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What does consciousness feel like?

More exactly, by what signs is pure consciousness spoken by as spiritual teachers as the source of the ‘I’ to be recognized?
How is it to be distinguished from a clear still mind, or a temporary serenity of emotion?
How is it to be distinguished from the action of pacifying drugs such as valium?
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  1. As the great philosophers once said “I think therefore I am”- Descartes….No, you’re wrong – Hume

  2. Um… if you are unmedicated and not currently under the influence of anything… it feels like what you feel right now.
    Or are you looking for some mystical new age answer.

  3. Consciousness is the thing that is aware, as opposed to what is being aware of. It is that which is experiences as opposed to the experience. It cannot be described with words.

  4. Are you referring to personal identification for self? Consciousness is a contradiction for purity with the exception that ‘purity’ is recognized as an abstract adjective and not a strict measurement used as criterion for identity. A pure consciousness is a consciousness pure of something. Pure of what.
    ‘More exactly, by what signs is pure consciousness spoken by as spiritual teachers as the source of the ‘I’ to be recognized?’
    When you put ‘I’, source of ‘I’ and ‘pure consciousness’ in the same sentence/question it rings like an oxymoron, a self contradictory statement.
    ‘How is it to be distinguished from a clear still mind, or a temporary serenity of emotion?’
    What is ‘it’. Serenity is good.
    ‘How is it to be distinguished from the action of pacifying drugs such as valium?’
    I don’t know that is possible, but the user shall know when the Valium runs its course.

  5. It depends what “pure consciousness” is for you, I guess. Most people don’t remember ever achieving pure awareness – most probably HAVE, they just don’t remember it.
    You can become aware when you are moving closer to enlightenment – if that is the pure consciousness you speak of. Sometimes you identify with the whole world as an extension of yourself – it feels like the parts are coming together and integrating themselves into one whole. Or you look at a cloud or building and experience it’s total perfection – like a perfect day that wants for nothing and feels timeless.
    How do I know when I’m moving closer to PC? I can look at a video or scene and just accept it for what it is. No judgments, no attempt at thought or making it out to be anything.
    It’s like being a small child again. Very innocent, not making anything out to be other than what it is.
    There is absolutely no sense of lack – for one feels completely whole.
    Here is a good link to what others have experienced: http://www.spiritwatch.ca/cehsc/ipure.htm

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