Yet, you are still the same person you were when you were four, even if you don’t remember it all. That is your consciousness. Your consciousness is the you, the observer, behind all life events, things that have happened to you, things you did, and things you remember.
The way that consciousness is linked to our self-identity is that it encompasses it, but is much more than, this merely limited sense of self. Our consciousness ties us to the universal forces that work through us. It is our awareness of the bigger picture. Through consciousness we are aware of our ego-based self-identity yet go beyond it.