Being Aware of Being Aware by Rupert Spira

Being Aware of Being Aware by Rupert Spira

Author:Rupert Spira
Language: eng
Format: epub, azw3
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

The disentangling of awareness from its own activity can be effected by asking a question that invites the mind to trace its way back from objective experience towards its essential, irreducible nature.

One such question is, ‘Am I aware?’ Most questions lead awareness to direct the light of its knowing or attention towards objective knowledge or experience, but a question such as, ‘Am I aware?’ is a sacred question that invites the mind in an objectless direction.

As the mind proceeds in this objectless direction it begins to relax, sink or fall back into the source of awareness from which it has arisen. The mind progressively loses its colour or activity until its essence of pure awareness is revealed.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was referring to this sacred investigation when he wrote, ‘Follow knowledge like a sinking star, beyond the utmost bound of human thought’.

That is, seek absolute knowledge of the eternal, infinite, self-aware being that shines in each of our minds as the experience of being aware or the knowledge ‘I am’, at the very source of the mind itself, prior to all objective knowledge and experience.

The answer to the question ‘Am I aware?’ is obviously, ‘Yes’. The question ‘Am I aware?’ is a thought, in which we are not yet certain of the answer. The answer ‘Yes’ is a second thought, in which we are absolutely certain of the answer.

Something takes place between these two thoughts which converts the uncertainty expressed in the question to the certainty expressed in the answer.

Whatever occurs between these two thoughts is not itself an appearance or activity of the mind; it occurs between two such appearances or activities. And yet whatever happens in that placeless place – placeless because in the absence of the activity of mind no time or space is experienced – gives us the conviction from which we are able to answer ‘Yes’ to the question ‘Am I aware?’ with absolute certainty.

In order to answer the question ‘Am I aware?’ we must ‘go to’ the experience of being aware. In other words, we must know the experience of being aware. We must be aware of being aware.

If we were not aware of the experience of being aware, we would not answer ‘Yes’ with such certainty to the question ‘Am I aware?’


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