I created my blog, The Culture of Awareness, to provide a place where spiritually aware seekers can read articles and messages that inspire them and help them expand their perception. I think awareness is a very important part of our existence and our entrance into the higher realms, and I, like plenty of others, want to do what I can to help raise humanity’s awareness.
I think it’s good to be aware; to live a spiritually inspired lifestyle that can motivate others to start being examples of change too. It’s clear that an entire culture has been created around social and spiritual awareness, and I want to contribute to this culture and help awaken waves of fellow seekers in the process.
With that said, I’d like to examine what some of the spiritual teachers of our past and present have said about the subject of awareness. I’m just starting to get into the material of a lot of spiritual teachers, and I’m still new to some of their terminology, but I think their teachings are very helpful and important nonetheless.
We’ve been told a lot about awareness and the formless state of consciousness it’ll lead us to, and we’ll begin our discussion with a quote from the Upanishads about the awareness that exists beyond our limited, physical perception.
“[The Turiya], say the wise, is not subjective experience, nor objective experience, nor experience intermediate between these two, nor is it a negative condition which is neither consciousness nor unconsciousness. It is not the knowledge of the senses, nor is it relative knowledge, nor yet inferential knowledge.
“Beyond the senses, beyond the understanding, beyond all expression is the [Turiya]. It is pure unitary consciousness, wherein awareness of the world and of multiplicity is completely annihilated. It is ineffable peace. It is the supreme good. It is one without a second. It is the Self.” (1)
Clearly, the state of spiritual awareness the Upanishads refer to is difficult to explain with words, because it exists explicitly outside of our physical perception. This everlasting awareness is pretty much impossible to glimpse from a lower-dimensional perspective, and the glimpses of it we’re able to have on the earth are small and fleeting.
Eventually, we’ll be back in a much purer state of consciousness and the awareness we seek will be easier to find, but for now, we can look forward to the tiny glimpses that help us gain an increasingly strong and refreshing experience of spirit, even if it only lasts for a moment.
According to Bodhidharma, ‘Buddhahood’, which is a term to describe enlightenment and alignment with the Father, is equal to awareness.
“Buddhahood means awareness. Mortals whose minds are aware reach the Way of Enlightenment and are therefore called buddhas.” (2)
We’re starting to embody the social and spiritual awareness that’ll help us find enlightenment and make positive changes to our planet, but we still have a ways to go before we can embody Buddhahood or find the enlightenment we seek.
Once we reach a state of all-encompassing spiritual awareness, our reception of the divine will grow to new heights and we’ll become the Buddha we all have the potential to become. It’ll take some work and self-discipline, but we’ll find that it was more than worth it in the end.
The vibration we’ll be on when our missions are over will be far worth any pain or struggle we experienced on earth, and however difficult our quest for real, unfettered awareness seems right now, it’ll become much easier as ‘time’ goes on and our perception grows to new heights.
Bodhidharma also tells us that spiritual awareness entails complete liberation.
“The Nirvana Sutra says: ‘… Our buddha-nature is awareness: to be aware and to make others aware. To realize awareness is liberation.’ Everything good has awareness for its root. From this root of awareness grows the tree of all virtues and the fruit of nirvana. Beholding the mind like this is understanding.” (3)
Personally, awareness has helped me navigate this otherwise difficult existence much more easily. If we’re physically and spiritually aware of certain things that hurt our growth and development, we’ll know to avoid them so we don’t spiral down into the lower state of consciousness they’d deliver us to.
Awareness will change our lives, because it’ll sharpen our sense of discernment. Our morality will be stronger, but we won’t be judgmental or self-righteous about what we think is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Instead, we’ll discern everything based on its consequences, for us and others, and we’ll be aware of the effect we make on every conscious being.
Shankara tells us that the ‘Atman’ is beyond any label or description one could give.
“The Atman is the witness — beyond all attributes, beyond action. It can be directly realized as pure consciousness and infinite bliss. Its appearance as an individual soul is caused by the delusion of our understanding, and has no reality.” (4)
While we’re on a lower vibration, we’re going to perceive ourselves as different from one another because of our individualized nature, which has been heavily played upon by the cabal in order to breed division and discontent amongst humanity. In a higher state of consciousness, however, we’ll find that everything and everybody is one.
