What is awareness and how does it work?

Feb 1, 2020 | Awareness | 4 comments


This post will discuss what awareness is and how it operates. The act of being more aware creates a space in both thoughts and actions. Because of this, you allow natural wisdom into your life. Learn how to start this course and gain insight into how it develops.


Awareness is the base of all awakening. The simple act of being more aware start the process to become free from your mind.

Awareness is the basis of awakening. This simple act sets you free from your mind.


What is awareness?


Awareness is a state where you can sense and perceive an object or form. This condition occurs in two ways: unconscious or conscious. By learning how these work, you connect with life’s pure intellect. Here, you realise what thoughts, actions, and events are in your control. Such wisdom allows you to live a balanced, healthy life.
Unconscious awareness is an action that occurs without you having to think or focus. Take the case of the body’s visual system. It requires no active awareness from you. In short, it comprises the eyes, central nervous system, optic nerve and brain. The visual process begins when the eyes first detect light. This energy travels from a source such as the sun. When light reaches your eyes, cells in the retina convert it to electric signals. These travel through the optic nerve to your brain that translates them into images. Such actions are aware but ‘asleep or unconscious’ because they don’t need active thought on your part.
Conscious awareness is a motion that happens while you’re awake and alert to it. In the body, this happens when its sense organs send data to your brain, thus providing material to use or review. These contents come to the mind’s attention as thoughts. When you’re alert in this state, the space of awareness within you is active. Here, you’re free from the sway of thoughts and in tune with your brain and surroundings. This motion allows you to make wise decisions. From this point, awareness is now conscious and awake.
As you live life, note how conscious and unconscious states work with each other. In this aware state, thoughts arrive, but don’t take over your entire space. Once this skill becomes natural, you live a healthy, wise life.



Sight is one of the main senses of awareness

Your visual system doesn’t need active thought to work.


What is the purpose and role of your brain?


The brain’s purpose is to serve as the central organ of your body by governing its systems. It also serves as a tool to help you learn and become more aware. By understanding these roles, you realise when to use your brain’s power to think. In the same manner, you know when to leave it alone. This skill helps you realise that thinking is a minor aspect of your true nature.

The brain doesn’t run by itself. It gives off energy that connects to the vibration of others and nature. To learn how this works, pay close attention to your mind. If its thoughts have a positive theme, they pick up similar content. In contrast, witness what happens when negative people take your attention. You find that the brain collects matching information and becomes more negative. These qualities of attraction and awareness contribute to how the brain learns. In one sense, it works like a device that collects and sends out wireless signals. You can choose how to use this information while connecting with others and nature.

When the mind is conscious, it’s open to further knowledge and growth. Such openness is clear throughout history as human beings have learnt great things. Notice this as progress today in the fields of both medicine and science. We achieve these by using our brain’s rising ability to learn and be more aware of information. This active way of learning happens when you use thoughts and knowledge in a conscious way.

Thoughts are crucial for daily living, but must work in sync with awareness. Without this space of wisdom, the mind runs rife. As the brain becomes more open, it ensures your mind and awareness connect. Such a union helps you accept that thinking is a minor part of your true nature.


The brain is one of the main organs of awareness

The brain picks up information from others and their surroundings.


Why is awareness vital?


Awareness is vital because it’s the energy that governs the cosmos, your body, and mind. When you understand this, material assets and fleeting events lose their pull. You’re then able to align the body and mind with life’s wisdom.

The journey of learning to be aware connects you with life’s pure nature. In time, you realise how the brain and body act as one. From here, you relax all struggles to learn as life brings the events and insights to connect you with itself.

Each part of your being stems from life’s creative energy and space. To sense this truth, inspect the term “human being”. Ask yourself: What does it mean to be human? When meditating on this question, direct some attention inward. Does your presence limit itself to the body alone? The word “human” refers to both the body and brain. It points to the part of you that’s physical, condensed life energy. The term “being” means a limitless, non-physical space where your human essence lives. In short, you’re a mixture of “human” and “being” elements. Both exist as forms and energy that stem from life’s space.

Your thoughts, brain, and body are condensed forms of life energy. Grow aware enough to notice these – without losing yourself in them, and you gain a more whole mindset. This insight allows the mind to unite with your true, conscious nature. Here, you learn to live a balanced life by sensing a field of wisdom before taking action. In this state of wholeness, it’s clear that neither the brain nor the body act alone. Instead, they share a mutual union with every form of life. This way of living aligns with your true nature as a creative, whole, conscious being. Your thoughts, body and brain then align with life’s wisdom.


