Only momentary self-observation is sufficient to inform us that when we are not soul-centered our awareness is usually involved with random thoughts, shifting moods, sensory urges, and varied perceptions. Even when we want to withdraw attention from these circumstances we are not always able to easily do so. For the average person, clouded, conditioned awareness is considered as normal.
When we are in ordinary, self-conscious or egocentric states of awareness, we may falsely assume that perception of events or objects external to ourselves is proof of our being truly conscious. The illusion, the misperception, is: “I think, feel, perceive, and experience, therefore, I am conscious.” To believe that our mental or physical perceptions constitute apprehension of the entirety of what is real, is the result of intellectual error. That it is possible to experience awareness without an object--—to be aware without the necessity of having external circumstances support awareness—can be easily demonstrated. We have only to withdraw attention from all objects, including emotional states and thoughts, until conscious awareness of existence alone is experienced. To be thus aware is to be conscious of being conscious.
Speak this positive affirmation:
The radiant purity of my essence of being illumines my mind and consciousness.
Have a good day . . . and a great life!