Relative and Non-Relative Consciousness


By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Beyond our surface consciousness exists an infinite reality of love, bliss and pure awareness, but if we want to find it, we have to be willing to transcend the constant mental chatter that vies for our attention.

Throughout all of the distraction that comes with living on earth, most of us fail to tap into the innate essence that we require to elevate our consciousness or live up to our spiritual potential, but just because we haven’t tapped into it yet doesn’t mean that all hope is lost.

We have more potential to access and explore our greater perception than we realize, but we have to be willing to get past the inner obstacles that stand in our way and the cloudy thought forms that keep us from connecting with spirit and enjoying the bliss that results.

I think we should routinely clear our minds if we want to connect with our omnipotent inner consciousness, and clearing the mind gets easier with meditation and dedication. Everything gets easier with dedicated practice, and this includes the transcendence of our surface consciousness and the exploration of the much deeper, realer existence we can now tap into.

Franklin Merrell-Wolff tells us about relative (dualistic) consciousness and non-relative (transcendent) consciousness.

“The relative forms of consciousness inevitably distort non-relative Consciousness. Not only can I not tell this to others, I cannot even contain it within my own relative consciousness, whether of sensation, feeling, or thought. Every metaphysical thinker will see this impossibility at once.

“I was even prepared not to have the personal consciousness share in this Recognition in any way. But in this I was happily disappointed.” (1)

Franklin Merrell-Wolff. Credit:

Once we become aware, we can still employ our surface consciousness (and the knowledge that comes with it) by using it to awaken others.

“If the thought-current remains active it can reflect, in some measure, the inner Reality, and thus the personal man has a share in the Awakening. In addition, this correlation is necessary if any of the value of the Illumination is to be conveyed to the intelligence of other individuals.” (2)

While we can use our relative consciousness to spread knowledge once we become aware, we can’t fathom the depth of non-relative consciousness until we transcend the senses and explore our deeper awareness.

“Recognition of the SELF in its purity is Realization of Identity with absolute Emptiness, Darkness, and Silence, when viewed from the standpoint of relative consciousness. In point of fact this Emptiness is Absolute Fullness but, as such, never can be comprehended from the perspective of egoistic consciousness. …” (3)

This is why I always recommend meditation, and it helps us transcend our surface perception and explore ourselves in a deeper way. A much greater, more refined spiritual reality waits for us to explore it, but we have to willingly transcend the mind-centered obstacles that hold us back if we want to know it in a real or pure way.

Our surface consciousness is helpful when it comes to conveying spiritual knowledge, but in order to gain that knowledge, we have to open up, transcend the disconnected mind’s limited awareness and use things like meditation and creativity to make spirit a consistent part of our life.

We’ll be ‘rewarded’ for our dedication in the form of a sustained connection with All That Is, but we have to show that dedication before we can experience any rewards. It might be a long and hard path, but it’s only impossible if we convince ourselves it is.

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Non-relative consciousness is within our grasp, especially right now, but we have to make some kind of effort before we can find it. Even when we initially find it, we might have trouble sustaining the experience and this makes dedication even more important.

Understanding the difference between relative and non-relative consciousness is important for anyone who wants to raise their vibration, and while the veil’s pretty thin right now and there are plenty of ways we can get the most out of the intensified energies, dedication is still important.

As long as we’re dedicated, I think we’ll attain non-relative consciousness with ease. Even if it doesn’t end up easy at first, it’ll get easier with every dedicated effort we make and everything we do to uplift others with the knowledge we gain.

In order to gain this knowledge in the first place, we’ll have to transcend the overbearing influence of the instrument that helps us express what we know (i.e. the mind), and open ourselves to spirit and the perceptual wonders it offers.

As long as we’re willing and we can persevere when things don’t go our way, there’s no reason we can’t attain this incredible feat.


  1. Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Pathways Through to Space. A Personal Record of Transformation in Consciousness. New York: Julian Press, 1973, 5.
  2. Ibid., 11.
  3. Ibid., 13.

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