Awareness Is Like A Computer Screen

There is always the computer screen AND the Recycle Bin icon.
There is always the computer screen AND the toolbar.
There is always the computer screen AND the desktop image.
There is always the computer screen AND the application window.
There is always the computer screen AND the Start Menu.
The Recycle Bin icon, the toolbar, the desktop image, the application window, and the Start Menu are really just different configurations of the computer screen. There is only the computer screen.

There is always awareness AND the sight of a plant.
There is always awareness AND the sound of wind.
There is always awareness AND the color blue.
There is always awareness AND the feeling of heat.
There is always awareness AND the thought “I am hungry”.
The sight of a plant, the sound of wind, the color blue, the feeling of heat, and the thought “I am hungry” are really just different configurations of awareness.
There is only awareness.

4 Thoughts on “Awareness Is Like A Computer Screen

  1. David Bailey on March 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM said:

    Underneath all of those icons on the desktop, there is a command language (CMD in Windows, or the Linux shell), and underneath that, there is machine code – a maze of intricate steps that can be understood bit by bit.

    I don’t think any of that is a good analogy for human consciousness, because none of them involve actual experiences – actual awareness!

    Perhaps this is what you meant, but since I am somewhat of a geek, I am never too good at decoding this sort of message!

    David

  2. admin on March 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM said:

    There are no perfect analogies for awareness. The point I was trying to make was in reference to the image of the screen only. If I look at the screen itself, the picture on the screen, there appears to be a bunch of separate individual things – the recycle bin, icons, application windows. However, there is just one screen, one picture on the screen. It includes the recycle bin, icons, and application windows. Those are not separate things. They are just different configurations of the one screen picture.

    If we take this analogy to awareness, there is also just one awareness, one experiencing. We conceptually chop this up into seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting, thinking, sensing, but those are just different configurations of the one awareness and not separate in themselves. They are never experienced outside of awareness. There is just the one “screen” of awareness, nothing separate.

  3. Philosophy Cat on January 3, 2015 at 7:56 AM said:

    Best analogy ever. Great job. All experiences are just different psychological configurations (like the pixels) together which comprise awareness. So its all the same thing. OMG I get what you mean. Are you a genius?

  4. Philosophy Cat on January 3, 2015 at 8:09 AM said:

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