The Shift is from Becoming to Being.
It is a Shift of Perception from Separation to Source; it is the shift from a limited point of view to the viewing itself.
Awareness: it is what it does
Awareness is aware
is the Self"
~ Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta
Awareness is You
The Shift that shifts everything - there is no 'you' yet there is functioning. Enlightenment is a matter of discernment not personal evolution.
The Shift is a qualitative shift in Consciousness. It is as simple, and as challenging, as relaxing your thinking mind whereby what you have conceived intellectually dissolves in perceiving.
The Shift is to remain as Awareness that sees and the authentic action that spontaneously arises with it rather than seeing that is distorted by the lens of the thinking mind and the reactions that it generates [note that it is called a shift from the perspective of separation; from the viewing itself there is no shift because there is abiding as ever-present being].
How do you know what you know?
Do you know with the thinking mind as thought based on the past knowledge, memories and experiences that you have accumulated or do you innocently, clearly, see things as they are?
Seeing is doing - your actions spontaneously arise out of how you see what you see as who is seeing is what is seeing.
This means that when you see with your past memories and experience as thinking, then who and what is seeing is the past such that your actions are not truly actions, rather they are re-actions.
Relax your thinking mind and notice that it is the nature of your mind to attend, and, that it is possible to see without conceptualizing. This is innocent seeing that see things as they are in the timeless present. In this case who and what is seeing is your true nature as Choiceless Awareness and your actions are appropriate to the moment.
Seeing as Choiceless Awareness does not mean that knowledge and experience do not have a place. For example the information you are currently accumulating about Choiceless Awareness is knowledge. The shift is that its application is not based on knowledge as Choiceless Awareness is always available (it is highly significant to realize that Awareness is timeless; it can be said that it is prior to knowledge and that this is why it can only be lived and can never be known by a knower).
Seeing is doing (energy follows Awareness/attention). This is self-evident as the act of simply being aware of an action like breathing has a beneficial impact on it. In this example Awareness is the instrument that is acting through and as its form - You (the process is a feedback loop wherein the innate intelligence of your bodymind that regulates breathing is aware of breathing as you consciously, innocently, observing it).
A path is formed by walking it.
There is no path to Living Truth - Truth is the path.
Awareness itself is formless yet it expresses itself in form by simply being what it is.
When you examine Awareness you see that it is not a thing or any kind of form that can be found, yet it is self evident that what is examining it is it as embodied Awareness. In other words Awareness is the formless-limitless that is what it does such that its action takes and is form as embodied-limited Awareness (Awareness acts by being aware - its action is energy that coalesces into form. In this way Awareness is the seeing that is being and being is doing).
It is important to understand that Awareness is what you are and see that this is not a mental conclusion that leads you to think that you are identical to Awareness (there literally is no 'you'). It is like understanding that Hamlet is not Shakespeare because it is obvious that Hamlet is Shakespeare's creation and thereby is the means whereby Shakespeare expresses himself and is known. In the same manner Awareness is you as embodied Awareness (Hamlet and Shakespeare are the same in kind yet Hamlet is not identical to Shakespeare - in the same way, you as your psycho-physical form are not identical to formless Awareness because your form limits you). And, just as Hamlet is the form whereby Shakespeare expresses himself, you are the form whereby Awareness expresses itself (it is self evident that your body, your five sense doors and mind, and attention are embedded-embodied forms of Awareness).
"Every appearance owes its existence to the light of awareness. Nothing can have its own being without the light of awareness." ~ Kshemaraja (Kashmiri Shaivism)
"Our surroundings are not contained by name and form. You are neither the body nor the mind, these are limits you identify with through a lack of clear-sightedness. When you are attentive to a tree or flower, the perception, shape, name and concept are not the only things present. There is also the All-presence that you share with them and that you are both part of. The very name and form spring forth from this eternal background, the All-presence. This is instantaneous awareness that cannot be reached by thought." ~ Jean Klein
"The Power that resides in the heart of Awareness is freedom itself." ~ Abhinavagupta
"Do you know That, by knowing which, everything is known? ~ The Chhandogya Upanishad [the experiential answer to this question is 'Knowing as Being' ~ James
The Shift: there is no 'you' - there is only Truth and its functioning.
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