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10 STEPS - FROM BEING AWARE TO BEING AWARENESS

1. Be aware whenever you find yourself thinking or saying to yourself or others I am. For
example, I am lonely/depressed/anxious/afraid/
angry/bitter/worthless/trapped/frustrated/resentful/ashamed/unworthy
/ugly/unloved/guilty/bad/mad, a failure etc.

2. Fill in the blank from the words I am with your own choice of negative words.

3. Now replace the word am with the words feel and think and say to yourself I feel ... and
think I am [fill in your own words]. Do not follow the words I feel with an emotional label
but with a description of your direct bodily sensation of the feeling. Example: I feel a fluttering in
my chest which makes me think I am anxious.

4. In order not to identify with your feelings and thoughts now remove the word I. Rather than
saying to yourself I feel , I think or I am say There is an awareness of feeling which
makes me think I am [fill in your own words]. Again, do not label the feeling as an emotion
but describe how you feel it as a bodily sensation.

5. Be aware of your body as a whole and of your overall mood and sense of yourself for it is out of
this overall bodily sense of yourself that your thoughts and feelings arise.

6. Feelings and thoughts about reality are not reality. Feelings and thoughts about yourself are not
your whole self or true self. So whenever you are aware of saying I am remind yourself that I
am not this feeling of or I am not this thought that .

7. Instead say: I am the awareness of feeling or thinking or There is an awareness of feeling
or thinking . Make it a rule to use the following mantras: There is an awareness of thinking
or feeling ... or I am the awareness of feeling or thinking ...

8. Identifying with a thing or thought, feeling or belief unawares - is one thing. Being aware of
that thing or thought, feeling or belief and of the self that is identified with it is another. The
point is to be that very awareness and not anything you are aware of.

9. Whenever you feel preoccupied with disturbing thoughts or feelings, identify with empty
space. For empty space, like pure awareness, is distinct from everything we are aware of within it
- whether things or thoughts, sensations or feelings, impulses or actions.

10. Regularly take time to be fully aware of and affirm all the sensations, feelings, thoughts or life-
concerns you are aware of. But do not identify with them. Instead, attend to and sense the spaces
within and around you and say the following mantras to yourself I am nothing that I am aware
of in space. I am space itself. I am nothing I am aware of. I am the pure awareness of it. Only by

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regularly taking time to be aware can we open up a larger space of awareness one in which new
thoughts and feelings, a new sense of yourself and a new relation to the world and other people
can and will arise spontaneously. This is the basic life discipline, practice or yoga of awareness.

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ASPECTS OF THE PRACTICE OF AWARENESS

1.BEING AWARE
Taking all the time necessary to be aware of all you are experiencing inwardly and outwardly, and
of every distinct element of your experiencing, from thoughts and feelings, to somatic sensations
and every element of your sensory environment.

2.BODILY AWARENESS
Attending to the immediate bodily dimension of all that you are aware of experiencing - where
and how you feel different things you perceive or are aware of in an immediate sensual,
proprioceptive and bodily way.

3. BODYING AWARENESS
Giving some form of authentic bodily expression to your awareness, for example through your
posture, the tilt of your body or head, the look on your face or in your eyes, the tone or tempo of
your voice thus amplifying, bodying and silently communicating your awareness of it.

4. UNBOUNDING YOUR AWARENESS
Reminding yourself that your bodily awareness of your body is not itself bounded by your body,
but is an unbounded bodiless awareness that permeates your body, all of space and every body in
it.

5. BEING-IN-AWARENESS
You dwell IN awareness as you dwell in space itself. Being-in-Awareness is a way of Being
Awareness, by not identifying with what you are aware of, but identifying instead with the very
spaces of awareness, inner and outer, in which you experience them.

6. BREATHING AWARENESS
Expanding the breathing space of your awareness by giving yourself time to be aware of the way
you are - or are not breathing, by shifting your awareness TO your breathing, and experiencing
it as a breathing OF awareness feeling yourself breathing your awareness of the entire sensory
space around you through your chest surface, felt as open and porous.

7. BEING AWARENESS
Being-in, Bodying and Breathing awareness are paths that lead from Being Aware to Being
Awareness. Being Awareness means affirming and feeling the meaningfulness of all that you are
aware of, whilst not identifying with it but instead identifying with the very awareness of it
BEING that awareness instead of BINDING your awareness to what you are aware of. To BE
awareness is to be the all-round SPACE, inner and outer, in which you experience things -
including your own body. To identify with AWARENESS as such is to identify with SPACE as
such.

8.UNBINDING AWARENESS
Each time you become aware of experiencing something new, step back once again into Being
Awareness in order to UNBIND your awareness from it thus continuing both to Be Aware and
to Be Awareness rather than letting your awareness become BOUND by anything you are aware
of.

9.BEING-IN-AWARENESS WITH OTHERS

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Relating in a meditative way by using every encounter as an opportunity to give yourself time to
Be Aware of others, to Breathe in your awareness of them, and to feel the space around you both
as a space of awareness in which you can both Be in Awareness together.

10.ATTAINING AWARENESS BLISS
The bliss that arises from recognising that you are not a being with awareness but that you ARE
awareness part of the unbounded awareness that IS God. Awareness Bliss is only attained
through Being Aware, Being and Bodying Awareness, Breathing Awareness, and Being in
Awareness with others, - breathing the divine awareness that both you and others are.

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BASIC MEDITATIONAL AWARENESS PRACTICES

The Basic Practice of Awareness (1)

1.Withoutclosingyoureyes,taketimetobeawareofallthereistobeawareofbothwithinandaround
you impulses, sensations, emotions and thoughts within you the air, light, objects and space around
you.

2.Attendparticularlytoyourwordless,bodilyawarenessofallthesethingswhereandhowyousense
themwithandwithinyourbody.Forexample,beawareoftheinnervoiceyouhearspeakingthoughtsin
yourhead,oftheinnerearwithwhichyouhearthem,anddifferentsensualtexturesandqualitiesofyour
bodilyselfawareness.

3.Concentrateonsensingwhereyoufeelparticularmentalstates,moodsoremotionswithandwithin
yourbodyandhowwhichisnotasmentalemotionalstatesbutaspurelysensualtexturesandqualities
ofyourbodilyselfexperience.

4.Remindyourselfthattheawarenessofanobject,sensation,emotionorthoughtisnotitselfanobject,
sensation,emotionorthoughtthatitisinnatelyfreeofallobjects,sensations,emotionsandthoughts.
Forawarenessassuchisbothinseparableandabsolutelydistinctfromallweareawareof.

5.Withthismantraorreminderinminddonotidentifywithanythinginparticularthatyouareawareof
butratherwiththesimple,pureawarenessofit.Feelhowthispureawarenessembracesandtranscends
everything you are aware of in just the same way that the space around you embraces and yet
transcendseverythingwithinit.

6.Sensetheveryspace,lightandairaroundyouasapurespace,lightandairofawarenessonethat
permeateseveryatomandcellofyourbodyandpervadesthephysicalspacearound it. Sense yourself
breathinginthepurespace,lightandairofawarenessthrougheveryporeofyourskinandintoahollow
spaceinyourdiaphragmtheheartofthedivineawarenesswithinyou.

7. Senseyourwholebodyandselfasnothingbutamanifestationofthespacearounditofthepure
space,lightandairofawarenessitself.Remindyourselfthatthisisthedivinesourceofyourbeing,your
bodyandofeverythingandeveryoneyouareawareofwithinandaroundyou.Thus,experiencingyour
bodyandselfasanexpressionofthedivineawarenessyouuniteorjoinwithitthemeaningofyoga
andtheaimofyogameditation.

The Basic Practice of Awareness (2)


1.Closeyoureyes,andsimplyfeelthefleshly,physicalwarmthpervadingyourbody.

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2.Nowtaketimetosimplybeawareofallthemusclesyouareusingtobreathethoseofyourribcage,
back,diaphragmandabdomen.Throughthemfeelhowdeeporshallow,rapidorslowyourbreathingis
and let it be that way. Do not wilfully alter your breathing in any way unless or until a spontaneous
bodilyimpulsetodosoarises.

3.Nowtaketimetograntawarenesstodifferentareasofyourinwardlyfeltbody.Inparticularany
regionsofyourbodywhereyouhaveanysenseofdiseaseordiscomfort,whetherintheformofa
musculartension,emotionalanxietyordiscomfort,fatigueoroverfullness,dullnessordensity.

4.Stayingawareofyourbreathing,andtakingtimetograntawarenesstodifferentregionsofyourbody
in turn, allow yourself to feel how in doing so it is as if you are inwardly airing your body with your
awarenessandyourbreathing,sothatitsfeltinnerspacebeginstofeelpurified,clearandtranslucent.

5. Be aware too of any thoughts, recollections, images or concepts that arise in your mind whilst
meditating.Remindyourselfthatanymoods,emotionsorsensationsyouareawareofinyourbodyarein
turn an awareness of something to do with your personal life and world as a whole. Meditating your
immediatebodilyselfawareness,letwhateveritcallstomindinrelationtoyourlifeworldasawhole
cometomind.

6.Allowyourselftoregularlyreturnyourawarenesstoanyregionsofyourbodywhereveryoustillfeel
asenseofdisease,untiltheawarenessitselfbeginstodissipateit,lettingthemannerofyourbreathing
changeinanywayyoufeelhelpful.

7.Helpthisdissipationandclearingprocessbynowbecomingmoreawareofyourbodyasawhole,
usingyourwholebodysurfacetosensetheairandspacearoundyou,andanyscentsorsoundsinit.

8.Sustainingthisawarenessofyourbodyandsensingthespaceandairaroundit,meditateonfeeling
yourwholebodyandeveryaspectofyourselfthatyouexperiencewithinitasamanifestationofthat
surroundingairandspace.

9.Donotidentifywithanythoughts,images,emotionsorbodilysensationsbutwiththepureawareness
ofthemandfeelthispureawarenessastheveryspacearoundthem,distinctfromandyetembracingand
manifestingaseverythingwithinit,includingyourownbody.

10.Feeltheclearlight,spaceandairofpureawarenesspervadingthespacesofeveryatom,molecule
andcellofyourbodyasyoubreathe.Inthiswaybegintofeelyourbreathingasabreathingofthepure
airoraetherofawarenessthrougheveryporeofyourskin.

11.Beawareinparticularoftheregionofyourdiaphragm,andfeelyourselfbreathingthepurelight,
spaceandairofawarenessintoahollowspacewithinit.SensethisspaceastheveryheartoftheDivine
Awarenesswithinyou.

12.Experimentwithfeelingyourbodyasnothingboundedbyyourfleshbutasboundlessspace,aslight,
asair,asfieryflameandfinallyagain,assimplewarmthfeltwithinthesafecontainingwombofyour
flesh.

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CHITANANDA
Two Experiences of Awareness Bliss


Introduction

RecentlyIwasonceagainblessedwithtwofurtherofcountlessinstancesinwhichIexperiencedlongand
intenselysensuousstatesofAwarenessBliss(chitananda).Bothinstancesbeganinthesameseafronthotel
asthelastsuchexperiencethatIsharedonthisbulletinboard,andalsoatthesametimeasthesunwas
setting.Inbothinstances,KarinjiandIsatinsilenceforoveranhourindeedafulltwohoursinthesecond
instancerecountedhere.Gettingupandleavingwasdifficultforme,forIfeltIcouldhaveremainedseated
inthesameplaceandthesamestateforaneternitythestateofdeeplysensuousAwarenessBliss(chit
ananda).

Instance1:

Onceagaintherewasanawarenessoffeelingallthatcouldbeseenouttherewhetherdifferentdensities
of cloud, seagulls and waves, aeroplane vapour trails, or manmade things such as brick walls, cars,
Victorian lampposts, garage doors, drainpipes, brass doorknobs, metal road signs, a painted dustbin as
erotically sensuous shapes and textures of soul, sensed in here within my body. At the same time all
motionsofwaveorcloud,planesorpersonswerefeltasbeinginperfectharmonywiththemusicplayingin
thebackgroundinthehotelasiforchestratedbyit.

Sensuous Awareness Bliss is both ecstasy and instacy. For like the nature of the Soul Body itself,
Awarenessisecstatic,extendingoutthere,beyondtheboundariesofthefleshandsurrounding,touching
andfeelinginamostsensuousandtactilewayanythingsightedatadistanceinspace.Yetatthesametime
Awarenessisalsoinhere,feelingeachthingsightedwithintheboundariesofthefleshasasensuousshape
andtextureofinnerbodilyawarenesstheSoulBody.

WhatIespecially noted this time however, was that things I would normally perceive as ugly,decayedor
shabby appeared like the most wonderful works of art as if any one of them (the painted dustbin for
example)couldhavebeenplacedinitsownemptyroominanartgalleryasamesmerisingabstractsculpture
orcreativeinstallation.

Itseemstomethatthekeytosensuousawarenessblissliesinnottakingwhatisperceivedasthisorthat
familiar,nameablethingorperson,butinsteadlettingoneselftaketheminandbetakenupbythemintotheir
purely sensuous nature and form. This is comparable to the way infants perceive before they have been
taughtthenamesorusesofthings.Thusaninfantinthecotdoesnothearacarpassingbyonthestreet,but
experiences being inwardly and sensuously touched by an unnameable vibrational quality of sound. Nor

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doestheinfantseeitsmothersfaceorhearitsmothersvoicebutrathersensesitselfanditsfeelingtones
echoedinhertoneofvoice,mirroredinherfaceandseen(orunseen)inthelightofhergaze.

Yetasadultswecanstillchooseatanytimenottoseeabicycle,building,cloudordustbinasaabicycle,
building,cloud,ordustbinnottoseethisbuildingasashoporhouseandnottoseethisorthat
personaseitherastrangerorasanyoneIknow.

Agreatworkof artcanpreventus from interpreting what it portrays as this or that somefamiliarand
nameableobjectand/orallowsustoseesuchthings(forexampleafigure,houseorlandscape)inanew
lightfindinginnatemeaningnotinseeingitasafigure,houseorlandscapebutinitssensuousappearance
or look. The Eye of Awareness is like the eye of an abstract or expressionist artist a Kandinski or Van
Gogh.Itenablesus,liketheartist,toseeandfeeltheinnatemeaningorsensepresentwithinanysensuous
thingorform,nameableornot,andthustoseeandsenseallthingsaslivingworksofart.Inthiswaywe
transcendtheworldofnameandform(namarupa).Wedosonotbycontrollingorsuppressingthesenses
but,onthecontrary,byintensifyingourimmediatesensuousexperiencingofthingsnotseeingthemas
thisorthat(asacloudoralamppost)andinthiswaynotlettingshadows be cast on things by a prior
understandingormentalideaofwhattheyare.

ThisrecallsPlatoscaveallegory,inwhichshackledprisonersfacingacavewallmistaketheshadowsfor
theirrealityuntiloneofthemisledoutintothelight.SeeingsomethingasthisorthatwasitselfPlatos
understanding of the Greek words idea or eidos which in themselves meant nothing more than the
sensuousappearance or look of anything seen or sighted, but was extended to include the sound of
anythingheard,orthefeelofanythingtouched.SensuousAwarenessBlissisenlightenmentintheliteral
senseseeingthingsinthelightofawarenessaspurelysensuousforms(Plato)orideashapes(Seth),all
ofwhichareessentiallyformsandideashapesofAwarenessitselfandofitsLight.
SeeingandsensingwhateverissightedintheLightofAwarenessandthroughTheEyeofAwarenessina
purelysensuousandaconceptualwaytherewas(andis)nothingmerelycommonplaceintheworldofthe
senses. As an example, looking at the bar in the hotel, it was not the multicoloured range of bottles of
brandy and other spirits that drew my gaze and excited my senses to an intense pitch instead it was a
simpleplasticmilkbottleofthesortonebuysinthesupermarketalmostemptybutforafewcentimetresof
remainingmilk.Nexttoitwasafullplasticcontainerofmilkofthesamesort,butthiswaslessinwardly
touchinganderoticthanthealmostemptyoneinwhichtherelationofinnerfullnessandemptinesswas
itselffullofinnatesensuousmeaning.

Thentherewerepeoplebodies.Manyofthesemightnormallyhavestruckmeassomewhatrepulsive,ugly,
fat,misshapen,badlydressedorsomehowdistortedordisfigured in their posture, look and expression.
Yet now I saw each persons body as an odd or eccentric but nevertheless perfect living version of
themselvestheverydistortions,odditiesoreccentricitiesintheirappearanceordressbeingwhatmade
them such fascinatingly unique living sculptures and works of art. I was reminded of Jane Roberts, who
describesaverysimilarexperienceofpeopleinoneofherbooksthatofseeingeverypersononastreetas
butoneeccentricyetperfectversionofthemselves.

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Yetifmyexperienceofbothpeopleandthingsinaheightenedstateofsensuousawarenesswasbutasmall
taste of the erotic intensity with which IT the One Pure Awareness or Paramashiva constantly and
continuouslyexperiencesthesensuousbeautyandmeaningofallmanifestbodiesandbeingsinthecosmos
(allitsShaktis)thenITmusttrulyandindeedbeinastatethatcouldbedescribedastantriceroticecstasy
and instacy, comparable to an neverending orgasm of Awareness Bliss, the eternal sexual union or
MaithunaofthedivinecoupleorYamalaShivaandShakti.

OthershavecomparedmyaccountsofextendedandintensifiedawarenessblisswithexperiencesonLSD.
Yet had I myself only been able to understand or bracket the experiences in this way as a sort of
spontaneousandenjoyabletrip without drugs I believe the experiences themselves would neither have
been possible in the first place, nor assumed the particular character that they had. Herein lies a paradox
however. For without the capacity for a higherlevel awareness or recognition of the resulting state of
consciousnessassomethingfarmoreprofoundthanameredruginducedalterationofbrainchemistry,not
evenadrugsuchasLSDcouldhaveinducedit.

Awareness Bliss teaches that all that can be perceived with the senses is imbued with innate sense or
meaningpossessingabeautyofitsownandthatthereforethereisnothingthatisugly.Ihavelonghad
similarexperiencesintantricpairmeditations.NobodyIhavemeditatedwith,whethermanorwoman,and
nomatterhowattractiveinconventionaltermsornot,hasnotappearedtomeasanythingelsethandivinely
beautifulinmeditation.ThatiswhyIamsoglad that Karin Heinitz has published a book entitled Tantric
PoetryMyLordoftheLivingLightwhichshareshersensuousexperiencesoftantricinitiation(diksha)
throughtantricpairmeditation(maithuna).

Karika

SunsetandSunrise.
TheSettingSunisthedawning,
RisingSunoftheOneDivineAwareness
ItsSkymaderadiantbytheLivingLightofAwareness
ThatLightwhichaloneletthingsbeseen,andwhichalso
AndaloneletsusseethingsintheirtruelighttheDivineLight,
RevealingthemaslivingshapesofthatLight,yetnowfreedof
Theshadowscastbyanyandallideaswemayhaveofthem.
Forathingitselfisnothingbutaneidosoridea,andthatin
ExactlythewayinwhichtheGreeksunderstoodthesewords:
Notasideasorimagesinourheads,butasthevery
Beingnessofthingssightedandsensedoutthere
Justastheypresentthemselvestothesoulthrough
Thesensesthemselves,andnotthroughanymental
Conceptorideaofwhattheyareorwhatweare.
Forwetooarenothingbutsensuouslivingshapesof
ThelightoftheLivingLightofAwareness
BroughttolightbyItsinvisibleSunwhich

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Forevershinesbutneversetsorrises,our
LordoftheLivingLight.
Practiceguide1

Seat yourself comfortably, and in total silence, in a place with a variety of sights and sounds. Allow
something,howevercommonplace,toattractyoursensoryattentionandseeitjustasitisattendingpurely
toitssensoryformandfeaturesratherthanseeingitasthisorthatasaglassortable,carorchair.
Let more and more things attract your attention in this way, seeking to sense them with and within your
wholebody,aswellasseeingthemyoureyes.


Instance2:

Aweeklater, in the same place and at the same time, there followed yet another experience of Sensuous
AwarenessBliss,thistimecharacterisedentirelybythedimensionofauralratherthanvisualexperiencing.It
wasasif,sittingthistimewitheyesclosedandearswideopen,Iwasimmersedinasonorousbath,one
which was at the same time a veritable symphony of distinct and diverse sounds background music and
soundsfromtherestaurantkitchen,theairhumofanextractorfan,theclinkingofcutleryandofmetalcoins
inthecashtill,thechinkingoficecubesinabucketandthecrashofanemptyglassbottlebeingdropped
intoabottlebin,theswingingsoundofdoors,openingandclosing,thesoftpaddingsoundoffootstepsas
people walked to and fro, and together with all this the murmur of human voices of different pitches and
tones.Thissymphonyofsoundswasaperfectsymphony,withallitssoundsinharmony with one another
andevenwiththesoundsofactualmusicbeingplayedinthebackground.Andlikeamusicalsymphonyit
haditsphasesofaccelerationanddeceleration,asthegeneralhubbubofactivityandsoundsnowincreased,
nowdecreased,raisedorlowereditselfinpaceandvolumeyetagaininperfectsynchronicitywithchanges
inthemusicitself.Thenagain,asinasymphony,therewereongoingthemesinthiscasethemellowtoned
voiceofaYorkshireaccentedmansittingatatablebehindme,andtheoccasionallowmurmurofhiswifein
response.

Yetthesymphonywasalsoabrilliantsymphony,nevermonotonousorpurelyrepetitive,butwithnewand
unexpectedsoundsemergingatunpredictableintervalsaburstofspeechorlaughter,thesoundofachair
beingscrapedalongthefloor,theclankofabeerorwineglassbeingsetdownratherloudlyonatable,orthe
steamysoundofanespressomachinebeingactivated.

