SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What do you understand from "outward awareness is not different from the inward awareness?" Can you share a story of a time that you were aware "choicelessly"? How can we develop the ability to be "aware of it all without any sense of judgment"?
i think most of teachings of J.krishnamurti are impossible to achieve,i feel something deep and real in him and his teachings but my experience is failed.i concentrate many times with the problem of desire especially desire to be young and attractive all the time but i didn't find a way to hand it,i still learn more and more in those issues,but accumilation and gothering of information intelectually isn't enough..i have to experience every single living issues.Thank you so much for your efforts
I had a similar observation years ago while at a meditation retreat. I noticed that the order of causation was different than I thought when it came to emotions. I had believed that thoughts were causing emotions, and sometimes they do, but I also noticed that sometimes emotions were just arising randomly. Then within a split second my mind was assigning some reason for that emotion, a thought, and then the thought began to amplify the emotion. But if I stopped it at the moment of awareness of the emotion, and recognized the emotion as having no cause, it simply dissipated, passing on into the next emotion. Ever since then I've been very aware of when emotion is causing thought vs thought causing emotion, and have had a much easier time choosing my emotions at will.
Powerful new ideas I need to marinate in my head, heart and all through my body starting now!
Friends, I was seeing 28-40 kiddos for 7 years, most of whom were abused (everything), tortured, and traumatized, I could have sorely used this as an additional comfort, perhaps tattooing it on my forehead. Maybe I can tattoo it inside now...
Let us understand this very clearly and instantly that "Outward awareness is not different from the inward awareness as the observer is the observed." Being fully and choicelessly aware is a state in which there is no residual memory left, and to reply to your question is abserd. To be awareful, one must be free from all kind of binding.All kind of thought and frictions. One must be very passionate and full of energy .
Working in a public elementary school, I am surrounded by little ones. As they (the children) are choiceless, I try to be the same, in judgment. (They did not choose to be born into the families they were given . . . They are not in "basic" control of their circumstances.) DNA, environment and "chance" dictate a lot for each and EVERY child who walks through our front door. Will each child be "seen", valued, respected and loved the way God desires them to be? Judgment separates. Understanding unites.
As Pope Francis was recently quoted, "who am I to judge?"
Love (God) holds us together!
To me, Krishnamurti is speaking about "objective" vs "subjective" experience when he describes the "outward awareness" vs the "inward awareness". As human beings, we always have the tendency to personalize things and being able to see objective reality without personalizing it is more of an ideal, something to aspire to. This only happens when we can let go of the "story" of judgment and criticism and take the smaller "self" out of the picture.
During my dark crucible nights of substance abuse, I was left with no choice but to Accept and fully embrace that fragmented part of me that I have denied, judged and repressed for decades. UNTIL I was able to do that with Awareness (it took several deaths followed by resurrections toward Rebirth).... that which I resisted ... persisted. The gifts are numerous and ineffable ie authentic self love that lead me to compassion. First, toward myself that I can now extend to others. This Awareness without judgement IS true freedom.
True every Sensation comes to an end but every sensation trails sanskar for our soul. Suppose someone near to us says hi I am going to London for fun immediately our sensation activates and jealousy sanskar trail to our soul alas I AM NOT GOING bad luck of me, this sensation will have its own life but creation of sanskar unstoppable. And to get out of such sensation very difficult for human being and that's why we meditate to purify our soul.
Choice less awareness is tricky business...I find my windows of awareness being bracketed by judging ("Wow! That feels good!" for example)....encountering this happens when there are phases of 'flow' and grace, when things just happen through me.....
To me, sensation seeking also includes for me, seeking the feeling of this awareness (the space)....and I can observe my action-reactions but not free myself from them (I actually don't try to, I just watch them) - maybe they are sanskaars that need to be lived through....
My practice includes regular reconnecting with the body, with the breath and with deep acceptance of what IS to be 'aware of it all'
Thank you for this article. My understanding is that Krishnamurti is speaking nondualistically in saying that "outward awareness is not different from the inward awareness." He is aware that there is no outward or inward except in our thinking. Other than in our thinking, there is only being and awareness, there is only unity. I have precious few moments of choiceless awareness which are without expectation, without agenda or goal, without judgment, without trying, without pushing or preventing, without choice, and are simply being aware. They are moments of "Be still and know that you are God." We can develop the ability to be aware without sense of judgment by becoming aware that there is such awareness, which we usually are awakened to by someone who knows something about it, and by some time spent learning from such a person, and then by practice. After infancy, I think it takes time and effort to learn to be timeless, effortless, and aware choicelessly.[Hide Full Comment]
Perhaps it is best stated by "What Is, Is." or "It is what it is." And it will always change, whatever the Is, Is. :) Therefore we have no need to grasp so tightly or to fear because the Is will soon change. I have been fortunate to experience times of choicelessly being Aware and not judging whatever was happening or unfolding, what a lovely state. I've had this with people and situations when I reminded myself "It is what it is." That was so liberating. To then simply BE in it ane experience it. Holding the same awareness Inwardly to me signifies that my emotions, my feelings, my thoughts also are impermanent so do not judge oneself harshly or even name thoughts, feelings as Good or Bad, they simply ARE. Again, this is freeing and can help us not become stuck in our thoughts or judge ourselves inwardly. YAY! I loved this passage, thank you for sharing it! HUGS from my heart to yours.