I was reading a passage that talked about object consciousness and space consciousness in Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth, which reminded me of what I had read earlier in the book. Sound would not exist without silence just as things would not exist without space. Such a simple statement made so much sense, and brought so much depth to how I thought, or not thought (read the book).
People are always paying attention to objects and sound, but never their counterparts. We have been born and bred, stimulated and trained to interact with our surroundings in this way. When giving life to space and silence, the line between creates another dimension. It wedges a distance, allowing us to view objects and sound in a different way, giving us space for awareness to occur.
In terms of object consciousness, people’s minds are cluttered with things; material things, things to do, things to think about. Space consciousness is the other side of this, it is the object consciousness’ counterpart, it is awareness. In terms of happiness, we tend to pay mind to the object, thing or thought, thinking that is what makes us happy. When we give mind to space consciousness, it allows us the ability for awareness.
In terms of seeking happiness, many of the great minds in history have observed that true happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things. Sometimes we are over stimulated by object consciousness, which leaves no space for awareness. When we look at the simpler things, like looking at the moon, feeling the breeze in your hair, hearing a violin as you walk down a crowded street at night, it is only taking up a small part of your consciousness, leaving space for awareness.
Explained perfectly by Eckhart Tolle:
“True happiness is not caused by the thing or event, although this is how it first appears. The thing or event is so subtle, so unobtrusive, that it takes up only a small part of your consciousness – and the rest is inner space, consciousness itself unobstructed by form…”