Awareness can transform our consciousness and free us from the source of dis-ease that affects the mind. Whenever our consciousness becomes overly fixated with a thing, like watching TV, playing computer games, worrying about life, emotional or physical pain pleasure, it dominates us and we loose awareness. Awareness is not focussed on a single thing we that we experience, but is like the space that surrounds a thing in which it appears – a spacious field. Every experience appears within a context. For example your chair is in a room, the room is in a building, the building is on some land and on and on. Awareness is more like the space that surrounds us and all things we are conscious of yet it is not the same as the thing within.
Transforming our ordinary consciousness to awareness first of all means becomming aware of this space surrounding both – the outer and the inner – that is around us and the things we observe and that which surrounds our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Enhancing our awareness of this space – both inner and outer – and realizing it as a vast field of spacious awareness frees us from being dominated by any thought, feeling or sensation that arises within it. When we are able to identify with this spacious awareness field then we can acknowledge and accept everything that arises in it – pleasant or unpleasant – and at the same time prevent our consciousness from being stuck, focused or fixated on any one thing.
It then gives us another choice. Whether to identify with the things we are conscious of or to identify with the spacious field of awareness in which they appear, which will automatically free our consciousness from domination by any of its contents. By realizing that our awareness of things is not a thing itself we see that our awareness of thoughts, feelings, and impulses is not itself a thought, feeling or sensation. This leads us to true freedom!