Thursday, December 15, 2011

Three States - One Reality

The waking state is the ego looking out and experiencing the world. For most of humanity the ego assumes that it is the doer, enjoying or suffering experience.

The dream state is the unconscious projecting its position via dream symbols and a story line. Dreams are different from the waking experience because the ego position is dormant, or only a partial player. The ego is not in charge of the dream state.

In deep dreamless sleep the ego is dormant and the unconscious is dormant. In this state there is true rest as the mind is absent.

Awareness is present in all these states. How do we know that awareness is present in deep sleep? There are two answers. One is that upon awakening one knows that one had deep restful sleep. The other answer, which seems to be the better one, is that if a loud noise or other external event occurs, one is immediately awake. If awareness were not present, one would not hear or feel the event and one would remain asleep.

When examined closely, it becomes clear that awareness is the background of all these states. Deep sleep is the best representation for awareness as potential; the blank screen on which the waking and dream states play out their scenes.

As soon as any experience appears in the waking or dream state, the object becomes conscious. Thus awareness becomes consciousness. Sometimes awareness is described as "pure consciousness."

Awareness is the primal fact, the holder of all potential experience, the vessel in which all consciousness is contained. Since anything one can experience is consciousness, one can say that "all is consciousness." Yet all consciousness is contained in, or dependent on, awareness.

For this reason, when one identifies with awareness, all experience is but a show, characters on a screen. One then wears the world lightly. The world is just a garment one lays down easily, without regret. It's like a movie. When the show is over, there is no dismay at leaving the theater.

Awareness is primary. That is what one is. Awareness doesn't suffer. Examine how one knows experience and see if you are not awareness. "That thou art. Now you have become peace.


Anonymous said...

Very clearly expressed.Enjoying your blog.Thank you Maury.

All the best - Suki

Maury Lee said...

Thanks for dropping by Suki. Thanks for commenting. Blessings, Maury

Graham said...

Good post Maury. Merry Christmas!

Maury Lee said...

Thanks Graham. Good to hear from you. Blessings always.

Anonymous said...

Hello Maury. Here's an odd bit to add--ever since the non event of waking up to non-self, my nocturnal dreams have changed radically. I dream less of Lori Ann as a character, if at all, in my dreams. I am usually witnessing others in action, and my others that I do not even know in waking life. the other new thing--my dreaming life at night (as opposed to day dreaming I am ego) have long been precognitive. Now, precogntion is highlighted. Almost every dream at night has a corresponding real world/next day unfolding. Like your blog. Keep on! Lori Ann

Maury Lee said...

Lori, thanks much for dropping by. When things get stirred up for me, my dreams pull up my early life. There are dregs still there that want out.

Anyone who has tasted the excellent writing on Lori's blog will be going back for more. Have a look: