Imagine the human brain as electronic circuitry. This electronic brain is attached to five kinds of sensors to inform it about the outside world.
One type of sensor is the visual sensor. It is sensitive only to a narrow part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Though the spectrum is a continuum that runs from very short gamma rays, through x-rays, ultraviolet through the visible spectrum, infra-red, microwave and radio waves; the visual sensor system is sensitive only to the visual wavelength range, 390 to 700 nano-meters.
Colour is a phenomena of the brain, not objects. When electromagnetic radiation leaves an object it has a specific wavelength depending on the chemical structure of the objects surface. The brain translates this information into colour.
Likewise the other sensors translate information into a sense experience.
For instance, the ear captures vibrations in the air and the brain translates the vibrations into a sensory experience called sound. If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound if there’s no-one there to hear it? The answer is no. It makes vibrations in the ground and the air. For the vibrations to be sound there must be present some kind of apparatus capable or rendering the vibrations as the sensory experience of sound (although it is unlikely a tree ever fell in a forest without at least an ant or other creature with hearing present).
Back to our electronic circuit brain. It gathers information from it’s five sensors, which give it a picture of the world, which is in many ways (as with the sensation of colour) interpretive.
The other thing it does is think. Thoughts arise in the circuitry all the time. Often in sequences where each thought is a response to the one before, sometimes in response to something in the world.
Now imagine that within this circuitry itself there is nothing which is actually aware of these sensory experiences and thoughts (which can be seen as another type of sensory experience).
Now in this model we could consider that what is aware is a field of awareness (this is analogy, but close enough).
So, the electronic brain collects data and has thoughts which are witnessed by the universal field of awareness. One thing this brain creates out of this conglomerate of sense experience and thoughts is the persistent illusion that it is a separate autonomous being.
This is a very good idea. It helps our electronic organism survive. It has no basis in the reality of a field of awareness, but the thoughts the field is aware of are thoughts based on the idea that the organism is a separate individual.
The organism thinks it is its thoughts. It’s an easy, although erroneous assumption to make. It requires only that the thoughts take for granted that awareness is personal, separate and specific to itself. Yet what is aware of thoughts in one brain, is indistinguishable from what is aware of thoughts in another brain, specifically because awareness simply is. It is not divided nor divisible into separate entities.
Awakening is not the thought that “I am not a separate entity”. That thought still exists within, and is a product of the circuitry. Awakening is transcending the circuitry. Being aware of, but not identifying with the thoughts. This shift is like the flipping of a mirror. It is both subtle and apocalyptic.
The person, as it the thoughts constructed and considered themselves to be, unravels. Or may be instantaneously evaporated. Or slowly melted.
What is left is not what a person thinks it is, but what it actually is.
What we ultimately are is the One Divine Consciousness. What a human being, or a person is; is the projection of a biological entity in awareness. And that is beautiful. It’s not an accident and it’s not wrong. It’s not a problem whether there is awakening or not. Enlightenment already is, it doesn’t need enlightenment to happen. Everything is the universe, and the universe is perfect as it is. Always.
This is liberation.