Consciousness and awareness: what are they?
Awareness is the only means which allows you to notice, become aware.
Short-term use of awareness is called noticing.
Awareness is one of the active super-qualities of your consciousness.
I encounter all too often forgetfulness and mistaken values. “I don’t know that I am using my awareness” – this is forgetfulness.
There are seven active qualities of consciousness and I call them the human Intellect. These seven qualities form the basis of any human wisdom and brilliance.
Consciousness, its qualities and how to apply them are unknown in present society. This is what I teach.
Insufficient use of awareness
How often do you wonder why things happen the way they do? What’s wrong with me? Why aren’t things moving along; what should I do? Everything that happens to you in life is karmic, and all such ruminations will only develop it further. One is, however, freed from karma by the immediate release of emotions and concepts. All your struggles are karmic processes and will not end until you release of them. But it is not possible to get rid of karma by further developing karma. One can only get rid of karma by releasing karma, and that requires using awareness in one’s daily life.
You think your problems are special, but that just seems to be the case for you. I remind you that each of your problems consists of reactions – emotions and mental concepts, and nothing more. If it’s your choice to go the long way in finding the answers to your questions and discussing them, then that’s exactly what it is – the long way.
Automation on the drives’ seat
Usually, awareness moves between different events in an instant. So, who is controlling awareness – your awareness – while you are not in charge of it? Who directs your awareness of a particular circumstance or event to which it fell? It doesn’t happen the way you want it to; it happens automatically – so you’re not the one in charge here.
The condition of not being aware is called self-forgetfulness, “sleep,” “subconsciousness.” Everything that happens at that time is out of your control because you are not conscious of it, so it is subconscious. The moment when differentiation results in noticing, recognition, you get the chance to start making a difference. It is a great achievement when this conscious state is maintained, not only during special techniques but also in normal daily life.
What is awareness?
Awareness is unique in its properties. The most unique is its capability to encompass everything. Through this, you are in contact with what you see; you hear different sounds, feel your emotions, physical body sensations and muscle tensions, identify smells and tastes. You know what you think, what you imagine, and so on. So, awareness is the tool you use to find out that “this thing is there.”
Awareness is always in use during the ordinary “extended” notion, connecting you and the object. And this object can be anything – visible, audible, it can be smelt, tasted, or sensed. Each of us has awareness, and no person has been deprived of it.
Static consciousness and actively used awareness
Awareness is one of the active qualities of your consciousness. Consciousness itself is static, the same all the time – it is the basis of your True Self, your existence. By experiencing one’s own static consciousness, one feels stability. Many do consciousness practices just to experience this stability. But static consciousness does not allow active participation in life.
The active qualities of consciousness, of which there are seven, which I call the intellect, are little known in today’s society. These seven qualities are the basis of human wisdom and genius, and awareness is the first of these seven qualities.
Noticing, it’s awareness
Awareness is the root of noticing and attention. They are the same. The differences between them are in their duration and usefulness. Noticing is short-lived use of awareness, only 0.5-3 seconds. Attention is the same thing, but here we try to keep our awareness on an event or object for a longer time.
In what ways do ordinary noticing and attention differ from the use of awareness? The biggest difference is that when we notice and pay attention, we focus on things. In the case of awareness, however, we first become aware of our tool and only then of things. Maintaining a conscious state means that you are aware of your awareness, and you are aware of things at the same time. In this light, noticing and attention are a bit incomplete.
A value that is constant in nature
I myself use the term “becoming conscious” because it refers to the origin of the awareness – consciousness. Consciousness is not the mind, nor is it the emotions. It’s different from them, another phenomenon. It’s represented every time you become aware of something, notice something, recognize that “thing.” It takes place before you start thinking. A mental comment always lags hopelessly behind noticing, and usually “kills” your use of consciousness.
Consciousness is a monistic phenomenon. Like space that exists everywhere. Not only in this room but also within the walls, on the other side, in the cosmos, in infinity. It is always there. It is fundamentally wrong to try to fill this space with any idea of this space itself. And this spaciousness can only become “visible” when it has been beforehand cleared of the issues that appear in it. Clearing this space is what we call inner purification. Progress is about releasing old things, not implementing new ones.