We’re all one consciousness that’s been split and divided into individualized personalities and accompanying lower realms, and to move beyond the lower vibrations of separation and duality, it’s essential that we transcend our perception of division and understand (and act on) our oneness.
We aren’t meant to continue holding ourselves back, but if we empower the idea that we’re divided and should hate each other over outer differences that really don’t matter, we’ll keep ourselves back from the unity and oneness we’re destined to rekindle.
Swami Ramakrishnananda encourages us to seek Source and spiritual awareness in our own consciousness, instead of in external matter.
“We are conscious and God is conscious, and it becomes evident that if we want God, we shall have to search Him out in our inner consciousness.
“We must always seek consciousness in consciousness. Just as we must seek a bird among birds, not among beasts; in the same way we must not search for God in unconsciousness. What is unconscious? Matter is dead and unconscious, therefore God must not be sought in matter. We must seek him in consciousness, that is, inside our own self.” (5)
The things our society offers will only satisfy for a short time, and anyone who’s been stuck on the cycles of materialism and consumerism know that it doesn’t take long before the ‘new’ things that enamor us become unsatisfying and we seek other things in an effort to fill the spiritual void.
Materiality is really only an escape from our inner perception, and in ‘escaping’ from this perception, we cultivate a void that most people don’t even know exists. We block ourselves from spirit when we give all of our attention and energy to finite matter, and to find enlightenment, we have to be willing to explore our consciousness and raise our vibration with focused, dedicated effort.
It might not be easy at first, but it’ll be far more rewarding than materiality ever was.
According to Ramana Maharishi, “The nature of Awareness is existence-consciousness-bliss.” (6)
We’ll find the awareness we seek if we can embody these three underrated qualities, and in doing so, we’ll see that we really don’t need anything else. Simplicity is an important part of finding awareness, and if we can’t live a simple lifestyle, it might be harder to feel the simplistic flow of energy that helps so many seekers find enlightenment.
If we can simply exist with an understanding of the reverence of our consciousness, we’ll embody awareness pretty quickly and we’ll use the resulting greater perception to help others do the same.
Da Free John tells us that awareness exists outside of human perceptions or distinctions.
“The primary awareness of reality, my own actual consciousness [can] not be modified or lost. It is the only thing in our lives that is not an experience. It depends on nothing and nothing can destroy it. It is bliss, joy, freedom, consciousness and sublime knowledge!
“… That Presence could be identified as ‘Reality,’ ‘Self,’ ‘God,’ ‘Shakti,’ ‘Guru’ or whatever. It was simply the sense of being related to a Presence that was truth and reality itself; a perfectly absorbing, consoling, illuminating Force that contained me, lived me and guided me. It is the heart of all religious and spiritual experience.” (7)
Awareness helps us along the path of enlightenment, and even though we won’t attain full awareness until we’re back in a higher state of consciousness, the trickles and waves we’re able to gain help us navigate the lower vibrations and use divine judgment in situations that require it.
Without awareness, we could easily make decisions that keep us from our greater potential and shackle us to the lower vibrations, and this is why so many people strive to raise awareness of the spiritual nature of our existence and the extent to which humanity’s been oppressed by the people in power for centuries.
We can’t do something about an issue we aren’t aware of, and we can’t reach a higher state of consciousness if we aren’t aware one exists. We have to be aware and willing to raise our vibration or peacefully yet assertively dethrone the people in power, and as long as we have awareness, intelligence, and willingness, everything we seek to do will be done easily.
Paul Ferrini tells us about the ‘pure, non-judgmental awareness’ that exists beyond our surface perception.
“Beneath the thinking mind is a pure, non-judgmental awareness. As soon as you discover that awareness, the heart opens, and giving and receiving are effortless.” (8)
I’m starting to find this awareness and open my heart, and I have to say that Paul’s right. Giving and receiving the greater energy that’s helping us evolve becomes easier when you embody the awareness that exists beyond the mind and ego, and it feels great to give this energy.
