“To a very large extent, men and women are a product of how they define themselves.”
— Jeremy W. Hayward, senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhism
We have both conscious and unconscious awareness. Conscious awareness works in conjunction with our reasons and intentions. Our conscious perceptions are those we recognize and remember.
Our unconscious awareness moves on a separate track and has a form of intentionality that feels different in the rare instances when we’re conscious of its effect, but we rarely are. Seen as “the silent observer” our unconscious awareness is said to monitor and express our deeply felt and less readily expressed identity.
Our unconscious awareness reflects our values and sense of self. Rooted in our subconscious, it does not answer to our intellect, but it is not entirely emotional either. One might say that it is pragmatically spiritual in the sense that it’s more fundamental.
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