We wake up out of the mind-determined, conditioned state entirely to awareness of our own direct experience as it unfolds within consciousness. Awareness is the path to experiencing interbeing with others and the natural world. A joyful awakening to awareness flows through the fetch, not the namer, and grows through a deepening of wildness.
At the heart of every emotion [the fetch] is a singular meta-emotion, a primordial feeling as palpable as is subtle, manifesting as the “sensation” of self-transcending sentient presence. This feeling—the feeling of Being—never leaves us.Emotional Intimacy by Robert Masters
“By [realizing] the essencelessness of [all] entities and states of mind through a thorough investigation of [the nature of] awareness (bodha), one attains an awakeness (bodha) which gives rise to unconditioned joy. That joy is the natural state of the Self, and that is the deity I worship.”
The Blossoming of Awareness, v. 1.
Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, has a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling. Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece.
Practice ideas for learning to abide in awareness.
Practice: We form an inner and outer circle facing one another. Gazing into the faeries eyes in front of us for 30 seconds, we focus on the qualities of interbeing emerging in the field of awareness we share, how our separate me melts into a genuine we. After 30 seconds, the inner circle moves to the left.
Optional: We speak an affirmation into the eyes of the person in front of us before the circle rotates. There are some amazing affirmations in James Broughton’s Shaman Psalm that can be used in this exercise.
Resources to explore awareness.
- “The Purpose of the Spiritual Life, Part One,” Christopher D. Wallis
- “The Purpose of the Spiritual Life, Part Two,” Christopher D. Wallis
- The Blossoming of Innate Awareness, Christopher D. Wallis
- Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition, Christopher D. Wallis. The Audible version is excellent.
- The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece, Christopher D Wallis. The Audible version is excellent.
- Chakras Illuminated: An Investigation into the Original Function of the Chakra Systems of Tantrik Yoga, Christopher D. Wallis.