then nothing can alter that perception since reality is defined by how I see it. If it’s true that consciousness is the entirety of existence to each particular individual than nothing can change how I see the world unless I choose to see it differently.
When I asked around I found many people view consciousness as simply being awake. Rather than looking into the meaning of the word people simply leave it as being awake. Only while discussing it with my friend Raj Forte did I find him seeing it very similarly to how I do, which I expected since we share so much in common.
This actually directly relates to the idea of relativism I have discussed before. Whereas relativity is the idea of accepting that each individual has their own perceptions of reality consciousness is the act of applying this concept. Relativity exists in the realm of consciousness.