How can we stop out awareness or consciousness from swallowing itself. The ancients called this the Uroboros, or snake that swallows its self. We often see youtube where a cat or dog chases its own tail and we laugh. But our horror movies are all about being swallowed by the abyss, by the Evil Eye. This evil eye is our own Eye aware of itself, but instead of seeing God or the Beloved in a virtuous circle of expanding ecstasy, we see the abyss of being swallowed and disappearing. The Uroboros can go either way: into ecstasy or horror. Humanity is always living on the edge of this abyss.
Halloween is when we get to play with the Horror of self being swallowed by itself, so we love the horror at Halloween, we embrace the Horror, we pay money to see and feel the Horror in movies, because Awareness-AS is still present. We know the horror movie is not real because of Awareness-as, this Eye that never sleeps, that does not have an I that can swallow itself. Awareness-As stabilizes the horror of the Uroboros. It’s kind of like being in the waves of the ocean while you feet are on the bottom. You are standing on Being, on the ground of being, which is your awareness-as being. But when the waves lift you up, you feel a little fright. You could be swallowed by the ocean…by your own consciousness that has lifted off of the ground of Awareness-as Being. The panic caused by your mind lifting off the ground of being creates the need to cling to others in a circle to keep away the shark of the Uroboros, of being devoured by one’s own mind.
Mindfulness in Buddhism is the ground of Awareness-as, pure awareness prior to Awareness-of this or that. Awareness-of is dual consciousness of a subject and object. Awareness-as is One consciousness that is prior to duality. This ground is always present because whatever we are aware-of is in the field of awareness-as. Awareness-as is upstream of awareness-of separate things in the world, both inner and outer.
The practice of meditation arouses Awareness-as so that Awareness-of will always be grounded in being, in the real. Awareness-of when it lifts off from Awareness-as becomes vulnerable to the self swallowing of the Uroboros. Awareness-of then must insulate itself in protected world ideas of group think. Awareness-of become a Me as World. And this ME as world is affirmed by joining like ME Worlds. Walls go up, armies are armed, and the world is battle field of ME Worlds fighting to stave off the self swallowing Uroboros.