AWARENESS – Ken Wilber’s view



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 .

#awareness, #ken-wilber

The intellect is good but….

“The intellect is good but until it has become the servant of the heart, it is of little avail.” – Abdu’l-Bahá

Have you ever been so moved by a spiritual teacher that you smelled the perfume of humility?

YouTube Notes

A clip from the documentary work-in-progress “Praying With My Legs,” about the life, thought and transformative legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Here three monks recall an extraordinary meeting they’d had with Heschel some 40 years earlier.

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#heschel, #humility-2

It’s a big day when you realize I = Awareness


It’s a Big Day when you realize I = Awareness

“You are primal awareness. Life is only primal awareness. Between two thoughts or two perceptions you are. You know moments in your life when a thought completely disappears into silence, but still you are.” (The Ease of Being, 13) –

Jean Klein was Francis Lucille’s teacher who was Rupert Spira‘s teacher.

Compare to Professor Deikman’s article ‘I = Awareness’ which is HERE 

Arthur J. Deikman, 1 Department of Psychiatry, University of California.

#advaita-vedanta, #arthur-j-deikman, #beyond-thought, #francis-lucille, #i-awareness, #jean-klein, #rupert-spira

Rumi’s poem ‘That breath breathing – human being.’ & Shankara’s ‘Tree of Life’ – Advaita Vedanta summary

I can think of no poem or teaching that presents better our reality as Nondual and our citizenship of two realms than this beautiful poem by Rumi.

Poem starts at 1.min 6 seconds in;

‘That breath breathing – human being.’

Not Christian or Jew or
Muslim, not Hindu,
Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion

or cultural system. I am
not from the east
or the west, not
out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not
natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all.
I do not exist,

am not an entity in this
world or the next,
did not descend from
Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is
the placeless, a trace
of the traceless.
Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two
worlds as one and
that one
call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing

human being.

Rumi 13th Century – as re-presented by Coleman Barks c. 1995
Tree of Knowledge – 8th century mystic Adi Shankara

A: I am unattached, I am

unattached, ever free from

attachment of any kind;

I am of the nature of Existence- Consciousness – Bliss.

I am the very Self, inexhaustible

and changeless.


B: I am eternal, pure (free from

maya), liberated, formless,

indestructible and changeless.

I am of the nature of infinite bliss. I am the very Self,

inexhaustible and changeless.


C: I am pure consciousness by

nature, delighting in Self alone,

I am the nature of indivisible

bliss. I am the very Self,

inexhaustible and changeless.


D: I am the indwelling

consciousness, I am peace

beyond the universe, I am

eternal bliss by nature, I am the

very Self, inexhaustible and



E: I am the supreme Self beyond

all matter, the supreme Shiva

beyond all cosmic appearance, I am the

very Self, inexhaustible and



F: I am beyond all shapes

and forms. I am of the nature of

pure consciousness, never

subject to decline. I am of the

nature of contentment. I am

the very Self, inexhaustible and



G: I am by nature the inner Ruler,

changeless, all pervading. I am

by nature the witness of

everything. I am

the very Self, inexhaustible and



H: I am by nature without support

and yet I support all things. I

am by nature the fulfilment of

desires. I am the very Self,

inexhaustible and changeless.


I: I am beyond all mental states,

beyond all body changes. I am

the witness of all states. I am

the very Self inexhaustible and



J: I am unattached, I am

unattached, ever free of

the nature of Existence –

Consciousness – Bliss. I am the

very Self, inexhaustible and




#advaita-vedanta, #breath-breathing-human-being, #rumi, #shankara, #tree-of-life

My preferred definition of…

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“I honor the place in you
in which the entire Universe dwells.
I honor the place in you which is of Love,
of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
we are One.”


A ‘One Minute daily meditation’- for work, home or when you’re out and about

Take a 60  second time – out of the day’s hustle and hassle.

For use at work or home or out and about – take a copy with you.

Whenever in the night or day you need to be mindful:-


Breath consciously.

Light is light for us all whatever the source.


Enjoy three conscious breaths.

BREATHING IN:I know that I’m breathing in….BREATHING OUT: I know that I’m breathing out….


Let your breath breathe you – bringing you back home to Wholeness and anchoring you in the now.

Let whatever thoughts or feelings emerge arise to the surface.


As you breathe see your mind as a movie-theatre.

Witness each thought or feeling that arises

entering onto your inner movie screen, left or right, up or down.

Don’t resist or chase any thought or feeling just witness them.

Say to each thought or feeling that arises

Hello.  Welcome.  Thank-you.  Goodbye.

Then see the thought-feeling exit left, or right, from the movie-theatre.


Breathe the breathing.

Let the breathing Breath breathe you.

Sense the Whole to which we all belong.


Invite the quietness.

Be still.


Breathe into your stillness.


Give thanks.


Return slowly to the here-and-now.”

-0- END -0-


On returning to our world of dualities we find concepts –

“Concepts are delicious snacks with which

we try to alleviate our amazement.”

( A J Heschel)

As a whole we should fly with two wings – the nonduality of ‘oneness via unitive meditation‘ and the duality of ‘me and my concepts & things‘.

Both wings are needed.

When meditatively, we are in amazement/awe/wonderment we are at-one, nondual, ego-less or ego-quietened.  We rest as Awareness.  I = no-self Awareness.

When we return to thought as in thought-forms ‘I-me’, ‘I-IT’, ‘I-we’, ‘I-thou’.’ In thought-forms – we always have duality, subject and object, twoness.


Neither is bad, together they are wings though which to fly spiritually.

Work only one wing and we are crippled – flapping on the ground going round and round in circles.


Nonduality is where we let go and instead let be the Universe, the Source, the Whole, Ultimate Reality, God (choose your preferred term). We rest as Awareness.  “I = no-self Awareness.”

Duality is where we chop wood, carry water, do the laundry, feed the kids, earn a living………………….


Hooray for our two wings of being!

We are a being with Being.

The core of all Traditions is One.

There are many paths upward but only One Summit.

“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.” – Meister Eckhart


Updated 6/06/2017


#daily-meditation, #intefaith, #inter-spirituality, #interspiritual, #meditation, #one-minute-meditation