Self-awareness is a concept that the Buddha talked about in his Siddhartha Gautama discourses. It is something that we need to be aware of to increase our awareness of how we are living.
The idea that we are capable of self-awareness is something that is difficult or difficult to believe. It’s like saying, “Well, we know that you’re there, but not at the same time.” The only way we can believe that we are alive is when we are aware of our self-awareness.
So that is why I asked the Buddha, How did he know that we were alive? He said, Because he was able to recognize that the consciousness we were in was not a person living in a body. And you know what? We could never believe that we were a person without self-awareness. We have to be able to tell the difference between a person and an animal. Otherwise we have no idea who we are.
So to answer your question, yes, we are alive. But there is no way we could be aware of ourselves without self-awareness. And that is why we have to teach ourselves to use our little self-awareness in everything we do.
To be able to use ourselves in any way possible is to be able to understand yourself. I suppose we can see self-awareness from an early age in the same way, but you just have to understand yourself. You can’t be all that aware of yourself from a young age. A more mature person would probably have been able to appreciate that, but it’s not really a skill that we have to learn.
Because there is so much self-awareness that is just being able to recognize yourself, its easy to forget that we even have this awareness. I have seen so many new people in the industry who seem to be so self-aware that they don’t even realize they are newbies. We get so wrapped up in our own personal identity that we forget that we’re the product of millions of other people’s minds, and we don’t even realize that we’re creating our own stories.
That’s what I meant by “self-aware” in the previous paragraph. We get so wrapped up in our own personal identity that we tend to lose touch with the fact that we can just as easily be the creator of our own self-awareness. Think of it like a person who walks into a room and says, “I’m just gonna sit there for a while and think about what I’m doing here.
Now we are the creator of our own self-awareness, as the person who thought about what he was doing when he walked in the room, but we are just as likely to forget that we are the creator of our own self-awareness. It kind of reminds me of the way we can often forget that we were the creators of our own DNA.
To be honest, I’ve been guilty of this myself lately. I haven’t been as strict about checking out websites all the time, and as a result I end up accidentally visiting sites that I don’t really want to visit. But lately I’ve been thinking about the way I could create a more conscious life for myself by remembering that I am the creator of my own self-awareness.
This is a very simple concept, but it’s so easy to forget. It’s not an illusion, it’s a realisation. We are the creators of the very thing that we’re most aware of – ourselves. We’re not “we” we are the creators of “we” which is exactly what we are.