In the other meditational practices, we direct our attention to some aspect of our experience and witness these experiences. This could be consciously directing our attention to our breathing, body sensations, feelings, thoughts and mental states.
In previous practices, we are aware of something rather than resting our attention in the naturally present awareness or perception itself. Meditational practices which take the awareness, perception, witness or seer as the object of attention itself, require a 180 degree turn of attention onto itself. This brings us directly to the essence of who we are, the awareness itself.
Awareness aware of itself is nothing but our attention not moving outwards onto objects and instead resting into the natural ever present awareness.
Our attention may then move to objects or rest in awareness itself. There is recognition that we are the naturally present awareness itself. We are not our attention or the objects of experiences which our attention grasps onto. We are the awareness in which all this happens and which is just aware.
TECHNIQUES TO PRACTICE AWARENESS AWARE OF ITSELF
Awareness itself – awareness or perception is naturally present in each moment. All conscious and unconscious awareness occurs within this boundless awareness itself. All experience occurs within awareness, all phenomena occurs within this awareness. Without this substratum of awareness or perception, there could be no sense of experience.
In this self-inquiry, we rest our attention into this natural and ever present awareness or perception itself. This leads to recognising that in essence, we are the awareness itself. The sense of being an individual “I”, separate from the whole also occurs within awareness itself. Awareness Is, changeless, without any definition.
Initially, we intentionally bring our attention back to this formless awareness. However, our attention will naturally move and grasp onto experiences. We may feel that we lose this boundless awareness as we identify with some phenomena, thus localising this awareness. Through insight we recognise that the movement of attention, experiences, identification and the sense of a separate “I”, all occur within this boundless awareness. Remaining as the awareness itself, no matter what the present moment experience may be. Awareness is the changeless substratum in which all change arises and passes within. Just Be. Just Aware.
TRY IT NOW:
- In this moment, bring your attention to this sense of just being aware. Not being aware of something. But just the awareness, looking, seeing, or perceiving itself, present in this moment. Just aware.
- If your attention moves to some experience, bring your attention back to this formless and boundless awareness itself. Awareness present in this moment. Keep resting your attention in the awareness itself.
- Through insight one recognises that in essence, one is the awareness itself. All experiences (stimuli from the five senses, thoughts, sensations etc.) may come and go within this awareness. The sense of individuality also occurs within awareness itself. This sense of unassociated existence or beingness also occurs within awareness itself.
Recognise this boundless awareness is ever-present. Experiences may arise and pass. Identification and reaction to experiences may arise and pass. The sense of individuality may arise and pass. The sense of oneness may arise and pass. Everything can arise and pass within this awareness, this awareness is the essence of who you are. Look deeply and see for yourself, who is the one seeing.
The I AM technique brings our attention back to the feeling and knowing that we exist, the sense of I AM that is present within all of us. Click here for further instruction and a guided meditation video.
I will be updating this page with further information and meditations such as who am I?, not this (neti neti) meditation and other techniques to bring our attention back onto awareness itself.