Whatwasimportantwasnotjusthearingthesesoundswithmyearsbutsensingthemwithandwithinmy
wholebody.Thussoundsheardfrombehindmybackwerefeltastouchingaregionofmybackwiththeir
vibration.Ihavealreadyreferredtotheinfantsexperienceofsounds,soundsthattheyhavenotyetlearned
tonameoridentifyasatypeofinnervibrationaltouch.Andindeedthevoicetonesandpitchesofpeople
speakingwerefeltfromwithinmybody,arisingfromexactlythesameregionsorresonantcavitieswhether
head,chestorbellyasintheirs.Everysoundliterallytouchedandexcitedapartofmybody,whetherfrom
withoutorwithin,inawaythathadanalmosteroticqualitythusgivingthewholeexperiencethenaturenot
justofawarmsonorousbathorperfectsymphonybutalsoandaboveallawonderfullydeepandblissfully
relaxingsonorousmassage.Theexperienceofsoundsasthesonorousbathiscomparable,Ibelieve,tothe
experienceinthewarmwatersofthemotherswomb,whereitistheauralratherthanvisualdimensionof
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thebabyssensoryawarenessoftheworldthatispredominantjustasitisthemothersvoiceandthetactile
dimensionofherembraceandtouchthatismostsignificantinearlyinfancy.Thesoulbodyisawombof
fluidfeelingawareness.Itssurfacecanbedescribedasasonorousskinsensitivetothevibrationaltouch
ofsoundsfromwithoutabletofeelandresonatewithinthemfromwithin.

Ihavealsoreferredtothewayinwhich,seeingthings,onecangainadirecttactilesenseoftheirtextures
the materials they are made of sensing these as textures of ones own inwardly felt body. Seeing the
smoothtranslucentsurfaceofaglassonesensesitsglassytexture,whichisatthesametimecloselyrelated
tothesounditwouldmakeifstruck.Soitwasthatwithmyeyesopenjustbeforeleavingtherestaurant,I
observedashelvestackedwithemptyglassesinthebar,andinseeingthemalsofeltandheardtheirsmooth
glassytextureassilentorpotentialsound.Ialsonotonlysawbutsensedandheardthesightofpurewhite
milkbeingpouredintoaglassjug,feelingthemilkswhiteness,fluidityandflowasasilentsound.Whether
itwasthesoundofglassonglass,metalonmetal,woodonwood,orglassormetalonwood,thesesounds
resound with and reveal to one ears the different textures of things. This is similar to the way sight too
revealsthewayathingwouldpotentiallyfeeltoonestouchorhowitwouldweighinoneshands.

Leavingtherestaurant, walking around in the open air and then riding home on my bike, I found myself
acutelyawareofthedifferentsensuoustexturesofmuscle,tissueandbonethatmadeupmyownfeltbody.
Through my legs and feet, indeed even through the metallic structure and rubber tyres of my bike, I was
acutelyawareofthetexturesofpavementandtarmac,moreorlessevenoruneven,uponwhichIwalkedor
rode.Thebikehadbecome,inamostunusuallyintenseway,anextensiontomybodybutinsuchawayas
toenablemetofeelthequalitiesofthegroundbeneathitthroughoutmyentirebody,alongwithitsvarietyof
sensuoustextures.

Beingonceagainintheopenofcoursemadememoreawareofdistantsoundssuchasthecriesofseagullsin
thesky.Inthisway,liketheopensightofskyandsea,soundscanexpandoursenseofspace.Yetitwasthe
enclosedspaceoftherestaurant,whichliketheenclosedspaceofthewomborofasymphonyconcerthall,
facilitated the experience of the sonorous bath, sonorous touch and sonorous massage. Space as such
howeverisessentiallyasingularopenness.Itisonlyourperceptionofitthatmaybeenclosed,dividedor
blockedbythewallsofbuildingsandrooms.Essentiallyalso,spaceisnothingbutourwayofperceivingthe
openexpanseofpuresensefreeawarenesswithinwhichalonethingscanappeartousbeseenorheard,
touchedandfelt.

Practiceguide2

Listentosoundsthatcatchyourattention.
Hearthemjustastheyare,notassoundsofthisorthatthingorperson.
Dontjusthearthemwithyourearsbutsensethemwithyourwholebody.
Feelthemtouchingyoufromwithoutandresonatinginyoufromwithin.
Senseyourwholebodyasasonorousskin.

FinalNote:

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TheexperiencesofSensuousAwarenessBlissrecountedhereandelsewhere,howeverintense,shouldby
nomeansbeconsideredasbasicallyunusualoroutoftheordinary.Onthecontrary,theysimplyserveto
remindusthatwecan,atanytime,givemoretimetoourimmediatesensoryawarenessofthings,andinthis
wayreapthehugehealingvalueofpuresensefreeawarenesswhichispreciselythatwhichintensifiesour
experiencingofthesensory,allowingustosensewithandwithinourbodiesandthatinamosttangible,
tactileanderoticwayeverythingthatweotherwisemerelyseewithoureyesorhearwithourears.Through
heightenedsensoryawarenesswecanalsocometoexperiencethehealingpowerofthesoundsthatallthings
essentiallyarelettingthemtouchandmassageusfromwithinandwithout.Themostfundamentalhealing
dimension of Sensuous Awareness Bliss lies in helping us to recognise how pure awareness itself can
returnustooursenseslettingusliterallycometooursensesinanotherwiseinsaneworld.

Practiceguide3

Listentosomethingyousee,whetheratableortree,cloudorpieceofcutlery.
Particularlyifitmakesnoaudiblesound,senseitsvisibleshapeandtextureasasound.Seeitasasculpture.
Hearitasasilentsound.

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Note: this meditation is to be practiced in the true tantric manner attending to your inner
space but with your eyes still open. This is so that you can stay aware of the entire space around
you (Bhairava Mudra), expanding your awareness into that space and experiencing everything in
it as an expression of it. This practice of Khechari Mudra uniting the Kingdom outside with the
Kingdom inside - is the key to all the miraculous Siddhis exercised by great Yogis, Gurus and
Avatars.

1. Bring your awareness to the inwardly sensed surface of your chest and body as a whole.
From that surface sense the empty spaces in front of, above, behind and to either side of
your body.

2. Attend entirely to your awareness of regions of empty space - those above and around
your body, and those above, around and between other bodily objects or people.

3. Be aware of the sky above and of the unlimited expanse of cosmic space, and of all empty
regions of space in your immediate vicinity or scope of vision.

4. Sense all regions of empty space as part of an unlimited space of pure awareness a space
totally untainted by any psychical qualities, be they the atmosphere of places, the aura of
people and the mood or space you or others may feel themselves in.

5. Feel your body surface again, this time sensing a hollow space of pure awareness within it
a space equally untainted by any thoughts, feelings or sensations you experience within it.

6. Identify with the spaces of awareness around and between all that you experience outside
and inside you the space around and between your thoughts, emotions and physical
sensations, the space around and between your body and other bodies.

7. Attend to your breathing, and feel yourself breathing in the luminous translucency of the
space around you, first through your chest and body surface as a whole - experiencing this
as a breathing of pure awareness.
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8. Feel your chest and body surface as an open, porous, in-breathing skin or membrane
uniting a content-free space of pure awareness within you with the empty space of pure
awareness surrounding your own body and all other bodies.

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consciousness (thoughts, emotions, life event etc.) but rests on a FromFocaltoFieldAwareness
FundamentalDistinctionbetweenallsuchcontentsallelementsof
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ourexperienceandthelargerspaceorfieldofawarenessinwhich
they arise. Recognising this Fundamental Distinction allows us to ThePracticeofAwareness
makeaFundamentalChoicebetweenfocussingon,identifyingwith
andthusbindingourselvestothecontentsofourconsciousnessor WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
identifying with the pure awareness of them, an awareness that is WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
innately free of thought, emotional charge or any element of our
experience. MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness

TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
The Awareness Principle recognises the transcendental Presuppositions
characterofawareness.Italsorecognisesitsimmanentcharacter
FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
that awareness is also present within each and everything we are Principle'
awareof.Awarenesstranscendseverythingweareawareofforitis
theultimatesourceofallthatis.Preciselybecauseitisthesourceof TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
everythinghowever,everythingweareawareofisalsoanawareness ofEverything'
in its own right. Every sensation, feeling or thought, every physical Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
ormentalsymptomisitselfanawarenessofsomethingbeyonditself Science
forexampleasituationorsomethinggoingoninanotherperson.
FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
Principle
A bodily sensation such as hotness or sweating is not just
somethingweareawareof.Itisalsoourwayofsensingsomething 'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
beyond it for example the heat of the Sun or something we are 'Unconscious'
anxious about. Similarly any feeling is not just something we are Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
aware of. Instead it is a prereflective or unformulated awareness
of something or someone beyond itself (a relationship, situation or Awarenessand'Psychology'
life question for example) just as a thought may be a reflective and
Awarenessor'Energy'?
formulated awareness of something beyond it. Even a bodily
symptomormentalstatesuchasanxietyordepressionforexample, TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
is not just something we are aware of. Nor is it a life problem in
itself. Instead the symptom is itself a bodily awareness of a life QuestionsandAnswers
problem. Summary

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things.Thatveryawarenessofthingshowever,isnotitselfathing
nor can it be explained by or reduced to any thing or things we are
aware of. To even attempt to do so would be like attempting to ESSAYSONTHEAWARENESS
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The First Principle of The Awareness Principle is that
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Awareness itself and not any thing or universe of things we are
awareofistheFirstPrincipleoftheuniverse. WelcometotheWorldofAwareness

MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness

EveryaspectandapplicationofTheAwarenessPrinciplecomes TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
Presuppositions
fromtherecognitionthatawarenesscomesfirstnotmatter,energy
oranythingorworldofthings.Theunderlyingbutunquestioned, FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
untestable,unprovableandfundamentallycounterintuitiveprinciple Principle'
of current science is that awareness can somehow emerge from a
TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
basically insentient or unaware universe of space and time, matter ofEverything'
and energy. How awareness could arise from this unaware universe
is not just something temporarily inexplicable, and therefore a Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
subjectofscientifichypothesis.Itisinexplicableinprinciple.Forjust Science
asthestartingpointofallinquiriesintothenatureoftheuniverseis FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
awareness of that universe, so is the starting point of all scientific Principle
inquiries into awareness nothing but awareness itself. Every
scientificattempttoexplaintheoriginsorbasisofconsciousness 'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
'Unconscious'
or awareness through something outside or beyond awareness is
scientifically impossible in principle the very attempt and all the Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
experimentsthatgoalongwithitbeingsomethingthatoccurwithin
theawarenessofthescientist. Awarenessand'Psychology'

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The primary purpose of The Awareness Principle, as a new
foundation for life and science, is to rescue life itself from TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
domination by the unquestioned, nonscientific presuppositions of QuestionsandAnswers
what is, in reality a purely Western concept of science. That does
not mean returning to the dead ends of paganism or religious Summary
fundamentalism, Eastern or Western, Oriental or Occidental,
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SouthernorNordic.Neitherdoesitmeanretreatingintotherealmof
personal lived experience, secular or spiritual (for in todays world
even this realm is insidiously shaped by popularised Western
scientific concepts, concepts which shape the world in which each COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
YOGA
individuallivesthroughtheirruthlessapplicationinfieldsasdiverse
as government and economics, medicine and psychiatry, and even AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
counselling and psychotherapy). Instead, the aim of The Awareness THERAPY(ABCT)
Principle to rescue both personal and social life from domination
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achieved by rescuing the whole Western concept of science from
these unquestioned presuppositions. Principal among these root AWARENESSANDSOMATICILLNESS
presuppositions is the identification of truth with objects and TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness
objectivity. The Awareness Principle challenges this whole
Objectivity Principle of Western Science instead reasserting the
primarytruthandabsoluterealityofsubjectivity.PrecursorsofThe FURTHERESSAYSANDBOOKSBY
AwarenessPrinciplecanbefoundinIndianphilosophy,inEuropean PETERWILBERG
phenomenology, in Gestalt psychology and psychoanalysis. None
of these precursors of The Awareness Principle however besides
those found in Indian Advaitic and Tantric philosophy explicitly FURTHERPRACTICESOF
articulateditsFirstPrinciple.Nordidtheyproperlyconceptualiseits AWARENESS
SecondPrinciple.
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Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
The Second Principle of The Awareness Principle is that PracticingSittingasMeditation
BodilyandSpatialAwareness
Awareness as such is inseparable but also quite distinct from each MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
ExpandingSpatialAwareness
andeverythingweareawareof. AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
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OutofthisprinciplecomeswhatIcallTheFundamentalChoice IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
a choice that each of us can make at any moment of our lives. The PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
choice is whether to identify with things we are aware of or MicroMeditations
experience whether in the form of desires and impulses,
sensations or perceptions, emotions or events or, on the other
hand, to identify with the very awareness of them recognising that THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS
awareness as something essentially distinct from each and every
thingweexperienceorareawareofwithinit,includingourselves.
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The relation between awareness as such and all that we are
aware of can be compared to the relation between space and the
things we perceive in it. Space embraces each object within it, yet
whilst it is inseparable from each of the objects within it, it is not
itself an object and transcends all the objects within it. Objects
havelocationwecansaywheretheyareinspace.Spaceitselfon
the other hand has an essentially nonlocal or field character we LookInside

cannotsaywherespaceis.Similarly,whereaswecanlocaliseeach
andeveryobjectorthingweareawareofforexamplelocalisingan

objectinspace,asensationinourbodiesorathoughtinourheads
we cannot localise the awareness of it we cannot say where our
awarenessofanythingis.ThemostimportantofIndiantreatiseson

awareness placed great importance on the yogic practice of


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an awareness of something else a passing car, a conversation, a
bird singing. Yet the bird too is not just something we are aware of
butisitselfanawarenessofauniquesort.Itssongisanexpression
ofthatawareness. The birdsawarenessisverydifferentfromours,
anditisthatwhichisechoedinthesoundofitssonginthesame
way that any singers awareness is. Similarly, when we hear a car
hornhonkinginabusystreet,thisisnotjustasoundweareaware
of. Indeed we only hear the sound as a car honking because the
sound we are aware of is an awareness of a car honking. That
awarenessofacarhornhonkingisinturnanawarenesstooofthe
stress or anger of the driver honking the horn, of the drivers
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Simplyreadingatextorhearingapersonspeakwearenotjust
aware of words. Indeed we are only aware of words as words
becauseweareawareofthemasexpressionsofanotherawareness
the awareness of the speaker or writer. In general, any thought,
mood, emotion, perception, action or bodily sensation is not just
something we are aware of but is an awareness of some aspect of
ourselvesorothers,ofourworld,ourrelationshipsorlifesituation.
Whatwelabelasstress,tension,anxietyanddepressionarenot
things in themselves that we happen to feel. They are a felt
awareness of important aspects of our lives, life relationships and
lifeworld.Andthereisnothingwecaneverbeawareofintheworld
that is not itself an awareness. Just as fright is an awareness of
something in the surrounding world, even a stone is aware of its
environment,indeedisanawarenessofitsownenvironmentalworld.
Every thing we are aware of in the world is aware of a world of
things as a whole, experiencing its own unique awareness world
whether that of a stone, bird or another human being. The higher
level awareness that everything we are aware of is an awareness of
somethingelsewithinourawarenessworld,andthatthissomething
else is also an awareness indeed an entire awareness world in
itself this awareness is what expands our awareness to embrace
newawarenessworlds.TheAwarenessPrinciplerecognisesthatwe
are part of an everexpanding multidimensional universe of
awarenessembracingcountlessthingseachanawarenessinitself
and each part of its own unique awareness world. The expanding
nature of the physical universe is an expression of the innately
expansive character of awareness itself, which constantly opens up
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The Principle that everything is awareness stands in direct
contrast to the dogma shared by modern science and New Age
pseudoscience alike that everything is energy. As a Theory of SelectLanguage
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notionofenergythatiswhollyunquestionedandagrossdistortion
of its root meaning. Even in modern translations of Tantric
metaphysicsthisGreekderivedwordisdistortedlyusedtotranslate ESSAYSONTHEAWARENESS
the Sanskrit term for the feminine aspect of divinity Shakti. A far PRINCIPLEBYPETERWILBERG
bettertranslationofthiswordisnotenergyinitscurrentsensebut
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power, power in the sense of power of action or power of
actualisation.ThistranslationofShaktifullyaccordswiththeroot FromFocaltoFieldAwareness
meaning of the term energy itself not as some thing but as the
veryactionoractivity(theGreekverbenergein)thatgivesformtoall TakingTimetoBeAware
thingsfromwithinthatinfinitespaceoraetherofawarenessknown ThePracticeofAwareness
in Sanskrit as Akasha. Today many scientists advance the highly
plausiblebutstillunorthodoxhypothesisthatspaceisnomerevoid WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
or vacuum, but an infinite source of potential energy or power of
WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
action.ThishypothesisisinperfectcorrespondencewiththeTantric
understandingoftheuniverseasanexpressionofcountlessShaktis MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
orpowersofactionemergingwithinaninfinitespaceoraetherof
awareness (Akasha) and manifesting as countless patterns or TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
Presuppositions
matrices of action (matter). From the point of view of The
Awareness Principle, awareness is not awareness of actual realities FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
alone,butalsoofpotentialrealities.Potentialrealitieshowever,have Principle'
realityonlysubjectivelyinawarenessitselfratherthaninactuality.
TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
These subjective potentialities do not merely exist as imaginary ofEverything'
possibilities however, but as infinite potential shapes, patterns and
qualities of awareness or subjectivity infinite potential beings, Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
consciousnesses or subjectivities. Energy in its true and root Science
meaning is the autonomous power of actualisation of these FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
potentialities something possible only through the awareness of Principle
them. Together with the scientific notion of space as a potential
source of limitless free energy goes the project, pursued by many 'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
'Unconscious'
greatscientificminds,ofcreatingmachinestotapthisenergyasa
source of power. The Awareness Principle (TAP) on the other hand, Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
explainshoweverythingthatexistsintheuniverseconstantlyTAPS
fromahiddenpowersourcebehinditapowerofactionthatisnot Awarenessand'Psychology'
somemysteriousnewformofenergyormatterbutisnothingother Awarenessor'Energy'?
than Awareness as such in the form of its aetheric spatiality
Akasha. Each of us experiences this aspect of The Awareness TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
Principleandrealisestheideaoffreespaceenergyeachtimewe
QuestionsandAnswers
feel revitalised by taking a walk outdoors, however short. For no
matter how little bodily breathing or exercise is involved we are Summary
breathingawarenessofawiderspaceandtappingfreshvitalityor
powerofactionfromtheveryairofawarenessitself. Summary2


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Theegoorconsciousmind,ontheotherhand,isnotmorebut
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UniversalConsciousnesswithintheUniversalConsciousness. WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?

WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
HencetheUniversalConsciousnessunconsciouslytotheego
constantlyseekswaystoexpressallthatescapesthecontracted MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness

awarenessofegoconsciousness. TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
Presuppositions

TheUniversalConsciousnessisnotawarenessofthingsbut FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
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awarenessassuch.Itisnotyoursorminebuttheessenceofthe
Divine,aconsciousnessuniversalandunbounded. TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
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God is not a supreme being with consciousness, nor does any Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
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person or being have or possess consciousness as its private
property.InsteadGodisconsciousness. FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
Principle

'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
Allindividualbeingsandpersonsareboundedportions,expressions 'Unconscious'
andpersonificationsoftheUniversalConsciousnessthatisGod.
Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'

Thebodilyboundariesofindividualconsciousnessnomoreseparate Awarenessand'Psychology'

it from the Universal Consciousness than does the skin of a fish Awarenessor'Energy'?
separateitfromtheocean.
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Ourownskinisapermeableboundary,onethatdoesnotseparateus
fromtheairaroundusbutunitesuswithitbreathingthatair.Were Summary
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infinite potential forms. Thus it not only transcends and surrounds BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
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The Universal Consciousness is truly transcendent and immanent MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
ExpandingSpatialAwareness
surroundingandpervadingallthings. AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
Awareness
Everything actual is a form taken by the Universal Consciousness IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
within the Universal Consciousness. There can be nothing outside PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
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theUniversalConsciousnessastherecanbenothingoutsidespace
orbeforetime.
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individualisedpersonificationsofit.

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Consciousnessinourspacetimereality.

The Universal Consciousness is an infinite timespace or time


sphere of awareness embracing all realities past, present and
future,actualandpotential.
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Ordinary consciousness is a narrow, focussed awareness, like a
torchlight in a dark room. The Universal Consciousness is like light
pervadingspaceinalightenedroomorsunnyday.

LightmanifeststhelightoftheUniversalConsciousnessthe
LightofAwareness.

SpacemanifeststheuniversalfieldandaetheroftheUniversal
Consciousness.

AirisamanifestationoftheimmanentvitalityoftheUniversal
Consciousness.

WaterisamanifestationoftheoceanicfluidityoftheUniversal
Consciousness.

Fire manifests the transformative power of the Universal


Consciousness.

EarthandotherplanetsarematerialisedplanesoftheUniversal
Consciousness.

BodiesareallembodimentsoftheUniversalConsciousness.

SunsareradiantcentresoftheUniversalConsciousness.

