Awareness — also known as mindfulness or simply being in the present moment — is an ancient technique for experiencing a greater sense of consciousness and heightened perception in daily life.
It involves being “present” and “here” psychologically, so as to perceive all the information from the five senses naturally and simultaneously. It can be practiced at any time, while doing any activity.
When we practice awareness, we wake up the consciousness, the spiritual part of us, and can therefore experience all the innate properties that consciousness has, such as peace, happiness, joy, love, true intelligence, and more. By being more conscious, we also become more aware of our own thoughts and feelings, and what causes us to act the way we do. This is why awareness is usually practiced as part of another exercise called self-observation.
Jesus in the Christian Gospels advised people to “watch and pray,” likening the unaware state as “sleeping” in “darkness,” and awareness as the “light” within. In the Taoist tradition awareness was referred to as “true meditation,” being “fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times,” while in Hindu texts being able to “restrain one’s mind by self-effort from objects apprehended by the senses” and “surrender in love of the fruit of one’s actions” meant being aware.
Listed here are texts related to the religion of the sun where references to awareness can be found (note this is a work in progress and will be expanded as further research is conducted):
- The Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, verses 14-15, 31-33, 38, 62-65, chapter 5, verses 20-24, chapter 12, verses 8-12, translated by Juan Mascaró
- The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva: Mokshadharma Parva: Section CCIV (Translation by K.M. Ganguli)
- The Egyptian Book of the Dead, p. 39 in this PDF translation
- The Precepts of Ptah-Hotep, c. 2200 BCE
- The Papyrus of Ani, p. 25 in this PDF translation
- Hua Hu Ching, chapters 10, 21, 26, 45, 52, translated by Brian Walker
- Gospel of Luke 11:34-36 (King James Version)
- Gospel of Mark 13:33-37 (King James Version)
- Iamblichus: The Life of Pythagoras or On The Pythagorean Life, The Daily Program. Taken from The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library, compiled and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie, p. 81 – 82
- Iamblichus: The Life of Pythagoras or On The Pythagorean Life, Temperance and Self-Control. Taken from The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library, compiled and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie, p. 105
- The Flight of the Feathered Serpent, Book One, Chapter 16, p. 48
- The Awakening of Perception by Belsebuub
- Gazing into the Eternal by Belsebuub
- How to be Aware by Belsebuub
- Self-Knowledge for Spiritual Awakening by Belsebuub
Below are posts on practices, exercises, and techniques for awareness from ancient sacred texts related to the religion of the sun.