But it can equally be said that you are a state of awareness, and this awareness appears to have a body – and everything else! – within it.
The following example is far from perfect, but here’s another quick way to get a sense of the difference.
For a moment, think of one of those clear glass decorative balls that have a miniature snow scene inside them.
If you’ve ever seen one, these balls are about the size of a baseball. Inside the glass might be some tiny trees, maybe a house, a sleigh, and a tiny person or two. The glass ball also is filled with water and tiny white flakes.
Pick the glass ball up, shake it, and it starts snowing inside.
We are taught to believe we are limited to being like one of the tiny people in the scene. Supposedly, consciousness or awareness is stuck inside that tiny body.
What you will come to see is that as awareness, you are like the glass.
The glass (awareness) is not inside the tiny people. It includes or embraces everything in the scene.
In other words, the “seeing” is no longer happening as if looking out from inside the body. Now the seeing is done from a state of all-embracing awareness.
The difference simply lies in changing what your starting point is – from body to awareness. It’s a change of what you consider yourself to be; what you identify as.
Don’t be surprised if this stirs up more than the tiny snowflakes, because you’ve begun to challenge a huge, long accepted belief.