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Consciousness / Awareness – the belief in ones personal or collective identity, including sensation, thinking and emotion, present and witnessing life’s events. It is the illusional appearance and impression of subjectivity on perceived reality by ones I-ego-self and mind.
“I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?”
Consciousness / Awareness
Consciousness, impossible to define with words, yet one has an intuitive knowledge of its presence. And it is that attention to its presence that sparks the awareness.
From the awareness that I exist, to the consciousness of the inter-active objective reality around ones self, it is minds attention and focus that is the foundation of ones apparent self and consciousness.
It is mind’s and self’s attention to object-subject that creates the illusion of I and other, but more importantly, it restricts ones awareness of true consciousness.
‘A human being… experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison …’
At any given moment, ones mind is aware of only a minute fraction of its surroundings. Ones senses process enormous amounts of information to enable you to function, yet little of it reaches ones apparent self-consciousness.
Only the focus of ones current attention seems fully represented in our apparent consciousness, in the sense that it can be remembered. It is the paradox of ones and/or minds focus that presents an unfocused view of reality like the shadow cast by a running horse.
Though the shadow mimics every move of the horse, it is but an artefact of the event, without any reality of its own. So too with ones apparent consciousness, it is but a shadow of awareness, cast by the I-ego-self and mind.
Does the thought “I see”, see? Does the thought “I hear”, hear? Yet hearing is happening effortlessly, seeing is happening effortlessly; all natural functioning is happening effortlessly, without any thought being involved!”
‘Sailor’ Bob Adamson
True consciousness abides in be-ing, in the ever-present now that is. It’s penetrating light reveals all, in clarity and infinite diversity.
Who you are is Consciousness Awareness, radiant and clear. Not the candle of the I-ego-self and mind’s apparent construct. When one truly awakens to this, it is akin to turning on the lights in a darkened room.
Who you really are asks, “Can you, without objectivity or the subjective judgments of mind, be the radiance of true Consciousness / Awareness?
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