Self-control

Self-control means the process of the mind controlling man’s actions, reactions and even thoughts.

Example of self-control

I need to get to the station and catch the train, but my leg hurts a little. So I am walking fast enough to catch the train and am consciously putting less weight on the leg in pain. I have put on a neutral face, trying to limp less so that nobody could understand that my leg hurts. In other words, I am controlling or at least trying to control the entire process.

Level of self-control

If I can control my actions all the time, it is a good level of self-control.

If I can control myself all the time even when I am talking, it is a good level of self-control.

If I retain my self-control even during a conflict I have been involved in, it is excellent as it demonstrates a good level of self-control.

If my self-control is irregular, and I often lose and forget about it, it is a low level of self-control.

Observation, Watching, Witnessing

It is a detached and non-involved perception of your internal processes in the body, emotions or mind with no participation or interference.

For instance, observing how the chest moves when you breathe.

For instance, observing your fury.

For instance, observing a compulsive idea in your mind.

Awareness, getting aware

Awareness is the process of dividing your attention into two parts: one is directed at taking the action while the other one is dedicated to observation of your physical, emotional and mental sensations occurring during the action. In the beginning, you can only trace your physical sensations, but the scope of observation gets wider as long as your awareness grows.

Example of awareness

I need to get to the station and catch the train, but my leg hurts a little. So I am walking and observing my legs: I feel the toes, feet and ankles and the entire system of the muscles used to shift weight from one leg to the other one, to push off the ground and to make a step. I am also observing pain sensations in one leg. I feel my face muscles while walking, but I am not taking any part in the facial expression. I am also observing my limp and catching a glimpse of the desire to limp less so that nobody will notice. A thought runs through my head: I seem to be walking to the train station and taking all these complicated actions with my legs that require coordination and balance, and I also seem to be observing the same process without any interference with walking (I am observing this thought as well). Thus, my attention is divided into two parts.

Levels of awareness

The level of awareness means the quantity (volume) and stability of the attention of the person participating in the observation.

If I can keep observing myself, it is a good level of awareness.

If I can observe myself all the time even when I am talking, it is a good level of awareness.

If my self-observation does not disappear even during a conflict I have been involved in, it is excellent as it demonstrates a good level of awareness.

If my self-observation is irregular, and I often lose and forget about it, it is a low level of awareness.

Self-control (2)

Thus, self-control is a surrogate (imitation) of awareness.

Human inferior bodies

In functional terms, there are the following human inferior bodies (from inferior to superior ones):

• Physical body

• Etheric (or emotional) body

• Body of the mind

Human superior bodies

The books means the Body of Awareness.

Physical body

That is a human body with all of its internal physical processes.

Etheric (or emotional) body

The etheric body means the energy body of a human where emotions appear, where the energy centers (chakras) helping us feel the non-physical energies are located.

Body of the mind, the mind

It is a part of the human internal space where thinking is performed. There is a conscious mind and the subconsciousness.

Consciousness, body of consciousness

It is the energy of the human consciousness (body of consciousness). It gives life to all the other inferior bodies.

Emotions

There are five independent emotions: joy, fury, sadness, fear, and anxiety.

Sensations

It mostly means sensations of the physical body.

Feelings

They are a comprehensive structure made of ideas, emotions and sensations in the physical body.

Conscious

A conscious person is the one who has the sufficient volume of attention so that it will be present in the processes taking place in all the human inferior bodies. It helps the person get rid of the automatic (unconscious) reactions of the mind and the etheric body.

Awareness (2), Decoupling

In terms of the listed human inferior bodies, awareness means allocation (separation) of part of the attention into a sort of center beyond the above mentioned bodies. As a result of the awareness, a part of the attention (the observer) observes both the physical body and emotions and the mind simply because it is detached and cannot help observing.

Unawareness, Unconsciousness, Coupling

Unawareness, unconsciousness means the state opposite to awareness, when the attention is not divided and merges with the sensations of the physical body, current emotion or feeling or thoughts/ideas. At this moment, man identifies himself with the physical body, current emotion or thoughts/ideas. Most people spend most of their time in such condition.

Unconscious action

An unconscious action means the action taken without division of your attention, when man’s entire attention is located in one or several inferior bodies. For instance, during a fight, one person is furious and shouts at the other person (all the attention merges with the fury). On the contrary, the person being shouted at cries (all the attention merges with the fear and resentment).

That is because self-control is not awareness (it is merely a surrogate), and the self-controlled action is still unconscious.

Seeker

The Seeker is the person looking for the knowledge or the Truth. Since the true knowledge can only be gained from your own experience, there are spiritual practice systems that help man understand how his bodies are structured and function (Man’s Truth) and how he interacts with God, which results in awareness of His reality (awareness of God’s Truth).

Path

The Seeker goes through a number of states and internal transformation processes in the context of spiritual and mystic growth.

Ego

Ego means the structure in the mind that has been created to survive among and interact with humans. Ego (personality) means what man demonstrates to the people around, i.e. the set of information on himself, his achievements and so on. There are different modifications of ego (sub-personalities) in different social environments: man acts one way with his parents, another way with his friends and so on.

Subconsciousness

Part of the mind that is not controlled by the conscious thinking process of man.

Suppression

Displacement of (usually) negative experiences from the conscious part of the mind into the unconscious one.

Conditionalism

Acquired artificial restriction at any opportunity that it is internally perceived by man as an inviolable rule.

Enlightment

Enlightment is gained, on the one hand, by the complete connection of the individual Consciousness body with the inferior bodies and, on the other hand, by the energy transformation of the inferior bodies occurring upon receipt of the superior (Divine) energies in response to the man’s efforts in the spiritual and mystic practices.

Divine Will, Following God’s Will

The Divine Will may be shown to man in several forms, either as an instruction or hint, or as an impulse of the energy similar to the energy of the human desire albeit of different quality. Following the Will is a stage of the Sufi Path where man enters the stage of refusal from his own will (desires) for the sake of performance of the Divine Will. This is how the transition to the life with no desires, to another level of the human being, is achieved.

Seeing

Seeing is a synonym to awareness and can sometimes mean the practice of spiritual contemplation.

Self-recollection

One of the methods for developing awareness.