Many spiritual teachers use the term Awareness as a synonym for consciousness. I reserve consciousness to mean ‘not in a coma’.
Ken Wilber plumps for awareness where he says;
“The one thing that we always are already aware of is….awareness itself. We already have basic awareness in the form of the capacity to witness whatever arises. As an old Zen master used to say, “you hear the birds? You see the sun? Who is not enlightened?
None of us can even imagine a state where basic awareness is not because we would still be aware of the imagining. Even in dreams we are aware. ……. there are not two different types of awareness, enlightened versus ignorant. There is only awareness.
And this awareness, exactly and precisely as it is, without correction or modification at all, is itself Spirit, since there is nowhere that Spirit is not”. – One Taste: p. 130