"Knowing begins with Awareness. Awareness begins with Stillness."
Awareness is a word that is difficult to define.
But here Self-Awareness will be defined as the knowing of what is happening to oneself - inside and out.
I.e. How much are you aware of the Outer World?
Look around you and use your five senses to see how much you can be aware of all things happening around you
I.e. How much are you aware of the Inner World?
Are you aware of what you are thinking, of what you are feeling in every moment?
Let us look at awareness in depth and see how it is related to the journey of developing greater Happiness.
Awareness In Depth
Developing awareness is about developing our ability to Know More about all that is happening in each passing moment.
In life, demands from society can often push us to "think and think" and when our mind is so busy thinking it will have little room to be "aware" of what is happening inside and out.
I.e. When we are constantly rushing through the day, we can easily miss the beautiful sounds of bird or our friends who have just walked past by us. When we are so focused on getting "this" and "that" done our awareness of our surroundings can greatly diminish. And when when our mind is so busy with thoughts about what happened yesterday, we can start to lose awareness of the conversation that is happening infront of us.
To develop Awareness thus is about developing a Calm and Still Mind. Because it is from this state that the Mind will have the room to become more and more aware allowing us to see even deeper into our experiences. If you wish to develop Experience Knowledge of what this feels like then this is taught in the Creator's Meditation.
These days very few of us have a very Still Mind because Excess thinking has led everyone to develop a Wandering Mind.
As a result much of us only have the ability to "be aware" of our experiences in every moment at the surface level.
But as you develop a Calm and Still Mind what you will begin to notice is the increasing amount of information that is contained within every one of your experiences. At first you will become more and more aware of what is happening outside, and then gradually you will become more and more aware of what is happening inside, of the deeper thoughts and emotions, of the deeper reactions.
By developing the ability to maintain a Still Mind throughout the day you will also begin to develop the Knowing of your Sufferings as you will become aware of moments when you are pulled away from Stillness into Chaos, which gradually with time you will come to know the cause.
Thus naturally as we develop Stillness, our abilities to perceive/to become aware, to Know ourselves will naturally develop.
Path Of Creator
Awareness in relation to the path Of Creator
Having a high level of Awareness is what Develops The Knowing of The Self.
As you develop your awareness you will be able to penetrate deeper and deeper into the various levels of The Self
I.e. You will become aware of the totality of your experiences in the Outer World.
You will become aware of your Physical Sensations more.
You will become aware of your Thoughts and Emotions and their qualities more.
You will become aware of the Cause of your Thoughts and Emotions.
And so forth.
Just how much are we aware of what is happening within an experience?
How much are we aware of what is happening within us during an experience?
Developing Awareness thus is about developing the ability to maintain a high level of Awareness throughout the day. Because the more that you can maintain your awareness throughout the day without allowing the mind to wander off the more you will be able to know what causes your mind to wander off during the day.
And as one develops their awareness, the Inner Worlds will become more and more vivid. You will be able to become not only aware of your thoughts but also of your deeper/abstract thoughts, not only of your desires but also your deeper/divine desires, not only of the deeper messages coming from within/intuition/sixth sense but even deeper and deeper until you become aware of the totality of The Self.
Awareness In Relation To Growth
Every day we are all growing from our experiences.
But how much we can grow will always be dependent on how much we are aware of the experience.
I.e.A student who attends a lecture being fully aware of what the teacher is teaching will learn more than a student who is only half-aware because his mind is busy thinking something else.
It is by being fully aware of the present moment with a Calm and Still mind that one can fully learn and absorb the totality of the experience.
Thus if our awareness is not enough for us to see the "lessons" behind each experiences in life we go through we will end up either learn nothing in life experiences.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
Instead of keeping your mind busy with all sorts of thoughts, simply calm your mind throughout the day by trying to find things to enjoy in the present moment. This will allow the Mind to be much more Still and allow you to develop the awareness of everything that is happening around you. When we live our days wandering in our minds we can miss out the opportunities to enjoy every moment in our lives. See the Catalyst - Present Moment in more detail.
The Creator's Meditation / VipassanaLink here
In The Creator's Meditation we learn how to move our awareness from one part of the body to another part of the body. And with time what you will realize that as your mind becomes calmer and calmer you will begin to find that in those areas there are more and more subtle sensations happening.
The true power of The Creator's Meditation comes when we use what we learnt in the practice and apply it our daily lives. I.e. moving our awareness towards the Present Moment as we do in the Meditation to become more and more aware of the subtler things that are happening outside and inside of us which will help us to develop the Knowing of The Self - Allowing us to discover even deeper about our Sufferings.
Know and Transform The Self!
Use the 10 Day Self-Knowing Vipassana to realize who you really are within and learn the relationship between the different states of mind and the wandering thoughts experienced in meditation.