Awareness - 意識 - Yìshí
An outward observer,
cannot catch a glimpse of himself.
sees only a reflection.
~ inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
When we look around, we see many things, but our eyes cannot see themselves without the aid of a mirror. We are not accustomed to introspection. Although followers of Tao say to look within and find self-awareness, we will still become confused, if we use only those attitudes formed with our own eyes.
This is the reason why a person must make a clear distinction early on, not seeing themselves as merely physical objects. Do not try to understand yourself solely through physicality; there is more than what you can see. Look within. Use inner vision.
For centuries, people of many cultures have spoken of the mind's eye. They may have called it the inner eye, or the third eye, but they all spoke of the same phenomenon. There are many indications that our five senses are not adequate to explore our innermost selves. In meditation, it is important to discover this mode of introspection. We must go beyond thought alone, past imagination, and actually carve out a new part of the mind, presently lying dormant under the debris of inactivity. The inner eye can find the perfect location, buried in the subconscious.. When the path is opened, it becomes a way of receiving the more subtle experiences, more than the merely sensory.
Looking and seeing are imprecise terms, and may appear at first to be misleading. We do not claim possession of the images which flash before our mind, but we do not need to hold onto the tangible for a sense of proof. Awareness allows us to obtain more than the image; we have found the true message.