I’ve been gifting it to random people who look like they could use a blessing. The purpose of the lightworker is to use the energy they can pick up on to help others, and if we want to, we can bless everyone we come across, potentially making their lives and experiences much easier than they would’ve otherwise been.
If we live in the flow, our blessings will be fun and easy.
Adyashanti tells us that awareness exists outside of its own expression.
“There is no one who is aware. Awareness itself is itself. You are now no longer the thought, nor the thinker, nor someone who is aware. Only awareness remains, as itself. Then, within awareness, thought moves. Within the changeless, change happens. Now awareness expresses itself.
“Awareness is always expressing itself: as life, as change, as thought, feelings, bodies, humans, plants, trees, cars, etc. Awareness yields to itself, to its inherent creativity, to its expression in form, to experience itself. The changeless is changing.
“The eternal is living and dying. The formless is form. The form is formless. This is nothing the mind could have ever imagined.” (9)
Indeed, the mind would fire away with all sorts of judgments and observations if it were handed a brain-buster like this. This is the kind of quote we’ll want to process more through our hearts than our minds, but it makes sense to me.
Awareness exists outside of the physical realm, and the physical realm and everything in it are distorted reflections of awareness. Awareness in its purest form doesn’t exist on earth or in the lower vibrations at all, but everything around us is an extension of it – a distorted extension that, compared to it, isn’t ‘real’.
This is my interpretation of Adyashanti’s words, and if we want to find real, pure awareness, we’ll have to be willing to exit the illusory physicality that mirrors it and enter a much deeper state of consciousness and perception.
In our final quote, Adyashanti tells us that awareness constantly embraces us – even when we don’t embody it.
“The very source of existence itself – … [a] faceless awareness … holds both the question and the questioner in a timeless embrace.” (10)
Even though most of us don’t understand spiritual awareness like we will when we’re back in the higher realms, it’s still with us, waiting for us to pick up on it and start acting on it in every way.
Once we do, we start changing our lives and those of the people our awareness causes us to help, and with effort and intention, we’ll use our awareness to glimpse the higher realms in greater and more direct ways.
With the growing awareness we’re discovering, we’ll change this planet by turning to our inner realms and changing ourselves. In doing so, we’ll purify the surface and collective consciousness of the earth, and everyone will awaken in due time because of our efforts.
We make it easier for other seekers to find the higher realms when we embody awareness, and I look forward to acting on my inner awareness and helping others act on theirs too. We can’t force other people to become aware, of course, but we can be the examples of divine change in action.
Plenty more could be said about awareness, but I’ll wrap this report up with appreciation for the words of the teachers we heard from. Clearly, awareness is something much bigger and more important than most seekers think, and I definitely learned a thing or two about it today.
As consciousness continues to grow, all of humanity will open up to the changes that need made and ask ourselves what we can do to make them, but for now, those of us who are becoming aware can take the first steps to aligning with our higher selves and changing the world as a result.
Hopefully, the material we examined here will help some of you in your quests to find enlightenment and change the planet, and we have plenty of time to hone our greater perception and use it to transform the backward and corrupt manner in which this planet’s run.
Wes Annac – Advocating awareness over complacency and blissful ignorance.
- Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester, trans., The Upanishads. Breath of the Eternal. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1957; c1948, 51.
- Red Pine, trans., The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma. Port Townsend, WA, Empty Bowl, 1987, 23.
- Ibid., 39.
- Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher lsherwood, Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination. Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1975; c1947, 64.
- Swami Ramakrishnananda, God and Divine Incarnations. Madras: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1986, 37.
- Anon., Who Am I? The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Sarasota, FL: Ramana Publications, 1990, 12.
- Da Free John,The Knee of Listening. Original Edition. Clearlake, CA; Dawn Horse Press, 1984; c1973, 136-7.
- Paul Ferrini, Silence of the Heart. South Deerfield, MA: Heartways Press, 1996, 11.
- Adyashanti, “Only Awareness Remains,” 2003, downloaded from http://www.adyashanti.org, 2004.
- Adyashanti, “Foreword” to Nirmala, Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self.
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