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even though its nature is never exactly defined. In contrast, Indian
religious metaphysics gives primacy to the notion of space or
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Akasha (pronounced aakash). The Awareness Principle too,
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understands space as a primary dimension of subjectivity or
awareness, indeed as identical with that pure or transcendental Home
awareness which is God. That is why one of the most important if
FromFocaltoFieldAwareness
notprimaryPracticesofAwarenessadvocatedintheShaivistTantras
(in particular the Vijnanabhairavatantra) is the expansion of TakingTimetoBeAware
awarenessthroughidentificationwithspace.
ThetermAkashaistranslatedbothasspaceandasaetheror ThePracticeofAwareness
ether.Thatisbecauseitisunderstoodaspervadedbyawarenessin WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
the form of Prana the primordial air, wind or breath of
awareness. This is also the root meaning of spirit in its derivation WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
from Latin spirare (to breathe), the term spiritus being a Latin
MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
translation of the Greek pneuma (air/wind) and cognate also with
the root meaning of the Greek psyche (breath). To be spiritual in TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
theIndianyogicsenseistobecapable,quiteliterally,ofadifferent, Presuppositions
more primordial type of respiration or breathing. This primordial
FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
respirationisatranspirationinwhichwesenseourselvesbreathing Principle'
inourawarenessoftheclear,luminousexpansivenessofthespace
aroundus,notthroughourlungsalonebutthrougheveryporeofour TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
skin. In this way we can come to experience breathing as an in ofEverything'
breathofthepureairofawarenessitself.Itisnotjusttheimmaterial Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
nature of this higher air or aether of awareness, but this longlost Science
experienceofbreathingthisimmaterialairthatliesconcealedbehind
theotherwisevagueWesternnotionofspirit.Incontrastitisgiven FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
Principle
muchricherdefinitionthroughtheyogictermPranaunderstoodas
thatinvisiblebreathorairofawarenessthatpervadestheentiretyof 'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
space both the space around us and the space which constitutes 'Unconscious'
thelargerpartofeveryatomofmatter.
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The twinmeaning of Akasha as (1) space and (2) aether,
together with the meaning of aether itself as a purer, higher Awarenessand'Psychology'
indeedlessairfilledandthusmorespaciousairissymbolisedby
theHimalayanmountaintop,bothasaplaceofmeditationandasthe Awarenessor'Energy'?
very abode of the Hindu god Shiva that deity who is both Lord of TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
Yoga and who personifies and embodies the absolute or divine
awarenessassuch. QuestionsandAnswers

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Forjustasdreamingassuch cannot be reduced to an 'effect


orresultofanythingwedreamof,norcanawarenessassuchbe
reduced to the product or property of any thing or being it is ESSAYSONTHEAWARENESS
aware of whether the body or brain, matter or energy, human PRINCIPLEBYPETERWILBERG
beingsorasupremebeing. Home

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2.Awarenessisinsteadthetranscendentalconditionthepre
condition or field condition for our awareness of any thing or TakingTimetoBeAware
universeofthingswhatsoever.
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3. Awareness both embraces and transcends all that we WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
experience or are aware of all contents of consciousness and
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allelementsanddimensionsofexperience.
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5. Just as empty space is both inseparable and at the same
TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
timeabsolutelydistinctfromeverythinginit,soispureawareness Presuppositions
awareness as such both inseparable and at the same time
absolutelydistinctfromeachandeverythingitisawareof. FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
Principle'

6. Just as empty space embraces, permeates and transcends TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
every object in it, so does awareness embrace, permeate and ofEverything'
transcendeverythingitareawareof. Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
Science
7.Awarenessofanythingisnotitselfa'thing'.Thusawarenessof
FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
alocalisedobjectinspaceisnotitselfalocalisedobjectinspace Principle
itisnonlocalandobjectfree.
'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
'Unconscious'
8.Theawarenessofanythoughtorthing,feelingorsensationis
notitselfathoughtorthng,feelingorsensationandistherefore Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
in itself innately free of thoughts and things, feelings and
Awarenessand'Psychology'
sensations.
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9.Everythingthereisanawarenessof,however,alsoisawareit
TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
is an awareness in its own right. Not just every other person or
evert living being, but every atom or molecule, rock or plant, QuestionsandAnswers
planetorsunisanawarenessinitsownright.
Summary
10. Awareness is therefore not only transcendent but also Summary2
immanentpresentwithinallthings.Thereisthereforenosuch
'thing' as an insentient matter, and nor in principle, can
awarenessarisefromanuniverseofinsentientthings.
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11. Every thing or 'being' everything that 'is' is an
individualisedportion,expressionandembodimentofauniversal AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
awarenessonethatisnot'yours'or'mine'buttheveryessence THERAPY(ABCT)
oftheDivine. AwarenessorMindfulnessBased
Therapy(MBCT)
12. All things and all worlds, all bodies and all
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12. All things and all worlds, all bodies and all selves, are
shapes taken by awareness within awareness giving form AWARENESSANDSOMATICILLNESS
toinfinitepotentialitiesofawareness. TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness


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1.Weassumethatwithoutaworldofthingstherewouldbeno SelectLanguage
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Withoutawarenessassuchtherewouldbenothingnothing,
nobeingsandnoworldoruniversetobeawareof.
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2.Awarenesscannotinprinciplebeapropertyorbyproductof PRINCIPLEBYPETERWILBERG
anybodyorbeing,thingorobject,selforsubject,egoorIthat Home
weareawareof.
FromFocaltoFieldAwareness

3. Awareness as such, and any thing we are aware of, are like TakingTimetoBeAware
space and objects in space. They are both inseparable and yet
absolutelydistinct. ThePracticeofAwareness

WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
4.Everythingweareawareofhasalocalisablecharacteritcan
WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
be localised in space. Awareness, like space, has an essentially
nonlocalorfieldcharacter.Consciousnessis'focal'awareness. MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
Awarenessisnonlocalor'field'consciousness.
TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
Presuppositions
5.Spacehasaninsidebuttherecanbenothingoutsidespace,
justastherecanbenothing'before'or'after'time.Similarlythere FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
canbenothingoutside,beforeorafterawareness. Principle'

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6. Since there is nothing outside awareness, everything we are ofEverything'
aware of exists within awareness, and can be nothing but a Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
manifestformtakenbyawareness. Science

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7. Energy (Greek energein) is not a thing but the formative Principle
activityofawarenessthroughwhichitactualisesorgivesshapeto
itselfineverythingweareawareof. 'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
'Unconscious'

8.Consciousnessisawareness'of'things,ratherthanawareness Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
as such. Since without awareness there would be nothing to be
Awarenessand'Psychology'
aware of, awareness is the precondition for all conscious
experiencing. Awarenessor'Energy'?

TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
9.Allsensoryqualitiesthatweareaware'of'colour,shape,textureetc.are
expressions of innate sensual qualities, shapes and textures of awareness as QuestionsandAnswers
such.
Summary

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10.Anymanifestform(Greekmorphe)ofawarenessisautomatically
stabilised through selfresonance with its reality as a potential
pattern or quality of awareness. This is the true meaning and COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
essenceoftheterm"morphicresonance"(RupertSheldrake). YOGA

11.Allshapes,patternsandqualitiesofawarenessareessentially AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
THERAPY(ABCT)
tonalshapes,patternsandqualitieslikethequalitiesofwarmth
andcoldness,hardnessandsoftness,brightnessordarknessetc. AwarenessorMindfulnessBased
that belong to musical or vocal tones, and their patterning as Therapy(MBCT)
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12. Being or existing is inconceivable without a primordial TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness
awarenessofBeingorofbeings.Thismakesawarenessassucha
more primordial reality than either any being or Being as such.
The very 'being' of awareness is itself a primordial awareness of FURTHERESSAYSANDBOOKSBY
being. PETERWILBERG

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1. Awareness cannot in principle be reduced to the product ExpandingSpatialAwareness
orpropertyofanythingweareawareof. AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
2. Awarenessis not a product of the body or brain. How can it be, 10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
sincebodiesandbrainshaverealityonlyinawareness? Awareness
IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
3.Awarenessisnotboundedbyourphysicalbodies.Howcanitbe, PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
sinceourawarenessofthespacearoundourbodiesisnothing MicroMeditations
itselfbutaspatialfieldofawareness?
4.Awarenessisnotthepropertyofalocalisedsubject,self,egoor
IHowcanitbe,sincealllocalisedsubjectsofawarenessonly THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS
know themselves as centres of a nonlocal space or field of
awareness?
5.Awarenessisnotablanksheetonwhichwereceiveimpressionsof OURSPACIOUSBODYOFAWARENESS
anexternalsensoryworld.Howcanitbe,sinceawarenesshasits PowerPointPresentation
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6.Awarenessisimmaterial,butitisnothingshapeless,disembodied
orinsubstantial.Howcanitbe,sinceourownbodyisnothingbut
thesensedbodilyshapeandsubstantialityofourawareness?
7.Awarenessisnotaproductofenergeticpatternsormaterialforms,
of genetic or molecular patterns or biological forms. How can it
be, since pattern and form are themselves nothing material or
energetic? You can no more pick up or hold the pattern of a
molecule,cellorbiologicalformthanyoucanpickuporholdthe
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pattern of a geometric form, the roundness of a circle or the
squarenessofasquare.
8.Awarenessisnotapatternorform,butitformsorcrystallisesitself
intopatterns,justasitalsoflowsindraughtsandcurrentslikeair
and water, mixes and merges in streams, radiates and ripples in
andoutlikewavesofenergy,diffusesanddensifieslikematter.
9. Awareness does not require any energetic, material or aetheric
medium in which to take form or flow, radiate or ripple in waves,
moveorcommunicate.Awarenessistheaether.
10.Awarenessdoes not require physical time or space or motion as PeterWilberg BOOKSBY
its medium. How can it, since our very awareness of physical PETER
motion in space and time is preceded by motions of awareness, WILBERG
occurring in times and spaces of our awareness? The Olympic
diver preparing to dive does not first move his body and
thenbecome aware of this physical movement. On the contrary,
the precise physical movement of his body in space and time is
theexpressionofapreciselyrehearsedinnermotionofhisbodily
awarenessassuch.
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thingthat is already present out there or in ourselves thus homepage
enablingustofocusonitandreflectonitinthought.How can it
be,sinceallthingsandallthoughtsallphenomenawhatsoever
that we experience only come to presence within nonlocal
spacesorfieldsofawareness?
12. Awarenessis not bound by our experience of phenomena
whether things or thoughts, percepts or concepts, sensations or
emotions, drives or impulses. How can it be, since just as our
awareness of an experienced object is notthat object, neither is
our awareness of experiencing any phenomenon the same thing
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13.Awarenessisnotarelationofalocalisedsubjecttoalocalisedobject.
Howcanitbe,sincealllocalisedsubjectsorobjectsofawarenessonly
arise within nonlocal fields of awareness? Objects are the outward
form taken by innate fieldpatterns and fieldqualities of awareness or
subjectivity. Awareness is itself a subjective field and fieldpattern of
awareness.Objects are but a medium of intersubjectivity the
perception of oneconsciousness or subjectivity one fieldpattern of
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busy or stressful lives. This is a paradox, for the true meaning of
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maketimetodo.Indeed,thetruemeaningofmeditationdoesnotlie ESSAYSONTHEAWARENESS
in making time to do anything at all, nor even making time just to PRINCIPLEBYPETERWILBERG
beinsomeambiguousway.Insteadthemeaningofmeditationlies Home
in making time to be aware. Not at some future time but here and
now,andineverymomentofourlives. FromFocaltoFieldAwareness

TakingTimetoBeAware
There is what is going on right now whatever it is you are
doing, thinking, feeling, saying etc. And there is the awareness of ThePracticeofAwareness
what is going on the awareness of whatever it is you are doing, WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
thinking,feeling,sayingetc.Thisawarenessembracesnotjustwhat
is happening in the here and now but its larger where and larger WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
whentheoverallsituationandlargerlifecontextwithinwhichitis
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goingon,goeson,andoutofwhichitisemerging.Ultimatelyitisan
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Presuppositions
We say that some people are more sensitive or aware than FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
others.Whatwemeanisthattheyaregenerallyawareofmorethan Principle'
othersaremoreaspectsofwhatisgoingon,whetherinthemselves
orinothers,intheworldatlargeorinthehereandnow.Thosewith TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
ofEverything'
lesserawarenessmayhaveaneedtoexpressthemselvesmorefor
example through therapy merely to discover just how much more Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
there is for them to be aware of. Those with greater awareness Science
however, may have a no lesser need to express themselves
FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
needing to share all that they may be aware of with others in order Principle
not to feel overwhelmed or isolated by that awareness. Both
communicationandcreativitythemselvesareseenaswaysofgiving 'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
outthroughselfexpression,ratherthanasoccasionsforfullytaking 'Unconscious'
othersin,whetherthroughthewordorinreceptivesilence. Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'

As a result, peoples social interaction consists simply of talk Awarenessand'Psychology'


andtellingstorieseveryonesharinginwords,eachforthemselves, Awarenessor'Energy'?
whatismostimportanttothem,whilsttheirprivatelifeiseithermute,
uncreative and expressionless or else an ongoing search for some TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
formofhighlypersonalselfexpression.Thefactishowever,thatwe
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donotneedtoshareallofwhichweareaware,forawarenessitself
communicates and transmits itself silently, wordlessly, needing no Summary
formofoutwardexpression.
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Whethertheirawarenessisgreaterorlesser,mostpeoplehavea
tendency to identify it with whatever it is they are aware of. Not
understandingthetruenatureofawarenesstheytakeitastheirown COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
YOGA
as the private property of their ego or I. This is reflected in
commonwaysofspeaking.Ifforexample,weareawareofathought AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
orfeelingwhatwethinktoourselvesorsaytoothersisIthinkthis THERAPY(ABCT)
orIfeelthat.Indoingsoweidentify(Identify)withwhateveritis
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we are aware of. Meditation demands that we overcome the Therapy(MBCT)
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misconception that awareness as such what is called pure
awarenessissomethingthatisours,thatisyoursormineand AWARENESSANDSOMATICILLNESS
thusthepersonalpropertyofouregoorI. TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness

To enter a true state of meditative awareness however to


meditate is the opposite of Identifying with any thing or things FURTHERESSAYSANDBOOKSBY
weareawareof. PETERWILBERG


FURTHERPRACTICESOF
To meditate is to give ourselves time to identify with the pure AWARENESS
awareness of what is going on and not with any element or
aspectofit. BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
PracticingSittingasMeditation
Thatiswhythetrulyawarepersonontheotherhand,doesnot BodilyandSpatialAwareness
think I think this or I feel that, I recall this or I would like that. MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
Instead,wereitputintowords,theirexperienceofawarenesswould ExpandingSpatialAwareness
AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
notbeginwiththewordIbutwiththewordsThereis...Theywould 10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
notthinktothemselvesIthinkthisorIfeelthatbutratherThereis Awareness
anawarenessinmeofthisthoughtorThereisanawarenessinme IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
of this feeling. Thus they would not think I feel tired or I feel PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
MicroMeditations
anxious but rather There is an awareness of tiredness in me or
Thereisanawarenessofanxietyinme.Thisisimportant,because
the foundation of all meditation is the understanding that the
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awareness of a thought or feeling, mood or emotion, impulse or
activity, need or desire, is not itself a thought or feeling, mood or
emotion, impulse or activity, need or desire, but is instead
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somethinginnatelyfreeofalltheseelementsofourexperiencing.For PowerPointPresentation
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order to reach a state of pure thoughtfree awareness. On the
contrary, all we need do is identify with the pure awareness of our
thoughts.Thesameappliestoallelementsofourexperience,allso
called contents of consciousness. We do not need to empty our
consciousness of these contents in order to achieve a state of
awareness free of attachment to them. For the simple awareness of
those contents is itself an awareness free from and unattached to
them.
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Meditation then, is based on the recognition that awareness as
suchpureawarenessisnotboundorrestrictedtoanyparticular
thingorthingsweareawareofwhetherintheformofthoughtsor
feelings, impulses or sensations, needs or desires, memories or
anticipations. Instead, it is like space for though space is
inseparablefromtheobjectsinit,italsoremainsabsolutelydistinct

fromthem,andisnotitselfanything.Pureawareness,quitesimply,
is a clear and empty space of awareness for whilst it embraces
everything we experience, it remains absolutely distinct from each
PeterWilberg BOOKSBY
and every element of our experience, each and every thing we are PETER
awareof. WILBERG

To not get lost, stressed, drained, depressed or fatigued by


whatever is going on whatever we might be doing or saying,
thinking or feeling demands only that we stop identifying with the
immediate focus of our awareness and identify instead with the
largerspaceorfieldofawarenessaroundit.Whatweordinarilycall
consciousnessisatypeofhighlyfocusedorfocalawareness.True Clicktogoto
awarenessontheotherhandisatypeofnonfocal,nonlocalorfield PeterWilberg's
homepage
consciousness. As long as people are identified with the immediate
focusoftheirawarenesswhetherexternalorinternal,theyremainas
if encapsulated in a bubble from which no amount of social
interaction and communication will free them for all this allows
themisthereliefofselfexpressionofwhateveritistheyareawareof
from within their respective bubbles. Paradoxically, freedom from
such encapsulation in ourselves and in what we think of as our
awareness can be attained only by granting more awareness to our
most fleshly capsule our skin using it to sense the larger space
aroundourheadsandbodies.Forthatlargerspaceisinessencebut
a larger field or space of awareness. It is by identifying with this

larger space that we identify with the pure awareness of all that is
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larger space that we identify with the pure awareness of all that is
going on whether within or between our own bubbles of
awarenessandthoseofothers.

Expanding our awareness of space then, is the key to


experiencing awareness itself as an expansive, allembracing and
transcendentspaceembracingandtranscendingnotjustourown
body but that of every thing and person within it. By sensing and
identifying with an expanded awareness of space, we cease to
experience awareness as something encapsulated in our minds or
brainsorboundedbyourownskin.

Totrulybeaware istoliterally beinawarenesstoexperience


ourselves abiding or dwelling within a spacious field of pure
awareness in the same way as our bodies abide and dwell within
space.Thatspaciousexpanseofthepureawarenessinwhichweall
dwell is not ours, not yours nor mine, and yet it is the very
essenceofthedivine.ForasitiswrittenintheBhagavadGita:

AsthemightyAirthatpervadeseverythingeverabidesin

Space,knowthatinthesamewayallBeingsabideinMe.

Weallseekbreathingspaceinourbusylives.Tomeditateisto
identifywiththepureawareness of all that is going on. This means
sensingandidentifyingwiththelargerfieldorspacewithinwhichit
goeson.Inthiswaywebegintofeelmorebreathingspacenotby
breathing fresh air or by doing exercises in breath control but by
literallybreathingintheveryairnessofpureawarenessitselfthat
higher air or aether which pervades all things, yet abides in the
seemingemptinessofthespacearoundthem.

To begin with however, all we need do to meditate is to give


ourselves time to grant full awareness to our bodies allowing
ourselvestobeasfullyawareaspossibleofanyelementsofanxiety,
stress,tension,restlessnessordisease,howeversubtleorintense,
thatwesensewithinthem.Bygivingawarenesstoourbodiesinthis
way, we can, at the same time, give time to become more aware of
thingsgoingoninourlivesthatmaybeonourmindorthatcome
to mind as conscious mental thoughts or concerns directly related
towhatwearefeelinginourbodies.Thelongerwedothis,themore
time we give ourselves to be aware first of all of our bodies as a
wholeandthenofallthatpreoccupiesourmindsthemorewewill
sense a gap opening up between our bodymind and the everyday
self it constitutes and the very awareness we are granting it. In this
way we begin to feel a gap between our everyday self and identity
andanotherdeepselfthatSelfwhichisgrantingawarenesstoour
everyday self and lives, that Self, which, in its essence is the
awarenesswearegranting.

When we begin to sense that second, deeper Self we take the


secondmajorstepinmeditation.Ifthefirststepisgivingourselves
timetobeaware,thesecondispassingfrombeingawaretobeing
awareness. This means ceasing to identify with anything we are
aware of in our bodies and minds, but identifying instead with that
veryawarenesswearegivingourselves,andwiththeSelfthatisthat
awareness,ourawarenessself(theAtman).

FeelingthatSelfimmanentlyfromdeepdowninsideorwithin
our bodies we can then begin to feel it transcendentally. This is
the third stage of meditation. We reach it by giving awareness not
just to all that is going on inside us in the inner spaces of our
bodiesandwithinourmindsbutalsotoourskinsurface,usingitto
sense more intensely the clear empty space surrounding our heads
andbodies.Asweexpandourawarenessintothatspacewebeginto
feelitasaninfinitespaceofawarenessofwhichnotjustourbody
but all bodies are but different shapes or expressions. All that we
were previously more intensely aware of as going on in our body
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were previously more intensely aware of as going on in our body
and mind indeed in our everyday life in its entirety we now
experience as nothing more than shallow ripples and reflections on
thesurfaceofafathomless,undergroundoceanofawareness.Atthe
sametime,wefeelthedeeperSelfwithinusasonecentreofavast,
vaultingtimespaceofawarenessonethatspansourentirelifetime.

It is as and from this Self that we can give ourselves time to


meditateatanytime,simplybygivingmoreawarenesstoallthatis
goingonwithinusorpreoccupyingourbodiesandmindswhilstat
the same time breathing the pure air or aether of that clear,
contentlessawarenesswhichsurroundsusasspaceitself,andthat
spansalloftime.

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Arevolutionary'TheoryofEverything'basedonaUnifiedFieldTheoryofConsciousness,The
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the private property of persons or a product of their brains
awarenesscanalsobeunderstoodastheveryessenceoftheDivine. FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
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Instead of arguing about the existence of God as some sort of
'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
Supreme Being that merely has consciousness, The Awareness 'Unconscious'
Principle allows us to recognise that God IS consciousness
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consciousness as such or 'awareness' and that all things, all
beings and all worlds are but individualised portions and Awarenessand'Psychology'

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The Awareness Principle refines, reinterprets and clarifies
understandings of the ultimate nature of reality stemming from Summary
traditional Indian religious philosophies and yogic practices in Summary2
particular the tradition of Indian philosophy known as Kashmir
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arose. In this way The Awareness Principle constitutes an original
spiritual teaching in its own right offering new answers to big AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
THERAPY(ABCT)
questions,andyetdoinginawayfreeorattachmentorconfinement
tothespecificcultures,religions,languagesandsymbolsofallpast AwarenessorMindfulnessBased
Therapy(MBCT)

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spiritualtraditionsandteachings.
AWARENESSANDSOMATICILLNESS

TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness

Themostbasicquestionsofall:
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PETERWILBERG
Question:Howdoyouknowthatanythingatallexistsoris?
Answer:Onlythroughanawarenessofit. FURTHERPRACTICESOF
AWARENESS

BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
Question:Howdoyouevenknowthatyouexistorare? Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
PracticingSittingasMeditation
Answer:Onlythroughanawarenessofbeing. BodilyandSpatialAwareness
MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
ExpandingSpatialAwareness
Question: If this is so, how can that awareness be regarded as AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
yours,orasthepropertyofanyperson,beingorthingthatweonly 10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
Awareness
knowofthroughthatveryawareness?teachings. IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
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MicroMeditations
Answer: It cannot. The Awareness Principle is the principle that
awarenesscannotinprinciple be explained by or reduced to the
property or product of anything of which IT is aware any self or THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS

person,bodyorbeingevenaSupremeBeingor'Being'assuch.On
thecontrary,everybeingisanindividualisedportion,expressionand OURSPACIOUSBODYOFAWARENESS
embodiment of a beginningless and boundless Awareness a PowerPointPresentation

UniversalAwarenessFieldthatisbeyondexplanation.
Buy'TheAwarenessPrinciple'byPeter
Note:Since we only have direct evidence of the existence of things Wilberg
though subjective awareness, it follows that awareness or
subjectivity is more primordial than being or existence. The first
principleofTheAwarenessPrincipleisthereforethatawarenessas
such is the 1st principle of the universe the basis of all that is or
exists.


