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This came to me during a meditation... We all strive for awareness, but I am finding of late that a receptive awareness of mind can often degenerate into a blank watchfulness, the staring onto a cave wall where though you can perceive the smallest details you are still just finding what you expect to find.
True watchfulness, that is capable of catching the unexpected, is about marshalling one's qualities of original thinking. It is in finding a still pool of originality that you can truely connect to being aware of one's deeper self. It seems to me to be necessary to cultivate the unconventional self, the self that does more than learn from books or stay on the trodden path, in order to gain access to true watchfulness and discernment of what lies within.