Upside Down

The relationship between awareness and thought is that awareness is present comprehension of what is actually happening, and thought is the past responding or reacting to what awareness reveals. Awareness is always now, and thought is always afterwards.

Thought explains what happened and why it happened, according to its reckoning. So thought can be necessary, but only when it is supplementary to awareness and never in conflict with it. Awareness is choiceless, and thought chooses how to respond or react to what awareness reveals.

Our problem is that the psychologically conditioned brain emphasizes thought over awareness, giving greater significance to what thought says about what happened than to what awareness clearly shows. This upside down approach to life is the human condition.