How to correctly apply awareness (or avoiding pitfalls in trying to observe what is) - part 1

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The above diagram might look cryptic and complex. It is meant to be so to make sure the mind will not gain control over it by "understanding" it. This diagram will be firstly understood by some other part within you beyond the mind and only then an explanation will be provided (in the next blog post) for the understanding of the mind, but at that point, this understanding will be laid on the foundations of the deeper understanding of the beyond. For the time being, inspect and observe the diagram and try not to do it solely by using the mind, don't get upset when you fail to completely understand it with your mind, just flow with it.

Some words of introduction before and while you inspect the diagram:

The basic idea of this diagram depicts the bottom line of all spiritual methods, techniques and meditations: All you have to do is to accept and observe.

To accept and observe whatever there is outside of you and mainly within you - your inner world of emotions, sensations, thoughts, reactions, energies...

Accept means dropping resistance to what is. Your mind's core function is planning and controlling and thus resisting to whatever is not aligned with its plans. It is not easy to change the mind's core function but this is the way to change your life!

The meaning of true acceptance of a painful emotion for example is to accept the possibility that this painful emotion might stay here forever, not necessarily but a possibility that should be accepted otherwise it is not a true acceptance but yet just another tricky way of the mind not to accept.

Not easy but easier than you think!

There are many pitfalls on the way to awareness. It is not surprising as the mind will make all effort to resist this awareness activity, awareness means for the mind a threat for its existence, existence which relies on unconsciousness.

In the next blog post, I will be discuss the process of correct awareness and the various common pitfalls involved as depicted in the diagram above.

santthosh kumaar's picture


Hi si si,
It is great work I appreciate and admire you intellectual capacity. But I still feel if you direct it on the true identity you will be able to explore the truth and unfold the mystery. Without understanding what is mind it no use of spinning yarn on the false identity which will lead only to imagination. How can one be apart from the mind. Without the mind he and his experience of the world cease to exist.

By limiting the mind to physical entity and viewing and judging the worldview is the cause of the ignorance and main hurdle in unfolding the mystery of the mind.Awareness is the nature of the true self which remains with or without the mind or duality.

I very much appreciate if you explore what is mind then start your research and you will be able to explain without any diagram. This is only my suggestion not advise.


santthosh kumaar | Sat, 07/12/2008 - 03:54
sisi's picture

Try it first

Dear Santthosh,

Try it first. Your are in the duality realm and all you can practically do is accept and observe. Use these fortunate tools. Don't be afraid from diagrams, it is your mind that is afraid as this diagram is meant to confuse it. There is a deeper intelligence inside you that will understand the diagram and act accordingly.

Don't worry, just try it, not with words (duality / non-duality) but with experience.

sisi | Sat, 07/12/2008 - 06:36
santthosh kumaar's picture


Hi si si,
Thank you for your response. The observer is the one which observes the experience of duality. Thus observer is not an entity or identity within the experience of duality. It is formless and non dual in its nature. Until we use our intelligence within the scope of duality, we will not be able to cross the threshold of duality. The observer is unaffected and is apart. Observer is like railway station and experience of duality is like train which comes and goes. The railway station is unaffected by seeing the trains come and go. The individual experiences are nothing to do with the observer.Since observer is within the experience of duality as its invisible substance and observer is apart from the experience of duality as invisible witness.

I am not finding fault with your theories they are genius observation on the standpoint of 'I' as self. But on the standpoint of true self which science identifies as no self I find it difficult accept it.
We all are birds of different fathers, we have to continue our task in illusory experience of duality with illusory identity.
The no self is the true self this is for your information.
With respect and regards

santthosh kumaar | Sun, 07/13/2008 - 09:31
Luz76's picture

It's not a theory

What sis wrote is not a theory. It is a practical practice based on experience. It is actually the only serious practice we can do (instead of theoretical intellectual analysis).

Theory is something which is not based on experience, something you can only speculate about like non-duality. True, the sages (who experienced non duality) testify that it is the true reality but in the same breath say that they cannot speak about it much and they do not. For us and for you non-duality is just another theoretical concept and therefore speculating about it has no value.

This is why she hint you to try it, to switch from theoretical discussions which are not based on experience to something which is reachable from your current state.

If you want to walk to another town, you must start from your current position, not from some other theoretical location. Think about it.

Luz76 | Sun, 07/13/2008 - 09:45
RandomStu's picture

Simple observing

Here are some examples of how to observe what is. Look at the sky and see blue. Look at a tree and see green. Eat an orange and taste sweetness. Meet a dog and hear "woof." Etc. That's all.


RandomStu | Mon, 10/05/2009 - 19:19