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Here I made a similar post. This is un upgraded version now.
The following is one way to model consciousness. I consider this model very useful for the awakening journey.
1. Void Dimension
In the previous post I called this the depth dimension. When being conscious of a facet of awakening (no self, God, Love,...), The void dimension shows how immersive vs subtle this is.
When you increase the void dimension more and more, you eventually end up in the Void. There are no body sensations. And in a deep Void, no thoughts, no memories, no sense of self and individuality.
Practices that target the void dimension:
trance, tiredness, sleep deprivation
invocation of angels and gods
dark room retreat
weed and alcohol
And to a smaller extend:
There is generally a correspondence between higher activation in alpha, theta, delta and epsilon brainwaves and the void dimension.
2. Recognition Dimension
Recognizing/grasping a facet of awakening.
If you watch Leo's guided contemplations and understand them, that's conceptual understanding. If you are a practitioner and carefully do these contemplations alongside him, and after some time you actually yet usually very subtly grasp it in your direct experience, then that's the recognition dimension.
At this point it is very clear how that particular facet of awakening could be true. But you are not absolutely sure yet. There is the small possibility that you are deceived and it's just an illusion of the brain after all.
Practices that target the recognition dimension:
self inquiry / contemplation
The recognition dimension corresponds with an increase in beta and gamma brainwaves.
3. Pure Consciousness Dimension
This is about increasing your consciousness. It's the most important dimension IMO.
The only way that you can wake up to God, Love and Infinity is by increasing your consciousness.
After a certain point, you will also reach Absoluteness, that means it will be 100% clear that your awakenings are true. No doubts. The possibility that everything is an illusion of the brain becomes a joke.
Practices that target the pure consciousness dimension:
psychedelics. Particularly strongly 5-meo-dmt
advanced lucid dreaming/OBEs
To a lesser extend:
RASA and Light Transmissions (from Gareth, maybe from Imogen too)
long dark room retreats
The pure consciousness dimension corresponds with an increase in gamma and lambda brainwaves.
The pure consciousness dimension is most important for awakening. You can increase that dimension by directly targeting it with the practices listed above. Or by simultaneously targeting the void dimension and the recognition dimension. I found that these two in combination target the pure consciousness dimension as well.
The recognition dimension and self inquiry are kinda closely related with the pure consciousness dimension, but self inquiry alone is usually not enough to really increase your consciousness. But if you do self Inquiry while you are deep in the void dimension, then increasing your consciousness becomes much much easier IME.
But generally psychedelics are the most powerful tool for the pure consciousness dimension.
Some more points:
These categorizations are generalizations, and based on my current understanding.
Your consciousness can be strong in all 3 dimensions at the same time (so it's not an either or).
The model appllies for both peak and baseline consciousness.
In the previous post I described some points in more detail.