11a:How mindfulness can lead to higher consciousness. The final two steps are the most challenging of the twelve. Bringing mindfulness into our regular spiritual practice requires a command, on some level, of all of the first ten steps. They cannot be bypassed. As they develop, we gain greater skills in working with mindfulness. At some point the mindfulness becomes automatic. That there the time when both higher consciousness and mindfulness become connected--and one does not appear without the other.