Consciousness, Awareness, and Your Real Essence

Watch your consciousness closely, this sensation of being aware and alive, and observe what you feel. I do not mean that you look at the contents of your mind. I mean becoming fully aware of the sensation of being alive and existing.

This consciousness I am referring to, is not the awareness of having a body, emotions or thoughts, but of something beyond.

This consciousness is your inner being, real essence. We all experience this consciousness constantly, but never investigate it or try to be intently aware of it. This is because the mind and the attention flow outside, to the external world, and rarely inside.

You might ask: “Why do I need to be aware of this consciousness? I have never thought about it before. Why now?”

You are this consciousness, and therefore, you ought to know about it. If you own a car, don’t you want to know, at least superficially, how to take care of it? If you own a TV, a mobile phone or some other electrical appliance, don’t you want to know how to use it efficiently, and understand, at least a little, how it works?

The more you become aware of your consciousness, the more you become conscious and aware of its power, and can utilize its power. Calmness, peace of mind, freedom from anxiety and worry, inner strength and happiness are some of the by-products of becoming conscious and aware of your inner consciousness.

When watching a beautiful, breathtaking landscape, do you sometimes become immersed and overwhelmed by it, and for a few moments cease to be aware of your body, feelings and thoughts? For a little while you become merged in some sort of silence.

A little while later, your mind starts verbalizing about the landscape, and you become aware again of your feelings and thoughts. You return to your ordinary consciousness and awareness of your body and its sensations.

You did not lose consciousness during this experience. It was a happy and joyous experience, in which you became aware of something beyond your ordinary awareness.

This consciousness is beyond the body, feelings and thoughts. It is beyond beliefs, attitudes, names, gender, family and social or economic status. It is your inner being.

Body feelings and thoughts are changeable and impermanent. Even the cells of the body change in time. Yet, the Higher Consciousness never changes. It is immutable. It holds everything else together like a string that holds a necklace of pearls. It is constant, but all the “things” attached to it or revolving around it always change.

When you reject every component as not your “I”, the residue that remains is something, which cannot be described, only lived. It is an impersonal “I”. It cannot be the object of thought, because it is above and beyond thoughts and the mind.

You can know, experience and be this “I”, but you cannot think about it or analyze it, as it is not an outside object. This “I”, this consciousness is the real you.

Talking about this consciousness is like mental acrobatics, because this consciousness is beyond thoughts, and therefore, beyond words. It is fully experienced only when thoughts cease, whether unintentionally, as in the above case of watching a landscape, or intentionally when special exercises are performed to enhance it.

By teaching yourself to be aware and immersed of this consciousness, the mind and the flow of thoughts calm down, and you experience inner peace. This is usually done through meditation and proper mental attitude.

Developing the ability to focus the mind is a great help. Reading spiritual literature, or coming in contact with people who are on the same path, and who more advanced than you, practicing meditation, and trying to be aware of your Awareness, Consciousness, and Being, are the golden key that opens the door of Enlightenment.

You do not need to search for this Consciousness. It is here, and you are living in it all the time. You only forgot it. You are letting thoughts rule your life. The sky is always up there. If you don’t see it, this is because of the clouds that cover it. In the same way the clouds of thoughts cover your Consciousness, but by removing them you become aware of it.

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This Consciousness I am talking about, is not the everyday, ordinary awareness of your body and personality. It is not the awareness of the world around you. It is a sort of “Higher Consciousness” that stands beyond the ordinary consciousness.

The ordinary consciousness is changeable and intermittent. At times we are aware of the outer world and at other times unaware or only partially aware. There are times of sleep and times of wakefulness. Yet, the “Inner Consciousness” is always present. It never ceases to be and is always present. It is at the background of whatever happens in life.

This is just a short article trying to define the Consciousness – Inner awareness. At other articles at this website, and in future articles, you will find more information and practical ways to experience and be aware of your inner being.

About the Author

Remez Sasson

writes and teaches, through his articles and books, about inner growth and awakening, peace of mind, and developing one's inner powers. He is the founder of, a website about meditation, inner peace and spirituality.

11 thoughts on “Consciousness, Awareness, and Your Real Essence

  1. Since this is the first of your posts I have read, I am not sure whether or not you have dealt with the importance of living spontaneously in the present moment. Eckhart Tolle rings true to me and provides an effective approach to living in the now.
    Thanks for the present article. I found it clear and concise.

  2. Dear Mr.Remez Sasson.

    Really nice version of expressing Consciousness. Basically, by the name I think you might have got an idea where from I belong – you’re absolutely right, I belong to India, the place of spiritual knowledge and scriptures.

    Everyone now a days are trying to keep themselves with peace of mind, for which they are following the path of YOGA and MEDITATION, practicing through masters and Gurus, but almost 95 – 99% of such people are unable to succeed in the path of PEACE, because they could not understand what for and whom for they are following these practices.

    Unless one understands what is he, he cannot succeed even throughout his entire life.

    In this article, the matter is very very simple, very understandable, even a common man can understand without a dictionary besides him. Very nice version Mr.Remez.

    Actually, i too started understanding about the non-duality through the knowledge source-ADVAITA since recently, and i will be taking your support which is must for me.



    • Dear satyamitra,

      Thank you satyamitra, for your comment and positive feedback.

      The aim of spiritual practice is to know who you really are. Meditation, Yoga, concentration and other paths lead to the ability to silencing the constant chatter of the mind. When the mind becomes quiet, you become aware of who you really are.

  3. “Unless you exist you cannot ask questions. So you must admit your own existence. That existence is the Self” ~Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi (Talk 625)

    … refering to the beginning of your article which is a practice in itself…trying to be aware/feel your sense of existence, not the body, emotions or mind. It takes a lot of time, but is a direct path…

    Love to all!

  4. Thank you Remez. I do find that whenever I read something on awareness it helps to strengthen that awareness before I return to the world and allow the ego to subtlely take control. Little steps using whatever tools are available. I enjoyed your article and your comparison of a cloudless sky and a cloudy sky. Many thanks.

  5. I really love how you are so clearly discussing the non-dual philosophy and bringing in practical tools to moving towards this deeper understanding – ie, creating peace or stillness of the mind to experience Truth. I love your practical advise on meditation, I feel this is integral. Thank you

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