Q. If we only know things through an awareness of them do they LookInside
continuetoexistwhenwearenotawareofthem?
A. Yes. This question carries with it the traditional Western
assumption that awareness is something that we possess as our
private property. In reality each individuals awareness is an
individualisedportionandexpressionofauniversalawareness.This

universalawarenessdoesnotceasetobeawareofanythingwhether
ornotweareawareofitforeventhemostseeminglyinsentientor
inanimate things are also individualised portions and expressions PeterWilberg BOOKSBY
ofit. PETER
WILBERG

Q. Does that mean there is no such thing as an unaware or


insentientthing?
A.Yes.Thereisnosuchthingthatismerelyaninsentientobjectof
consciousness.Insteadeverythingisadistinctawarenessinitself,
though the awareness that constitutes that being may be more or Clicktogoto
PeterWilberg's
less differentiated, and refined. Thus the portion of the universal homepage
awarenessthatmanifestsasamoleculeormineralformisbothmore
primordial and less differentiated than that of a vegetable, animal,
humanortranshumanbeing.

Q.Areyousayingthatthethingsweperceiveasobjectsaresentient
beingswhicharejustasmuchawareofusasweareofthem?
A.Yes,thoughtheydonotperceiveusandotherthingsinthesame
waythatwedo.

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Thus what we perceive as a stone, tree, spider, cat, jellyfish,


sharketc.maynotcorrespondinanywaytothewayinwhichthey
perceive each other or human beings. What the human being
perceives as a cat or any nameable object is a product of our
specificallyhumanmodeofperceptualawareness.Inrealitythereis
nosuchthingasatreeorcatonlyourspecificallyhumanwayof
perceiving the type or species of awareness that constitutes any
otherbeing.

Q.Sotherearesuchthingsasexistingbeingsindependentofour
awareness?
A. Yes, so long as we understand that (1) a being is essentially
nothing but a specific shape or pattern of awareness, and (2) that
whilst beings exist independent of our awareness they are each
shapestakenbyauniversalawareness.

Q.Whatisbodyawareness?
A. Not an awareness produced by or belonging to the body but an
awarenessofthebody.

Q.Whatisselfawareness?
A.Notanawarenessbelongingtotheselfbutanawarenessofself.
Any and every self is ultimately but the selfexpression and self
recognitionoftheuniversalawarenesswecallGod.

Note: since our very knowledge that our self and our body are or
exist depends on an awareness of being and an awareness of body
andself,itfollowsthatthatawareness cannot itself be theproperty
ofanyselfortheproductofanybodyorbodypart,suchasthebrain.
The 2nd principle of The Awareness Principle is that awareness
cannotinprinciplebereducedtothepropertyorproductofany
being,bodyorselfthereisanawarenessof.

Q.WhatisGodandinwhatwaydoesGodexist?
A. God is not some existing and supreme being that has or
possesses awareness. God is awareness a universal awareness
thatindividualisesitself,andisthethereforethesourceofallbeings
understoodasindividualisedportionsandexpressionsofit.

Note: Since the existence of any things or being, including a


supreme Godbeing, assumes an awareness of its existence,
follows that awareness itself must be considered as having a more
primordialrealitythananybeingincludingasupremeGodbeing
that we are aware of. Thus it is that awareness alone a universal
awarenessandnotanaawarenessthatismerelyyoursormine
canbeconsideredastheveryessenceofthedivineofGod.

Q.Whatisawarenessitself?
A. A broader and more spacious consciousness field or field
consciousnessultimatelyauniversalconsciousnessfieldofwhich
everythingandbeingisanindividualisedportionandexpression.

Q. What is the difference between awareness and what we call


consciousness?
Ordinaryconsciousnessisnotfieldconsciousnessbutapurelyfocal
consciousnessattachedtowhateveritiswehappentobecurrently
experiencing or aware of. As a field consciousness however,

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awareness on the other hand, embraces every possible element or


focus of our conscious experience whilst at the same time
remainingabsolutelydistinctfromthem.

Q.Whatisthevalueofawareness?
A.Awarenessisfreedomforbeingdistinctfromallthatwedo,say
andexperienceitfreesusfromidentificationwithanyelementofour
experience mental, physical or emotional, and therefore at the
sametimeallowsustofreelychoosethefocus

Note: The pure awareness of a thing or thought, sensation or


emotion,impulseoractionisnotitselfathingorthought,sensation
oremotion,impulseoraction.Hencebysimplyrecognisingthatthe
awareness of a troubling thought or emotion, for example, is not
itselfathoughtoremotion,itceasestobetroublesome.Forjustas
empty space is distinct from every possible object in it, so its pure
awareness distinct from all its possible contents from everything
we are or could be aware of. Awareness, like space, both embraces
and transcends everything experienced within it. Indeed it is by
sensing and identifying with the emptiness of the space around
thingsandaroundourbodiesthatwecancometoexperiencespace
itselfasaspaceorfieldofpureawareness.Doingsoenablesusto
fullyfeel,affirmallthatweexperiencewithinthatfieldwhilstatthe
same time remaining absolutely free from attachment to each and
everyelementofthatexperience.

Q.Whatcanexplaintheexistenceofawarenessitself?
A.Nothing(nothing)canexplaintheexistenceofawareness,since
anythingorbeingwemightthinkofasacauseorexplanationfor
italreadyassumesanawarenessofthatthingorbeing.

Q.Howdoeseverythingweexperiencecometobeorexistinthefirst
place?
A. As creative expressions or manifestations of potentialities latent
withintheuniversalawarenessinthesamewaythataworkofartis
not something caused but an expression or manifestation of
potentialities latent in the artists soul. What defines the artist as a
being is that soul which consists of nothing but a set of unique
qualitiesandpotentialitiesofawareness.

Note 1 This viewpoint differs from the idea that the universe was
created by a supreme being. This view doesnt explain how that
very Godbeing itself came to be. And if we believe that God is a
beingseparateandapartfromtheuniverseitcreated,weeffectively
turnGodintojustonebeingorentityamongothersintheuniverse.

Note2The Awareness Principle also differs from the scientific view


that the universe and with it time and space themslves began
withaBigBang.Sincetheveryideaoftimeandspacebeginning
atsomepointintimeorspaceisillogicalinprinciple,itiscertainly
notprovablebyexperiment.

Note3Therearethreebasicmodelsofhowthingscametobe:

1.ThestandardCreationistmodel,whichassumestheexistenceof
theCreatorBeingbutdoesnotexplainhowthisBeingitselfcameto
be.

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2.TheBigBangmodel,whichillogicallytalksabouttimeasifitcould
besomethingthatitselfbeganintimeandoffersnoexplanationof
howtheBigBangitselfcametobe.

3. The Creative Expressionist model. This understands all actual


things as creative expressions of potential shapes and qualities of
awareness. This model does not assume the existence of a Creator
Being or of any being for it understands beings themselves as
expressionsofpotentialshapesandqualitiesofawareness.

Q.Howexactlydoesawarenessgiveexpressiontoallthatexists?
A. The problem with this question therefore, is that the scientific
worldview is so ingrained in people that they can only conceive of
this'how'exceptintermsofsomesortofcausalexplanation.Onthe
other hand, they do not think of asking themselves, for example,
exactly'how'theirawarenessofsomethingexpressesitselfinwords,
thoughtandspeech.TheAwarenessPrincipleoffersanexpressionist
model of creation of a sort quite different, in principle, to causal
models.Forexpressionasinspeechissomethingweexperience
directly.Theneedto'explain'thehowofexpressionthroughsome
hidden causal mechanism that we don't experience is a product of
scientificbrainwashing.

Q.What,ultimately,isreality?
A.Mostpeopleidentifyrealitysolelywithanawarenessofactuality
withthingsthatareactuallypresentorexistent.Yetthedimension
ofpotentialityisnolessrealthantherealmoftheactualindeeditis
outofanawarenessofthecountlesseverchangingpotentialslatent
in each moment that all real life actions and actualities emerge.
Reality then does not consist ultimately of one realm only, but of
threerealmsofawarenessawarenessofthingsactualandpresent,
awarenessofpotentialshapesandformsofawareness(beings,and
a third realm which belongs to the essence of life itself. This is the
realm of becoming the very process of actualisation or
presencing by which potentialities and possibilities latent in
awarenessbecomeactualorpresentbywhichtheycometobeor
become.Awarenessaloneandassuchisultimaterealitythethree
primary realms or dimensions of actuality or being, potentiality or
nonbeing,andactualisationorbecomingbeingalldimensionsof
thatultimaterealityofawarenessassuch.

Q.Whatislife?
A.Lifeisaninnatedrivetowardsactualityorbeinglatentwithinall
potentialities, and propelling them towards ever greater and fuller
selfactualisationnotinthesenseofactualisingsomeactualand
already existing self or being, but in the sense of allowing
potentialitiesofawarenesstomanifestandtakeshapeascountless
differentbeingsorselves.Inanutshellthen,lifeisaninnatedrive,
willandpowertobethatexpressesitselfinallthatis.

Q.Whatisthemeaningoflife?
A.Lifeisexpression.Assuch,ithastheessentialcharacterofbeing
a type of speech. That means it is innately meaningful. The
meaning of life lies in the fact that every thing in our lives has an
expressivemeaningthataddressesusinthesamewaythatspeech

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addressed to us does calling for awareness and calling upon us


alsotorespond.

Note: We can discover the meaning of life only by being aware of


how not just every word, but also every thing, person, situation,
event and interaction in our lives even the most seemingly
insignificant or minor already addresses and touches us in a
meaningful way. This in turn allows us to come to an awareness of
thatmeaningnotjustthemeaningitholdsforuspersonallybutits
meaning for others, and also as an expression of universal truths.
Yet we cannot find the meaning of life without also living life. That
meansacceptingtheunconditionaldemandthatlifeplacesonusall
a demand not just to be aware of meaning in our lives but to
respondtoittorespondtoeverythingandeveryonethataddresses
us in our lives, whether directly or indirectly. To do so requires the
cultivation of a higher type of responseability one that can only
come from recognising both ourselves and every other being as a
unique and therefore uniquely meaningful expression of the divine
universal awareness we call God, with all its infinite creative
potentialitiesofexpression.Weareunconditionallycalledupontobe
aware of all that addresses us and to creatively and expressively
respond to it precisely in order to give expression to those
potentialities and thus to live and be. Yet since we can, at any
time and in any situation, choose whether and to what degree we
allow events and people and questions themselves to address and
touch us, and since we can also choose whether and with what
degree of awareness and commitment we resolve to respond to
them, the ultimate question that life and all that is poses to us is,
ultimately, a single ethical question rather than a philosophical
question alone. This single ethical question is whether or not we
choosetorecogniseandrespondtoallthemanyquestionsthatlife
and other beings constantly raise in us or leave us with. For it is
through this choice that we decide whether to be or not to be, to
liveornottoliveanddeterminealsothedegreeofmeaninginour
lives.

Q.Whatisdeath?
A. We have more than one life in which to face and answer this
ultimatequestionoflife,andtherearemoreworldsthanoneinwhich
we face it. Just as birth is a form of expression, so is death our
rebirth into the multidimensional universe or multiverse of
awareness,onenotrestrictedtothedimensionsandexpressionsof
awarenessweperceiveasmatter,energy,spaceandtime.

Q.Whatistheuniverseultimatelymadeof?

A.Wearesuchstuffasdreamsaremadeon.(Shakespeare)Asour
dream images and sensations give expression to felt shapes,
patterns,colours,tonesandtexturesofawareness,sodoallthings.
Theuniverseismadeupofelementalqualitiesofawarenesswhat
weperceiveaslight,forexample,beingamanifestationofthelightof
awareness.

Somecounterquestionsandanswers:

Q.Howcantherebesuchathingasawarenesswithoutthingstobe
aware of? Doesnt this question allow us to argue with the same

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forcethattheexistenceofthosethingscomesfirstoratleastisas
fundamental as awareness of them? Furthermore, by implying that
awarenessitselfisorexistsdoesitnotfollowthattheprincipleof
Being or Existence is more fundamental than The Awareness
Principle?
A.Whilstawarenessisindeedinseparablefromthingsweareaware
ofitisalsoabsolutelydistinctfromthem(inthesamewaythatspace
is both inseparable and yet also distinct from everything in it). In
addition however, awareness embraces not just things that actually
are or exist the realm of Being or Existence but also everything
thatisnotbutcouldbe,theentirerealmofpotentialbeingorreality
as well as actual being or existence. Since the very being of
awarenessisofasortthatembracesandpartakesoftheentirerealm
or reality of potentiality or nonbeing it is a more encompassing
principlethanTheBeingPrinciple.

Q.Howdidawarenessitselfbeginorcometobe?
A. Time, like space is a dimension of awareness. To think of
awarenessashavingabeginningorendmakesnomoresensethan
to think of space as having a location in space, or time as such
havingabeginningorendintime.Awareness,liketime,isnotitself
anything temporal having a beginning or end but instead is
essentially timeless or timetranscendent the true meaning of
eternal.

Q.Isntthereasimpleranswertohowweknowthatanythingexists
because our brains give us a picture of things through information
pickedupfromoursenses?
A. If everything we perceive consists of pictures produced by the
brain,howcanthesensespickupinformationfromtheminthefirst
place?Theideathatourbrainproducespicturesofthingsfromour
sense organs is as illogical as saying that a camera produces
photographs through the lightreflectedoffthingsandthensaying
thatthosethingsareactuallynothingbutphotographsproducedby
the camera! Then again, since both our sense organs and the brain
itself are something we only know about through our perception of
them, how can they be used to explain perception as such? Sense
perception is itself a specific mode of awareness a patterned
awareness of sensory qualities such as colour, sound, shape,
warmth,textureetc.Thatdoesnotmeanthatperceptionisaproperty
or product of our brains and sense organs or that sense organs
prove to us that things exist out there. For our brains and sense
organs are themselves things we know about only because we can
perceive them. Perception is no more something caused or
explained by things we perceive (including our brains and sense
organs themselves) than can dreaming be caused or explained by
some particular thing we dream of. Seeing, for example, cannot be
explainedbyanythingweseeincludingtheeye.

Note:Brainsciencetriestoreplacesanolderphilosophicalviewthat
everythingweperceiveisallinthemindwithanewbeliefthatits
allinthebrain.Itcanonlydosohowever,byrulingthebrainitself
out of the very picture of reality that it is supposed to create. For
since the brain itself is something we can only know about through
studying our perceptual picture of it or graphic pictures of brain
activity brain science ends up explaining how we perceive
everythingthroughoneparticularthingthatweperceivethebrain

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itself as we perceive it, directly or through instruments. Far from


offeringanycrediblescientificexplanationofperceptionthen,brain
scienceeffectivelyimpliesthatrealityisallinthemindconsisting
solely of perceptual pictures of the world created by the brain
whichnecessarilyincludesourpictureofthebrainitself.Incontrast,
TheAwarenessPrinciplerecognisesthatsenseperceptionisitselfa
mode of awareness, and that our perceptual world cannot in
principle be caused or explained by anything that we perceive or
are aware of in that world including the brain. On the contrary,
everything we perceive including our sense organs is a shape
taken by awareness one that in turn gives a specific form and
character to the univeral awareness.Inthemostgeneralterms,The
AwarenessPrinciplestatesthatawarenessiseverythingandthatin
turn everything is an awareness a specific shape or pattern of
awareness.

Q. Doesnt physics tell us that behind all that we perceive with our
senses are electromagnetic energies, and that it is from these our
braincreatesimagesofthings?
A. Yes, but remember that our sensory awareness gives us no
evidence whatsoever of the existence of these energies, which are
notthingsinthemselvesbutabstractconceptsusedbyphysicsto
explain things. And since all the concepts of physics refer to
mathematical quantities they cannot in principle explain our
subjective awareness of any sensory qualities at all for example
our awareness of qualities of colour or sound, taste or texture, or
even such basic sensory qualities such as light and darkness or
warmth and coolness. Sensory qualities that we take for granted as
real through the evidence of our senses colour for example
actually have no place in what physics conceives as objective
reality. That is because no evidence for their existence can ever be
found except as qualities of subjective experiencing. The quantities
thatphysicsdealwitharelikesumsofmoneyonabankbalance.We
canusethemtobuytangiblethingsorordertheirproduction,butas
mere numbers they cannot directly cause or create their sensory
reality.

Q. If we dont perceive through our sense organs why do we have


thematall?
A.Wedonotseeorhearbecausewehaveeyesandearsandother
sense organs. We have eyes, ears and other sense organs because
we are seeing, hearing and perceiving beings. Our brain and bodily
senseorgansarebuttheoutwardperceivedformorembodimentof
thedifferentmodesandpatternsofperceptualawarenessthatdefine
usashumanbeings.Theuniversalawarenessisanartist.Justasa
greatportraitcanshowustheuniquequalitiesofawarenessorsoul
revealedthroughapersonsfaceandeyes,soisthehumanbodyas
suchandallitsorgansafleshlyportraitofthehumansoulgiving
expression to the complex and sophisticated pattern of awareness
thatdefineusasaspeciesofconsciousness.Wedonotsense,think,
feel, speak or perceive like human beings because we have brains.
Instead the human brain and nervous system is a marvellous
embodiment of the sophistication of human awareness, whether in
theformofthought,feeling,speechorperception.

Q. Since what we see around us are things we can not only see or
hearbuttouch,pickupanduseindifferentways,doesntthistellus

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theyarerealmaterialobjectsandnotimagesinthemindorbrain
letalonemeresensoryshapesandformsofawareness?
A. All we know is that there are certain things which (unlike mental
images or hallucinations) we can not only actually perceive (for
examplebyseeingthem)butalsopotentiallyperceiveinotherways
forexamplebytouchingortastingthem.Itissuchthingsweregard
as material things. Yet that does not mean that matter as such is
anyactualsubstanceorthing.Insteadwhatwethinkorconceiveof
as material and not merely mental is anything there is an
awareness of being able to perceive in more ways than one. A
material thing is any actually perceived thing that can also
potentially be perceived through other sensory modes. Matter is
that awareness of potential modes of perception referred to in the
questionitself:forexampletheawarenessthatsomethingweseeor
hearcanalsopotentiallybetouchedandfelt.

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Anonymous November11,2013at7:03AM
Is Pure Awareness more accurately defined as amoral, or does Pure Aware embody
moralqualitiesandserveasanobjectivebasisformoraltruth?
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PeterWilberg November12,2013at6:11AM
Aninterestingquestion.Thoughalmostimpossiblydifficulttoanswerinbrief
allow me to offer this initial response. To begin with of course, Pure
Awareness, as absolute subjectivity neither has objects nor is an object in
itself. Thus it is also not the objective basis of anything but rather the
subjectivebasisofeverything.

Whilsteverythingthatexistsoriseverybeingisashapetakenbypure
awareness, pure awareness as such is not itself a being let alone a human
being and in this sense transcends all human concepts of good and evil,
moralityandethics.InthissenseitcouldbesaidtobetransmoralatermI
prefer to amoral, given that pure awareness is also the source and soul of
allbeings.

Yet precisely by virtue of this it could, in human terms, be said to have an


innatelymoralcharactertoobeingthatwhichnotonlyfirstallowsallbeing
to be, but also constantly values and nurtures all their potentials none of
whichareinnatelybad,evilorimmoral.

Inthissensetoo,pureawarenesscouldalsobesaidtobetheultimatesource
of what human beings consider moral good given that no beings are in
any innately evil in their values, intents or potentials. It is only the
(temporarily) blocked or distorted human expression or enactment of
particular values through moral concepts and belief systems, in particularly
those based on a moral dualism of good versus evil that, paradoxically,
actually gives rise to what human beings morally perceive or experience as
evil. Paradoxically also, evil is thus only transcended and overcome by
overcomingmoraldualismsandwiththemtheverybeliefinevil.

Tosumup:moralityandmoralbeliefsystemsare,justlikewhatisseenor
experiencedasevilmerelydistortedhumanattemptstobringtofulfilment
what are all again, in purely human terms innately good values, intents
andpotentialstoexpression.

The distortion of value fulfilment through moral dualisms and beliefs


systemsis,fromthispointofview,merelyanecessarylearningprocessand
experienceforhumanbeing.Forwhenwerecognisetheinnategoodness,or
betterputtheinnatevalueofallthingandbeingstheywillcometovalue
and cherish them more. Similarly we can come to understand what we call
values as latent qualities and potentialities of awareness all of which are

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goodinhumanterms.

The best way of doing so is through identification with pure awareness


which is that which, not only brings to fulfilment but innately values all
beingsandtheirpotentialsofbeing.

Finally, it is important also to bear in mind that morality, immorality and


amorality are all essentially moral value systems (both amorality and
immorality being a relation to the moral and and thus to mores i.e. to
what is valued in particular human cultures by virtue of having become
conventional or customary. And yet all such mores or customary moral
values are also based on a false understanding of what values as such
essentially are, i.e. precisely not customary ways of being or mores but
potentialities of being in the form of particular qualities and dimensions of
awarenessseekingexpressionandembodiment.Thustheverytermsmoral,
immoralandamoralarealsoallmerelymoreorlessdistortedexpressions
ofwhatIcallthetransmoralnatureofpureawarenesswhichisnotasetor
system of codified mores or moral values but the activity of valuing all
thingsandbeingsandwiththemtheirpotentialsofawareness.

Foravividdescriptionofanexperienceofthisinnatelyvaluingandtherefore
also loving, cherishing and nurturing activity of pure awareness I suggest
you read the sections of Jane Roberts book on The Afterlife Journal of an
American Philosopher included in the Archive page of my site on The New
Yoga of Awareness in an essay entitled The Light of Awareness in the
Afterlife.Gotohttp://www.thenewyoga.org/light_of_awareness_James.pdf

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1.AWARENESSANDEXPERIENCING
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awareness of all you are experiencing and whatever it is you
are doing, thinking, feeling, saying etc. This awareness
embraces not just what is happening in the here and now but
its larger where and larger when the overall situation and ESSAYSONTHEAWARENESS
PRINCIPLEBYPETERWILBERG
largerlifecontextwithinwhichitisgoingon,goeson,andout
of which it is emerging. Ultimately this awareness is a divine Home
universalawarenessembracingandpervadingallofspaceand
time. FromFocaltoFieldAwareness

TakingTimetoBeAware
Tomeditateistogiveourselvestimetoidentifywiththepure
ThePracticeofAwareness
AWARENESSofallthatweareexperiencingallthatisgoing
onandnotwithanyelementoraspectofit. WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?

