What is consciousness? Do we reside in individual consciousness or universal consciousness? What happens when we break the intrinsic connection of oneness between our individual consciousness and universal consciousness? What blocks or breaks our perception and connection between our indivudual consciousness and universal consciousness? These are profound philosophical, spiritual, and scientific questions. According to my understanding and experience, both individaul and universal consciousness are the same. We do not see and experience this union when we see ourselves and others including the environnent with physical, mental, emotional and social lenses or filters.
I experience such Reality, such Truth or my True Nature when i get deeply conneced with the Upanisadic Hindu prayer mentioned by Judith Blackstance. This prayer is an invocation to the Divinity or luminous light within to lead us from Illusion to Reality, from Darkness to Light. The paryer is in words. Experincing the truth of the prayer removes the darkness of ignorance and separation and unites me with light of Divinity.
As mentioned before, invoking the light of Divinity by daily morning prayers helps me stay on the path. Practicing Mindfulness Meditation and remaining mindful with loving awareness have been very helpful to me to know my real and true nature and stay on the spiritual path.