What do you mean by these questions? That what is making or creating the illusion of awareness? Or what?
But what is behind the illusion of a stand alone awareness? What is Direct Experience beyond awareness? Does THIS even exist? Is there DE beyond awareness?
Does a stand-alone awareness exist?
“What is Direct Experience beyond awareness?” – It it’s clearly seen that an inherent awareness as such doesn’t exist, then this question makes no sense. Beyond what? Beyond nothing?
What you mean by ‘THIS’? Experience?
Let’s dig a bit deeper. AWARE-ING, or KNOWING IS HAPPENING! It cannot be denied. Just as a thought (the container) and a sensation or a sound is happening.
What is being questioned here, is not whether knowing or aware-ing (as a verb) is going on, but whether there is an INDEPENDENT STAND-ALONE KNOWER or AWERE-ER, aka AWARENESS exists.
Just as there is hearing/sound going on, but is there an independent hearer doing the hearing of a sound?
Sensation/sensing is going on, but is there a feeler doing the feeling of the sensation?
Is there a taster of the taste?
Is there a smeller of a smell?
Is there a thinker of a thought?
What we are investigating whether there is a ‘thing’ called awareness that is DOING the KNOWINIG. A SUBJECT.
The assumption is that there are 3 things present:
1. SUBJECT = AWARENESS that is doing the aware-ing or knowing
2. OBJECT (thought, sound, smell, taste, sensation, image = experience)
3. The act of ‘knowing’ or ‘aware-ing’ that is seemingly linking the two, the subject and the objects
Saying that there is an awareness knowing the experience, is the same as saying that there is a feeler of sensations, smeller of smells, hearer of sounds. But with awareness the experience is not broken down to its parts (to sensations, thoughts, smells, etc), but rather kept as a whole, called experience, and awareness is the doer having or knowing the experience. So it’s believed that awareness is the experiencer of the experience.
In order to say, that there is an independently existing subject and an independently existing object, they have to be there without one other. So there has to be a stand-alone thought or sensation without the knowing or aware-ing of it, and also there has to be an awareness = knower without objects (thought, sensation, etc.).
So we have to have an experiential proof that they exist without each other.
So we have to be able to completely separate the knower (awareness as a subject) from the known or aware-ed (as an object, like thought, sensation).
But now, try to peel off the sound from the knowing of it. Do everything you can to separate the two. Not just think about it, but really try to separate them, to have one at the one side and the other on the other side. So how it goes?
Try to find the sound without the knowing or aware-ing of it. How a sound without knowing looks like?
If you can successfully separate awareness from the sound, then you have awareness at the one side, and sound on the other side, without touching each other. So look to the awareness side. How does the pure awareness looks like? What is there?
I ask you to do this to have an experience of the impossibility of it. To have a hands-on experience so to speak, until no doubt is left that there is either a stand-alone (without the knowing of it), or a stand-alone awareness.
Now, repeat this with a sensation. Try your best to separate them. So?
How does a sensation without aware-ing looks like?
Is there such thing as sensation without the knowing of it? – really look for it, not just think
How does awareness look like when it’s separated from the sensation?
Put some food in front of you. Smell it.
Try to best to separate the smell from the knowing of it.
How does a smell without aware-ing looks like? – try to find it
What is awareness like when it’s separated from the smell?
Now, start to eat and pay attention to the taste.
Again, try to best to separate the smell from the knowing of it.
How does a taste without aware-ing looks like? – try to find it
What is there on the awareness side when it’s separated from the taste?
Now, look at the food. Be aware of the visual sight.
Try to best to separate the sight from the knowing of it.
How does a sight without aware-ing looks like? – try to find it
What is there on the awareness side when it’s separated from the image?
Look at these repeatedly many many times. 10-20 or more. Repeat until it’s utterly clear that there is no doer, knower, experiencer, aware-er… there is only knowing or aware-ing going on… but there is no awareness.