Most of us accept that the game of life is a competition. We accept that it is played according to a certain set of rules that are not necessarily observed by everyone playing in the competition. We accept that it is by competing against others that we improve ourselves. Competition, we believe, is the natural way of the universe – the survival of the fittest idea surely means that if you’re not good enough you’re going to get beaten to the finish by someone who is faster, smarter or fitter than you are.
Consciousness is a word that used to occupy the realms of the esoteric and the worlds of eastern philosophies. Anybody with a so-called Western upbringing and education would have a natural reluctance to consider teachings regarding consciousness. To them, it was all a bit “iffy” and “touchy feely”. Those days have long gone.