Rob X wrote:We can be participating in seemingly dualistic activities and simply have a felt-sense recognition that this too - is nothing other than the spontaneous happening of the moment. That is what I would call witnessing. There is not me and activity - there is simply THIS as it presents itself. This is how I understand it but it may differ from other definitions. This is what Ramana calls the natural state.
Still -- and I'm not trying to be nitpicky (though it does seem to come naturally for me ) -- any sense of meta-knowing is a kind of dualism, right? If you eat ... and know that you are eating ... there is a layer of separation that is not present if you simply are 100% with eating. Does a hawk sitting on a high branch scanning the landscape for prey (or whatever) have any meta-sense of this scanning? This is what seems like the natural state to me, being 100% with whatever happens to be happening, no separation or observation or witnessing.