I’ll start this paper by considering the distinction between internal and external aesthetic. In the teaching of Split Awareness this is the clear demarcation point separating it from Chi Kung, Tai Chi or even the energy perception methods from which it originated. So when one looks at somebody and thinks their posture and therefore well being could be better, consider this as being external aesthetic.
When a person does the technique sufficiently or correctly enough, however one wants to describe a positive result, one may expect to see a deity within the structure. This is internal aesthetic. I call it internal aesthetic because it no longer has any connection to me teaching it, it is wholly the person doing this themselves. Of course every one I’ve taught this to has their own opinions of it. The method of teaching is to let the mind navigate it’s way to the awareness.
Chi Kung itself as a practice is highly conflictual. It always appears that there is a conflict between the awareness and the mind yet somehow over the years it’s possible to get the separation between the concentration and the awareness that defines Chi Kung. This doesn’t mean that Chi Kung is Split Awareness though. Chi Kung is just the fuel that has propelled it. More specifically thirty years of Chi Kung is a method of navigating the mind back to the awareness state. As it turns out, there is no conflict between one’s own mind and awareness state. That conflict is external.
My experience would suggest that there are two minds to consider here. One mind is a group mind or collective consciousness shared with others. That aspect may well not like internal development. Then there is a a person’s own mind which I’d call subsonic mind. This subsonic mind can connect to whatever you like, across any boundary. I would describe Split Awareness as ‘The Key to the Universe’ but bear in mind I like esoteric translation.
Once the awareness state is achieved the collective state of mind is no longer present. Effectively one drops below it. Interesting, as pointed out to me by someone, all the busy-ness of what people get up to also disappears. All the things that occupy the mind are gone. What is left is this subsonic mind and the choice to connect to whatever you like. The choice aspect is described in the video.
This approach is pretty much the opposite of the education system which is obsessed with the development of intellect at any cost. That cost could be measured in people, people as a resource. Just use them and chuck them away. However there is also an individual cost, there’s a disassociation from the awareness. Worse still, perception is being mined as a resource.
Think of awareness as the foundation of intellect. Using this method to, in a way go back and re-evolve the awareness, an intellect also starts to manifest. One way to define this intellect is that hard things become easier, such as working out some of the more complex software or whatever your own personal interest is. This personal interest aspect is very important, to connect and fulfil it.
A couple of my students are amusing with this. They’ll say to me “Kev, I think you’ve got it wrong”. Obviously I think to myself “but I’m the one that just taught it to you” … and keep quiet. My point is that it doesn’t concern me much these days, a persons ideas can manifest from their own experience. I’m generally happy with my own.
I would avoid the “non – dual” conceptualisation though. There’s a couple of reasons for this. It’s old hat as terminology and easily repeated as sounding great and wise. Awareness State is not “non – Dual” because put simply one wouldn’t define a Toyota as not being a Ford. Secondly it suggests to me that a person has not experienced this awareness state and or they are trying to explain it in terms of a previous mindset.
There is a video going through Split Awareness on my kdwyermedia YouTube channel at :
Other bits and pieces are on taichicloud.webplus.net