Both your body and non-physical 'being' are connected.

Your body and non-physical means connect like beings in space.


What is your true conscious self and how do you connect with it?


Your true, conscious self is the part of you that’s aware, spacious, and unchanging. To meet with it, first activate your means to be aware of the mind. This motion creates the space for thoughts and emotions to unravel. Once you’re privy to these movements, you can relax and allow them to settle.

A narrow focus prevents access to your true self. To illustrate this, picture a small black dot in the middle of a whiteboard. If you move too near this spot, it takes up your entire vision. Here, the mind’s scope is narrow and one-pointed. As you step further away, your vision expands and the brain’s focus relaxes. It now becomes easy to see the complete view. In this image, your mind represents the whiteboard. The dot is thoughts taking up too much attention. As you “step away” and relax the mind’s focus, awareness grows more spacious. Here, solutions and creativity arise with ease as you access your true self.

As the brain becomes sensitive, you grow wise to every factor that leads to its current state. This knowledge empowers you, thus allowing the space for conscious choices. At first, it’s hard to build awareness because you sense little distance from your mind’s contents. Here, mindful routines are useful for a few weeks to activate awareness. To do this, use any technique, whether it’s exploring the breath, body, thoughts, or sounds. These allow for awareness of thoughts and space for them to unfold. In effect, such alertness creates a gap between you and the mind’s thinking. This space allows you to grow wise of the brain’s current state.

Once awareness flows into your life, it’s best to relax and drop every strategy. This release connects you with your true self as the mind’s movements settle.


Relaxing in the space of awareness allows you to see the larger picture of life.

Relaxed awareness allows you to see a larger picture of life.



What happens to you as awareness grows?


As awareness grows, you sense changes in your mind and life. When you learn how this works, the course is more straightforward. As a result, you don’t stay at any stage longer than necessary.

The journey of awareness moves through these stages.

Stage 1: The mind builds up contents that cause it to feel pain.

Without you realising, the mind builds up contents that reach a painful threshold point. This mass takes several years to grow. When it takes up large areas of your inner space, you feel lost in emotions and thoughts. The result is further pain and tension in the mind.

Stage 2: The mind’s pain drives you to find freedom and awareness.

The sense of pain and confusion moves you toward finding freedom from the mind. Here, techniques such as being present, watching the breath, body and mind are useful. Each of these methods involves noticing the mind’s contents and helping you realise yourself as the space where these occur. They serve the same purpose of helping you become more aware so that the minds pull weakens. For this reason, choose one of several that best suit you. In time, you learn to examine your life and purpose. You also understand the brain and its thoughts in more detail. This awareness breaks the cycle of creating pain in your mind.

Stage 3: Your awareness relaxes and you allow the mind its freedom.

Once you’re privy to the mind’s thoughts, relax its efforts to be aware, then put aside all techniques and insights. Here, rest as a space of wholeness without changing or controlling anything. This stage is when you allow the mind its freedom to move as it wishes. Many thoughts and emotions then arise without restraint. These contents are often unpleasant, and you may panic at the volume of unrest. Know that awareness and its intelligence “detoxes” this excess material from you. In time, this purging ends, thus allowing the mind to become still and wise. As this takes place, it’s best to release your efforts and stop trying to be aware.

Stage 4: Your mind and life’s wisdom connect.

As your brain and life’s wisdom connect, mental pain and doubt dissolve. Here, you realise your true self as a stream of awareness. Wisdom, peace, insight and balance then return to the mind. These traits were in you all along. Your excess thoughts only hid them without you realising. You now wish to be active in the physical world. This time, the mind is conscious and holds insight that wasn’t present earlier. You also have rational control where you can use the mind with wisdom. Here, you live an authentic life as mental pain and doubt leave for good.

How long does each stage last?

Each stage lasts between a few weeks to several months – depending on how open you are to life’s intelligence. By allowing this sequence to happen, you move through each phase with ease. Every person goes through what’s needed to drive a rise in consciousness. In doing so, they transform themselves and the world.




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  1. John Shearer

    Great blog Subraj! We are not our thoughts! Mindful Love & Gratitude Always! 🙏

    • subraj

      Thankyou very much John! Really appreciate the kind words, glad you like the articles. 🙂

  2. koketso justine modjela

    Great read, definitely helpful in my meditation journey especially since it’s in the early days

    • subraj

      Thankyou very much! Really glad you find the posts insightful 🙂


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