From the vast spaces of awareness, consider that the single focus of self, the personality that is identified as self right now, exists within the field of awareness (rather than the field of awareness existing within this focus, from within this mind).
When the eyes are closed, where are we? It becomes quite easy to shift focus, then, becoming immersed in thoughts, forgetting all else. Shifting back and forth can become conscious, from being within a thought to being within how does this hand feel, or that foot … what temperature is the air and what is that sound.
It’s quite easy to return to the thought at will, even to become immersed in it again and forget or ignore the physical body and world with all its sensations.
Where are we then? Who are we? During those moments, isn’t the world of the thought a reality more real and immediate than that of the physical world?
The mind’s belief in time and space shape its perception, yet we escape that limitation over and over throughout the day.
It’s just your imagination. How many times were we told that as children, a base assumption that was kindly drilled into us with tolerant amusement. It’s just your imagination. That was just a dream.
When that belief that imagination and dream is somehow less real than the physical world begins to be dismantled, ideas of reality shift. It’s a foundational belief, and removing it has the potential to change many beliefs.
It’s not necessary to have lucid dreams, out of body experiences, near death experiences, or to go into deep meditation to experience shifts in consciousness and expansion of the mind. We do it all the time. We imagine. We dream. We daydream. We close our eyes. Just becoming aware of the power of attention (focus), we begin to experience the non-physical within the physical. We open up to the possibility of experiencing the singularity.
Is there a difference between imagination and “real” non-physical experience? In a sense, there is not any difference. The difference comes in choosing reality strings, in our free will to follow or not follow a particular trail through experience. In another string, what has been imagined exists, or will exist, does exist, or has always existed. You’ve created it and read it.
In another imagination, we follow the same string and it will appear as precognition or it will be creation.
If someone wants to learn to discern what the difference is between the imagination that follows the track they’re following and the imagination that refers to another string, the way is through practice. Practice by applying attention.
Attention opens the inner doors. The conscious mind and whole mind communication becomes clearer. The band becomes wider, the possibilities open up. The rational mind can then work with the whole mind, helping to take note, to train itself to return at will to this or that focus. The conscious mind can help to translate the experiences into language which allows the experience to be shared.
And as the communication opens, so the conscious mind will begin to notice subtle differences in the way one or the other imagination feels (the imagination belonging to this string, or the imagination belonging to another string), or how the two sound a bit different, or that they look a little different. Each person will sense this in their own way, but through practice each person will sense it. It will be possible to discern that which is just the imagination (a string not followed) and that which is accurate to the string of reality being followed.
When the eyes are closed and the mind is drifting, it is drifting in infinite potential. The mind exists as awareness. Awareness is not confined in the body, in the brain, in the head, in the heart. Awareness contains or encompasses the body. Awareness encompasses or contains all of reality, and goes within it or beyond it.
When this is understood and experienced, many things become obvious. Time is within awareness – awareness is not within time. Space is within awareness – awareness is not within space.
Awareness is infinite, limited only by the beliefs that we impose upon it.
Anything can be imagined. Ask yourself, then: If I could imagine anything, why am I imagining this?
16 thoughts on “Awareness & Imagination”
good information 🙂
“Attention opens the inner doors.”… Thank you! 🙂
Ahhhh. Very useful. Thanks, Natalie.
thank you, marian … hope you know your blog is an inspiration for me (though i neglect commenting 🙁 )
Natalie, beautiful, as usual . . . and I am going to add one more “thought” ~ it is the focus in awareness that incarnates (bring into body) each of us HERE – aware intention “holding” this time/space as an avenue of embodiment.
yes, Toni, exactly. this becomes obvious, doesn’t it, when the correction is made (from “awareness is within reality” to “reality is within awareness”). 🙂
Im a gi nation! wonderful gift, this writing natalie, fogs are lifting- I’m excited and grateful
🙂 thanks anne!
So does awareness become consciousness? and if the two terms have different meanings, them what makes them different? Thanks for a great article.
Good question Tariq. In y vocabulary (which may not be others’!) awareness becomes a state of consciousness when practiced. I think I would say consciousness is what we all experience in the physical world – a broad state of being. Awareness is directed concsiousness, mindful consciousness. Now I’ll have to re-read my posts because you directed my attention to something that I had not put my awareness on. (And I’m usually so aware of words!) thanks Tariq.
Just a comment here.
In my vocabulary one must first be concious in order to be aware. If conciousness is present attention can be directed to something resulting in awareness.
From a state of conciousness one can then focus on subjects of which they are aware selectivly, simultaneously,
or not at all.. LOL
Just my personal viewpoint
ML, John Gutierrez
And from my experiences, I would say that consciousness is not necessary for awareness, but maybe this is just semantics – our definitions of the two words…
Consciousness is mind with objects. Awareness is mind without objects. Consciousness needs awareness, but awareness does not need consciousness.
“Awareness is primordial; it is the original state, beginningless, endless, uncaused, unsupported, without parts, without change. Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality. There can be no consciousness without awareness, but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep. Awareness is absolute, consciousness is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something. Consciousness is partial and changeful, awareness is total, changeless, calm and silent. And it is the common matrix of every experience.” ~Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Thanks Bob. That’s what I meant!
My pleasure, Sister — keep up the great work!