Let’s suppose that the Seeker has mastered the witnessing skills to the sufficient extent and can start the practice of awareness in daily life. As I have already mentioned above, the main difficulty of this stage is to learn to divide attention into two parts. The first part is given to supporting the action, and the second one – to observing the acting person.
When man begins to work with his attention, he starts gaining access to the energy of the consciousness that used to feed the inferior bodies, so the volume of the attention accessible by man grows considerably. The field of attention, which can include everything, sensations and impulses coming from the body, emotional outbursts, a flow of thoughts and associations, keeps growing alongside with the decoupling... All these things can be concurrently embraced by man’s attention. Moreover, growth of his sensitivity and awareness will help him perceive the things that do not exist for the coupled, “sleeping” people.
When it comes to mastering a skill or art, there is a good rule: start with simple things. Do not try to get aware of everything happening in three inferior bodies at once because you will fail. Also, it is quite unreasonable to start self-awareness from observation of the mind and its delicate movements because coupling with the mind is the deepest one, and it is too easy to make a mistake of substitution of watching with thinking about it. That is why the best start for the practice of awareness is presence in the physical body during any action you take.
In this case, the object of awareness can be anything: walking, washing up, any physical labor etc. The main task of the observer will be to divide attention so that one part of it will be enough to take the action properly while the other one will involve all the sensations experienced at that moment. The routine, ordinary action is the most suitable option.
For example, consider washing up. While doing this simple work, you can be aware of your tactile sensations, the ones you get when you touch the dishes, hot water and foam of the washing-up liquid. Moreover, you feel the smells. Also, you can feel tension in your arm muscles, the strength or weakness of their contraction. As you usually stand while you wash up, in addition to the above sensations, you can get aware of tension in the leg and back muscles as well as impact of gravitation onto your body. In this case, the tension you are aware of is of no negative, painful significance. It is just the working condition of your muscles. Furthermore, deeper awareness would let you be aware of your breathing rhythm and heartbeat.
We have these sensations all the time, but our consciousness ignores them because our attention is absorbed by thoughts and other things. As soon as you start getting aware of your sensations, the quality of your impressions changes, and you are in the being, in what is happening to you, instead of living in the clouds as usual.
The sensations introduced into the field of your attention enable you to get aware of the situation which your body is in. People often waste lots of energy to make basic movements, and their muscles are always tense although they can be relaxed. When man gets aware of his condition, he can change it by applying, for instance, suitable active techniques or merely by refusing from habitual movement stereotypes. By doing that, man gets more stamina and reserves the energy that used to be wasted. Now he can use this energy to do something really useful, for instance, to expand the field of his attention.