‘I am everywhere, like space.’ ~ Avadhuta Gita
I, Awareness, am everywhere, like space. ‘Like’ space. Not space. Space exists in me. I don’t exist in space. But, from a phenomenal standpoint, space is about as close as we can get to experiencing I, Awareness.
To uncover our true identity, we contemplate the nature of experience to discover what is real and what is not. We use metaphors to describe the indescribable. We point to the ultimate with words and gestures. Although the ultimate is unnamable and cannot be found, it contains all names and is everywhere.
Just as space appears to be everywhere, yet we can’t see it, touch it, feel it, hear it, or taste it, awareness, the knowing presence that is always with us, can’t be perceived by the senses.
Put your attention on this aware presence within you – that which knows the coming and going of thoughts and sensations, but doesn’t come and go with them. This ever-present knowing is what we call awareness. Now see if you can find an edge to this awareness, a place where awareness ends and something else begins.
No boundaries can be found. Awareness is infinite.
Now see if you can find a time when awareness is not present. Have you ever experienced the absence of awareness? Could you?
No. Impossible. You would have to be present to observe its absence. Awareness is eternal.
Go as far as you want, as long as you want, in any direction and you will find no beginning, no end, no time when awareness is not here. Infinite and eternal can only mean one thing . . . that there can be only one awareness.
Not two. Our experience that awareness is limitless shows this as fact. Therefore, space must exist in awareness. From a metaphorical point of view you, I, we, as awareness, are ‘like’ space – from a dualistic perspective, the qualities are similar – but you, I, we, awareness, exists with or without it.
Awareness is before anything else. Even prior to the idea that there is such a thing as awareness.