Often we start out spiritual discussions, saying the only thing you know is that you are alive. Then we use this statement as a springboard to prove that your essence is awareness.
Is this true?
In my experience the only thing that I am aware of is change. If nothing changes nothing hits the radar. When we say fish don’t know water, we allude to that which is always present, unmoving. We also use the same metaphor about full consciousness, saying that it is always here. But we can’t know the unmoving, so it remains an hypothesis, an extrapolation, another mental gyration.
If hypothetically we could glimpse it once in a while, these moments are so minuscule that they are a wrong place to put our attention. There is no way to test them, or to know if most of that attention is just on imagination. The scientist of the minuscule is really the dismisser of the richness that now appears. For what purpose? Ignoring what is here is a shortcut to a wasted life.
Change might be a direct observation, but most often the detection of change relies on memory. It didn’t used to be this way, but now it is. It must have changed. Change is always relative to a benchmark or a mental standard. Therefore if the human instrument only interacts with change, that instrument is built upon relative movement. All perception and all knowing relies on your past conditioning to be able to touch it.
There is nothing absolute about a human being, or let’s say about the perceptions of a human being. Conditioning changes, that’s why evolution is so easily possible.
Then what makes sense to you? Without conditioning the entire life becomes incoherent, nothing makes sense. Nothing relates to anything else. You stop expecting sense. You stop seeing patterns. You allow everything to fall apart. Isn’t that the common definition of insanity?
Yet a few people are willing to call the absence of past standards as enlightenment. It would be free fall, wouldn't it. Pure not knowing. Please - - - not for me.
If perchance the human is a relative machine, then it would pay to cultivate the tools of the relative. Those tools are your words. I can cultivate the power in my words, make them always mean something to me. It is called empowerment. Distinctions are what make action possible. Without distinctions there might be some movement and some bumbling, but nothing of value is recognized nor retained. Without distinctions there are no values.
In non-duality we go the other way. We dismiss words and distinctions. We also dismiss action. Action happens, but we lie about it. We say, “I didn’t do it.” Try that in court in front of the judge. You’ll be in jail quickly. You are already in the jail of your fear to move forward, and of your fear of responsibility.