SEARCHING FOR ‘CONSCIOUSNESS’

Searching for ‘Consciousness’

If we search for consciousness (pure awareness)
then consciousness remains a mystery.
It is consciousness itself that has to recognise itself
and let go.

Scientists are trying to discover consciousness
to put into their machines.

Will absurdity never end?

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4 Responses to SEARCHING FOR ‘CONSCIOUSNESS’

  1. daniel rigfanst says:

    Many thanks for your daily post .
    How and when do we know that consciousness recognizes itself and let go ?

    • tony says:

      Hello Daniel
      Your question is so important!
      In the stillness of meditation, there is an experience of awareness (from a Buddhist perspective, we use the word ‘awareness’ instead of ‘consciousness’, but in this context, they are interchangeable).
      When awareness is aware of awareness, it gradually realises that there is nothing but awareness: that is pure awareness. In Buddhist terms, it is ’empty awareness’ and that, in this context, would be pure consciousness.
      This is only experienced through the practice of awareness meditation, sometimes called vipassana (insight into the nature of mind). When we rest in stillness, there is a duality: “I am” resting in stillness. But there are moments that are just stillness itself: we become that stillness. In this context, we don’t have consciousness – we are consciousness.
      The letting go is not claiming anything. It’s recognising the ‘doing’ aspect of meditation – and letting go! With sustained practice, this comes about naturally. Our pure state of being is always present. We don’t have to do anything, but merely recognise.
      Our resting in the natural state is hindered by the habitual churning of our mind that distracts us: that is when we apply shamata meditation (focused meditation). We are pure awareness. Pure consciousness.
      In some traditions, one starts with shamata and moves on to vipassana. Gradually, pure awareness is revealed. Some teachers in the Nyingma tradition start off with the pointing out instruction which is the pointing out of our true nature: then, if we have problems, we return to shamata and vipassana.
      We may find that, when we stop meditating, meditation is actually taking place because we have given up the meditation – we’ve let go of any doing. This is why Tulku Urgyen said, “Short moments, many times” so that we break the meditation and let go of any state, remaining relaxed and loose. It’s a bit like doing heavy exercise…it’s nice when we stop! We just feel at peace.
      Tony

  2. daniel rigfans says:

    many thanks for your posts how do you know when consciousness recognizes itself and let go ? or it is another play of the ego ?

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM, BUDDHA IN THE MUD by Tony Barrs. There are two truths: the real and the seemingly real. Their connection is the negative emotions. On the path of the seemingly real, the emotions imprison us. On the path of the real, the emotions liberate us. There is a secret life to the emotions. wrote:

    > tony posted: “Searching for ‘Consciousness’ If we search for consciousness > (pure awareness) then consciousness remains a mystery. It is consciousness > itself that has to recognise itself and let go. Scientists are trying to > discover consciousness to put into their” >

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