The most universal tool
Awareness is universal. You can notice what happens outside your body as well as what happens inside. A small change on the way home is immediately apparent, so you will notice it, just as you notice a good smell or a beggar on the street. You will notice a dissatisfied tone of voice, a stain on your clothes, a pain caused by blisters on your heel or sharp pain in your body. Also, the fact that you are getting angry and have stupid thoughts in your head. Becoming aware is universal. Typically, awareness is not focused on as a natural quality, because its value is not known. Nowadays, values have shifted from awareness to the things one is aware of.
Everyone knows their own problems or is aware of them
Your problems are your own – they exist in you, not in others. The need to get rid of them is great, but you don’t know what to do with them, where to start. Awareness is the first step, and everyone has already made it. Now you need to learn how to completely and permanently get rid of your problems. To do this, I have created new teaching – the Art of Conscious Change (AoCC).
Most of the methods used in the world either alleviate the problem or replace it with something. Be it a yoga exercise, some other hobby, therapy, or procedure. If you think the problem is resolved, it is best to check it. To do this, you need to remember the problem and check what you feel – are the incentives still there? If so, then the problem still exists, but it is dormant. Usually, it is only a matter of time before it wakes up again. Release your brakes, and you’re back in the old thing. And you know that yourself too.
However, if you’ve used a method with which you don’t even remember if you had a problem at all – then that’s the method I consider right. Such methods are always based on the application of awareness and some other important tools.
Everything happens practically
All our lives are performed at 100% practically. Even when we contemplate our lives, we do so practically. We suffer practically, and we succeed practically. We practically remember and imagine, practically cuss, but also fear and love. Each activity is a part of practical life, but for some reason, only those activities that have a specific sequence of activities or applications are considered practical.
When you look at your life with the practitioner’s eyes, it becomes clear how important it is to be aware of what you are doing day in and day out. After all, every small and big action has a consequence. This is called karma. You develop your life without knowing it. So, seek clarity in awareness, paper, and pencil and split your activities into two:
- I am aware of what I do – I am in charge.
- I am not aware of what I do – the autopilot is in charge.
You do not have a problem when you are in charge. The problem is the periods of autopilot – automation that intervenes even when you are in charge. The autopilot throws you to the back seat, takes over the wheel of your life, and no-one can know where you are going.
Purpose of practice
After all, one of the goals of practicing is to take control of the steering wheel in your life and never give it up again. I think this would be fair. What do you need to do to achieve this? I can highlight a sequence of activities that have borne fruit for myself and for thousands of my students.
The first activity is to discover awareness and gradually extend it to all activities. It will give you “eyes.” That way, you will begin to notice more and more the moments when the autopilot comes to light and what it does to your life and the lives of others. The second set of activities will follow the first step if you can already use the “eyes.” Here we learn about the anatomy of the autopilot – what it is made of. It is possible to get rid of the autopilot in parts. The second and third set of activities focus on releasing the emotional and mental part of the autopilot, these subconscious reactions.
The fourth activity no longer focuses on the problems arising from autopilot, but on you as the leader of your life. Here you will learn to discover and apply the seven super-qualities of consciousness that take your chances to a whole new level. The purpose of part five is to learn how to apply the seven qualities of consciousness in your daily life in the broadest sense. You will learn about the mode of action and mode of application of an efficient human. This is the person I call Human 2.0.
Just being interested is not enough – skills are needed
Being interested is not sufficient in changing the quality of one’s life. This requires the acquisition of new basic skills. Like every single person on earth, only you can change your own life. No one else can do it for you. It is so easy to write and speak today, but once, an effort to master these basic skills was needed. Consistency means taking skills to a level where they become a regular part of life.
Consciousness and the use of its qualities are still in their infancy in today’s society. All right and good things start from the use of the qualities of consciousness, the intellect. I call the life based on the use of the qualities of consciousness a new paradigm. Both personal and global problems that have not yet been resolved indicate the need to replace the autopilot-based old view with a new one. It begins by using awareness and extending it to everyday life.