What is the difference between focusing waves with the pupil of the eye for example (which does not produce awareness), and with the self?
The eye is a part of the material world, while the self is not, so it is not surprising that they function differently. Awareness is a property of focused energy that enables the formation of loops with which new pieces of information interact, leading sometimes to their integration. On the other hand, an eye pupil is a mechanical instrument, acting like a window that enables some light waves to pass through.
Is that what enables awareness the same as that what is aware (these two may be different, the eyes enable us to see, but they do not see)?
The soul and self can be only in theory considered as separate entities. In reality they are not. So, what enables awareness and what is aware is the soul-self system.
If awareness is linked to a particular frequency, how are its materials differentiated?
As the individual instruments of an orchestra are differentiated in a radio transmission, although they all arrive in a ‘parcel' of the same frequency (a carrier wave).
What happens when we are unconscious?
As long as a soul is connected to the body, awareness responds to the brain waves and depends on the brain for its content. In a similar vein, as long as we look at the screen we depend on the film in the projector for the content. The self is in a position that focuses waves of a particular frequency, produced by neuronal activity. In other words, a self focuses pieces of information that are on the frequency it is tuned to. If there is no information on that frequency, if the brain is inactive in this respect, but the self remains in the same position (e.g. deep sleep without dreams), it does not have anything to focus on and is aware of nothing which, for all practical purposes, cannot be distinguished from not being aware. If the receiving frequency is changed, it is possible to become aware independently from the brain, but, in most cases, we do not remember such experiences when we wake up, because there is no associative chain.
Why do we sleep (why do awareness and intent need to be regularly switched off )?
The brain has a natural tendency to return to an inert state. The neurotransmitter arexin activates arousal, the wake-promoting systems in the brain, otherwise we would always be asleep. On the other hand, awareness and intent are anti-entropic (they are associated with synchronised wave patterns) so they require an effort. This effort (focusing) is difficult to sustain, which is why falling asleep regularly occurs. Deep sleep involves a shift of the dominant frequency of the brain below the threshold of awareness.
- . Some practitioners of meditation claim that they can maintain ‘pure' awareness - without being aware of anything, but this can be considered an exception and is also debatable. For example, the very knowing that one is aware can be regarded as a material of awareness.