Key 2 - Intrinsic Awareness

and the Origin of Flow States


Your Recognition of Intrinsic Awareness

will bring profound freedom and joy!

Planetary Humans  have regular, brief periods of releasing thoughts and allowing for the natural process of ‘simply being’ – resting as awareness – many times momentarily throughout the day wherein

one recognizes and reposes as 

this most unassailable reality:


'Immediate Intrinsic Awareness'

By consistently allowing brief periods of rest as this Foundational Non-Local A-temporal Awareness, it becomes obvious that Intrinsic Awareness is utterly clear, luminous, beyond words and conceptions, rock-solid, without boundaries, timeless, a vast open dimension, intensely alive, and yet utterly still and silent.

The Silent Unifying Power of Intrinsic Awareness

Although words are used here to indicate Intrinsic Awareness, language falls short.

Words can only direct your attention to what’s always already existing.

Words cannot encapsulate, identify, or define Intrinsic Awareness – yet It Is !

Not awareness of ... but rather ~ simply: PURE - OPEN - 'NAKED' - AWARENESS.

Planetary Humans have both relaxation and replenishment by regular ‘re-cognition’ of Intrinsic Awareness. This beautiful, vast, open-spaciousness of Immediate Presence-Awareness is always already right here, right now. It’s not to be attained in some future event. Through immediate recognition of Intrinsic Awareness, stress is neutralized, people are unified, and conflict is resolved. Intrinsic  Awareness is unencumbered by subject/object dualism. It is essentially free of the construct that is generally accepted as 'self' by some 'self'. Knowing happens freely within Intrinsic Awareness. Pure CONTEXT - not content.

Just like the planetary overview, foundational Intrinsic Awareness has nothing to do with beliefs. It is totally free of all human categories, thoughts and belief systems. This simple 'ordinary' presence-awareness eventually brings about a deep paradigmatic shift in one’s identity, wherein the ‘everyday-social-safety-persona’ along with its belief-story matrix becomes the ‘artwork’ of a more real timeless-spaceless-non-conceptual Core-SELF. And, this Core-SELF is not the ephemeral-constructed-persona-self's idea of a 'self'. 



Reread the words above, then become still, eyes open or closed, breath unattended, allow consciousness to settle in the region of the heart as you ask this question free of expectations: 


“If 'I' were to dissolve ... into the Pure Fact of Open-Clear Awareness ...  how would that BE ?”

Allow this hypothetical process-question to spread and permeate everything. Let go of control, effort and striving. What remains is ... simply resting as perfectly still awareness. The volitional-language-mind now has an effortless opening to completely drift away leaving the flawless silence and stillness of pure, wide-open, cognizing-spaciousness ~ Intrinsic Awareness.  Experiment and have fun with this process frequently. Notice any changes in perceptions, relationships and behaviors.  

video:  Intrinsic awareness and the default mode network (dmn) ~ with Gary Weber Ph.d.

" This self-originated primordial awareness has not been created by anything - Amazing! " 

~ Padmasambhava

“The descriptions of samadhi, savikalpa samadhi, were exactly what I felt: it is described as seeing things in their separateness, but experiencing them viscerally as a unity, as oneness, accompanied by ecstasy”

 Apollo Astronaut  Edgar D. Mitchell 

Additional Instructions for Intrinsic Awareness 'Non-meditation'


"Don't project outwardly, don't concentrate inwardly, don't keep a state in between ... totally give up any mental effort ... "
                                                              - Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

 .... simply resting as awareness ....     
"Cultivate the awareness that abides nowhere."
- Siddhārtha Gautama
"Once formed, a reflective center can no longer change except by involution upon itself."
- Teilhard de Chardin
- Awareness of Awareness -

The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.


We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.


- Li Po

The Sacred Ego

'Resting as Awareness' is not 'killing the ego.'
It is more of a respite from the ego: when its ceaseless monkey-mind chatter drifts off, and its instinctive survival-based programs become inactive for the time being.
As pointed out so beautifully by Planetary Human Advisory Board member
Jalaja Bonheim PhD in her important book, The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World, the ego is a part of nature. "Nature has entrusted our ego with the sacred task of ensuring our survival." This ego is not the 'shadow' and is not the destructive 'negative ego' - sometimes referred to as the 'lower self' or 'Wetiko.'

The relationship of CORE-SELF to ego-self can be viewed as the relationship between an artist and the artist's art work. The small temporal self can become the art work of the a-temporal - 'Higher' - non-conceptual CORE-SELF; the ARTIST of an ongoing creative project that continuously moves toward states of excellence, unity and love.
Like any true artwork, the small ego-self if evolved can expand both the conception and perception of those with whom it comes in contact. Planetary Humans become more and more positively resonant through this regular conscious mingling with and embodiment of the Higher CORE-SELF. This resonance creates beauty and life-affirming transformation
within society and upon the planet.
Video: Neuro-scientist Sam Harris on the Selfing Process

For practical and/or therapeutic work into 'Resting As Awareness'
Contact us  -  and also see:
the Wholeness work of Connirae Andreas PhD:


© 2017 - 2020  Richard Henry Whitehurst

All photos of Earth from space are courtesy of NASA.

Many quotes by astronauts courtesy of the books: (1) The Overview Effect by Frank White - and - (2) The Home Planet by Kevin W. Kelly.