There is something present which is experiencing the current
situation. We do not know what that something is, yet we know for certain that
it is present, that it is conscious.
We know that it is not the mind, the body or the world, because the mind, the body and the world are part of the current situation that is being experienced.
The mind, the body and the world appear to this witnessing presence of Consciousness.
If we try to find this Consciousness, if we turn our attention towards it, we are unable to see it or find it, because it does not have any objective qualities.
If it had objective qualities, these qualities would themselves be part of the current situation that is being experienced. They would be experienced by this witnessing presence of Consciousness. They would appear to it, along with all other objects.
At the same time, it is our direct experience that this witnessing presence of Consciousness is undeniably present. It is our most intimate Self.
It is what we know ourselves to be. It is what we call ‘I.’
The current situation is changing all the time. Even if the changes are minute, nevertheless from moment to moment we are presented with a different configuration of mind, body and/or world.
However, this conscious witnessing Presence, this ‘I,’ never changes. It is always simply present, open, available, aware.