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Awareness of Appearances arising in Consciousness, ordinarily misinterpreted by hypnotic association with the physical object world as an apparent surface covering, its "dis-covery" or release of its attachment to an assumed surface of the physical world, allows you to recognize and identify with it as your own true fundamental consciousness-awareness nature of Being.
We are actually living this condition in each and every moment whether we realize it or not. Realizing it from the perspective of always present in-your-face moment to moment consciousness awareness, as one's actual moment to moment conscious experience, amounts to realizing our own self-nature, Self-Realization.
The biggest problem with recognizing it is the fact that we automatically, by default, associate the consciousness display that appears projected onto the object world, like a covering over it, to be the underlying object world itself, rather than the consciousness display it actually is, thereby missing out on the moment to moment experience of our own real nature as this ongoing complete consciousness-awareness experience itself.
Once we become self-realized, recognizing all our experience as actually appearing, abiding in, and disappearing from our immortal consciousness-awareness we realize that all appearances eventually "self-liberate" themselves from consciousness without us necessarily doing anything about it.
Thus we come to realize that not only can we be beneficially creative with consciousness-awareness activity, but we can also simply allow the discordant considerations to self-liberate. When combined with the thesis that this consciousness-awareness is deathless in its own fundamental nature, a nature we can readily come to identify with through identifying with our clearly present awareness, Self-Realization as pure consciousness-awareness can be truly and fundamentally life- transforming.
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This work is about discovering our fundamental nature as timeless Conscious Being, and how this fundamental nature IS the very actuality of our present moment to moment day in day out "ordinary" conscious experience.
01 The World We Live In
We live in constant interaction with the physical world of material objects. This interaction of our physical body-brain with the material objects of the world is mediated through our Conscious Awareness, continuously active in displaying this interactive experience.
02 Appearances and Awareness
Appearances are the visual scenes which we are aware of. Awareness of Appearances is a direct experience associated with the vision process. This experience is “direct” because Awareness directly apprehends Appearances in Consciousness as they arise or form as a result of the subtle vision processes. It is important to realize that the Appearances arising as Luminous Consciousness Display are not the physical light images detected by the retina of the eye.
03 Manifestations in Consciousness
Consciousness, pure and empty, is the unbounded infinite potential base for the arising of Appearances, or more generally what we term "Manifestations" in Consciousness, ie sound, feeling, flavor, fragrance, thought, "ego", even Awareness, our essential sense of self.
Every Manifestation that arises to Awareness in Consciousness quickly takes on an apparently objective nature. We automatically, "hypnotically", mis-take the mere Appearance to be the actual material object. This mis-taking occurs as Awareness "attaches to" the Appearance, becoming involved with and lost into the Appearance.
04 Discovering the Hypnosis
The Hypnosis can be discovered either indirectly by reasoning how the vision process works and noting that we apprehend "objects" instead of an appearance of "display", or by realizing fuzzy or double appearances cannot be the condition of the physical object itself.
05 Breaking the Hypnosis
Breaking the hypnosis is difficult, but can be done in a number of ways. One way is to hold the focus of attentive Awareness in the Clear Empty Space immediately in front of the observer, relaxing one's eyes so they lose focus on the background scene, which then splits into double images. Noting these double images without refocussing on them, one contemplates that they cannot possibly be the actual physical object, even though it must be "out there" somewhere, evidently not directly visible at all. In this way one gains confidence in the fact that we are actually seeing merely a Consciousness Display. Experiencing the display in its actual Conscioiusness nature, one enters into the state of nirvana.
06 Appearances and Concepts
Appearances arise naturally as modulations in otherwise pure Clear undisturbed Consciousness. These modulations are driven by the very subtle energies of the very subtlest of our vehicles, mental and spiritual. Always arising in the first moment are the pure Appearances, lacking even dimessionality, and conveying their "oneness" with their Consciousness essence. In successive moments, as Awareness attaches and re-cognition occurs, conceptual notions are added and the Appearance takes on its conceptually mistaken sense of objectivity.
07 The Problem with Concepts
These unrealized conceptual add-ons become the basis of the hypnotic "illusion", "maya" of mistaken reality, known as "samsara".
There are at least four ways that concepts may become problematic:
1. (Incorrect) auto-asignment of Reality to concepts (The Great Mistaking)
2. DNA code repetitious prioritization of conceptual context (primarily regarding survival and reproduction of the DNA code)
3. One concept leads to yet another concept.
4. Concepts and conceptual contexts arise as "other", veiling the fundamental Consciousness nature of the entire experential process and its Oneness with Awareness - self.
08 Everyone has the same Problems
Clearly the problem with conceptualization originating from habitual response to DNA coded survival and reproduction behavior applies not only to everyone, but actually to every sentient being. The problem is we unwittingly let the DNA code driven brain set our agendas, thinking we are that brain, when in fact the brain is only our instrument, our unruly vehicle with an agenda of its own. Realizing we are Consciousness Awareness, entrained in our array of vehicles, gross to subtle to very subtle, we become aware of our relationship with them and can begin to deal directly with the problems ignorance of our fundamental nature can cause.
09 Awareness of Awareness
Incredible as it may seem, it is possible to turn our attention directly towards our own fundamental nature as Awareness. Mentally intoning "I..am..aware..of..this......." without assigning a final object for Awareness to grasp onto and become lost in, one can leave Awareness in a condition of heightened expectancy where it can be immediately cognized. Also Awareness can be cognized by simply remaining attentive to the Clear Empty Space and identifying Awareness of it. This approach then develops into Realizing Awareness as self-arising in and of the Clear Empty Consciousness itself, which establishes the self as Awareness in Oneness with the Source as Clear Consciousness.
10 Stabilizing Awareness of Awareness
By holding awareness of Awareness diligently in its merger with the Clear space-like Consciousness appearance, it becomes briefly stabilized. Also, by holding the focus of Awareness off of the apparent surface of the Consciousness Manifestations (ie Display of Appearances), Awareness has no target other than itself merged in pure Consciousness on which to focus. By relaxing the eyes at the same time, defocussing and doubling of the Appearance display, the hypnosis is broken and Awareness of Awareness in Oneness with Clear Consciousness (Source) can be retained indefinitely.
11 Expanding Awareness of Awareness
In the nonconceptual state of Awareness of Awareness, the visual display of Appearances readily widens to the full peripheral field of view, and one easily holds the Appearance as purely Oneness of Consciousness Awareness Display. This is going beyond both samsara and nirvana.
12 Liberating Concepts
13 The CLEAR
14 The CLEAR in relation to the world’s Great Religions
15 Adjusting the Self-Concept
16 Vehicles of Awareness other than the Physical Body
17 Liberating the Self-Concept
18 Self-Liberation and Self-Realization
19 Song for Self-Realization
20 The Arising of Fundamental Compassion
21 The Dark-Side of the DNA Code Entrapment needs Compassion Too
22 Awareness of Awareness in the Dream State
23 Working with Vehicles of Awareness
24 Practice in Becoming Awareness of Consciousness Awareness in the Waking State
25 Practices in Being Awareness of Consciousness Awareness in the Waking State