Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events. More broadly, it is the state of being conscious of something. As we see in the LRH statement below confronting is an integral part of awareness …
“Confrontingness is awareness. One can be aware—this is the eight-billion-seven-hundred-and-sixty-two-dollar question answered—one can be aware only of that which they are in some way willing to confront. Some willingness to confront is necessary for the phenomenon known as awareness.
“One can be aware of those things which he is willing in some way to confront. One, if he is willing—even to some slight degree—willing to confront something, he can become aware of it; but if he cannot confront it and will not confront it and has an idea that he must not confront it, it after a while disappears entirely from view and he is no longer able to be aware of it. And in that is contained IQ, ability, talent and all other such factors.”
Ron Hubbard Excerpted from the lecture Background on Scale of Havingness delivered on 31 December 1956.
If we take a further look at that very statement of Ron’s:
“… if he cannot confront it and will not confront it and has an idea that he must not confront it, it after a while disappears entirely from view and he is no longer able to be aware of it.”
From this you can see that certain areas of life can become such total ‘blind spots’ that the person sitting with them won’t have an inkling of their existence in their lives and those very ‘blind spots’ will remain as un-confronted areas until the being rises in awareness and responsibility, both of which must be increased sufficiently for him to confront and cognite they exist. This is why both auditing and ethics tech are essential – without them, things will remain unchanged. Only through honestly looking and confronting what is, can the being raise his personal integrity sufficiently to reach his full capacity of awareness,
So yet again the emphasis is on confront…
“I’m going to define awareness for you in a way that is tremendously usable: Awareness consists of a willingness to confront. Anything of which one is aware, he has some willingness to confront. That is all there is to awareness.”
From “The Power of Simplicity” lectures, “Training Methods” 14 November, 1956 – page 131 of the transcripts.
So let us take a deeper look at who, or what, is aware and actually doing the confronting
“The personality and beingness which actually is the individual and is aware of being aware and is ordinarily and normally the ‘person’ and who the individual thinks he is, is the thetan; and this awareness can continue, is clarified and is not interrupted by a detachment from the body which is accomplishable by standard processing.
“The thetan is immortal and is possessed of capabilities well in excess of those hitherto predicted for man and the detachment accomplishes in the sober practice of science the realization of goals envisioned but questionably, if ever, obtained in spiritualism, mysticism and allied fields….
“The beingness of man is essentially the beingness of theta itself acting in the MEST and other universes in the accomplishment of the goals of theta and under the determination of a specific individual and particular personality for each being.”
LRH, Scientology 8-8008 , pages 18-21
It would do us well to fully understand what Awareness is all about. LRH went into the subject in depth and drew up the Awareness Scale…
AWARENESS SCALE, there are fifty-two levels of awareness from Un-existence up to the state of Clear. By “level of awareness” is meant that of which a being is aware. A being who is at a level on this scale is aware only of that level and the others below it. (HCO PL 5 May 65)
“Thetan is the word given to the awareness of awareness unit, the life source, the personality and the beingness of Homo sapiens. It is derived from the symbol theta, a Greek letter. It is not somebody else, a thing one has, a soul, a spirit. It is the person. One does not speak of my thetan. This would be a circuit. One would speak of me. ‘Me’ means, to aberrated persons, the body-plus-thetan. ‘Me’ should mean thetan only.”
“The thetan is a glowing unit of energy source. He seems to himself to be anything from a quarter of an inch to two inches in diameter. His capability is knowing and being. He exudes and uses energy in many forms. He can perceive and handle energy flows easily.”
LRH, Scientology 8-80 , page 111
From the quote below one understands why Communication is such an important and vital subject in Scientology. What is Auditing? It is Communication done per the full Communication Formula.
“The entire mechanism of how this energy-space production unit, the awareness of awareness unit which you are, gets stuck in a body, gets stuck in a universe, is totally contained in communication and is not contained in affinity or reality at all—although these two slightly monitor the condition of being stuck. A guy can be happily stuck or unhappily stuck. …
“Communication is the single most powerful item or object in this or any other universe. With communication is created space, energy and time itself. And the only way that anybody gets stuck to anything is by a failure to complete something known as the cycle of communication.”
L. Ron Hubbard Excerpted from the lecture The Affinity-Reality-Communication Triangle, delivered on 19 January 1955