Consciousness has proven to be a vexing idea to define or even comprehend because like many other of the most life affirming concepts (i.e. Love, Faith, the Mind, Imagination, the Soul and Energy) are Fundamentally Intangible and difficult to quantify. For my purposes here Consciousness is the quality of being aware of ourselves and the more our aware we are, the higher our level of consciousness.
Awareness, in terms of Human Consciousness, would be the phenomenon of Observing an event, external or internal, and then possessing the ability, through Thought, to assign abstract meaning to it, or giving it contextual and emotional significance. Human Awareness includes the ability to Bracket (the ability to observe the observer, to analyze thoughtfully how an event caused one to feel, think, and behave) the reaction that the event initiates, in the one who experiences it. In my writing I will use this term in lieu of consciousness, but for my hypothesis I think the idea of consciousness is essential.
Human beings possess the highest level of consciousness, or awareness, of any life form that we know of. Inchoate in our humanness, is our ability to consciously change or modify our beliefs and thus our interpretations and reactions to subsequent experiences. In this way our mind is analogous to a computer and our beliefs the software through which we process our experiences to produce a resultant thought and potential action. This phenomenon is evidence of both our natural and inexorable urge to create and of our inherent free-will. The more aware we are the more we have access to deliberately (consciously) modifying our programming and therefore our personal reality, or world view.
As we have discovered in the study of subatomic particles, the fundamental components of all matter, or energy, has some level of awareness of itself when a conscious observer is present. Without the presence of a conscious observer energy is shown to behave as a wave, or a range of possibilities. From this we can state that, absent the element of Consciousness, the characteristics of matter have no definite measurable or quantifiable structure.
When studying the complexity of Humans, completely objective means can not be applied. We are inchoately subjective creatures, within the confines of our human (mind-body) experience. Even our language cannot fully capture our intent as we all assign different meanings to words, phrases and the intent of the conveyor of the message. We conceptualize in our minds, even when we are very aware, pictures in attempt to create an experience so we can fully understand. So the most pure form of communication is experience by the very aware and wise individual. In substitution we can mentally, “Paint a Picture”, by way of poetry, parable, metaphor, allegory or he like to more fully engage the interpreter in our communications. Our non-verbal communication makes a much bigger impact on the listener, as they attempt to surmise our meaning and intention. With the most profound concepts like love, hope, the mind, faith, consciousness, and the like, language fails miserably as a vehicle to communicate our true intent.