In a way, it is more like shifting awareness rather than raising awareness. Right now, all the attention is on thought usually. A thought comes up, we react to the thought, this invites the next thought in.
Thank you for making that insightful distinction! Instead of raising awareness for something that already exists, we shift in our awareness. By shifting our awareness, we are able to step out of the ego mind and to realize that most things we react to are simply thoughts – predictably thoughts created by the ego mind. Perhaps meditation allows people to feel blissful and reach a state of inner peace because we are no longer reacting to every single individual thought that arises in our minds.
It is said that “thoughts create reality” and yet we are not our thoughts. Many people may mistaken from this phrase that we are our thoughts, but mediation and a shift in awareness will allow us to quietly observe our ego mind without judgment, just as you mentioned!
Do you guys think people are afraid to face their “inner selves”? A person from another forum stated that some people are terrified of meditaiton and reflection of the Being. Why do people tend to focus outward more? Is it simply easier and more comfortable? Or are they just trying to escape dealing with the complex Being?
"Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body's reaction to your mind or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body” -Eckhart Tolle
If the body already houses the mind, why is it then necessary that they meet together? Can the body connect with the mind at all times, or does it have to search for the mind?
Great discussion so far! I really enjoy reading your responses and insightful comments, Edwin!