Properties of Consciousness
There are three types of feeling; awareness, consciousness and attention.
Attention is the ability to watch and observe the ability to sense directly. Consciousness is the ability to watch and observe the ability to think directly.
Awareness is the ability to watch and observe the ability to feel directly.
Notice that where you are sitting or standing you hear sounds, see objects, and feel physical sensations. Now notice the farthest reaches of your senses. As far as you can see, hear, smell and feel physical sensations such as heat or cold. Notice how sensation is hampered by distance and reaches only as far as your senses allow. You have reached the boundaries of sensation.
In order to understand what attention is you have to turn sensation in on itself. Watch that you are seeing. When you do this, you observe pure attention directly. In other words you watch this phenomenon called sight.
In order to go even one millimeter beyond your sensation you have to turn your focus 180
degrees and go inwards, into perception. You can recall with some accurateness what's behind
the nearest wall, what you can't remember accurately you make up with the resourcefulness of
your imagination, and when you allow yourself to go beyond your imagination you have to become
truly original and create what you know isn't there. Now notice the boundaries of your perception.
On one end it begins where sensation leaves off and ends where the originality of your creativity
runs out. These are the boundaries of perception.
In order to understand what Consciousness is you have to turn perception in on itself.
Meditate on that you are meditating When you do this you observe pure consciousness directly. Or in other words; think on that you are thinking. Don't observe the thoughts themselves. You don't even notice any individual thoughts. You observe the phenomenon called thought or thinking without noticing the thoughts themselves. Its like asking a computer to process its processing. A computer can't do this because it only has one level of processing. If it had two levels of processing one process could observe the other process and comment on it. This would be computer consciousness. Your thoughts take place on one level and on a higher level you can observe this thing called thinking.
Now in order to go beyond perception you have to drop all labeling, categorizing, name calling or identifying. You enter the mental silence of feeling, a phenomenon beyond the mind. Notice that where you are sitting or standing some things occupy your attention, consciousness and awareness. You notice that your attention, consciousness and awareness contain sensations, perceptions and feelings. Now notice the farthest reaches of your feeling. As much as you can attend to, be conscious and aware of. Notice how feeling is hampered by size and can only contain a limited amount of sensations, perceptions and feelings at any one time. You have reached the boundaries of feeling.
In order to understand what awareness is you have to turn feeling in on itself. Observe that you are observing. When you do this you observe pure awareness directly. Or in other words; contain that you contain. Don't observe the content itself. You don't even notice any content. You observe the phenomenon called containing without noticing the content.