There is a concept in Tibetan Buddhism of planting mental seeds. The seeds that you plant in your mind are the plants that will grow to become the world that surrounds you.
Life is not a force acting upon you, but a projection of your inner self. The state of the external world is a reflection of our internal state of being.
With this concept in mind I would like to propose the question: How to we build consciousness?
[The beginnings of the final paper for a class I am taking called The Built Environment]