Friday, February 08, 2008

Unbelievable 01:06 - consciousness-conscious
gurdjieff, ruiz, tolle: self-rembering, awareness, and now

In this process called awakening, I'm beginning to realize the need for wakefulness at all times. And staying awake takes a certain effort.

Or self-remembering as Gurdjieff called it: keeping part of yourself conscious of your Self. Miguel Ruiz speaks of writing your own story with awareness, or what the Toltec called the Dream of the Second Attention. Eckhart Tolle talks of the power of now.

Whether the latter two are borrowing from the former is uncertain; all are borrowing from older traditions anyways. And ultimately, it all comes from the single common source. The important thing to remember though is that this wakefulness takes an act of will towards deliberate focus, attention, awareness, or self-remembering of the conscious self in order to stay awake.

It's not being what we call self-conscious, although there is that danger, it's being consciousness-conscious. Otherwise that same sleep, that deceptive story, that psychological time, without warning, will take over your way again.

1 comment:

Blaise said...

Hi Gregg,

I like what you said about being conscious of consciousness. Right on.