My mental image of my own mind is quite boring, and is basically the vague emotional impression of the last time I looked in the mirror, but not any
particular view of it, kind of front back and sides all at once.
But then the fact that I'm imagining my own mind, creates another 'remembered' head behind that one, and the fact that I'm seeing that head creates
another, and so forth, then I end up with a kind of murky 'infinite mirror' effect.
It's actually really annoying.
This is a false (or neurotic) experience to me, to always be watching yourself, watching yourself. To collapse those watchers into just the one
'gateway' through which experience happens, with no apparent gap between experience and an imaginary experiencer, is zen bliss. It's happened a few
times, and each time it was like 'woah, THAT was reality.'
Cue a subsequent interest in zen meditation.
I also have a way of visualising my self, which is not my constant experience but just a tool for conceptual illustration that I appropriated from 3d
graph images, and is basically a point in a 2d plain that is raised up into a 3d point, like a wireframe topographical map, or that simpsons episode.
My mind is literally a temporary 'bunching of the field', which looks at the rest of the field. Sometimes that field is the rest of reality and 'I' am
the point, and sometimes the field is the rest of my 'self' and that point is just self-awareness. Ultimately there's no difference.
Is there a difference between mind (the apparent self) and self-awareness?
I guess so, in that self awareness is just a function of mind?
Ahhh, the infinite mirror beckons....!
Cool question anyways.
edit on 1-10-2012 by delusion because: for clarity