AWARENESS – Ken Wilber’s view
Enjoy 3 breaths after each section and frequently through your week
POINTER INSIGHT: There is only awareness. We are aware even when we say we aren’t aware.
COMMENTARY: Many spiritual teachers use the term Awareness quite often 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. Moreover, these traditions maintain, 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
KEN RELAYS THE INSTRUCTIONS: recognize awareness, recognize the Witness, recognize the Self, and abide as that.
Any attempt to get awareness is totally beside the point. “But I still don’t see the Spirit!” “You are aware of your not seeing Spirit, and that awareness is itself Spirit!” You can practice mindfulness, because there is forgetfulness; but you cannot practice awareness, because there is only awareness. -0- One Taste: p. 130
Enjoy 3 breaths
PRACTICE/s FOR THE WEEK: Smile more, take time out for three conscious breaths, give a helping hand.
BREATH-MANTRA: In-breath; “Awareness” – Outbreath; “No boundaries.”
IF YOU DO WANT TO READ MORE: Read the June chapter in Ken Wilber’s One Taste: Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality .