01/13/2012 04:36 pm ET Updated Mar 15, 2012

A Conscious Shift For 2012

Since the 1960s a conscious shift has been making its way to our doorstep. Across the globe various movements and non-sectarian groups have been hard at work teaching ways in how we all can benefit from a higher state of consciousness. Yet there are those who scratch their head in skepticism while saying: "I'm conscious every day, I wake up and drink my Starbucks, what more is there?"

Utilizing a visual comparative, higher consciousness would be like seeing oneself as Norman Rockwell did while painting his Triple Self Portrait -- giving us an opportunity to recreate anew, that which we seek to exert, in a wide range color palate -- while a lower rung of consciousness would be better served, illustrated as Film Noir where cynicism reigned, set against the black and white backdrop of confusion and unclear thoughts.

Higher consciousness concerns with a proactive, simultaneous three-dimensional view of oneself, others and the world (not to be mistaken with generosity and thoughtfulness). Yes, these two nurturing qualities play a significant role in the overall awakening of self, but can also unconsciously entrap us as victims within our own needy drama. An internal dialogue saying: "Poor, pitiful me, who reaches out to help others, but no one helps me in return or notices my efforts." It is this perspective that causes us to lose our own power, relinquishing our magnificence in exchange of stroking our ego.

A lower rung of consciousness would solely focus on oneself and the effects the world has upon that persona who is closely entrenched with the ego. The need to be right, the need to be heard, the need to be better than, all come as a result of this internal self-view. Not attaining our desires, produces stress and disease, thereby attracting a number of subsequent maladies also spilling out throughout our relationships and routine activities. While closely affixed inside this state of self-absorption, it is virtually impossible to create any kind of shift. We depend on life and others to provide the necessary experiences that would offer a kind of "slap on the face" to get us to notice our behaviors and begin the process of closely tuning into our less reactive and more observant self. This is wonderful news if you are ready and willing to wake up to the world of possibilities. On the other hand if you are not, well then brace yourself because there will be more "slaps on the face" in store for you. The universe does not embrace resistance; it fondly cradles the lack of. Somehow I can hear Katy Perry singing, "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the air wanting to start again?" What is so right and strangely profound about this song is that one cannot recognize a desire of starting again; so long one does not allow oneself to be the plastic bag.

Here is the good news; a conscious shift takes place the moment we choose to re-ignite all the forces within, granted to us upon our earthly arrival. The day when we find the "subjective blueprint" we were imbued with, and arrive in this world holding tightly in our fist, is the day we wake up from our deep sleep of unconsciousness. It is then we realize our place in this planet, and the extent of our innate power to move mountains.

In this 2012, a year of significant changes, I urge you to look closely at your thoughts, choices and reactions to life unfolding. Watch and listen as in slow motion, for the events calling you out to side-step from your ego and become all you were meant to be. Life has a funny way of tracking your every move, so stand back and watch it for a change. Once you do, you'll never go back to prior ways; and nothing you ever look at, will be the same.

Betty Schaefer: I've been hoping to run into you.
Joe Gillis: What for? To recover that knife you stuck in my back?
-- Sunset Blvd., 1950