The body-mind, consciousness and awareness and how they relate to each other
When you first start to inquire as to your true nature, you might begin to see that you are not the body-mind. Then you might identify yourself as the conscious presence or witness that perceives everything. But then from that vantage point you begin to realize that this consciousness is just your universal body, the body of the absolute, and that your ultimate nature is actually before consciousness.
Consciousness is just a ripple, a wave rising and falling as a vibration or pulsation of presence/awareness. In that ripple, worlds, beings, and all forms, including the body-mind you believe yourself to be, appear and disappear endlessly. All your perceptions of the world arise out of that ripple, but ultimately, all that is, is presence/awareness and consciousness is only a modification of that.
Awareness is timeless and eternal, and this gives birth to consciousness. Consciousness is the background for the appearance of the body-mind. Awareness is what perceives what the consciousness is doing as well as its comings and goings.
Awareness stands as the ground of everything, illuminating everything—all thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and states—including the state of being conscious or unconscious.You are this wakeful presence that registers all that comes and goes in its field, including consciousness itself.
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