Field of Consciousness and Will

“I” possesses the two functions of consciousness (or awareness) and will (or personal will) whose field of operation is represented by the concentric circle around “I” in the oval diagram. “I” is placed at the center of the field of awareness and will in order to indicate that “I” is the one who has consciousness and will.

It is “I” who is aware of the psychosomatic contents as they pass in and out of awareness; the contents come and go, while “I” may remain present to each experience as it arises.

But “I” is dynamic as well as receptive: “I” has the ability to affect the contents of awareness and can even affect awareness itself, by choosing to focus awareness, expand it, or contract it through the function of will.

Through disidentification (see “I”), consciousness and will become free of chronic patterns of thought and action, allowing us to see and act in new and creative ways.