What is Awareness? (I)

The uniqueness of each viewpoint, each standpoint, can obviously be "overcome" only by changing the viewpoint to other viewpoints.  And returning. Such an alternation alone, which can also appear as constant change, makes up the unity of the world.

Apprehending this dynamic unity exceeds mere consciousness because consciousness (I) always tends to circumscribing condensation, which is creating symbolic, quasi-static objects. In contrast, the change to other viewpoints – other individual attitudes – is of course more open. I call the perception of this alternation awareness.

Awareness is never "solid." It is always the becoming of something else, more precisely of many others: It is constantly arising from this reciprocal movement and consists only in it. Thus, it is also perception of potential.

But whose potential? No, not ours, if by "ours" a quasi-static self-image is meant. Because such an image would already be largely defined. Instead, in order to change for example from the individuality of an official to the individuality of an artist, the official must be "dissolved" and newly condensed to an artist. Not the official has moved himself, but the alternating between one and the other has been differently curled up. Both the official and the artist are aware of their alternative self. Besides, both are aware of the potential perspectives on the way from the office to the studio and back again. And they are also aware of the possible attitudes in the cinema or theater. And the different positions inside the office, the studio, and at home.

Though the awareness changes with each attitude, it includes all potential standpoints. Sometimes one takes precedence - it is more real and less potential - sometimes the other. Sometimes the awareness is more limited, for example to the pages of a file, then open again with a view into life. However, even in the file the artist occasionally comes into play and in the artist the pedant; and at home both of them.

Spiritually, we alternate faster than mentally or physically, because the psyche and the body are more "tightened." The psychic alternation structure is more deeply convoluted, and also the body is the result of relatively stable alternations ("interactions"), which we hardly overlook. But, strictly speaking, there is no place where we can say "Now we have changed position," because "we" consist exclusively of convoluted alternations. There is basically only awareness.

Well then, who is aware of the alternation of the awareness? Nice trick question.

In reality, awareness is always alternation between other awareness, namely, between perspectives of the entire alternations. The awareness changes as I said the rank, the hierarchy of potential attitudes. When the "officialdom" speaks the inspiration is largely silent and vice versa. What the official is also aware of, however, is the subordination of his awareness in the awareness of the artist (and so on). With the awareness then also the entire nesting of descending priorities, viewpoints and turns alternates.

So what are we aware of in a nutshell?
·       Everything unique is contained in everything unique.
·       Alternation of uniqueness is the most natural thing in the world.


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