Glycine wrote:If the answer is that awareness is watching the illusion, why does it let itself be hypnotized by this illusion?
Apparently, awareness "enjoys" being hypnotized.
Basically, the same question as 'why was the universe created'.
An answer is because of desire...more specifically the desire to experience. Take the sun for example...if it was conscious and looking out...if there were no objects (planets) then it would only experience a great, black expanse of space. It takes an 'other' - a planet - to pass within the projected light to evoke the experience of light by reflecting off the planet. Likewise, Awareness is not aware of itself - it is aware of objects that pass before it. So if there was no illusion (no forms), there would be no experience...much like deep, dreamless sleep (which is a time of awareness but no objects to be aware of).
Now we do not remain in deep, dreamless sleep endlessly...we have dreams. Why? Because we want them...we desire to experience. As the dreamer (that which creates and is all within the dream) there is omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence. But what is the fun in remaining as that? Such a one can not experience awe, surprise, or countless other experiences. So the view point of dream character is adopted...or seen through like colored lenses and blinders. The experience is only of what the dream character could experience. Why would the dreamer play the role of a dream character? Because it is great fun...now we can discover the world around us that we created for ourselves with fresh eyes that have never seen any of this. We can be awed, surprised, shocked, and more.
It is part of the game to be just this little person in the big world. And the big game is hide and seek. Going into deep identification with the dream character is the hide part...and then there is seeking.
So in a way you are right, awareness "enjoys" being hypnotized.