In a recent class I defined the differences between observation and awareness the way that Grandfather defined them and by so doing I was able to take the class to levels of understanding that I could not have otherwise reached. Basically and simply, when you observe something you are at the foundation of that observation. That means that you are part of the equation with all of your prejudices, words, definitions, history, and baggage good or bad. Unfortunately this pollutes any and all possible pure observation and we must learn to accept that any observation is subject to prejudices. After all if five people witness and event and you question each of them you will get five different stories. So accept the fact that observation is prejudicial and impure.
On the other hand Awareness removes the self from the process and subsequently removes all prejudice, words, definitions, history, and other baggage that would normally cloud the purity of what is being observed. This is easy to say, meaning whenever possible remove self from what you are being aware of, but it is not easy to do. It takes a conscious effort to set aside all your learned prejudices and even the way you look at things to be able to reach this level of purity. The best way I know of ant the one that Grandfather taught the most was just to rid the self of all words, definitions, thoughts, emotions, and quiet the waters of the mind and heart. if all you can do is set aside the words of definition then you have made a tremendous breakthrough and will begin to become more aware at a pure level, thus a deeper level.
I find that there is a place between that of observation and awareness, a place that I simply call the “watching”. Here in the “watching” or the “watch” I get the best of both worlds. I first view the situation or thing that I am looking at through myself and the act of observing defined as I just defined it with all of its prejudices. I then let go of observing and enter the world of awareness, free of all thought, words, and emotions taking in the entirety of the elements being experienced. I then bring both the observations and awareness together and at that point a balance seems to be struck. That balance comes more by accident than by design and it just happens, for you’ll notice a deep and profound change in your level of attention. It is this place that I call the place of “watching”, and a place that I try to enter as often as possible because it gives me a clear view of both worlds at the same time. There I can see, experience, the best of my observations and the best of my awareness fused together and reaching a higher level of enlightenment and knowing.
The reason that I am sending you this is because within the next 10 days to two weeks events will unfold that you need to be aware of and “watch” carefully, especially finding the connection between your life and the unfolding events. More later.