That is why the truly aware person does not think to WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
themselves I think this or I feel that but ratherThere is an MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
awareness in me of this thought or There is an awareness in
me of this feeling. Thus they would not think I feel glad or I TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
feel sad but rather There is an awareness of gladness in me Presuppositions
orThereisanawarenessofsadnessinme. FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
Principle'
The first thing a truly aware person does if they feel even the
TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
slightest sense of physical, emotional or mental discomfort or ofEverything'
diseaseistonottoseektodistractthemselvesfromitorgive
itlessawarenessbut,onthecontrarytogiveitmoreawareness Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
fullawarenessfeelingitaspurequalityofbodilysensation. Science
Only in this way can they come to identify with the pure FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
awarenessofthediscomfortordiseaseratherthanidentifying Principle
unawareswiththatdiscomfortordisease.
'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
'Unconscious'

2.AWARENESSISINNATELYTHOUGHTFREE Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'

Awarenessand'Psychology'

Awarenessor'Energy'?
We do not need to effortfully empty, clear, free or purify
our minds of thoughts in order to enjoy a meditative space of TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
purethoughtfreeawareness.
QuestionsandAnswers

That is because the awareness of a thought is not itself a Summary


thoughtandthusinnatelythoughtfree.
Summary2

The awareness of a thought or of any thing whether a
sensation or perception, emotion or impulse, need or desire,
COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
impulse or action is not itself a thought or any thing, and YOGA
thereforeinnatelythoughtfreeandthingfree.
AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
THERAPY(ABCT)

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Therapy(MBCT)
AWARENESSassuch,beingdistinctinprinciplefromeachand
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AWARENESSassuch,beingdistinctinprinciplefromeachand
everyelementofourexperience,eachandeverythingweare AWARENESSANDSOMATICILLNESS
aware of, is innately thought and thingfree. That is why TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness
AWARENESSisFREEDOM.

FURTHERESSAYSANDBOOKSBY
PETERWILBERG
3.EVERYTHINGISANAWARENESS

FURTHERPRACTICESOF
Asensationorperception,needordesire,thoughtorfeelingfor AWARENESS
example,isnotsimplysomethingweareawareOF.Itisitselfan
AWARENESSofsomethingorsomeoneelse. BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
PracticingSittingasMeditation
Similarly, things in the crude sense are not mere insentient BodilyandSpatialAwareness
objects.Arockortreetoo,isnotjustsomethingweareaware MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
ExpandingSpatialAwareness
OF.InsteaditISanawarenessinitsownright.Cells,molecules AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
atomsandparticlesofallshapesandformsareexpressionsof 10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
patterns of cellular, molecular and atomic AWARENESS, each Awareness
withitsownparticlenatureorparticularity. IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
MicroMeditations

The most selfevident empirical and scientific fact is not the THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS
objectiveEXISTENCEofthingsbuta(subjective)AWARENESS
of them. The most basic fact of individual life is not our own
existenceorbeingbutanintimateandprimordialAWARENESS OURSPACIOUSBODYOFAWARENESS
ofbeing. PowerPointPresentation

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4.'GOD'ISAWARENESS Wilberg

What we call God is not a supreme being with awareness.


Instead God IS awareness an awareness absolute and
unbounded, one that is not the private property of any being
buttheDivinesourceofallbeings.Allthingsandallbeingsare
a part of God unique, individualised portions of the Divine
UniversalAwarenessthatISGod. LookInside

5.AWARENESSHASNOCAUSESOREXPLANATIONS

To seek the cause of consciousness or awareness in the


body or brain is like seeking the cause of a dream and of
dreamingassuch,insomeparticularthingwehappentodream
of. Awareness cannot in principle be explained by or PeterWilberg BOOKSBY
reduced to the property or product of any thing we are aware PETER
WILBERG
of,whetherawakeordreaming.

6.AWARENESSISNOTOURPRIVATEPROPERTY

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Awarenessisnomoreprivatepropertythanspaceortime.Yet homepage
both science and religion are permeated by the unquestioned
assumption that awareness is the PRIVATE PROPERTY of
individual persons or beings human or divine or else the
merePRODUCTofsomethingsuchasthebodyandbrain.

7.AWARENESSAS1STPRINCIPLEOFALLTHATIS

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The Awareness Principle is the recognition that AWARENESS


assuch(pureawareness)ISthe1stprincipleoftheuniverse
theultimaterealitybehindandwithinallthings.Thatisbecause
awareness as such cannot IN PRINCIPLE be reduced to or
explained by anything we are aware OF. For awareness AS
SUCH is the precondition or field condition for our
consciousnessOFanythingatall.

8.SPACE&TIME

What we are aware of as space is but a spacious field OF


AWARENESS one unrestricted and unbound by anything we
areawareofwithinit.

SPACE IS COPRESENCE OF PHENOMENA IN A FIELD OF


AWARENESS.

TIMEISTHEPRESENCINGOFPHENOMENAINTHEFIELDOF
AWARENESSWECALLSPACE.

Time is the nonextensional SPACE of awareness, more or


lesscontracted,pressuredandstressed,thatwefeelwithinthe
Moment.
Space is the extensional TIME we give ourselves to open up
and expand the freedom and spaciousness of the awareness
wefeelintheMoment.

Only by giving ourselves TIME TO BE AWARE can we expand


theTIMESPACEofourawarenessandbreathefreelywithinit
givingourselvesbreathingspace.

EXPANDING THE SPACIOUSNESS OF OUR AWARENESS


ALLOWS US TO BREATHE THE VITALITY OF AWARENESS
THATFILLSSPACE.

9.AWARENESSISVITALAIRANDBREATH


SENSINGTHATWITHEACHBREATHYOUAREBREATHINGIN
THROUGHYOURENTIREBODYSURFACE,YOUAREABLETO
ABSORBANDFEELTHISVITALITYFILLINGYOU.

WhetherwecallitPRANA,CHI,KIorREIKIthissubtleenergy
isnothingbuttheimmanentvitalityofpureawarenessassuch,
present throughout space. Only one method of breathing
allowsustoinstantlydrawthisspiritualvitalityintoourbody
by sensing the infinity of cosmic space around us and feeling
as if we are drawing or breathing its vitality in through our
entire body surface that is to say, through every pore of our
skinandintoeverycellofourbody.

The skin is our principal organ of respiration. That is why no


methodofbreathinginvolvingonlytheinneranatomicalorgans
ofbreathnose,mouth,diaphragmandlungscandrawonthe
vitalityofpureawarenessthatsurroundsusasspace.

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10.THEEGOICISUBSTITUTESFORAWARENESS


Throughtheuseofthesingleword'I'indeedintheveryactof
uttering it in speech, the ego seizes upon, grasps and
appropriates all experiencing as its own personal private
property saying to itself and others: "I think this" or "I feel
that. The egos delusion of owning its experience is the
essential block to higher awareness known in the yogic
tradition as Anavamala. In owning or appropriating all
experiencing for itself, the ego both traps our everyday self in
identificationwith'its'personalexperiencing,andexpropriates
thatexperiencingfromthattranspersonalawarenessthatisits
divinesourceandtheultimateexperiencer.

Thatiswhyif,wheninsteadofthinking:

"'I'think/feel/sensethisorthatorwesaytoourselves:

"Thereisanawarenessofthinking/feeling/sensingthis."

In this way we prevent the egoic 'I' from owning or
appropriatingexperienceasitsprivatepropertyandrecognise
awarenessitselfandassuchasthesoleexperiencerofallthat
canbeexperienced.

Enlightenment is not the destruction of the ego as such but


transcendence of the PROPRIETORIAL or POSSESSIVE ego
thatIwhichtakesconsciousexperiencingasitsownactivity,
takes all experiences as its private property and treats its
body and brain as a material means of production of
experience.

Outofthistranspersonalawarenessofexperiencingcomesan
entirely new experience of awareness and an entirely new
experienceofselfanexperienceofthatSelfthatisawareness
andofthatawarenesswhichisourdeepestSelfidenticalwith
the Divine. The liberated ego no longer immediately seizes
upon,grasps,ownsandappropriatesitsexperiencingasour
own.Insteaditisitselfenownedreownedandreappropriated
bythattranspersonalawarenesswhichisourdivineSelf.

THE LIBERATED EGO OR IKNOWS ITSELF SOLELY AS A


MINDER OR CARETAKER OF THAT AWARENESS OUT OF
WHICH ALL EXPERIENCING ARISES NOT ITS OWNER OR
'SUBJECT'.

The higher truth is that it is not 'we' that experience or 'have'


experiences,norwethatexperienceor'have'aself.Insteadall
experiencing, including our selfexperience, belongs to and
arisesfromtheDivineAwarenessas

ITSselfexpression and ITS selfexperience. To be able, in


everyday speech and communication, to utter the word 'I' in

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this sense from out of an awareness transcending it is the


highestandmostdemandingaccomplishmentinthePracticeof
AwarenessthatisTheNewYogaofAwareness.

11.FREEDOMISAWAREACTION

Free action is aware action because only out of awareness


comes mindfulness of more than one possible action and free
choicebetweenthem.

Everysinglethingyoudowithoutfirstgivingtimetobeaware
ofwhatelseyoumightbestdoatthistime,howelseorinwhat
othermanneryoumightbestdoit,andwhenelsemightbethe
besttimetodoiteverysuchactisanunawareandunfreeact.

Unaware action is unfree actionbecauseitdoesnotcomeout


ofanawarenessofalternativewhats,howsandwhensand
thereforeisnotanactoffreechoicebutratheronedetermined
solelybyegoorimpulse.

12.AWAREACTIONISRIGHTACTION

Aware action is right action because it comes from giving


ourselves time to weigh up and feel out the rightness of
different possible actions in awareness and let awareness
decideratherthanegoorimpulse.Actionpositivelydecidedby
theegowithoutmeditativeawarenessisitselfmerereactionto
externaleventsandsurrendertoinnerimpulses.

Whetherweactimpulsively,intheheatofthemoment,oruse
reason to coolly rationalise our actions, makes no difference.
For if we do act and speak without meditative awareness and
mindfulness of alternative possible deeds and words, all our
actions remain unaware, unfree and purely reactive. Unaware,
unpremeditated actions are like actions engaged in
spontaneouslyinadreamwithoutthelucidityandfreedomof
choicethatcomesfromawarenessthatwearedreaming.

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butindividualisedshapes,patternsandqualitiestakenbyAwarenessassuch,thatbeingsonly
perceive each other as bodies in the first place within fields of awareness and do so FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
according to the particular way their individual awareness fields are perceptually and Principle
conceptually patterned. Concepts themselves are not just ideas in our heads and minds
detached from the universe they seek to represent. Instead they are but the conceptual 'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
'Unconscious'
expression of highly individualised and speciesspecific fieldpatterns of awareness patterns
that shape each species and each individuals entire perception of the universe, not least our Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
ownscientificconceptionsofitandtheoriesaboutit.
Awarenessand'Psychology'

Awarenessor'Energy'?
This brings us to a new and revolutionary philosophical aspect of The Awareness Principle,
TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
namelytheunderstandingitbringsthatAwarenessisnotsomethinglocalisedinourheadsor
in individual organs or organisms, but has an essentially nonlocal or field character. Having QuestionsandAnswers
the character of an unbounded spatial and temporal field, Awareness is in principle
irreducible to and unexplainable by any thing or things we are aware of as (localised) Summary
phenomena within this field, any localised objects and any localised subjects of awareness
Summary2
too. Thus to even seek to explain awareness as the product of some localisable thing we are
awareof(thehumanbrainforexample)makesnomoresensethantoseedreamingtheentire
field of our dreaming awareness as something reducible to, caused or explicable by some
particular,localisablethingthatwehappentodreamofwithinthisfield.Evenifwehappenedto COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
repeatedly dream an image of a brain, who would even dream of taking this as evidence that YOGA
dreamingassuchisapropertyofthisparticulardreamtobject?Yetthisistheessentialerrorof
AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
materialistic body and brainbased accounts of mind, consciousness and awareness, THERAPY(ABCT)
forgetting as they do that the brain itself is but one localisable phenomenon within the larger
fieldofhumanwakingawareness and that this field too is in principle irreducible to any one AwarenessorMindfulnessBased
Thingthatappearswithinit. Therapy(MBCT)

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Theprinciplethatawarenesshasafieldcharacter,andthereforecannotinprinciplebereduced
toorexplainedbyanythingweareawareofwithinthatfield,isoneofthebasicaxiomsorfirst
principlesofTheAwarenessPrinciple.ItsmostessentialfirstprincipleisthatAwarenessas
such and not any thing we perceive or conceive of within it, is itself necessarily the First FURTHERESSAYSANDBOOKSBY
PETERWILBERG
Principle of the universe being the precondition for our awareness of anything and
everything, and thus the precondition too for any possible Theory of Everything.
Understandingthis,theonlypossibleTheoryofEverythingisTheAwarenessPrincipleitself
theunderstandingthatAwarenessisEverythingandEverythingisAwareness.Forjustasthere FURTHERPRACTICESOF
AWARENESS
can in principle be nothing outside space, so can aso there be nothing outside Awareness
no Thing to study or invent Theories about. The Awareness Principle simply recognises BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
Awareness as that which is in principle be the sole or absolute reality leading to a Theory Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
which much necessarily understand all Things as manifestations or materialisations of PracticingSittingasMeditation
Awareness. BodilyandSpatialAwareness
MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
ExpandingSpatialAwareness

AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
The Awareness Principle achieves this understanding only by undermining a principal Awareness
unquestioned presupposition of both scientists and academic philosophers namely that IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
Awareness is necessarily the property of separate, localised beings or bodies. Yet as long as PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
MicroMeditations
religionists too, cling onto the belief that God is some sort of being with awareness, rather
than being identical with Awareness (an ageold Indian religious philosophy) they fall into the
sametrapasandthereforefallpreytotheatheisticargumentsofscientistssuchasRichard
Dawkins or philosophers such as Daniel Dennett. For it is only because they also cling to the THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS
misconception that Awareness is necessarily the private property of beings in the form of
biologicalorganismsororgansthebraininparticularthattheysofirmlybelieveGodtobe
amerefigmentofhumanbeingsandoftheevolutionarybiologyoftheirbrains. OURSPACIOUSBODYOFAWARENESS
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AllcurrentscientificTheoriesofEverythingareessentiallythesameTheorytheTheorythat Buy'TheAwarenessPrinciple'byPeter
the universe consists solely of Things. Within the terms of this unstated Theory of Wilberg
Everything, and in contrast to The Awareness Principle, Things themselves are necessarily
seen as preconditions for sentience, consciousness or awareness, awareness is necessarily
seenasaproductorbyproductofsomeThing,andeffectivelyreducedtoaThinginitself.It
is in the light of such a grand, dogmatic unstated and above all unquestioned Theory of
Everything that we can truly heed the words of Martin Heidegger: Science IS the new
religion.ForallwouldbephysicalscientificTheoriesofEverythingamounttonothingmore
than a religiously held belief that the universe consists of nothing more than Things thus
totallyforgettingthatAwarenessofThingsispriorinprincipletoanypossibleTheoryofthem,

and that therefore Awareness as such cannot in principle be reduced to or explained by any
LookInside
Thing whatsoever. Such in principle recognitions express the essence of The Awareness
Principle, together with the consequent affirmation that The Awareness Principle itself is the
sole basis for a Theory of that which ultimately lies behind Everything for it is the only
TheorythatrecognisesthatanyandeveryThingisessentiallyaphenomenonemergingfrom
and within fields of awareness, and ultimately from within that unbounded and infinite field of
awarenesswhichalonedeservedtoberecognisedandreligiouslyreveredasGodandmust
beifGodisnottobereducedtoonebeingamongothersweareawareof.Awarenessassuch

itself is the not only the source of what we call matter and energy, but is also the essence of
whatwecallsoulandspirit,indeedtheessenceofGodassuch.Allthisisanathematoanot
only to all forms of religion whose Theory of Everything reduce God to one being or
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phenomenon among others, but also to that science, now elevated to the status of a religion,
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thathasforgottentheverymeaningofitsnamephysics. WILBERG

The term physics derives the Greek physis means to emerge, just as the term
phenomenon comes from the Greek phainesthai meaning to show itself, and the word
existence has the root meaning of to stand out or exist. The Awareness Principle whilst
indeedaphilosophicalTheoryofEverything,isalsoonethatatthesametimeunderstandsall
Things as physical phenomena in the truest, most radical or root sense of these words as Clicktogoto
things that can in principle only be seen to emerge from, show themselves and stand out
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(exist) within Awareness as such understood as the very context or field from and within
which they do so. A for Awareness is truly the missing factor and letter in that most famous
Einsteinianequation:e=mc2.Fornotevensuchathingaslight,whosespeedisabasicand
invariable factor in this equation, would be visible were it not for the invisible light of
awareness in which alone all things, including physical light itself, can emerge, show
themselves and exist or stand out. To explain such phenomena as light itself in purely
mathematicaltermsasabstractquantaisnottobringscienceclosertotheunderlyingreality
of the universe, but infinitely further away from what is immediately evident to each and all of
usnamelythatwecouldnotbeawareofanything,letalonedevelopaTheoryofEverything
without the simple experiential fact of us being first of all aware of a universe of things. And
justasnoobjectsareperceptibleorevenconceivablewithoutaspacesurroundingthem,noris
ourawarenessofanythingorinspaceconceivablewithoutaspacious field of awareness. The

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recognition that space and time themselves are not essentially objective or physical
dimensions of the universe but innate dimensions of subjective awareness was bequeathed to
Western Philosophy centuries ago by Immanuel Kant and much, much earlier by Indian
religious philosophy. When will our modern physicists, with their wouldbe Theories of
Everything begin to heed this heritage, instead of priding themselves on the objectivity of
their Theories and denying the essentially subjective nature of all experiencing and of
Everythingwecanpossiblyexperience?Inthisrespect,notonlytodaysscientistswiththeir
crude conceptions of the universe, but also their current religionist enemies, with their crude
and unquestioned concepts of God, would both do well to be reminded of such already clear
affirmationsofTheAwarenessPrincipleasIcitebelow.Theseaffirmationsstemneitherfrom
priests,physicistsorpurelyacademicphilosophersofmindbutfromthemostpiousthinkers
of10thcenturyIndia,andgiveexpressiontotruthsalreadyrecognisedbyothersagescenturies
beforethem:

the being of all things that are recognised

in awareness in turn depends on awareness.

space is inherent in the soul as true subjectivity which is at once empty of objects and
which also provides a place in which objects may be known.

Abhinavagupta

Everyappearanceowesitsexistence

tothelightofawareness.

Nothingcanhaveitsownbeing

withoutthelightofawareness.

Kshemaraja

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'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
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PracticingSittingasMeditation
BodilyandSpatialAwareness
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ExpandingSpatialAwareness
AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
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IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
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Awarenessoftheworldaroundusofthespacesurroundingour
bodiesandofotherbodiesisnotitselfboundedbyourownbody.
Thesoulorpsycheisnotmerelyaninnerawarenessofourselves
butembracesourentireawarenessoftheworldaroundus.

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Weareourmindsandbodies,thoughtsandemotions,impulsesand
actions,andthewayweexperienceourselvesthroughthem.

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Ourmindsandbodies,thoughtsandemotionsandsensory
experiencetogetherformourexperiencedself.Wearenotour
experienceorourexperiencedself.Wearetheawarenesswhich
experiencesthatself.

ACCEPTEDPRESUPPOSITION

Awarenessissomethinglocalisedinthebrainandalwaysfocussed
onsomeobjectorthing.

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Awarenessisessentiallynonlocalaspaceorfieldwithinwhichwe
cometoexperiencethingsandcanchoosetofocusonthem.

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Themindisamirroroftheworld.

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Themindisamirrorofourawarenessoftheworld.

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Subjectiveawarenessisamirrorofan'objective'world.

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Theworldisamirrorandamanifestationofawareness.

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Awarenessisalwaysawareness'of'something.

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Awarenessassuchispriorto,distinctfromandtranscendsallthings
weareawareof.

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Awarenessisthesameasconsciousnessofthings.

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Likeemptyspace,awarenessassuchembraces,transcendsand
pervadeseverythingweareawareorconsciousof.Thesocalled
unconsciousisnotastateofnonawarenessbutpureawareness
awarenessassuch.

ACCEPTEDPRESUPPOSITION

Allthingsallbodiesandbeingsaremadeupofformsand
patternsofmatterandenergy.

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"Wearesuchstuffasdreamsaremadeon."Shakespeare.

