While the term "Enlightenment" has been up for all sorts of debates, I can say that of all of the paths I have studied over the last decade, they all
unanimously agree that a shift from the mind/ego into Awareness is a necessary step on the path to Enlightenment.
Here's a 2 day exercise that can shift you into Awareness and help to free you from the prison that is ego .
Usually, Awareness is not aware of itself as the observer. Instead, the majority of folks are entirely wrapped up in thought.
Spend the next 2 days in this manner.
Be aware of something visual that eyes are seeing, as well as something audible that ears are hearing, while thinking at the same time.
So for example, if your talking with someone, be aware of a feature on their face, like a wrinkle,as well as some background sound like the air
conditioner, or the neighborhood dog barking, all the while you interact with the conversation.
Or if your on your computer, be aware of the background color of your screen, or some graphic, or some other visual highlight, while at the same time
being aware of some background noise such as your radio, or if you have your tv on, then the sound from that, all while still being able to have
Or if your driving somewhere, the visual position of your 2 hands on the steering wheel, while being aware of the rpms of your engine, or the
surrounding traffic sounds, all while still retaining the ability of thinking with the mind.
I choose seeing, hearing, and thought because they are the three primary faculties that a person uses throughout the day. Yet only one of these,
Thought, is what imprisons awareness. So by being aware of all three of these faculties at the same time, for a few days straight, your Awareness,
the real you, gets loosened from the illusion nature of thought.
Please be forewarned. This exercise does have the ability to shift you into a higher state of consciousness and it may be impossible to go back to how
you once were. In the case the saying, "Ignorance is Bliss", may actually hold some merit
Note** While doing this, you may eventually throughout the practice get lost and wrapped back in thought. Whenyou do so, just go back to being aware
of your visual element, your audio element, all while retaining the ability the think freely. After a few times of doing this, it becomes easier to be
aware of all three faculties. Don't give up!
edit on 30-6-2012 by dominicus because: (no reason given)