Q: How do I recognize my consciousness?
You should first understand that in this experiential world there are only two thing – The Consciousness and Shakti or Energy.
So when you ask ‘How can I recognize consciousness?’ this question also come from your consciousness only. If your consciousness would not have been active you would not have had the ability to experience/define/question anything.
What you are probably asking is how you can experience other (so far unexperienced) levels of consciousness (apart from waking and dreaming which most of people have experience of). To be able to get the feel of higher levels of consciousness e.g. astral consciousness etc. one has to learn to dive deeper using some specialized means. These means are handed down from Masters and are mostly spiritual disciplines.. e.g. Yoga, Zen, Tantra, Bhakti (path of devotion), Meditation etc.
So the first thing you should do is try reading and understanding which path you are inclined to and naturally have a liking for. Once you have identified that, you should then search for an able teacher in that favorite path of yours. Next is to follow the directions given by your Master and rest shall follow.
– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath