Human consciousness has three attributes or primary qualities.
1. The first attribute of consciousness is awareness.
Awareness is being aware of self and surroundings. This means that consciousness can look outward at its surroundings and inward at itself. Awareness is double sided, like the outside and inside surfaces of a tennis ball. The outside surface looks outward at surroundings, the inside surface looks inward into consciousness itself.
Awareness of surroundings is outward or external awareness.
Awareness of self is inward or internal awareness.
Consciousness is not thought, it is that part of our self that is aware of our thoughts, and can direct the thoughts. It is the thinker of the thoughts; the observer of the thoughts.
When consciousness is drawn back to its central seat and realises its own identity, then thoughts become external to consciousness, they become part of its surroundings, something that consciousness can look outward at. Just as consciousness looks outward through the eyes at the physical environment, it also looks outward at the mental environment.
2. The second attribute of consciousness is the ability to freely choose; this is freewill.
Will is inherent within consciousness, and freewill is inherent within human consciousness.
Freewill is will that is free to select any option it is aware of.
3. The third attribute of consciousness is the ability to apply effort or force.
Consciousness can exert effort; can initiate action; can set thought in motion.
Effort/force is energy. Consciousness initiates, imparts and transmits energy, by automatic and unconscious generation and by deliberate and conscious intention.
1. Consciousness creates thought in mind – a thought which one may like or dislike and which subsequently stirs emotion accordingly, which then prompts behaviour and induces physiological responses. This is due to the outflow of energy (direction of drive) through the layers of the personality.
2. Consciousness may create/project a thought onto the screen of imagination, such as a thought of a figure of a man. The man may be stationary, and the man may be made to move, to perform exercises such as star jumps, running on the spot, play the guitar or the piano, or do anything else that the consciousness wills the man to do; in effect, animated. Consciousness creates, observes and mobilises thought. Emotion follows thought according to the type of like or dislike that one has towards the thought.