Mindfulness is a thought-based awareness. It is still using the structure of the mind to posit realities. Realities, however, come in limited and in unlimited forms. Senses are limited to include the Buddhist 6th sense of ‘thinking’. Limitation obviously means there is an endpoint. Sense utilization is the perceiving of that which is limited and finite and perceivable.
Unboundedness is not an idea that can be fathomed. It Is. The idea called ego and the finite mind cannot plumb the transcendental reality. The limitation of that self-image is that it can only point to ‘It’, not actually harness the Truth with more ideas.
When we transcend the mind, we leave behind the incapable vehicle of mind, employing Awareness in taking us to where we Are and/or where we would like to go (Duality is believing we are not already there now). The mind being aware of the mind is still in the context of mind.
The question is how to access Awareness and how to deemphasize the full-employment of the chattering mind, to a secondary modality. Primary identity needs to shift into the Awareness of Awareness in order for the brain to be trained and the naturalness of sourcing from this field to occur, constantly.
The mind, the ego, the senses, and the constant effortful attention needed to abide in the false self, can be ‘let go’ to the extent that it is not needed 24/7. The primary ‘knowing’ is in the Knower not the tools of the human condition. Reversing this flow to ‘It’s’ proper perspective allows a more correct utilization of tools, not the overachievement of confusing ‘form’ as ’the way’. Identity is always in the Formless, while the ‘doing’ is in the Form. To confuse this perspective is to be confused. Form will be lost anyway. When we stop attaching ourselves to it, we allow the naturalness of whom we really ‘Are’ to come through. Form will continue to be there when we need it in this life.
Awareness includes both limited and unlimited perceptions. Again, it is the identity that has shifted from one fictional point to a ‘no point’/‘every point’ of connection. The vehicle we call ’the body’ is truly just a vehicle that we have hijacked and put artificial boundaries on, like identity.
Separation appears to be ‘real’. But then what is ‘real’? Is what is ‘real’ determined with any finality by using instruments that have limited capacities? Or is what is ‘real’ best determined by using the faculties that are more appropriate to ’Seeing’?
On a physical level, we can better connect to others and form community when we understand the physiology of the autonomic nervous system, especially the Smart Vagus, a more recent addition to the sympathetic and para-sympathetic systems. In “Four Ways To Click” Amy Banks, MD, states that there has been an evolutionary need to connect with our human group in order to promote the care of our offspring. This evolution has yielded a neuro-pathway from the face muscles to trigger the Smart Vagus. The Smart Vagus can tone down the fight/flight of the sympathetic nervous system and promote more social engagement. Even artificial smiling expressions, can access the hard-wired systems of the heart, lungs, and GI tract, resulting in a softer para-sympathetic response.
Good vagal tone promotes affect that relates well to people and thus regulates how we feel. Listening is also another access point to calm ourselves a la Smart Vagus. Hearing requires a motor action that gives bidirectional feedback to the autonomic nervous system. When we listen we access the Smart Vagus and can settle down. Fight/flight/freeze are built in options but Smart Vagus is the third branch that connects us to us, allowing for greater community.
Reactionary does not have to be so reactionary. Knowing and using our system advantages can give us the edge to break out of an evolutionary slump.
When our idea of identity is limited by an over-investment in a faulty model, then separation is the distortion that is yielded. The skill-set needed to process a unified model is not a cognitive mind-based perspective.
If we look at our focus, we may be able to see more clearly. If our focus is 99% on the “seen”, then we have limited vision. If our focus is greater than 50% on the “See-er”, then we have begun the shift to source identity from the Formless. Just cognitively knowing what to do is not enough. It Is the ‘knowing’ from Awareness that tell us everything. Only when we shift out of mind-based ideas and thoughts to Awareness, do we have the shift that matters. It matters because we actually ’see’ the world differently i.e. not dualistically. “What Is” does not polarize against the likes and dislikes of ego/mind. There is an acceptance to whatever shows up while the ‘pushing’ of resistance is not a factor.
If we are embedded with the “seen”, then we lose the “See-er”. Losing the “See-er” is losing Being itself. As the “See-er”, we look from It and It’s Boundlessness. The identity in the personal self is very secondary to the See-er because the “seen” is no longer primary. Unhooking from the “seen” allows us to be the “See-er”, which we have always been anyway. Looking out from Ourselves now means we don’t locate in one venue over another, internally. We lose the narrowness of ego-mind/false self, while being in the personal self.
Awareness can only ’see’ Awareness. When we Are the “See-er” with full-bodiness, we find our ‘no-point’ of existence. We Are the “Unseen”. See it. See Us. Be ’that’ “Unseen” effortlessness always. The Presence is in the “See-er” in the Now. The “seen” is unstable form. Subtleness is Us and everything because it Is the Nothingness of Formlessness. Awareness of Itself without content or boundaries is our deepest core. This is Our identity.