The following terms offered will not completely capture the full reality of consciousness. However, they are reference points for awakening, as well as thousands of meetings. The value of the words is in the truth they reveal in you. John describes the human being as a network with successive levels of form, with the outermost conditioned by the world, and the innermost meeting the eternal, as follows:
The person is you interacting with those around you, your behavior as a personality.
The self is your conditioned identity, your immediate inner experience. The self is where ego has most play because everything in life seems to revolve around it. While the self tends to distract from what is deeper, it is innocent. Released of their need for positive experience, the self and person become available to expression of what is deeper, the heart and the being.
The body is also a vehicle for truth, attuned to what you are being in your heart. The body adapts to whatever you are being in it, but the natural way of your body is that of the heart, open and soft. In the most quiet way, the body, on its own, reminds you to rest and open your heart.
The heart holds the power of belief, the power to harden and live for the self, or the power to believe a quieter, deeper truth. The heart gives belief to the deep and brings the deep into the self and the person. The nature of the heart is to be open and soft, and when you are in your heart, you heal the distortion of self-oriented patterning. Your heart is the threshold of your being.
You are awareness, choosing to be either honest or dishonest on any level. You can be a quality of being — resistance, okayness, softness, sweetness. You can choose to be in your heart or to close to the deep and live for the self. You, as awareness can go deeper and deeper, and relate to the levels of your being.
Your being is the interface between the eternal dimensions and the physical plane of this world; it is your true and perfect form, a love available but never insistent. Dishonesty in awareness distances you from your being, and therefore the levels of meaning that exist within and beyond your being. As you reside in your heart and respond to your being, the qualities of your being —love and goodness —move into your self. This is how you and this world can be transformed by love.
Knowing is the relationship between consciousness and meaning, whether it is knowing to be kind or knowing a holiness in nature. Knowing is how honesty sees and your heart receives goodness.
Meaning is fundamental to existence, from the absolute to everyday experience. It is what we all want, but we strive to fill ourselves with it, instead of giving ourselves to it. Simply resting and being honest within, meaning moves from the deep into life, as the essence of beauty.
Love at the deepest level is the very movement of meaning and your being. Love is the innermost of everything.