How to Be Awareness Now (Awareness)


“You never exist quite so much as when you are not thinking.”–Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

In the instant before you began to read this, there was Awareness. As soon as you started to read, Awareness was seemingly obscured by thought. But it is not obscured; it never is, for you could not read this without Awareness. Attention can be on Awareness, or it can be on objects in Awareness, in any case there is always Awareness.

Awareness is direct perception without the interpretation with thought. It is being utterly present, without effort or technique. Choiceless Awareness is witnessing and watching in the absence of all techniques, practice and effort.

Try this:
Just be. Notice. Notice thoughts come and and go. Notice perceptions come and go. Notice breath and body sensations come and go. Notice Awareness. There is no effort, no doing, no lurching. Just be. Notice that everything we know arises in Awareness. Awareness is the space and silence in which thought and every other object arises. Fall backwards into Awareness. Release into Awareness. There is no effort to this. Just be. Be patient. Awareness will expand on its own.

Try this:
Whatever other technique you use, you will become aware at some point that there is something which is aware of the technique. If you observe thought for example, you will with practice become aware that there is something that is observing thought. Join the the looker. Look at the internal sense of looking.

Or, try this:
Take some time to relax completely. Use the progressive relaxation technique or just breathe out and relax. Look at something in the room. Focus on it. Awareness is looking. Become aware of Awareness. Shut your eyes and remain aware of Awareness. Relax. Let go. Relax and let go even more. Let go as deeply as you can. If thoughts arise be aware of them, let them come and go. Simply observe, without participating or attaching meaning. There is nothing else to do. Shift attention to Awareness that is witnessing the thoughts. There is distance between you and thoughts.

Or, try this:
Be utterly present. Be present with the things that are already present. Your body, your breath, the tingling inside your hands, the sense of sound, the sense of sight when you simply experience and not divide or label, a plant, a flower, the sky…these are utterly present. This is a relaxation into presence, not a trying or a grabbing or a becoming of presence. There is no difference between what is and what you want it to be. There is no time-delay between perceiving and sensing. Notice that you hear and sense a sound at the same time. There is no lurching forward to the next moment. Just Stillness.

Awareness does not need the seer or the seen; it is just pure seeing.

This is Awareness watching Awareness.

If you don’t get this, don’t worry. Start with Observing Thought.

Coming up next: a Release technique

9 thoughts on “How to Be Awareness Now (Awareness)

  1. Sylvia

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    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Sylvia,
      Thank you for the kind words! I’ve updated the book page after reading your comment. The book is 150 pages and the table of contents is on the Start Here page. Thanks, and hope to see you again.

  2. Steve Olson

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  4. navee Juman

    Are you sure awareness can be aware of awareness? Can an eye see itself? I agree that you can be awareness, but being aware of awareness seems far-fetched. Could you site any references from reliable sources that this is even possible?

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Michael Langford has a book in which he describes an “Awareness of Awareness” technique. I don’t use it.

      I wrote this article quite some time ago and my approach is now different.

      What I recommend are:
      -see that you do not exist
      -learn to release
      -develop awareness (observing thought, meditation…)
      -develop honesty and courage

      1. navee Juman

        One can go crazy from trying to be aware of awareness. There is nothing there to be aware in awareness. You will just get a blank nothing. However, if you get rid of all dualistic ideas, then what you normally see in “ordinary” mind is itself awareness. This is the fundamental advaita teaching that subject (awareness) is nothing but the object (of awareness). They are not separate. By trying to be aware of awareness, you are separating subject from object and esteeming the subject aspect only.

        1. Kaushik Post author

          I don’t recommend the awareness of awareness technique.

          Awakening is a destructive process of deconstruction. It is seeing the lies in the head. We build lies on top the basic lie of self, which is built from invalidation and injury and lack. These lies seem to have an autonomous life, squirming and defending and breeding more lies, and this is what makes awakening tricky for most people. Various approaches work at various times for various people. I prefer and recommend the very direct approach. Not spirituality, not Advaita, not philosophical accumulation of knowledge–but simply willingness and looking within.

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