I initially typed, “Your Awareness,” but there is no you to own anything. Awareness, or consciousness, exists quite apart from any human recognition or help.

Lots of teachers use “consciousness” and “awareness” pretty much interchangeably. I have said that, to my mind, “consciousness” is the more passive, background condition, while awareness is what we usually direct as we wish. “I was not aware of that” makes sense. “I was not conscious of that” is not wrong, it is a sensible statement in English, but we almost never hear it. To be “unconscious” denotes sleeping or being comatose, while being…