Awareness awakens to itself in this incarnation through this human, biological form. This creates some potential speed bumps in the awakening process. (I use this terminology for illustrative purposes only; for the purists among us it’s noted that there is no actual “me”, “you”, “I”, “awakening”, “consciousness”, etc. They are just imprecise labels.)
In this body my experience is limited by biology. My hearing comes from oscillations of air molecules hitting my ear drums and my vision from electromagnetic waves hitting my retinas and being processed in the brain. This happens without my willing or intending it to happen.
In a very real sense I have a problem defining “illusion” because in a manner of speaking all vision is an “illusion?” After all, the brain is encased in complete darkness in the skull. It doesn’t see anything. All it “knows” are tiny electrochemical signals and not much else. And yet “I” perceive the world in all shades of colors. The brain is in darkness but the mind creates light? Okay, it’s a mystery and an example of indirect knowing?
Another example: what is or is not "temperature?" Partial answer which is no answer: “the temperature indicated by the dial of a thermometer is not temperature, but rather, a response to the physics of two metals contracting and expanding differentially in a spring and how this positions a pointer on a dial of numbers. But that is not temperature, only an indirect effect of temperature.”
So, "I am" is an indirect effect of consciousness? Mmmmm. Can “I” know this directly? No, because “I am" is an illusion. On the other hand there is no “me” or sense of “me” outside of “embodied” awareness, this biological form. Absent the form there is no “I amness” only “amness”, “isness”, “thisness” or “thatness”? And that “isness” or “amness” (living happening to no one in particular) is supposed to be considered my True Self? Mmmmm.
Water droplet consciousness and oceanic consciousness are not separate. Ordinary, everyday consciousness is not separate from cosmic consciousness. So water droplet, individual point of view coexists with oceanic point of view. . . simultaneously. And ordinary everyday point of view coexists with cosmic point of view. . . simultaneously.
Mmmmm. I know One but do I know two?
Mmmmm. I know Two but do I know one?
(And what is behavior other than the outward expression of embodied awareness – fully awakened to itself or not?)
“Consciousness” is a word “I” use, but when I look for it I can’t find it . . . like a lot of other words . . . absolute reality . . . God realization . . . enlightenment . . . emptiness. On the other hand it is undeniable to me that I am aware of things, real or imagined, including consciousness itself, whatever it is. Go figure, huh!
“Conscious states are caused by neurobiological processes. The fact that scientists do not know how that occurs, doesn’t mean they, and you, and I, don’t know that it occurs.”
In short, see for yourself directly or indirectly what there is to see . . . or not see . Remember if you can that as embodied awareness, we explore the universe, actuality, consciousness through a filter of human perceptions and emotions. That’s just how it is. And if you can, try not to get too caught up in seeking some “objective” truth that transcends human consciousness. But if you can’t help yourself . . . go for it. Ultimately, there are no missteps on this journey.