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Why Awareness Seems to Be Limited
Terry: Hello, Jim, I hope you are well.
Jim: Never better.
Terry: A question: If I am actionless awareness, and that awareness is everywhere and illumining all things, why is my awareness limited by what I see and experience in my immediate field?
Jim: It isn’t limited. It is apparently limited by the instrument of experience, the body-mind entity. Electricity is limitless in this world, but it seems to be limited by the appliance through which it flows. It seems to be heat when it passes through a heater, light when it passes through a bulb, sound when it passes through a radio. The three bodies are called upadhis, limiting adjuncts, in Sanskrit because they make awareness seem limited. When it expresses through Terry you see an artist, through David Beckham a footballer, etc.
Terry: Is it that awareness wants to do and see, so it manifests in bodies…. like it wants to experience itself somehow, but can only do so in this limited way?
Jim: Awareness has no desire, so it does not want to express itself. But owing to maya, ignorance, it seems to forget what/who it is and then it evolves instruments – bodies, gross and subtle – so that it can experience itself in the apparent reality.