Consciousness and Being

Consciousness is present even in the thoughts and feelings that do not appear to express the true nature of our experience, such as, ‘I am the mind’, or ‘I am the body.’ The sense of identity that pervades these thoughts and feelings, the ‘i am’ part, is the presence of Consciousness. It is only the inadvertent association of this ‘I am’ with a body and a mind that results in the belief and feeling that we are separate, limited entities…’I’ is Consciousness. ‘Am’ is Being. The experience of ‘I am’ is the most intimate and familiar experience we know. It is the experience of the oneness of Consciousness and Being. When this Oneness divides itself into a body and a world, it veils itself from itself. Likewise every object appears within Consciousness and its Existence cannot be separated from the presence of Consciousness. Therefore in the experience of any object we also experience the oneness of Consciousness and Being.

Rupert Spira

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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