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reflections on your experience as one side of a coin or line. Think of the Translate
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MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
The Practice of Awareness is a primary choice based on this primary
TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
distinction. It is the choice to identify with the pure awareness of the things
Presuppositions
we experience rather than identifying with those things themselves. By
FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
thingsweexperienceImeananythingfromanoutwardlyexperiencedobject,
Principle'
situation, event or action, to an inwardly experienced impulse, sensation,
TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
mood,emotion,memory,anticipationorthought. ofEverything'
In writings on Eastern spiritual teachings, too much mystery is usually
Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
made of the idea of attaining an 'enlightened' state of pure or
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transcendental awareness one that is free of thoughts,
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emotions, sensations etc. and of the supposed time and effort needed to
Principle
attainsuchanawareness.
'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
Inreality,ifTheAwarenessPrincipleisunderstood,nogreateffortatall 'Unconscious'
isrequiredtoattainthisstateofpureortranscendentalawareness.Forjust
Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
as the awareness of a physical object such as a leather chair is not itself a
chairandnoristhatawareness'made'ofleather,soalsoistheawarenessof Awarenessand'Psychology'
athoughtorfeelingnotitselfathoughtorfeeling.Similarly,theawarenessof
Awarenessor'Energy'?
any thing (whether an object, situation, event, mood, emotion, desire,
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impulse,action,thoughtetc.)isnotitselfathingorthoughtofanysort.
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free. Therefore our minds do do not need to be effortfully emptied of any Summary
thoughts or things to attain a state of empty or pure awareness. For just as
Summary2
empty space is absolutely distinct from all the objects within it, so also is
pure awareness absolutely distinct from all its contents from all we are
aware of. It does not need to be emptied of all content to be as clear and
COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
pureastheemptyspacearoundobjects.Indeeditisthatspacespaceitself YOGA
beingnothingbutaspatialfieldofawarenesssurroundingandpervadingall
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thingsweareawareof. THERAPY(ABCT)

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A Basic Practice of Awareness: Whether sitting, standing or lying, and


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without closing your eyes, simply be aware of the different things you are
currentlyexperiencingthingsofanyandallsorts,fromphysicalobjectsand TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness

sensations to emotions, actions and thoughts. Now simply become more


aware of the clear space around your body, and around all the physical
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objects in your environment. Feel a similar clear space around any things PETERWILBERG
youareexperiencinginsideyou,suchasemotionsandthoughts.Inthisway
you will come to experience the open, clear and spacelike quality of pure
FURTHERPRACTICESOF
awareness as such, and be able to identify with this primordiual space of AWARENESS
awarenessratherthanwithanythinginit.
BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
All the Practices of Awareness, evolved from The Awareness Principle PracticingSittingasMeditation
makeupwhatIcallTheNewYogaofAwareness.Theyarebasedonpassing BodilyandSpatialAwareness
MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
fromanewawarenessofexperiencetoanewexperienceofawarenessfor ExpandingSpatialAwareness
example as seemingly empty space itself (in reality a spacious field of AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
awareness), as light (in reality an expression of the translucent light of Awareness
awareness)andas'air'inahighersensetheallpervasivecosmicether of IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
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awareness. MicroMeditations

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Introduction:
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Beingassuchhasthreeprimaryontological
dimensions,distinctbutinseparable.Theseinclude Home

notonlywhatiscalledBeing,butalsowhatiscalled FromFocaltoFieldAwareness
NonBeingandwhatcanbecalledComingtoBe TakingTimetoBeAware
BecomingorBeING.
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WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
TheAwarenessPrincipleunderstandsthethree
WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
primaryontologicalrealms,i.e.NonBeing,Being,
andComingtoBe(BeingorBecoming)as MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
primordialrealmsofAwarenessassuch: TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
Presuppositions

1.AWARENESSOFNONBEING FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
Principle'

Awareness,notofNothingnessbutofallthatis TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
ofEverything'
stilllatentorpotentialinAwareness.Assuchitis
madeupofpotentialitiesofawareness.These Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
Science
potentialitiesofawarenesshaveinturnthenatureof
potentialbeings,i.e. FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
Principle
individualisedconsciousnesses
'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
'Unconscious'
2.AWARENESSOFBEING Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'

Thisistherealmofallactualbeings,worldsand Awarenessand'Psychology'
events,allofwhicharecopresentintheUniversal Awarenessor'Energy'?
AwarenessFieldunderstoodasasingulartime
TheUltimateMetaphysicsof
spaceofawarenesswhichembracesnotonlypast, Awareness
presentandfutureactualitiesbutalternateand
QuestionsandAnswers
parallelones.
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3.BEING/BECOMING/COMINGTOBE

This is the innate power of actualisation of all


COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
potential beings, events and realities and events YOGA
past,present,futureandparallelwhicharenotonly
AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
copresent but constantly copresencing or coming THERAPY(ABCT)
to be in the Universal Awareness Field and its all
AwarenessorMindfulnessBased

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BeingasBeing

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The unity of all three realms lies not only in the fact that they are fundamentally
realmsofawarenessbuttheiressenceliesinthethirdrealminparticular.ForthoughI
have termed this the realm of Becoming, philosophy has traditionally opposed the
FURTHERPRACTICESOF
concept of Being understood as static, unchanging presence with that of AWARENESS
Becoming,understoodasconstantfluxorchange.
YetwhatiftheessenceofbothBeingandBecomingisneitherthesimple,unchanging BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
presenceofthingsinawareness,northeirconstantchange,butrathertheircontinuous Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
presencingtheirBeing?
PracticingSittingasMeditation
BodilyandSpatialAwareness
Whatif,indeed,thereisnothingoutthereorinherethatissimplypresent,waiting MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
tobeperceived? ExpandingSpatialAwareness
What if, instead of there simply being things of any sort that we then happen to be AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
aware of , there is ultimately nothing but awareness as such constantly and 10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
continuouslythingingitself? Awareness
IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
No trees, branches, leaves, flowers or fruit but a constant treeing, branching, leafing,
PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
flowering and fruiting. No everyday objects like tables and chairs but the constant and MicroMeditations
sustainedtablingandchairingofeachtableorchair.
Whatifthereisnomatterbutaconstantmatteringormaterialisingofawarenessnot
myawarenessoryoursbuttheOne,universalorUltimateAwareness?
THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS
Whatifnotonlythingsbuttheirsensoryqualitiesarenotsimplypresent,butconstantly
andcontinuouslypresencing?
Whatifwewereabletoexperienceacoloursuchasorange,forexample,asaconstant
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orangeing,ashapesuchasroundnessasaconstantrounding, and a material texture
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comingtobe or becoming as Being, is central. For true wonder at the fact that Wilberg
anythingisatallisimpossibleunlessweareabletodirectlyexperiencetheirBeingor
isnessinawhollynewwaynotassomesortofoneoffcreationoutofNothingness
exnihilothatleavesthemsimplythere,presenttoourawarenessandeitherchanging
ornotchanging,butratherastheirconstantemergenceorpresencing from and within
awarenesstheirBeing.
The Being of things understood as simple copresence in awareness is the essence of
space. Understood as their Being on the other hand their continuous presencing it
istheessenceoftime.Theworldaroundusandeverythinginitisindeedinthissense,

notsimplythereatall. LookInside
Thereisindeednothingthatsimplyisinthesenseofbeingpresent.Yettheterrorof
NonBeingorNothingnessinthissenseofnothingnesscanatonceberemoved
bysheerwonderandgratefulnessfortheconstantthingingofthings,theirBeing.
Beingisusuallythoughtofasastate.RethinkingitasBeinghowever,Beingisnot
astatebutaprocess.ItisnothingandyetneitherisitNothing.
Instead it is a continuous process of creative actualisation or Action. What unites all
three realms of awareness therefore is not only Awareness as such and its innate
potentials,butalsotheactualisationorpresencingofthesepotentials.
AwarenessofPotentialityanditsperpetualpresencingoractualisation,areinseparable
aspects of the Divine. Thus we do not need to actualise our being or self. For it is
PeterWilberg BOOKSBY
constantlybeingactualised,constantlypresencinginawareness.Thisisthemeaningof PETER
BeingasBeing. WILBERG

TheRealmsofPossibilityandParallelity

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Justasthesameinspiration,sourceormoodcouldgiverise,inahumanbeing, PeterWilberg's
toapaintingorpieceofmusic,andjustasastemcellcangiverisetoahostofspecific homepage
cell types, so can creative Potentialities always find more than one possible form of
actualisation. Furthermore however, the realm of Potentiality is itself constantly being
enrichedbynewPossibilities.Forjustasonethoughtorthingautomaticallyimpliesor
gives rise to another, so does all creative Action automatically imply and give rise to
multiplefurtherPossibilities ofAction of actualisation or manifestation. Thus there is
also an endless cyclical or rather spiral relation uniting the 3rd realm (that of creative
ActionorActualisation)withthe1st realm(thatofcreativePotentiality)throughthe2nd
realm(thatofallthatisconstantlybeingActualised).Inadditiontothetriadofthethree
primaryrealms(PotentialityorNonBeing,ActualityorBeing,andActualisationasBe
ing) we must recognise a fourth the realm of Possibility. All Action and Actualities

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then, emerge not simply from the 1st realm of pure Potentiality therefore, but from a
Realm of Possible actions and actualities one that is both latent in the realm of
Potentiality and at the same time constantly being expanded through the very process
of Actualisation. Yet the question then arises what becomes of the Alternate
PossibilitiesgeneratedbytheprocessofActualisationinanygivendomainorworldof
Actualitybutnotthemselvesactualisedwithinit?Theansweristhatthesenotonlyfeed
backintothe1st realm,thatofpurePotentialitybutalsofindexpressioninarealmof
AlternateorParallelActualities.ThisiswhatItermtherealmofAlternityorParallelity
recognisedinquantumphysicsthroughtheParallelWorldstheoryofHughEverett.

Theresultoftheseconsiderationsisthatinadditiontothetriadofthreeprimary
domainsofrealitysofarconsideredthoseofPotentiality,Actualityandtheprocessof
Actualisation the action of realisation as such we must add three further realms: a
realm of constantly multiplying Possibilities of Action without which no free action or
choicewouldbepossibleandwithinwhichallactionsandchoicesfirstoccur,arealm
of Parallel actualities in which alternate Possibilities are chosen and actualised. These
are in turn united by a realm of Reciprocal Action whereby Possibilities actualised in
one world or actuality both spring from and generate unActualised possibilities in
another Alternate or Parallel world. For whilst in any one Actual reality the Parallel
realities in which Alternate Possibilities of action are Actualised appear as mere
imaginary possibilities in those Alternate or Parallel realities themselves, these
Possibilities are experienced as fully real as Actualities. Our every experience and
actionthen,isnotjusttheActualisationofaPotentialitywithintheActualityofourown
world (the one we take as sole reality) but also the Actualisation from within a vast
realm of Possible actions of alternate actions and experiences within Alternate
ActualitiesorParallelWorlds.

This principle applies to the self or I also. For that self or I which does or
experiencesonethinginoneworldorsphereofActualityisitselfnotthesameselfor
I as that which experiences or enacts another Possibility in a parallel but Alternate
Actuality.Togetherthen,withParallelorAlternateActionsandActualities,worldsand
universes,goParallelandAlternateselves.Thesemultipleselves,actions,possibilities
and actualities are united only by a higher Awareness one which embraces not only
the three primary realms of Potentiality, Actuality and Action or Actualisation, but also
thethree,nolesssignificantrealmsofPossibility,AlternateorParallelActualitiesand
theirReciprocity.PureAwarenessaloneistheprimordialzerorealmthatembracesall
theothersixrealmsordomainsofreality.

FromThreetoSixRealmsofAwareness

1.TheRealmofPotentialitythatisthesourceofall.

2. The Realm of Actuality that we normally identify with


'reality'perse.

3.TheRealmofActualisationorActionassuchofreality
asrealisation.

4.TheRealmofPossibilityofmultiplepossibleactionsand
actualities.

5. The Realm of Alternity or Parallelity of Parallel but


AlternateActualities.

6. The Realm of Reciprocity the reciprocal relation of


ActualandAlternaterealities.

TheSeventhRealmPlurality

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TherealmofParallelityembracesnotjustcountlessalternateorparallelphysical
realities, but also an infinite Plurality of prephysical and transphysical realms,
domains,orplanesofawareness.Ineachoftheseplanes(SanskritLoka) experiencing
takesonawhollydifferentnatureandwhollydifferentformstothoseweareusedtoin
thephysicalplaneasitdoesintheplaneofdreamingawarenessforexample.Inallof
these transphysical realms, the experienced relation between the six fundamental
realms of awareness is different in one way or another. In the domain of dreaming
awarenessforexample,asinthefirsttransphysicalplaneweenterinthelifebetween
lives, Actualities are less fixed and we experience with far more immediacy that
constant process of Actualisation or Being whereby different elements of our
experience, inner and outer, are both constantly comingtobe or arising and also
passing away as in a dream. The realms of dreaming and of the afterlife are
experienced directly as realms of Becoming in the traditional sense of arising and
passing away. In yet other realms of the lifebetween lives we have the opportunity to
experience Parallel realities simultaneously, and to explore, in pseudophysical form,
alltheAlternateliveswemighthaveledonearth.The1st primaryrealmofawareness
the realm of Potentiality is an intensional timespace of awareness circumscribing
spacetime itself, and embracing all Potential, Possible and all Parallel Actualities
including what we perceive physically as past, present and future existences and
Actualities. This timespace is not onedimensional an experience of one thing
followinganotherinasinglelineofspacetime.Insteaditisanawareness that spans
and embraces multiple moments in time and multiple lifetimes simultaneously. From
itsperspective,alllifetimesaresimultaneousorcopresent,andthereisnomomentof
anyofourlivesthatisnotconstantlyandeternallybeinglived.Momentsdonotsimply
constitute a present which then disappear into the Past to be superseded by Future
moments. Instead all that is experienced as present is constantly presencing
constantlyemergingfromtherealmofPossibilityandconstantlygivingrisetoAlternate
pastandfutureActualities.

Socalled reincarnational existences on the physical plane are but one linear,
temporal dimension of the realm of Alternity or Parallelity. This realm also embraces
countless nonphysical as well as physical planes of reality, all of which together
constitute the realm of Plurality a multidimensional universe or multiverse of
awareness,madeupofcountlessplanesofawareness.TheseareallParallelplanesin
thesensethateachisdefinedbyoneofaninfinitenumberofAlternatePossiblemodes
ofexperiencing.Thuswhatmaybeperceivedasvariationsofmaterialmass,density
orformonthephysicalplanemaybeexperiencedasvariationsoflight,ofcolourorof
quasimusicaltoneoffeelingindifferentnonphysicalplanesandviceversa.Whatis
experienced as inner on one plane may be experienced as outer in another or as
neitherinnernorouter.Ingeneral,whatisexperiencedwithinthehighernonphysical
planestakestheformofpsychicalqualiasensedandsensualqualitiesofawareness
as such. Instead of perceiving space as a physical expanse before our eyes for
example,itwillbeexperiencedasaspaciousfieldorexpansionofawarenessassuch.
Whereasonthephysicalplaneafeelingofwarmthorcoolnesstowardsanotherperson
mightexpressitselfasphysicalclosenessordistancetothem,onnonphysicalplanes,
whatweordinarilyexperienceasspatialclosenessanddistance(orasphysicalwarmth
orcoolness)isexperiencedpurelyaswarmthorcoolnessoffeeling. Phenomena such
as light, warmth, colour and sound are experienced on nonphysical planes not as
sensory qualities of objects, but rather as sensual qualities of awareness light being
experienced as luminous radiance of awareness itself, and colours and tones as felt
colourations or tones of awareness comparable to what we sense as tones or
colourationsofmood.

FromMetaphysicstoPhysics

Physics used to be identified with a mechanistic view of the universe in which


everything consisted of matter in motion. Quantum physics has effectively made the
notionofsolidmattermeaningless.Foronanultramicroscopicorquantumlevel,such
things as mass, momentum, energy, space and time, cease to be separately
quantifiableorevendefinablerealitiesevenparticlessuchaselectronsturningoutto
have the same nonlocalised wave character as light. In dispelling the myth of matter
quantum physics has also made redundant our common but mythical idea of motion.
When we view objects and people moving on a TV screen we know at the back of our
minds that we are not actually observing matter in motion but simply multiple points
of light with different colours or wavelengths turning on and off at different fixed
points on the screen and in doing so forming regular patterns on that screen which
appear like familiar material objects and seem to be in motion. From a quantum
physicalperspectivehowever,allperceivedmotion,evenmotioninwhatweperceiveas

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threedimensional space, has the same character as motion on a flat twodimensional
screen. Nothing nothing actually moves in space. There is simply a potential for
seeing things at varying points in space. When a ball has been thrown it is no more
than a visual image of motion in space of the sort created by points of light on a flat
screen.YetasSamuelAveryconvincinglyargues,behindourvisualimageoftheballin
motion lurks a potential tactile sensation that of catching and feeling the ball in our
hands.Itisthispotentialfortactilesensationthatmakesussensetheballnotjustasa
visualimagewecanseebutassolidmatter.Similarly,itisbecauseweareawarethat
the food we actually see on our TV dinner plate can also potentially be touched and
tasted that we regard it as having more materiality than a mere photograph or TV
imageoffoodonaplate.TheTVimageitselfonlyseemstoberealmatterlikeinso
far as it reminds us of these potential qualities we can also recall or imagine the
tactilesensationoffeelingaballorthetastesensationofeatingamealthatweseeon
TV.InAveryswords:Itisthepotentialfortactilesensationthatmakesavisualimage
physical. And more generally The concept of material substance is derived from
potentialperceptionsineachsensoryrealm.[mystress].

Inotherwords,whatwethinkofasmatterisnothingsimplyactualbutrathera
relation between actual experiences in one sensory dimension of experience (for
example the visual) and potential experiences in another (for example the tactile
dimension).Fornotonlydoallactualexperiencesbeginaspotentialexperiences as
potentialpatternsorqualitiesofawareness.Theyalsoseemallthemore actual to the
extent that, like the experience of seeing a ball coming towards us, they are
accompaniedbyanawarenessofpotentialexperiencessuchasmovingtocatchtheball
andfeelingitinourhands.Yeteventheapparentmotionofourownbodiesincatching
aballisnotanexampleofmatterinmotion.Thereisnomotionofourbodyinspace
merelytheawarenessofsubjectivesensationsofmotion,andofdifferentactionssuch
as catching a ball. The essence of all bodily action then, is not actually any sort of
objectivemotionofourbodiesinspacebutrathertheactualisationofpotential patterns
of sensation. Both matter and its motion then, are nothing essentially objective but
rather an awareness of potential dimensions and patterns of sensory experiencing
within actual ones. Matter is therefore real only in the root sense of the word as
mother[mater]ofallthingsbeingthematernalwombormatrixofpotentialitymore
specifically a realm of potential patterns and qualities of awareness. These then find
experienceasactualpatternsandqualitiesofsensoryexperiencing.

ThemetaphysicalrealmofPotentialitythen,canbesaidtoconsistofcountless
potential fieldpatterns and fieldqualities of awareness comparable to the countless
potential images that a flat twodimensional screen could display. The realm of
physicalActualityontheotherhand,consistsofactually patternedfieldsandqualities
of awareness comparable to all the images we actually perceive, not just on two
dimensional screens, but as the overall fourdimensional field of sensory awareness
that we experience as the physical world. The realm of Plurality is comparable to the
countless actual channels or web images available to us for viewing on a TV or
computer screen. The Realm of Alternity or Parellelity can be compared to all the
alternate TV channels, webpages and video streams that are constantly and
concurrently running in parallel within the realm of Plurality unreal for those who
maynotbeawareofthematall,butrealforthosewhoareawareofthemandforwhom
theybecomeactualbyviewingthem.TherealmofReciprocitycanbecomparedtothe
wayinwhichalternatepossibleTVchannels,programmesandwebsitesnotonlydefine
themselves by the reciprocal relation but have a way of multiplying by simultaneously
differentiating themselves from and mimicking one another. Indeed they may even
mutually and reciprocally incorporate one another as when one webpage or website
offers links to another, one TV channel advertises or shows broadcasts bought from
anotherorevendisplaysabroadcastrunningonanotherchannelinaninternalframe.
Experiential phenomena are recognisably formed patterns or matrices of sensory
qualities, like patterned points of light on a screen. Yet the patterns and sensory
qualities that give form to experienced phenomena as such do not themselves posses
anyactualandtangiblesensoryform.BythisImeanthatthoughwemayexperiencea
phenomenasuchasaheavyredballseeingit,touchingit,feelingitandpickingitup
we cannot pick up our sense of its heaviness, or our perception of its roundness or
redness.Forrednessandroundnessassuchexistonlyasideasinrealitytherebeing
nopureorperfectlyroundobjectsandnowayofperceivingrednessindependentlyof
aparticularhueofred.Indeedthephenomenalformweperceiveandthinkofasaball
is not itself anything material or actual, for the very idea of ballness is rooted in
potentialwaysofactivelyrelatingtothephenomenonofhandling,throwingorkicking
itforexample.

Whereas the sensory experience of a phenomenal form is something physically


tangible, the very patterns and qualities that constitute phenomenal forms, though we
take them as objective are, are essentially all in the mind. Forms are mental ideas
which is why the Greek word eidos meant both idea and form. In the history of
European thought it was Plato who first argued for the pure ideality of material forms,
seeing experienced or phenomenal forms as their shadow reflection. Plato

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understoodpureIdeasorFormsasbelongingtoanimmaterialandtranscendentrealm.
Aristotleunderstoodmatter(Greekhyle)aspotentiality,andform(morphe)asactuality.
Actuality results from a capacity (dynamis) for formative activity (energeia) a process
of actualisation which leads towards the realisation of an ideal form or pattern
(entelecheia) that is not transcendent but immanent in all things as their inner aim,
purpose or direction of development (telos). Similarly, Thomas Aquinas, following
Aristotle, understood primary matter (Prima Materia) as nothing actual or substantial
butratheraspurepotentialityatypeofformlessandpassivepotentialityinseparable
from God as active potentiality, the potentiality for the emergence of actual form and
forchangeofformortransformation.TheseAristotelianunderstandingsofmatterare
reflectedtodayinRupertSheldrakesnotionofbiologicalformsandtransformationsas
a result of morphogenesis the progressive actualisation of nonphysical patterns or
morphicfields.

The accusation levelled against the Godconcept of religion namely that God
cannotbeactuallyseen,hasnosensoryqualitiesordefinablelocationapplyequallyto
theMatterconceptofscience.BoththeGodconceptandtheMatterconceptcanbeseen
as substitutes or placeholders for the recognition of that womblike realm of
Potentialitythatisnolessrealthananythingweactuallyexperience.Physicalmatter
isrealonlyintherootsenseofthewordbeingthedivinemother[mater]andmind
ofallthingsawombofpotentialitybearingwithinthementalpatterns,ideashapesor
matrices of all possible actualities. This is not a new thought but one long recognised
byphilosophers,physicistsandtheologiansalike.

Matter can be seen as the very mind of God understood as an awareness of


everypotentialpatternorideashapeofthings.Thisbeingthecase,whoshouldmind
andwhyshoulditmatterifwecalltheprimordialawarenessmindormatter,TheMind
of God, The Great Mother, The Matrix or the Prima Materia? If you dont mind, it
doesnt matter. Yet if It, this universal or divine mother, mind or matrix of all
things,didntquiteliterallymattermaterialisingandactualising itself from a realm
ofpurepotentialitytherewouldliterallybenothingthatwecouldeitherexperienceor
conceive of scientifically as physical matter. What we experience as physical matter
emergesormanifestsfromtherealmofthePotentialthisveryprocessofemergence
(Greekphysis)beingtherootmeaningofthetermsphysicsandphysicalthemselves.
Any metalevel consideration of the nature of physics is of course, by nature meta
physicaltranscendingtheboundsofphysicsasascience.Yetthelatter,aswehave
seen,leadsusrightbacktothemultiplemetaphysicalrealmsofrealityunderstoodas
dimensionsofaUniversalAwarenessField.

