Your awareness shifts into other things besides yourself.
And then you realise they are not besides
That everything is one and the same, live and active, substance.
What follows is somewhat off-topic, but I hope to be excused, as some might find it worthy of reading nevertheless.
Somebody mentioned - about you, I think - that it can be difficult or even next-to-impossible to "tune out" of other people's thoughts.
I have the same experience. Only, I always called them "vibrations" myself (although in the past few years I have come to detest the term, because
it's so overused).
That's because people in conversation don't usually articulate their thoughts in their mind beforehand but as they are coming out of their mouths.
More importantly, they are not really talking to YOU, but rather to the more or less stable image
they have of you. They relate to the
vibrations of that image. And however false or off that image of you may be, in time you learn to handle the patterns of thought and verbal exchange
that arise from it in each individual case (one friend's image of you - and the corresponding interaction - is not identical to your image in another
Perceiving those "vibrations" is not something I strive to do; I just feel
them, in a para-physical way.
And usually it's not a problem at all. After all, I've always had that ability (if that's the right word).
But there were situations when I had to give answers to precise questions, by people I did not know (so I wasn't used to handling their individual
"vibrations"), in public.
The questions were of a personal nature - nothing potentially embarrassing, just personal - but my mind was so overwhelmed by the foreign image of me
and the corresponding thoughts they were unwittingly pressing onto me that it blocked the train of my thoughts. It happened EVERY SINGLE TIME.
So I just looked away and lied.
(And now I avoid such situations altogether.)
[edit on 27-5-2008 by Vanitas]