Wideawakeness works like a re-format in the alpha-thinking drive.
Without a trace of volition or doer-ship, tick-tock thinking undergoes transformation.
In the main, that means the withering, unhooking, dissolving of habitude. It means the brain relaxes into its natural state, ever-fresh, ever alert, ever aware.
I call this omega-mind.
Although what wideawakeness reveals is intemporal, in the world of phenomena the effects appear to take time, and like a flower, unfold in their own perfect rhythm.
packing and moving parents’ belongings, preparing for their shift to a new abode …
washing windows, hanging curtains, changing light globes, cleaning out a filthy second-hand fridge …
there’s this ‘me’-body performing apparent functions according to its physical and mental abilities, and this ‘me’-mind gliding through its miraculous multi-tasking modes: alpha-thinking playing its part translating the intelligence of omega-mind into alphabetized commentaries …
and awareing both the physical activity and the mind meanderings …
this unknowable knowingness
Self-inquiry, for she-who scribbles, is pretty straight forward. There’s no agenda involved and conclusions are avoided. I simply sit (or whatever – it happens as often as remembering does) and watch the arising of thoughts. There’s now no inclination to consider that thoughts are ‘mine’ or that they have significance. Nevertheless they ebb and flow, as is their nature, and I’m curious by nature so I watch them like a researcher.
In my ‘thinking’ research, I find two distinct types of ‘knowing’ seem to occur. For ease of reference, and without being esoteric, I’ll call them alpha and omega.
So-called alpha thinking is linear (think alpha-bet/language) with all lines of thought moving out from and returning to me. The lines form ruts with habitual use, ruts of conditioned reflexes. My alpha thinking corresponds with intellect.
Omega ‘knowing’ is different and calling it thinking is inaccurate for it’s beyond language, beyond all that can be conceived. I’ll call it Omega-mind. It’s unconditioned, has no centre, is ubiquitous. It probably corresponds to impersonal intelligence.
When creative learning or action is occurring, omega-mind is in action, and when that learning needs to be recalled and written-up, alpha thinking comes into play.
Alpha thinking’s arena is the past and the future: it’s the inventor of the persona that plays in the field of time.
But omega-mind is always present as the background unknowable knowingness that alpha thinking arises within. There’s no persona involved, and time and space aren’t relevant. I wonder if my omega-mind might correspond to the original-mind of Zen?