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The Awareness Principle transcends science because it recognises
that the fundamental scientific fact and the true starting point of all
scientificinvestigationisnottheexistenceofauniverseofthingsor ESSAYSONTHEAWARENESS
beingsinspaceandtimebutawarenessofsuchauniverse.BythisI PRINCIPLEBYPETERWILBERG
mean not simply my or your awareness, or even our awareness or
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Godsawarenessbutawarenessassuch.Thesinglemostimportant
misconceptionrunningthroughtheentirehistoryofWesternthought FromFocaltoFieldAwareness
isthebeliefthatawarenessiseitheramerebyproductofmatteror
the private property of individual beings. What if it is the other way TakingTimetoBeAware
round? What if all things and all beings are but individualised ThePracticeofAwareness
portionsandexpressionsofanultimateorabsoluteawarenessone
thatisnottheproductorpropertyofanythingorbeingweareaware WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?
of? From this point of view God too, is not some sort of supreme
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being with awareness. Instead God is awareness a divine and all
pervasive awareness of which all beings and all things are but a MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
portionandexpression.
TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
Presuppositions
Theists and atheists can argue endlessly about whether God
exists without ever asking what we mean by the word God. What FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
neitherofthemquestioniswhetherornotwhatwecallGodisany Principle'
typeofexistingbeingatall.Thereisaparadoxhere.Letusconsider TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory
it more deeply. The paradox is that the existence of God would ofEverything'
reduce what we call God to one existing thing or being among
others,thusturningGodintosomethinglimitedandfinitehardlya Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
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fitting understanding of the divine. What I call The Awareness
Principle transcends the question of Gods existence or non FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
existence arguing that even though not an existing thing or being Principle
like any other, God is nevertheless the ultimate reality behind and
'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
withinallthingsandallbeings.Thatisbecausebeforeandbehindall 'Unconscious'
existence all existing things and beings is awareness
awarenessofexistenceandawarenessofbeing.Letusconsiderthis Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
again.ToaskwhetherGodexistsislikeaskingwhetheryouorIexist
Awarenessand'Psychology'
whetherweare?Howdoweknowthatweexistthatweare?How
doyouknowthatyouexistthatyouare?Howdoanyofusknow Awarenessor'Energy'?
thatweexistthatweare?Weknowbecauseeachofusisawareof
being.Itisthismostintimate,profoundandprimordialawarenessof TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness
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ofeveryexistingbeingitalsotranscendseveryexistingbeing.This Summary
pure and profound awareness of being, and not any thing or being
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weareawareof,isthetrueessenceandrealityofGodthedivine.

WhilstGodisnotsomesupremeCreatorbeingwithawareness, COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
God is that awareness which is the absolute, universal and divine YOGA
reality behind and within all Creation and all Creatures. People who AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
believethatGodisasupremebeinghowever,andnotasupremeand THERAPY(ABCT)

absolute awareness, are forced to believe that God made or AwarenessorMindfulnessBased


Therapy(MBCT)

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created the world out of nothing. Atheistic scientists, on the other


AWARENESSANDSOMATICILLNESS
hand,stillseekanalternativeexplanationofhowtheuniverseandall
TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness
things came to be. For Creationists the answer to the question of
how things came to be is some Big Being they call God. For
scientists it is some cosmic event they call the Big Bang. Both are FURTHERESSAYSANDBOOKSBY
PETERWILBERG
badly mistaken. A theist is someone who believes that God is an
existing being that has or possesses an omniscient awareness. An
atheistdeniestheexistenceofsuchabeing.Modernscienceclaims FURTHERPRACTICESOF
AWARENESS
that awareness can be reduced to the byproduct, property or
functionofsomeexistingthing,likethehumanbrain.Whattheyare BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
actually claiming is that awareness can be reduced to or explained PracticingSittingasMeditation
BodilyandSpatialAwareness
by some particular thing we are aware of. Yet there is another MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
paradoxheretoconsidermoredeeply.Forsurelyjusttobeawareof ExpandingSpatialAwareness
AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
something, to perceive it andbecapableofobservingandstudying 10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
Awareness
it,alreadyassumestherealityofawarenessassuch?Thustoseeka IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
cause for awareness in any thing we are aware of the brain for PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
MicroMeditations
example is like seeking a cause for a dream, or for the whole
experienceofdreamingassuch,inoneparticularthingwedreamof.
This is patent absurdity. But it is an absurdity that has yet to be THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS

clearly pointed out. The Awareness Principle does so. For its 1st
OURSPACIOUSBODYOFAWARENESS
Principle of Awareness is simply that Awareness as such is the 1st PowerPointPresentation
Principle of all things. Why? Because awareness cannot in
principlebeexplainedbyorreducedtoanythingorbeingweare
Buy'TheAwarenessPrinciple'byPeter
awareof.ThatiswhyIprefertousethetermawarenessratherthan Wilberg
consciousness. Consciousness is awareness of something.
Awareness on the other hand is consciousness as such pure
consciousness.

This is not just a philosophical or semantic difference. The


thingsyouareconsciousorawareofmayincludeyourreflectionson

orfeltsenseofthewordsyouhavebeenreading,bodilysensations LookInside
or needs such as hunger or thirst, your thoughts and feelings, the
basicmoodortoneoffeelingyoufindyourselfin,yourperceptions

of the room around you and the objects within it, things that are
concerning you or challenges that you face in your current life,
memories of the past or anticipations of the future etc. You may be
consciousorawareofanyorallofsuchthings.Yettheawarenessas
suchisnotanyofthosethings.Tounderstandthis,justthinkofthe
PeterWilberg BOOKSBY
spaceyouaresittinginandtheobjectsinit.Thespacecontainsyour PETER
body and those objects but is not itself a body or object. Similarly, WILBERG

the awareness of a need, desire, sensation or impulse, feeling or


thoughtisnotitselfaneedordesire,sensationorimpulse,feelingor
thought.

This principle is one of the most important Principles of Clicktogoto


AwarenessthatleadsustowhatIcallThePracticeofAwareness.Let PeterWilberg's
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us take one example. The awareness of a thought is not itself a
thought. Therefore it is something innately free of thought. Often
when people talk about meditation, particularly Buddhist sitting
meditation or Zen, they are caught up in the idea that to meditate
properlyandachieveahigher,moreenlightenedstateofawareness
they must stop thinking. Even the Zen masters thought so. The
JapanesemasterDogensaidthatZenisallaboutfindingtheanswer
toasinglequestion.ThequestionasheputitwasHowdoyouthink
notthinking?Theanswertoitissimplerthanmostpeopleimagine
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namelythatthereisnoneedinthefirstplacetothinknotthinking.
Allweneedtodoistosimplybeawareofourthoughts.Forthough
thoughts and thinking occur within awareness, the awareness of
themisnotitselfathoughtorthoughtprocess.Thetruequestionis
notHowtothinknotthinking.

Thetruequestionishownottothinkthinkingbuthowtosimply
be aware of our thoughts and thinking, knowing that awareness of
ourthoughtsandourthinkingissomethinginnatelyandentirelyfree
ofthoughtsandthinking.Likewise,ourawarenessofadesireisnot
itselfadesireandthussomethinginnatelyfreeofdesire.Thusthere
is no need to suppress any desires to be free of them. Let me say
that again, there is no need to stop thinking or to stop having
needs, impulses and desires, in order to be free of them for
awareness as such is innately free of any thing we are aware of
whetheraneed,impulse,desire,feelingorthought.

IdefineTheAwarenessPrincipleasanewfoundationalprinciple
for science, philosophy, psychology, religion and life. It is a new
foundational principle for science because it recognises that the
starting point of scientific investigation the most fundamental
scientificfactisnottheobjectiveexistenceofaworldofbodies
inspaceandtimebutsubjectiveawarenessofsuchauniverse.Itisa
newfoundationalprincipleofphilosophybecauseitrecognisesthat
awarenessofexistenceorbeingispriortoandthereforetranscends
all existing things all beings. It is a new foundational principle of
psychologybecauseitargueshow,inprinciple,awarenesscannotbe
either the byproduct of any thing we are aware of, or the private
propertyofanyselforbeingweareawareof.Itisanewfoundational
principle of religion because it allows us to recognise that God
indeed does not exist as a supreme being with awareness, but is
awarenessandthereforetheultimaterealitybehindallthings.Thus
just as there can, in principle, be nothing outside of space or
before time (the problem of Big Bang theory) so there can in
principlebenothingoutsideawareness,nothingoutsideGod.

Finally,TheAwarenessPrincipleisanewprincipleoflife.Forthe
basic Principle of Awareness leads to a new type of yoga or
PracticeofAwarenessonewhichliberatesourconsciousnessfrom
attachment to any thing we are aware of. It does so not simply by
repetitious talk of nonattachment or mindfulness, as if these
words were mantras but instead by clearly explaining and re
minding us of a basic and fundamental principle: namely that the
awarenessofaneed,impulse,desire,feelingorthoughtisnotitselfa
need,impulse,desire,feelingorthought,andisthereforeinnatelyor
inherently free of any thing we are aware of. The awareness of any
thingisnotitselfanythingatall.Yetthefactthatawarenessisno
thing does not mean that it is nothing. On the contrary, it is what
makes awareness more real than anything. Awareness, then, is not
anything. And yet, awareness, ultimately, is everything. For there is
nothing no thing that is not a shape taken by awareness, a
manifestation of awareness and an individualised portion of that
ultimateallpervasiveawarenessthatisGod.

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Put simply, the Awareness Principle recognises, in principle,


three fundamental truths. The first fundamental truth is that
awarenessassuchisnothingandcannotbereducedtoanything
weareawareof.Thesecondfundamentaltruthisthatawarenessis
everything.Thethird,nolessfundamentaltruth,isthateverythingis
an awareness. A thought or feeling for example, is not just some
thing we are aware of. It in turn is an awareness of something else.
We take it for granted of course, that human beings are not just
thingswehappentobeawareof.Insteadweunderstandthateach
human being is themselves an aware being. That is not to say that
humanbeingsoranybeingssimplyhaveorpossessawareness.
Rather, like every atom or cell, animal or plant, rock or tree, every
human being is an awareness. That is not to say that atomic,
molecular or cellular awareness has the same character as human
awareness. Yet the human body is an organic symphony of the
awarenessthatconstituteseachofitsatomandmolecules,cellsand
organs. And the human being is a unique and everchanging
constellation of different tones and textures, movements and
directions,patternsandqualitiesofawareness.

Totrulybeawareofanotherhumanbeingistosensetheunique
tones and qualities of awareness which shape and colour their
experienceoftheworldandotherpeople.Whenwespeakofanother
human being as warm or cool, close or distant, closed or
open,lightorheavy,brightordull,rigidorflexible,solidor
airy, icy or fiery we are not merely describing them in
metaphoricaltermsdescribingoursenseofapersonssoulwith
words deriving from sensory qualities of things. Instead we are
giving expression to innate sensual qualities of their awareness or
soul and of awareness or soul as such. It is not that sensory
qualitiesofthingsbecomemeremetaphorsforsoulqualities.Rather
itistheseverysensualqualitiesofawarenessorsoulsoulqualities
thatfindexpressioninthesensoryqualitiesofallthings.TheWorld
of Awareness is the soul world lying behind and beyond our
physical world and life. There, as in our dreams, the qualities of
awareness or soul qualities that colour our moods and come to
expression as sensory phenomena and their qualities a dark or
black mood being perceived as a dark or black cloud for example.
Similarlyaeuphoricfeelingoflevityorbeingupliftedmaytranslate
itself into a dream of our body levitating or flying. What we
experience as our dream body is nothing but our eternal soul body
as such. This is not our objective physical body our body as
perceivedfromwithout,butourbodyasweareawareofitandfeelit
fromwithinourinwardlyfeltorsubjectivebody.Whatwecallthe
soul is our inwardly felt body essentially a a body of awareness
madeupofsensualshapes,tonesandtexturesofawareness.

Ourmostdirectandimmediateinnerawarenessofourbodiesis
imbued with tangible elemental qualities ranging from dense
solidity or rigidity to watery fluidity, airy diffuseness, spacious
expansiveness or fiery vitality. It is such elemental soul qualities
that the sages of the past knew as the true meaning of the five
elements understanding them as both basic elements of nature
and our own human soul nature. Elemental qualities of awareness
findexpressionnotonlyinourimmediateproprioceptiveawareness

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ofourownbodiesbutconstitutethesoulofallbodiesnomatter
whether these be dreamt or physical, bodies of people or bodies of
seemingly inanimate, insentient or unaware things. Our physical
bodiesthemselvesarebutpatternsofatomic,molecularandcellular
awareness.Thoughtheirhumanphysicalformmaydecomposewhen
wedie,theawarenessthatimbueseveryatomofthemdoesnot.The
individualcombinationsofsoulqualitiesthatshapeoursenseofself
and imbue our body with its unique form survive after death in the
form of the soul body itself. This remains perceptible in the soul
world the world of awareness even without physical form. Each
nightittakesnonphysicalforminourdreamsnotonlyintheform
of our dreamt body as such, but as the entire body of our dream
environmentandeveryotherbodywithinit.Justasourentiredream
environmentisthelargerbodyofourdreamingawareness,soisour
entirewakingworldthelargerbodyofourwakingawarenessitself
partofamultidimensionalWorldofAwarenessthatweremainlargely
asleepto.

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Introduction
ESSAYSONTHEAWARENESS
PRINCIPLEBYPETERWILBERG
In Western philosophy and psychology, as in practices of Home
psychotherapyandcounselling,thenatureofanindividualsmental,
FromFocaltoFieldAwareness
emotional, sensory and somatic experiencing may be looked at,
TakingTimetoBeAware
looked into, communicated and discussed. However the basic
question of who or what constitutes the nature of the self that is ThePracticeofAwareness

experiencing or looking at or into their experiencing (the WhoorWhatistheExperiencingSelf?


subject or introspector) is largely ignored. Instead a basic WelcometotheWorldofAwareness
unthoughtassumptionpervadesbotheverydaylanguageandthatof
MeditationasaPracticeofAwareness
therapeutic or counselling discourse and dialogue. This is the
TheAwaresssPrincipleversusAccepted
assumptionthatpersonalpronounssuchasIandyou(asusedin Presuppositions
such phrases as I felt, I experienced or How do you feel
FirstPrinciplesof'TheAwareness
about? / How did you experience?) denote some preexisting Principle'

self or identity or who separate from what it experiences. The TheAwarenessPrincipleassole'Theory


ofEverything'
implication is that the I or you that does, thinks, feels or
experiences one thing is the same I that does, thinks, feels or Awarenessasthenew1stPrincipleof
Science
experiences another. Even a question as common and simple as
FurtherAxiomsofTheAwareness
Howareyou?therefore,farfrombeingneutral,carrieswithitand Principle
demandsfromtheonequestionedatypeofanswerthat,byusingthe
'Awareness','Consciousness'andthe
word I, conforms with and reinforces the assumption of a self 'Unconscious'
separate and apart from its experience. The more basic assumption Awareness,Spaceand'Spirituality'
here is that experiencing in all its modes mental and emotional,
Awarenessand'Psychology'
sensoryandsomaticistheprivatepropertyofasubject,self,ego
Awarenessor'Energy'?
person or who, understood as unchanging Identity, You
dentity,Shedentity,HedentityorWedentity. TheUltimateMetaphysicsofAwareness

QuestionsandAnswers
What fails to come to awareness here is any clear distinction Summary
betweenthiswho,understoodasasingularexperiencingself or I
Summary2
and something quite different the experienced self in all it
diversity. Thus the frequently used term selfawareness remain
ambiguous without this distinction leaving it unclear as to COUNSELLING,MEDITATIONAND
YOGA
whetheritrefertotheawarenessorexperienceofaparticularselfor
AWARENESSBASEDCOGNITIVE
identitywhatcanbetermedanexperiencedselfortotheselfthat THERAPY(ABCT)
isawareand'experiencing'(the'experiencingself').
AwarenessorMindfulnessBased
Therapy(MBCT)

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That is why the frequently used term 'selfawareness' both


AWARENESSANDSOMATICILLNESS
totally confuses and leaves totally unthought the relation between
TheBodyasaLanguageofAwareness
anyexperiencedselfandanexperiencingself.Andyetthisquestion
is a central one because it bears on another asyet unthought
question of great significance in both life and therapy. On the other FURTHERESSAYSANDBOOKSBY
PETERWILBERG
handthemereuseofthewordIindescribingexperience("'I'think,
feelorexperienceZ")assumestheexistenceofanexperiencingego
FURTHERPRACTICESOF
or'I',self,'subject'thatmerely'has'or'possesses'awarenessasits AWARENESS
privateproperty.
BasicMeditationalAwarenessPractices
Meditation,Movementand'JustSitting'
PracticingSittingasMeditation
This brings us to a basic question that has long been a part of BodilyandSpatialAwareness
Easternphilosophical thought, yet still remains wholly unthought in MeditatingAwarenessasSpace
the theory of Western psychology and thus also in the Western ExpandingSpatialAwareness
rooted practices of psychotherapy and counselling who or what AspectsofthePracticeofAwareness
10StepsFromBeingAwaretoBeing
constitutes the nature of any aware or experiencing self and what Awareness
isitsrelationtoanyexperiencedselfthatthereisanawarenessof? IntroducingotherstoTheAwareness
PrincipleanditsBasicPractices
MicroMeditations
1.TheDebateSurroundingaBasicQuestion

THENEWYOGAOFAWARENESS
Forovertwothousandyearsasingle,simpleyetbasicquestionhas
been constantly debated among and between Hindu and Buddhist OURSPACIOUSBODYOFAWARENESS
thinkers. Countless sutras and tantras and the most convoluted PowerPointPresentation

argumentshavebeendevotedtoit.
Buy'TheAwarenessPrinciple'byPeter
Wilberg

Reality consists of things experienced in awareness, including our


experiencedsenseofself.ThebasicquestionIrefertois:

WHOORWHATISTHEEXPERIENCINGSELF?

LookInside

Summarised briefly and coarsely, the Buddhist answer to this


questions is that there simply is no 'experiencer' or experiencing
Self. There is just experiencing and beyond that, an ultimate
realitybeyondexperiencingpureEmptinessorNothingness.

TheHinduansweragainsummarisedmostbrieflyandcoarselyis
that the 'Self' as such is the experiencer, and that since all PeterWilberg BOOKSBY
PETER
experiencing belongs to the Self, the Self alone understood as WILBERG
identicalwithBrahmanorShivaisultimatereality.

YethowcanweknowofanysuchSelfexceptthroughanexperience
of it? And who then is the experiencer of this Self? Another higher
Self?Ifsohowever,thentheinitialquestionreoccurshowcanwe
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know of any such Self except through an experience of it, thus PeterWilberg's
homepage
reducingtheSelfasexperiencertoanexperiencedself?

Ananswertoaquestionthatraisesthesameveryquestioninthis
casethequestionWhoistheexperiencerisknownasregressive
leadingtoaninfiniteregresstotheinitialquestion,whichthusfinds
no final answer. Only through the Advaitic philosophies of Adi
Shankaracharya and Sri Abhinavagupta did the first rays of light
begintoshineonthisageoldquestion.Refinedthroughtheprismof

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whatIcallTheAwarenessPrincipletheyofferanewanswertothis
oldestofquestions.

Toexperiencesomethingistobeawareofit.Thenewanswertothe
questionWho(orwhat)istheexperiencer?Isthatawarenessis the
experiencer not awareness of anything in particular, of any
particularthingthatisexperienced,butawarenessassuch or pure
awareness. The distinction between awareness as such and
anythingweexperienceorareawareofisafundamentalone.Itis
asbasicandclearasthedistinctionbetweendreamingassuchand
anythingwedreamof,betweenamirrorandanyimagesreflectedin
it, or between empty space and any objects in it. A mirror is an
analogy of that pure awareness which remainsforeverdistinctfrom
anythingweseeexperienceinit.Similarlyspaceisananalogyof
pureawarenessbeingbothinseparableandyetalsoforeverdistinct
from anything experienced within it. Indeed space is more than a
mere analogy of pure awareness it is itself nothing but a spatial
field of awareness, that which first allows things to be experienced
aspresentorabsent,existingornotexisting.

Withoutawarenessofreality,howcanrealityexist?

SriRamanaMaharshi

The question is a rhetorical one, for it leads necessarily to the


conclusion that awareness is in principle or a priori a more
fundamentalrealitythananyrealityweareawareofbeingthepre
condition for and therefore prior to existence as such. Hence the
sayingofAbhinavagupta:

Thebeingofallthingsthatarerecognisedinawareness[including
theirselfbeing]inturndependsonawareness.

Yet it was Shankaracharya who was the first to urge against


understandingtheexperiencerastheSelfinanarrowsenseasthe
egoicselforI.Thushewarnedagainstthetendencytolinguistically
personalise experience to think and speak of what I or you
experience, or of my or your experience. For he understood that
theegoicIconstantlyseekstopossessexperienceasitsownas
itsprivateorpersonalpropertyanddoessoprimarythroughuseof
theverywordIintheactofspeech.

WheredotheinsightsofAdvaitaandShankacharayahowever,leave
thenotionoftheSelforAtmanasopposedtotheegoorAhamkara
thelatterbeingaselfdefinedandreinforcedbyitsveryuseofthe
terms I and my? The resounding resolution to this question is
announced in the first of the Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta, the
foundational scripture or tantra of Kashmir Shaivism. In a single
compound noun (Chaitanyatman) it is effectively declared that the
essential nature of the Self is itself nothing but awareness as such.
TheSelf,thereforeisnotsomepreexistentbeingorexperiencerthat
happens to have haveor possess awareness. On the contrary, the
Selfisawarenessassuchorpureawareness(Chit).

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In the light of the Shiva Sutras therefore, there is no longer any


contradiction between the old Hindu maxim that the Self is the
experiencer and the highest reality and the recognition that
Awareness is the experiencer.ForasstatedinShivaSutras1.1, the
essentialnatureoftheSelfasopposedtotheegoIS Awareness.
Awareness then is the experiencing self a self quite distinct from
boththeegoandfromanyexperiencedself.TheBuddhistsareright
in understanding that every such experienced self is is no self
beingforeverconstitutedandalteredbythefluxofexperiencing.Yet
behind all experiencing and all experienced selves lies that
awarenesswhichistheexperiencingself.

