Who or what is awake?

Who or what is awake?

Can a person be awake? The answer, as so often, may be yes and no and it depends. 

Awakening, whatever we see it as, can certainly be lived through and as a human being, and others will tend to see it as if that person is awake. 

If we think of ourselves as a separate self, then that sense of separate self can never be awake. It’s by definition what covers up noticing what we are. When what we are notices itself, the human self is recognized as not what we most fundamentally are. And any sense of being a separate self is seen as coming from our overlay of mental images and words, when these are held as true and somehow inherent in reality and what they refer to.

If we take awakening to mean that what we are is awake to itself, then it’s not the person who is awake. It’s what we more fundamentally are, which we can point to as capacity for our world, or what all our experiences happen within and as. 

We can, perhaps even more correctly, say that it is life awake to its own nature. Life – through and as this human self – finds itself as capacity for its experience of the world, and what all of these experiences happen within and as. (And by “the world” I mean any content of experience, whether its this human self, the wider world, or anything else.)

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WHO OR WHAT IS AWAKE?

Then the question is, who or what is awake? 

Can a person be awake? The answer, as so often, may be yes and no and it depends. 

Awakening, whatever we see it as, can certainly be lived through and as a human being, and others will tend to see it as if that person is awake.

If we think of ourselves as a separate self, then that sense of separate self can never be awake. It’s by definition what covers up noticing what we are. When what we are notices itself, the separate self is recognized as not what we most fundamentally are. 

If we take awakening to mean that what we are is awake to itself, then it’s not the person who is awake. It’s what we more fundamentally are, which we can point to as capacity for our world, or what all our experiences happen within and as. 

We can, perhaps even more correctly, say that it’s life awake to its own nature. Life – through and as this human self – finds itself as capacity for its experience of the world, and what all of these experiences happen within and as. (And by “the world” I mean any content of experience, whether its this human self, the wider world, or anything else.)

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