Being in the state of awareness and consciousness, is like seeing clouds passing and dissolving, passing and dissolving without necessarily arousing any feelings, need for attachment, but just being.
Using clouds as an analogy of our thoughts is very appropriate particularly when in our modern society, it is likely that we are bombarded with thoughts and images constantly.
Eckhart Tolle describes it as experiencing a joyful moment. In sharing his awakening and discussions with a monk, the notion of zen is actually not having any thoughts.
Awareness – essence of consciousness, is also identifying what is arising from us and how we may or may not be projecting outwards on others. What is this inner state of consciousness? He provides an explanation of when we allow external matters having greater importance than what is inside us. Example, the moment when we get upset of something, or angry we tend to notice everything that upsets us, even small things like someone not turning up an appointment or something taking too long, gets magnified out of proportions.
This ‘Unconscious ego’ perhaps plays out their role best when people drive on the road. Notice road rage, how people feel angry when driving, when in essence they do not know the people on the road. How about the unconscious person like the gush of wind? People acting out their unconsciousness, and never really realising that it is not personal.
Do you get upset over small things? Then beat yourself up about it afterwards?
Eckhart suggests letting go. Asking – what do I bring to the situation? Then matters get dissolved, as opposed to situations that arise into conflict situations. He suggests that even places we deemed as peaceful places can give rise to conflict situations. Even though people may be trying hard, the real work starts with coming back to self and self awareness.
The confusion of what is important, what is primary and secondary could be an alarm that we may have got our priorities wrong. It’s ok, it’s an opportunity to bring ourselves back to the present moment – taking a deep breath, moving from a reactive state to the present moment.
At the moment of confusion, we have a choice and ask ‘What is really important here?’ Invite presence, and we may experience a shift in our thinking. By witnessing that moment, and the recognition of choice, like changing gears in a car, we can step out of the moment of where we were thinking. By reclaiming our/the consciousness from the troubled, emotional form, those negative thoughts collapses.
Like ice that melts, or water that evaporates – escaping the trap in thinking, we free ourselves and moves us closer to awakening.
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