The simple re-cognition, and what it boils down to, is whether or not there is distraction in the waking awareness, whether or not there is absorption in passive attention and dream. The mind is habituated in absorption, encased in the daydream which is nearly perpetual, broken only by short apperceptive gaps of vigilant attention.   Periodically, a remembering to check on the status of attentiveness, becomes a sort of internal enquiry, a look towards what is happening in the mind and whether a distracted mind has been running on and on automatedly.   Thus, this kind of enquiry can start out as a periodical checking, but slowly, slowly it becomes easier to remember and then distraction and dream start losing their power to intervene in our process of awakening.   All the implications of distractedness result in the continuation of the factors of non-awakening, so basically there are either distractions and dreamings or there is awakening.   The efficient approach is just the regular recognition of distraction and mechanical mentality until re-cognition (or knowing once again) gets more and more stable.  Then a subtle change in the awareness starts occurring; perceptivity returns to its original actively attentive state; slowly, but noticeably this change is more and more continuous, more stable, more lucid, and we get more and more securely established in our prior free and lucid being, our apperceptive identity.   Our distractedness and inattentiveness are noticed to be more and more absent and the mind is relaxed into a silence of receptivity. The dreaming, reactive mind is a mechanical, automated function or contraction where every passing thought or image in memory and imagination is a reactive comment to the preceding thought. The difference between automaton reactivity and intelligent response is determined by the status of attention in its passive or active states, and the difference between these two types of attention is attributable to will and whether or not it is activated.    The first and foremost act of will is the simple act of attention, purposefully placing attention where one wills it to be.    The will-activator is the pure consciousness using the intelligence within itself.  Without this contemplative science of will training, intent cannot remain stable.   The samadhi of a silent mind is the result of efficient training in willful intent; this is apperception transcending habitual passivity of attention.


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