I think consciousness is overrated. Some people call it mindfulness, some people call it awareness, some conscientiousness, some enlightenment, some meticulousness. Hell, some call it artfulness!
Many talk about consciousness in reverent terms; yes, for many it is an exalted and elusive, idealized state. You are given to believe that enlightenment, which some call The Rapture is an end unto itself.
Can I tell you a dirtiest secret? O.k, I will: I am both meticulous AND alive-and-kicking, here on planet Earth.