2.TheSearchfortheUltimateMantra

Whatdoesallthismeanforusinpracticeandinourlives?

Throughout the millennia in which the basic question was explored


and debated, there was also a continuous search to refine an
ultimate sutra that would serve also as an ultimate mantra a
precisely WORDED awareness or Vikalpa guaranteed to serve as
bothliberatorandprotectorofanultimate,WORDLESSawareness.

Thesearchbysages,gurusandacharyasforthisultimatelyprecise
mantricwordingorformulationcanbecomparedtothesearchby
physicists for an ultimate mathematical solution or 'formula' by
whichallphenomenoncanbeexplained.Itisanongoingsearchthat
demandsasmuchlinguisticprecisionandrigourasphysicsrequires
mathematicalprecisionandrigour.

InmywritingsonTheAwarenessPrincipleIhaveevolvedavarietyof
very precise linguistic formulations designed not only to offer
intellectual answers to philosophical questions but to serve as life
transformingmantra.

To begin I wrote of the fundamental distinction between all we


experienceorareawareofontheonehandandawarenessassuch
ontheother.Themessagewasthattherewasawaytopassfroma
state of simply being aware (experiencing) to identifying with
beingawarenessassuch.Themantrathusreads:

fromBeingAwaretoBeingAwareness

LaterevolvedanewmantraThereisanawarenessof.Theintent
of this mantra was to serve as way of reminding ourselves, in any
situationandinthecourseofanyexperiencethatanythingweare
experiencing inwardly or outwardly is distinct from the pure
awarenessofexperiencingit.Themantraalsoservestoremovethe
possessivelyegoicpersonalpronounsIandmyfromthelanguage
in which we think and express experience thus also transforming
theverywayweexperiencebothselfandworld.Forthereisaworld
of different between an experience that is accompanied by the
habitualthoughtthatIexperiencethis(forexampleIfeelXandan

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experience which is accompanied by the mantra There is an


awarenessofexperiencingthis.

Occasionsfortheuseofthismantraareinfinite.Ifthereisanytype
of experience occurring whatsoever whether of seeing, hearing,
feeling or thinking something instead of saying to ourselves I
see/hear/feel/think this or that we renounce the word I and both
thinkandsaytoourselves:

No,itisnotthatIsee,hear,feelorthinkthisorthat.InsteadThere
is simply an awareness of this that is seen, heard, felt or thought
justasthereissimplyanawarenessofexperiencingourownselfin
a particular way. This self that is experienced in a particular way is
precisely that an experienced self and not the experiencer the
experiencingself.

As a result of recalling the mantra the mental recognition that


There is an awareness of experiencing this or There is an
awareness of experiencing this self it becomes possible to identify
with that very awareness to BE IT. Being Awareness that
awareness which is the experiencing self is what saves us from
identifying with any experience and with any experience of self that
accompaniesit.ThemantraThereisanawarenessofthusallows
us both to hold on to the fundamental distinction, to avoid
identifyingwithanyexperiencedself,and,atthesametime,prevents
theegoicselffromusingfromusingthehabitualwordItoseizeand
possessasitsowntheentirerealmofexperiencing.

3.ANewMantra

There is another, yet simpler mantra by which the ego with its
constantuseofthewordI,itsimplicitclaimtobetheexperiencer
and with this its constant tendency to thereby narcissistically
personaliseallexperiencingcanbesuccessfullycircumventedand
transcended.

Thissimplestofmantrais:

ITexperiencesthis.


By IT is meant that Supreme, Universal and Divine Awareness
awareness as such or pure awareness which is at the same time
thetrueessenceoftheexperiencingSelf.

The use of this new mantra is similar to the mantra There is an


awarenessof.Foritalsoallowsusafterorinthecourseofany
experienceofanynaturetorenouncethepersonalpronounIand
insteadremindourselvesofandrecognisethetruththatitisnotthe
personalIthatistheexperiencerbutratherITthatultimateand
transpersonal reality which is the Supreme, Universal and Divine
Awareness.

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Formulated in a progressively more elaborated way the mantra


reads:

1.ITexperiencesthis.

2.NotIbutITexperiencesthis.(forexamplepleasureorpain)

3. Not I but IT experiences this current sense of self (the


experienced

selfasopposedtotheexperiencingself)

3.ItisnotIexperiencingthisbutITexperiencingthisthroughand

asme.(forexample,ItisnotthatIormeexperiencingpleasureor

pain,butratherITexperiencingpleasureorpainthroughandasme).

4.Ingeneral:ItnotIoryou,himorherthatexperiencesthisor
thatbutIT(pureawareness)
that experiencing ITSELF (IT's SELF) through and as I or you,
himorher.


Thefirstformulationofthemantrahowever,remainsthemostpotent
seedorbijaofallfurtherandmoreelaborateformulations.

A mantra is a guarding thought. To transcend the ego and to attain


andprotectastateofpureawarenessoneneedonlytorenouncethe
wordIandtothink:ITexperiencesthisorITisexperiencingthis.

Doingsowecancometoinstantlyrecognisethetruenatureofthe
experiencer neither as a mere realm of Emptiness nor as an I
which has or possesses awareness but as IT that Universal,
SupremeandDivineAwarenesswhichistheveryessenceorheart
oftheSelf.


Because this awarenessreality, itself free from thought, exists as
thesourceofallthoughts,itiscalledHeart.Howtoknowit?Tobeit,
asitis,thoughtfree,intheHeart.

SriRamanaMaharshi

TheformulationItexperiencesthisliketheformulationThereisan
awareness of experiencing this are specific and precise mantric

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wordingswhichmentallyrecalledandrecognisedcaninstantly
evoke a wordless, bodily transformation of all that we experience.
That is their power and purpose as mantra as guarding thoughts.
These are important because the realm of experiencing is itself not
onlyreflectedinthoughtbutalsoshapedbythought.

Experience including our everchanging experience of self the


experiencedselfhasquiteadifferentqualityaccordingtowhether
thethoughtthatpervadesandshapesitisIamexperiencingthisor
ITisexperiencingthis,IamexperiencingmyselfinthiswayorIT
isexperiencingmeinthisway.

4.FinalNote

BeingAwarenessbeingITisthehighestBliss.

Thisisthe essential meaningofthatmost central ofHinduSanskrit


philosophicalterms:SatChitAnanda(BeingAwarenessBliss).

5.Postscript

I have not even bothered here to address the new, current and
supposedlyscientificanswertothequestionofwhoorwhatisthe
experiencer?namelythattheexperiencerisnothingbutthebrain.
For it is in principle sheer philosophical and linguistic muddle
headedness to think that anything experienced (any object of
experience) can possibly be the experiencer (the experiencing
subjectorawareness). Instead Awareness alone and as such is
thesoleandultimateexperiencer,andinthissensealsotheultimate
essenceof'Self'.

Allowingawarenessalonetoact,see,moveandspeakus

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This is the first in a two-part series that presents a summary of the Vedic theory of consciousness within a framework
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Consciousness is described as the ultimate mystery in ancient Indian texts, and its study is lauded as the highest science.
But until recently, the question of consciousness was considered to lie outside of the scope of science and, consequently,
the references in the Indian texts to consciousness have not been examined for their significance to the history of science
in India. But before a chronology of the ideas related to consciousness can be developed, it is essential to understand
their scientific significance and separate what can be correlated with the emerging insights of cognitive science from the
more speculative philosophical and religious thought.

Scientific attitudes towards consciousness have changed due to the recent advances in neurophysiology and because
modern physics and computer science are confronted with the question of the nature of the observer. In many ways, the
study of consciousness is centre-stage in the discussions of modern science. On the other hand, a considerable part of
Indian thought is devoted to the question of consciousness.

Although a part of this tradition deals with philosophical issues, there are other aspects, as in yoga and tantra, that deal
with structural aspects. Books such as Yogavasistha and Tripurarahasya claim to describe the nature of consciousness.
The same is generally true of various works on yoga, the Upanishads, and even the earlier Vedic texts.

The task for the historian of science is to sketch an evolution of the ideas related to consciousness, and see how this
sketch fits with the development of other scientific ideas. Since Indian works related to consciousness have not yet been
systematically examined, it is perhaps premature to write such a history.

Note that there are intriguing parallels between the insights of the early Vedic theory of consciousness and those of
quantum mechanics and neuroscience. In the Vedic theory, which dates back to at least 2000 BC, one views awareness in
terms of the reaction that the hardware of the brain provides to an underlying illuminating or awareness principle called
the self. This approach allows one to separate questions of the tools of awareness, such as vision, hearing and the mind,
from the person who obtains this awareness.

The person is the conscious self, who is taken to be a reservoir of infinite potential. But the actual capabilities of the
animal are determined by the neural hardware of its brain. This hardware may be compared to a mirror. The hardware of
the human brain represents the clearest structure to focus the self, which is why humans are able to perform in ways that
other animals cannot. Within the framework of this theory, humans and other animals are persons and their apparent
behavioural distinctions arise from the increased cloudedness of the neural hardware of the lower animals. Self-
awareness is an emergent phenomenon which is grounded on the self and the associations stored in the brain.

From a modern scientific viewpoint, living systems are dynamic structures that are defined in terms of their interaction
with their environment. Their behaviour is taken to reflect their past history in terms of instincts. Living systems can also
be defined recursively in terms of living sub-systems.

Thus, for ants, one may consider their society, an ant colony, as a living superorganism; in turn, the ant's sub-systems are
also living. Such a recursive definition appears basic to all life. Machines, on the other hand, are based on networking of
elements so as to instrument a well-defined computing procedure, and they lack a recursive self definition.

The reality of consciousness is evident not only from the fact that responses are different in sleepwalking and awake
states, but from the considerable experimentation with split-brain patients.

The experiments of Kornhuber indicate that it takes about eight-tenths of a second for the readiness potential to build up
in the brain before voluntary action begins. According to Libet, the mind extrapolates back in time by about half a second
or so the occurrence of certain events. So consciousness is not an epiphenomenon. As it possesses a unity, it should be
described by a quantum mechanical wave function.

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Eugene Wigner argued that the laws of quantum mechanics may not apply to conscious agents. In a variant of the setting
of the Schrodinger cat experiment, he visualised two conscious agents, one inside the box and another outside. If the
inside agent makes an observation that leads to the collapse of the wave function, then how is the linear superposition of
the states for the outside observer to be viewed? Wigner argued that in such a case, with a conscious observer as part of
the system, linear superposition must not apply.

This result, now called the Wigner's friend paradox, and others have led many quantum theorists to argue that basic
advances in physics would eventually require one to include consciousness in the scientific framework. The Vedic system,
which was an earlier attempt to unify knowledge, was confronted by similar paradoxes. It is well known that
Schrodinger's development of quantum mechanics was inspired, in part, by Vedanta, the full-blossomed Vedic system.
His debt to the Vedic views is expressed in an essay he wrote in 1925 before he created his quantum theory:

Schrodinger used Vedic ideas also in his immensely inuential book What is Life? which played a significant role in the
development of modern biology.

According to his biographer Walter Moore, there is a clear continuity between Schrodinger's understanding of Vedanta
and his research:

In view of this connection between the Vedic system and quantum mechanics and the fact that quantum mechanical
models of consciousness are being attempted, it is important to see how the Vedic philosophers developed their
classificatory models of consciousness. A summary of one classificatory model is the main focus of this piece.

The question of the history of ideas related to the notion of consciousness in ancient India will also be touched upon
briefly in this paper.

Self, biology, psychology

Neural network models have been used by cognitive scientists to model behaviour.

The limitations of neural models have been highlighted by Sacks and others who point out that these models do not take
into account the notion of self.

The limitations of current theories of psychology were well-summarised by the distinguished Canadian psychologist
Melzack :

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Cognitive abilities arise from a continuing reflection on the perceived world, and this question of reflection is central to
the brain-mind problem, the measurement problem of physics, and the problem of determinism and free-will. A dualist
hypothesis to explain brain-mind interaction or the process of reflection meets with the criticism that this violates the
conservation laws of physics. On the other hand, a brain-mind identity hypothesis, with a mechanistic or electronic
representation of the brain processes, does not explain how self-awareness could arise. At the level of ordinary
perception, there exists a duality and complementarity between an autonomous (and reflexive) brain and a mind with
intentionality.

Complementarity

The notion of self seems to hinge on an indivisibility akin to that found in quantum mechanics. The wave-particle duality
encountered in quantum phenomena led Neils Bohr in 1927 to introduce the notion of complementarity.

Complementarity is the principle that description of reality in any of the mutually contradictory pictures is incomplete;
but between them such pictures form a complete, complementary description. This principle also presupposes that
experiments can be unambiguously described only in classical terms.

Considering the question of logical foundations of biology, Bohr concluded that life (and also cognitive) processes are
likewise subject to complementarity. The complementarity exhibited by life may be expressed most fundamentally
between structure and behaviour.

Bohr suggested an interesting analogy between neural (thought) and quantum processes. The instantaneous state of a
thought may be compared with the position of a particle, whereas the direction of change of that thought may be
compared with the particle's momentum. This is described by Bohr as follows:

There is also a similarity between the thought process and the classical limit of the quantum theory. The logical process
corresponds to the most general type of thought process, as the classical limit corresponds to the most general quantum
process. In the logical process, we deal with classifications. These classifications are conceived as being completely
separate but related by the rules of logic, which may be regarded as the analogue of the causal laws of classical physics. In
any thought process, the component ideas are not separate but flow steadily and indivisibly.

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An attempt to analyse them into separate parts destroys or changes their meanings. Yet there are certain types of
concepts, among which are those involving the classification of objects, in which we can, without producing any essential
changes, neglect the indivisible and incompletely controllable connection with other ideas. Complementarity is required
at different levels of description.

But just as one might use a probabilistic interpretation instead of complementarity for atomic descriptions, a
probabilistic description may also be used for cognitive behaviour. However, such a probabilistic behaviour is inadequate
to describe the behaviour of individual agents, just as notions of probability break down for individual objects.
As an epistemological principle, complementarity has been criticised for not providing a unifying picture. But from an
operational point of view, complementarity, by considering all kinds of responses, becomes a very useful approach. When
analysed in terms of local interactions, the framework of quantum mechanics suffers from other paradoxical
characteristics. This shows up in non-local correlations that appear in the manner of action at a distance.

To be continued...

This piece was first published as a paper, titled On the Science of Consciousness in Ancient India, in Indian Journal of
History of Science (vol. 32, 1997, 105-120), and has been republished here with permission.

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The Vedic notion of consciousness appears already to be in place by the time of the Rig Veda, conservatively dated to the
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late third or early second millennia BC. The Rig Veda and the other Vedic books do not present a logical resolution of the
paradox of consciousness but assert that knowledge is of two types: it is superficially dual but at a deeper level it has a
unity.

The Vedic theory implies a complementarity by insisting that the material and the conscious are aspects of the same
transcendent reality. The modern scientific tradition is like the Vedic tradition since it acknowledges contradictory or
dual descriptions but seeks unifying explanations. The Vedic approach to knowledge was based on the assumption that
there exist equivalences of diverse kinds between the outer and the inner worlds. This prompted a deep examination of
the human mind.

These examinations were also considered within the frameworks of Vaisnavism as well as Shaivism. Here we speak of
only one specific development that took place in Kashmir and has come to be known as Kashmir Shaivism. The beginning
of this specific tradition is seen in the Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta (c. 800 AD). The Shiva Sutras have aphorisms such as:

i. caitanyamatma (consciousness is the self)

ii. vidyasamutthane svabhavike khecari sivavastha (The knowledge of one's innate nature leads to Siva's state: it is like
wandering in the sky of consciousness)

Shiva is the name for the absolute or transcendental consciousness. Ordinary consciousness is bound by cognitive
categories related to conditioned behaviour. By exploring the true spring wells of ordinary consciousness one comes to
recognise its universal (Shiva). This brings the further recognition that one is not a slave (pasu) of creation but its master
(pati).

Mahakaal

According to Sankhya, reality may be represented in terms of 25 categories. These categories form the substratum of the
classification in Shaivism. These categories are:

(i) five elements of materiality, represented by earth, water, fire, air, ether;
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(ii) five subtle elements , represented by smell, taste, form, touch, sound;

(iii) five organs of action, represented by reproduction, excretion, loco-motion, grasping, speech;

(iv) five organs of cognition, related to smell, taste, vision, touch, hearing;
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(v) three internal organs, being mind, ego, and intellect; and inherent nature (prakrti), and consciousness (purusa).
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These categories dene the structure of the physical world and of agents and their minds. But this classification is not rich
enough to describe the processes of consciousness as it is mentioned as a single category. Shaivism enumerates further
characteristics of consciousness:

(vi) sheaths or limitations of consciousness, being time (kaala), space (niyati), selectivity (raga), awareness (vidya),
creativity (kala), self-forgetting (maya) and

(vii) five principles of the universal experience, which are correlation in the universal experience (sadvidya, suddhavidya),
identification of the universal (svara), the principle of being (sadakhya), the principle of negation and potentialisation
(sakti), and pure awareness by itself (siva)

The first 25 categories relate to an everyday classification of reality where the initial five characteristics relate to the
physical inanimate world, and the next 18 dene the characteristics of the conscious organism. The inherent nature of the
individual is called prakrti while purusa represents self.

The next 11 categories characterise different aspects of consciousness which is to be understood in a sense different to
that of mental capacities (categories 21, 22, 23). One of these mental capacities is akin to artificial intelligence of current
computer science, which is geared to finding patterns and deciding between hypotheses. On the other hand, categories 26
through 36 deal with interrelationships in space and time between these patterns and deeper levels of comprehension
and awareness.

Any focus of consciousness must first be circumscribed by coordinates of time and space. Next, it is essential to select a
process (out of the many defined) for attention (category 28). The aspect of consciousness that makes one have a feeling
of inclusiveness with this process, followed later by a sense of alienation is called maya (category 31). Thus maya permits
one, by a process of identification and detachment, to obtain limited knowledge (category 29) and to be creative (category
30).

How does consciousness ebb and flow between an identity of self and an identity with the processes of the universe?

According to Shaivism, a higher category (number 32) permits comprehension of oneness and separation with equal
clarity. On the other hand category 33 allows a visualisation of the ideal universe. Category 33 allows one to move beyond
mere comprehension into a will to act. The final two categories deal with the potential energy that leads to continuing
transformation (35) and pure consciousness by itself (36). Pure awareness is not to be understood as similar to everyday
awareness of humans but rather as the underlying schema that the laws of nature express. The laws themselves define
the sakti tattva.

The cognitive categories of Shaivism are of relevance in computer science. At present only a subset of these categories
can be dealt with by the most versatile computing machines. Current research is focused on the lower categories such as
endowing machines with action capacities (as in robotics) and powers of sense perception (as in vision). At the higher
levels, machines can be endowed with some capacity for judgment that typically involves computation of suitably framed
cost functions, or finding patterns, of choosing between hypotheses, but the capacities of concretisation and especially
self-awareness seem to be completely out of the realm of present day computing science.

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Rig Veda 1.164.45 describes that speech and its concomitant cognition is of four kinds. The names of these kinds of
speech are described by Bhartihari (c 450 AD) in his Vakyapadya to be vaikhar, madhyama, pasyant, and para.

Vaikhar represents gross sound; madhyama is the level of mental images; pasyant represents that gestalt or
undifferentiated whole that sounds emerge from in the process of speaking and into which they merge in the process of
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Bhartihari argues that reality (sampratisatta) when seen through the window of language reduces to a formal reality
(aupacarik satta). Language can only deal upto the level of pasyant, the gestalts underlying mental constructs, and it
remains limited because para speech lies beyond it.

Bhartihari calls the word or sentence considered an indivisible meaning unit as the sphota. He bases this concept on the
Vedic theory that speech (vak) is a manifestation of the primordial reality. The word-sphota is thus contrasted from
word-sound. Meaning is obtained at a deep level based on the sequence of sounds.

The discovery of a very large number of phonetic symmetries in the first hymn of the Rig Veda that cannot be conceived
to have been deliberately introduced gives support to the thesis that language captures only some of the symmetries that
nature's intelligence can express. Peter Raster summarises this discovery thus:

In our search for phonetic symmetries in the first sukta of the Rig Veda, we examined the occurrence frequencies of more than
50 sound classes. Of these more than 40 sound classes were found with occurrence frequencies which are integral multiples of 8
and more than 20 sound classes with occurrence frequencies which are even integral multiples of 24... Moreover, in many cases,
the occurrence frequencies of phonetically related sound classes form simple integral ratios, for example, the ratio of 2:1
between the frequencies of voiced and voiceless consonants and the ratio of 1:2 between the frequencies of long and short
vowels. Thus, fundamental oppositions of the phonological system are reflected in the quantitative distribution of sounds in the
text... The order which has been found underlying the phonological structure of the text is a hidden order. It cannot be perceived
consciously while reading or listening to the text... Although the order found in the distribution of the sounds in the text is
unfolded sequentially in time, it is in itself not a linear, but a global phenomenon... [and] it is multidimensional.

Bhartihari's theory speaks of a reality richer than the expressive power of any language. Like the observables of quantum
theory, language picks only processes associated with its expressions.

The classificatory systems developed in the Indian tradition do not address the paradoxes of consciousness. Rather,
categories are defined, such as that of universal experience, which can be seen to be explain the complementary nature
of human experience. These categories clearly assign central role to selectivity, or context, and change. The Vedic system
takes the mind to be emergent on the ground of the neural hardware of the brain, but this emergence is contingent on the
principle of the self. In the earliest literature, the gods represent various cognitive centres.

Tantric texts use esoteric diagrams or yantras for their representation. There are other systems which are based on basic
sounds of the alphabet related to fundamental aspects of the mind. Such ideas have been, by tradition, consigned to
philosophy or yoga and tantra. But it is possible, indeed likely, that there is much more than speculative thought in these
models.

The ancient tradition of consciousness study in India, long limited to philosophical studies, remains an unexplored
frontier in the history of science. This is just an introduction to the problem. Further advances in a scientific
understanding of consciousness will lead to a better appreciation of the Indian literature on the subject. One hopes that a
comprehensive chronology of the various developments in the structural models of consciousness will be eventually
produced.

This piece was first published as a paper, titled On the Science of Consciousness in Ancient India, in Indian Journal of
History of Science (vol. 32, 1997, 105-120), and has been republished here with permission.

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