If one is truly practicing the art of self-awareness, one must first understand the five levels of self-awareness. The first level is the ‘self-as-object’, the second is ‘self-as-subject’, the third is ‘self-as-organ’, the fourth is ‘self-as-situation’, and the fifth is ‘self-as-action’.
The first level of self-awareness is the most basic, the self-as-object. The self-as-object is a blank slate. When a person becomes aware of his or her own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, they can take a look at what they are and what they are not. Most of us are self-aware in that we can see ourselves as object, subject, situation, and action.
The more we become aware of our own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, the more we can become self-aware. The self-as-subject is the next level of self-awareness. It’s the level that allows us to look at ourselves and determine what we want or don’t want. The self-as-situation is the third level of self-awareness.
It’s not just a matter of looking at ourselves and determining what we want or don’t want that is the third level of self-awareness. We also need to be aware of our actions and how we want to react to situations. If we don’t become self-aware, then we can’t know what we want or don’t want and have no idea how to respond.
This is the same problem we have with other things as well. We have to know our own minds and our own bodies. You can get the most out of yoga if you are really good at it. However, it can be hard to do if you are not careful to keep your focus and attention on what you are doing. The same thing applies to the art of self-awareness. In the end, we have to know ourselves to the point that we can be free and still be ourselves.
There are a lot of things that people have been doing over the years that you can’t tell for certain and they are generally the result of random events. For example, we are taught that if we have the courage to go to a school or a church and say “come to my place, meet some of my friends,” that you can’t really hide your thoughts and actions from others.
As a result, we have so much in common that it makes us feel like we can’t be ourselves. I can’t help but think that if we only knew each other for ten seconds, we’d have a lot more in common.
That reminds me of another teacher in our yoga class. He was a very strong, powerful man. He was also an avid surfer. He liked to ride waves, surf, and do all sorts of things that are generally frowned upon in the school. One day, while he was teaching his students, he was sitting on the beach. He had just been up for three hours straight. He decided to go surf. Suddenly, a huge wave came sweeping in.
Before the wave reached the teacher, another wave came crashing into it. This one was different. It was a wave of water that was coming from the north. It was coming from the very edge of the world. It was also very strong. It smashed into the teacher’s feet, lifting him off the ground as it moved him back into the ocean. It was like a little ripple of electricity. It was also a lot taller than the teacher.
The wave was also very strong, and he was wearing only a pair of sneakers. This was the point where he realized he wasn’t really alive anymore, not just a body just floating around. The water was actually coming from his brain and he was feeling the waves as they hit him. This is a point where he finally realized that he was still connected to the world, even if he was out of it.