‘Aware,’ in the dictionary, is defined as ‘having knowledge,’ or ‘well-informed.’ A mind that is aware just in terms of the dictionary’s definitions of awareness, is a rather mechanical, robotic mind (of which there are, unfortunately, plenty). Awareness is so much more. Awareness that exists within the superficial limitations of knowledge is a confined and reaction-oriented, mechanistic kind of consciousness. Fortunately, there is an awareness that goes far beyond the realm of knowledge and memory retention.
When one was in the fourth grade, one partook in an awareness that was not merely within the realm of knowledge and thinking. It was an awareness beyond thought. It happened spontaneously, without one ever being told about letting or making such a thing happen. At the time, one immediately understood that it was something entirely different than normal (everyday) consciousness; one realized that it was something very special. It, way back then, seemed rather instantaneous and did not seem to require time. (One, back then, didn’t label it as anything because it didn’t require a label; really, it is beyond all labels anyway.) Now, years later, at the age of 66, one is still very appreciative of it. “Thinking,” indeed, takes time; “thinking” is sequential and is a series of conditioned responses. “Thinking” is involved with information collection and information processing; thinking depends upon psychological time. The other, that awareness, was (though rather indefinable) more about aliveness and holistic perception beyond limited boundaries.
The awareness that is beyond mere thinking is involved with sensitivity and understanding. It is not aloofness (that so many, unfortunately, have); it is not indifference (that so many, unfortunately, have); it goes beyond the formulations and molds (of the past) that have structured the endless reactions of man. A mind without such awareness is trapped in the virtual realm of thought/thinking, endlessly reacting somewhat like a programmed robot, endlessly seeing through preconceptions and presuppositions (which isn’t really seeing whatsoever). A mind that merely recognizes according to what it has been taught is a very secondhand, automaton-like mind.
It is very simple, really. To see the unlimited, the whole, the mind cannot merely remain in (and as) the limited. The limited mind cannot, under any circumstances, make itself be beyond the limited. Effort and will have nothing to do with it. Effort and will are within the realm of thinking and sequential memory; besides, will is a fallacious supposition based on a fictitious (but highly “believed in”) center or controller. (As was pointed out in previous postings, human brains have been surgically divided in living human subjects, leaving two separate — viable — fields of consciousness within one braincase.) The sacred, despite what a lot of very self-deceitful and guileful people claim, may not at all be what thought/thinking can summon or conjure up. The sacred is not what thought (which is virtual and limited) can ever grasp. Thought/thinking — and all misconceptions about a “controlling center” or of a “‘me’ manipulating thoughts from a distance” — must come to an end for that sacred immeasurability and impersonal intelligence to be. In fact, when it visits, it makes thinking extremely difficult and rather impossible… much like when the light of the brightest sun annihilates all dark shadows; other physical changes to the body also occur for a while, among other things… but don’t just take my word for it. The sacred and what is secondhand and virtual do not meet and will not ever meet (or combine). Those charlatans who claim that their thoughts, manmade temples, secondhand methods, and mantras (or any thoughts, writings, or sayings) are sacred… are full of drivel.
Beyond categorization, beyond mere recognition and reaction (such as what ideas are) there is a deep, immeasurable dimension (that is not a mere dimension). It will not and cannot ever meet with what is false; the false must die for it to be; such psychological dying is real living. It is not a mere fabrication of the brain. Awareness includes compassion, sensitivity, real curiosity, love, caring, and perception beyond the secondhand garbage that people so easily swallow.