Philosophy Works (Class Three)

Waking Up to New Knowledge

“All people, while they are awake are in one common world; but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own”. Plutarch.

Class Notes:

“Level of Awareness:

Among previously mentioned Higher Consciousness, Fully Awake, Waking sleep, Dream, Deep Sleep – also Waking Consciousness/waking up.

Waking sleep is when we are engaged in the various activities of life without really being present. Body present, mind absent. It is a kind of auto-pilot. In waking sleep are we of much use to ourselves? To others? How much of the day do we spend in waking sleep?

Waking consciousness: Each time we practice something on purpose, such as “What would the wise man or woman do?” or the Exercise, there is an opportunity for conscious action, a choice, which brings freedom from the knee-jerk, mechanical reactions that govern our lives.

Waking up to your inner resources: in Need or Opportunity to use Awareness, Presence to create New Knowledge.

The primary method used in this course is Observation. When we practice approaching life with an open mind, we begin to see more clearly what is true and what is not true.”

Can we be consciously aware of every single moment in our life (when we are not asleep)? It seems that we, the 21st century doers, have so much to do that it would simply be impossible not to turn auto-pilot on from time to time. If we didn’t, we would be exhausted! Don’t you think? Who has the time to sit around and just observe? Philosophers, not us – working people… (That is what immediately came to my busy mind…)

But awareness is being linked to our senses, not to our mind (interpretations). If we process only 50% of all we see ( information that we receive from the outside world), then awareness is consciously directing our attention/focus where and when we want to, but not where and when it used to be.

When someone is in the meeting/situation and either doesn’t follow the conversation and daydreams or immediately judges (reinterprets) what is happening, that person is in waking sleep. And there are consequences to it:

people notice that person is not “being present”,

and that person misses and misinterprets things,

he/she underperforms,

and most importantly – becomes detached and steals his/her own happiness from present moment.

Conclusion: try to see things that we usually don’t see, see them deeper and process information in a different – gentle way (with grace). Awareness is noticing what actually happens, not imposing our own meaning, but making knowledge from it. And it all can be done by using our senses within reality, not within our own “Kingdom called Mind” by applying subjective meaning.

Once a student asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?”

“No”, answered Buddha.

“Then are you a healer?” “No”, Buddha replied.

“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted. “No, I’m not a teacher.”

“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.

“I am awake”, Buddha replied. (Steven Mitchell, The Enlightened Mind)

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