14 Nov The Way Of The Way 348
Conscious and consciousness are often used interchangeably, like the “now” and the “present;” though in both instances, they are not the same thing.
Conscious is an adjective, a descriptive characteristic. Consciousness is a noun, a state of being.
We are conscious when we our mind is aware and responsive to our surroundings.
We are consciousness when we are what every thing is before and after it is what it is whatever it is in the now; every thing, including our mind before it is born.
The conscious mind can put to words its experience. Consciousness cannot be described; for if it is this then it is not than, yet consciousness is the everything. Thus, “He who speaks does not know, he who knows does not speak.” — Lao Tzu
Likewise, the now is what is manifesting, while the present is the pre-sent; what every thing is before it manifests. Thus, those in the now are conscious they are in the now and those are present are consciousness.