“Being Aware of Being Aware” is the Highest Possible Meditation.
Let’s think about this and why it could be!
Whatever we are experiencing we are aware of it!
This cannot be denied.
Being aware is the constant element in all experience.
Everything else we are aware of is always appearing and disappearing.
How long does a thought, sensation, etc last? Not very long.The thought we had now does not last, it is replaced by another thought, it may come back, and so is every feeling, sensations, images, sights, sounds, tastes, all our senses, etc etc, and all our body experiences which is via our senses.
The being aware part of all this is the only element of our experience that never changes. This is obvious and we must agree with.
What is that element of awareness that never changes?
It’s just the simple experience of "being aware of being aware" that remains, constant, unchanging, and it's never affected by what we are aware of.
Again, think deeply about this.
Does the TV Screen care what movie is playing? The screen is the constant unchanging part in the movie.
Equate the screen to “awareness” and the action movie to all your objective experiences in your life.What is the common name we give to the experience of being aware? Its “I”.
“I’ is the name we give to that which is aware of our experience.
It’s the unchanging element that runs consistently though all our experience.
We are so fascinated and completely immersed in the experience of the world, in the experience of feelings, repetitive thoughts, sensations, perceptions, state of our body, images, sights, sounds taste, etc, (the movie playing on the screen), that we overlook the simple experience of being aware. (the screen that the movie plays on).
Experience of being aware is a different experience to all other experiences.
When we direct our attention towards the experience of being aware, Where does our attention go?
This is fundamental!
Your attention goes to the “I”, but you must be careful of not directing your attention to your thoughts, or sensations inside your body or emotions, or any object, if you want to get close to the experience of "being aware of awareness".
This is difficult concept, as it’s like asking to have the sun shine its light on itself, or similarly directing the light that a light bulb emits back on to itself.
It involves a lot of training.
Our attention towards the world arises from deep awareness towards an object, and the world. This is compulsive in all of us, as we cannot direct our attention to our awareness easily as we will always fall and direct our attention to an object, and hence the world.
So, the highest Mediation is just "being aware of being aware" and it’s a process to not give attention to any object.
In some ways it’s the relaxing of our attention towards the world that can brings us closer to the experience of the awareness of being aware.
All other Meditations involve focus on an object, such as mantra, candle, breath listening or playing music, doing what you enjoy, etc, but these are all objects in the world of form.
Meditation involving "being aware of being aware" does not involve focus on any objects, and hence why its called the highest possible meditation.
References to help you understand
For a more in depth understanding of most important concept ever to be known about our existence refer to the original fundamental untainted messages from Jesus Christ, Buddha, enlightened sages through history, Ramana Maharshi for example, all the christian and non christian saints (from India), and all enlightened spiritual teachers.
Try listening to a short 4 min video by Eckhart Tolle.
It's all simple, fun to listen to, and clear and obvious.
Try listening to a short but more serious video by Rupert Spira.
Get your head around this!
"It is impossible to experience the appearance of awareness. We are that awareness to which such an appearance would occur. We have no experience of a beginning to the awareness that is seeing these words. We have no experience of its birth. We have no experience that we, awareness is born at any time."
Likewise, in order to claim legitimately that awareness dies, something would have to be present to experience its disappearance. Have we ever experienced the disappearance of awareness? If we think the answer is, ‘Yes’, then what is it that is present and aware to experience the apparent disappearance of awareness?Read this ten times!
Whatever that is, it must be aware and present. It must be awareness. When we are born or when we wake in the morning, we have the experience of the appearance of objects. When we die and when we fall asleep at night, unless we dream or fall into new world of objects, we will have the experience of the disappearance of objects.
However, we have no experience that we, awareness, appears, is born, or disappears or dies.
This is the essence of all the source of all religions, this is the source of who we are, this is the most overlooked message in human history, this is the source of all truths. Not understanding this means you have missed the most important fundamental attribute on who you are and what your destiny is!
Pause! What happens when you Sleep
When you're in deep sleep (dreamless sleep) or your unconscious, or under anesthetic in hospital, etc, your instinct would be to tell me you are not aware.
What proof do you have for that? How wrong can you be! Asking such questions means you have totally misunderstood this blog.
During dreamless sleep, or when you're unconscious your mind (your brain that records memory) is not present to record your experience hence on waking it appears 6 hours has passed at instant. So there is nothing to remember on anything you have experienced when in dreamless sleep. It clearly shows that space, matter and time, the world of form and objects is generated by the waking or dreaming mind.
Basically "being aware of being aware" is timeless, eternal, infinite, awareness is presence, and you have always been aware, and will always be.
No need to extrapolate what happens at death. Clearly awareness persists, and clearly awareness is not a property of the brain as the brain dies with the body. We are made of awareness, not the other way round. The brain does not create awareness, awareness has always been present. Your body and the world is an image in your mind and awareness observes it.
Beyond the world of form and objects is the ever present "awareness", the experience of "being aware of being aware". This concept forms the basis of existence, the source of all religions. It's the substrate of the "matrix" theme if your like.
Note: I am equating "Awareness" with "Consciousness" here. But, keep in mind that the "Universe is NOT conscious" (Pantheism) , and neither are human beings or any life form. But "Consciousness is Conscious", and it creates every thing we know of the universe through our mind. Our mind is a filter, and physical reality (space, matter and time) as we know unfolds through our mind.
The Hard Problem of Science
This is fundamental, as this is why Scientist are in conflict with regards on how to resolve and understand the "Hard problem of science".
What is the nature of consciousness?
Our current scientific models of consciousness fail because the underlying assumption is false.
Instead, consciousness, or "Pure Consciousness, that is, "Awareness" comes first, and space, time and matter and this the world and universe are by products of the Mind.
"The Laws of Physics" are really the "Laws of Mind". No laws of Physics are broken. Darwinian Model of Evolution holds very well, Einstein's Special and General Relativity suddenly makes more sense and Quantum Theory ever more so.
The underlying false assumption that matter, space and time came first and consciousness evolved from it is ultimately like a child's fairy tale.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will never create Sentient Beings that are "aware of being aware", but for all practical purposes it can emulate every objective experience and environment the mind is able to create. So yes AI is possible for all practical purposes we can dream of but within the bounds of the finite "Laws of Mind".
Some quotes from history that repeat the above in different ways, which generations have failed to understand are as follows:
“The Kingdom of God is within You” – Jesus Christ
"I and the Father are one" – Jesus Christ
“Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.” - Buddha
“I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.”- Rumi
"Who am I? Not the body, because it is decaying; not the mind, because the brain will decay with the body; not the personality, nor the emotions, for these also will vanish with death." - Ramana Maharshi
"Earth, Moon, stars and Sun revolve inside me" - Baba Muktananda
"Atman is Brahman" - The Upanishads
“Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality.” -
Being Aware of Being Aware
Questioning the Matter Model - Rupert Spira
If you still a belive that matter and universe came first, and awareness or consciousness came from it, your need to change you belief, as your are being fooled!
"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it" - Max Planck