1. The state of being conscious; knowledge of one’s own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc.
2. Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation.
3. An alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation.
Consciousness is the foundational energy of perception.
Consciousness is the basis upon which we as an existing being either evolve or devolve. Our improvement or degeneration is marked by the state or level of our consciousness.
"It is vital to understand and develop the conviction that consciousness has the potential to increase to an infinite degree." - the 14th Dalai Lama.