Turn Inwards

Ordinarily, reality is seemingly split into two sides:

  • “This” side – You; your perspective. Where the “camera” of your eyes appears to be located, looking out at the world.
  • “That” side – The world around you. That which is outside and separate from you.

Your awareness appears to be on “this” side, and your attention (purple arrows) looks out at objects in the world on “that” side:

You might find that, even with eyes closed, you still “look out” at the darkness behind your eyelids in this way.

Next time you meditate, with eyes closed, try turning attention back on awareness. Turn to face yourself:

After a period of settling in, it will look like this:

This strikes at the heart of Awareness Watching Awareness.

You will also find that, after a period of settling in, the final resting place of awareness is perfect alignment with the nose – actually, looking back through the nose, into the brainstem – and the breath is very evident. Thus, Awareness Watching Awareness has converged perfectly with breath concentration meditation.

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3 Responses

  1. Fellababa says:

    Nice post, the visual representation adds a nice dimension.

    Also personally the notion of “attention watching awareness” instead of “awareness watching awareness” made more sense to me from an initial practice standpoint, but it blurs out when you go deeper anyways

    • Illuminatus says:

      Thanks!

      Also personally the notion of “attention watching awareness” instead of “awareness watching awareness” made more sense to me from an initial practice standpoint, but it blurs out when you go deeper anyways

      That’s 100% correct. Attention is just “focused awareness”.

      Attention = left brain
      Awareness = right brain

      (At least in the way we normally think of such things.)

      Attention is the bit of awareness you “point” towards things. So, turning back towards yourself points attention back towards its source in awareness.

  2. BeStillAndKnowIAMGOD says:

    Ashtavakra Gita 😉

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