Original Wakefulness

“Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides.”

—Ralph Blum, The Book of Runes

Within & Beyond

Being aware of awareness is by far the most ordinary and everyday thing we can do. There is nothing more natural and straightforward than being aware. Yet, awareness is not an object that can be held or objectively viewed. We can only know that we know and in this knowing the knower and the known are revealed to be nothing other than the knowing itself. In this way, awareness is the ultimate liminality, ever within and beyond all of the objects of experience. All that is ever aware of awareness is awareness. It is a simple and profound fact. Perhaps the only one.

This rediscovery of our inherent wakefulness causes a reorientation to some of the most basic assumptions of our upbringing. Such normal experiences as sleeping, dreaming, time and space must all be revisited with this newfound honesty. But it isn’t for one to tell another what all of this adds up to. Teachings can be helpful, perplexing and even entertaining only to a point. And from that point, one must learn to make their own way into the endlessness of the mysteries of awareness.

Suggested Divinatory Meanings

What simple facts am I missing that help me to clarify the situation?

What is changing, as distinct from what is remaining the same?

What am I awakening to, and how does it shift my priorities?

Am I living true to my highest understandings of life?

In what ways can innocence and curiosity serve me?

Am I focussing on differences to the degree of limiting my own power?

What do I share in common with others in this situation?

Am I being totally honest with myself?

How can I be more honest with others?

Am I aware that I am aware?