One learns to define being aware as a continuum, in which there is more awareness or less. One learns awareness can be focused or unfocused. And one learns that one can be unaware or aware (of things, of people, of situations). One's awareness can be distorted or deluded, or it can be sane and clear.
All of these notions about being aware depend on comparisons, and therefore on time, on memory. These notions give awareness "meaning" in the world of conceptuality and relativity.
Awareness therefore can be given relative attributes, such as location, memory, and personhood.
One dies to the specific, personalized, located awareness to recognize what always is, the undivided awareness that has no opposite.
This awareness is the same awareness that was "relativized" by thought, relationship, and location - only understood with no attributes added and no "other" to play off of. No thought added, no memory added, no partialization, distortion, or fragmentation.
Therefore, this truth of being aware is avoided like the plague.
It is the end of personhood, the end of memory, the end of having an other to play off of (to be close to or apart from, to want or to hate, to be superior to or inferior to, etc.).
Who wants this "nothing"? It has no meaning, no existence, no value, and no use.
And yet, this is perfect peace.
Eternal, timeless, and present, in the midst of change - and nothing else is changing. The changing is this, representing itself as an other that changes, and a self that changes to the other - through time, which is thought and memory.
Thought and memory, the two ravens of Odin One-Eye.
- Dan -