Funny your reaction, sounding baffled by that, as if you can't wrap you mind around the simplicity of it.
I actually wasn't baffled at all by it. Being able to talk about things doesn't mean they exist in actuality. That's what all dat illusion talk is about.
And yes I am an attention shifter.
Before this you said,
Yes I'm not an attention shifter.
Its quite a circus we got goin on over here. I'm just trying to get all these giraffes in their proper stable, but you guys keep saddling em up and ridin em off into the sunset.
There is no attention shifter. There may be the appearance of an attention shift as mind appears to be engaged and then disengaged, but it would be a delusion thing to think you are an entity shifting. Noticing that idea isn't true is the end of it. It doesn't get replaced by some other idea, like you are the awareness within which attention shifting happens, that's just the mind identification looking for some form of identity to perpetuate. Awakening is about allowing yourself to be stripped bare of all that you thought was your's (beliefs).
Is that the definition of illusion? Ok. Whatever. I use the word as in seeing something, but then upon closer examination seeing that it's not what I thought it was. It exists at the point of seeing the illusion and it then exists at the point of realizing it was an illusion as an illusion, in my thoughts.
If you realize the illusion was an illusion, aren't you realizing that it doesn't actually exist? If you think a rope is a snake, and then see that this was all an illusion, that the rope is indeed a rope, its safe to say the snake didn't actually exist, yar?
So to just play around with this, everything we, as this One aware presence, sense, is an illusion, it's all just consciousness taking form, but the substance of it is what I would call as Myself, consciousness, attention, aware presence. (sounds very spiritual I know).
I dont have a problem with that assessment. I would say that everything you sense as separate from yourself only appears that way. And then we can talk about the illusion of time and space, the illusion of being a mind or person, to make sense of what's going on.
You mentioned turning something that's unconscious conscious. Can I ask you to describe what you feel happens at the point of doing that?
Sure, that's liberation. You are liberated from something you believed to be true, which leaves a precarious absence, which can be difficult to talk about. Noticing how and why the mind avoids unconsciousness allows what isn't conscious, to become so. Or we could just say noticing unconsciousness makes it conscious.
Mind becomes fully conscious while consciousness is what its always been. Mind doesn't need to shift attention to become consciousness, because "what you are" already is consciousness. Becoming conscious is more of an allowing than a doing, because the mind which is "becoming more conscious" isn't actually you. That's the illusion.