“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. This is because after a last analysis we are ourselves a part of the mystery we are trying to solve.” -Max Planck
The Witness Consciousness penetrates a number of layers of various depths. When we speak about a conscious action, we usually refer to the attitude of being conscious of that particular action. However, according to the Advaita perspective, an action is truly conscious when the mind (and thus the individual consciousness) is transcended along with all its filters.
A truly conscious action is one in which there is no individual observer, no personal objective, no expectations, no reference to memory or to a particular authority. Hridaya Yoga teaches us to discard or detach from the burden of attachments of all sorts, such as prejudices and physical and psychic attachments.
An action is conscious indeed only when it is not personal anymore; when we realize that the underlying background of that action is infinite consciousness, the Spiritual Heart. In reality, the Spiritual Heart is the ultimate source of any action. A conscious action is, then, an action which occurs free of any attachments and out of love rather than as a strategy to promote a self-image.
To cultivate the Witness Consciousness, we start by cultivating the observer within us, the witnessing attitude. And this observer is not in the mind but the most intimate “I,” the Spiritual Heart (related with the chest area). We also cultivate the dis-identification from “me” as personality and “my story.” In this way, we detach gradually from the burden of all sorts of attachments, such as prejudices, desires, hopes, identifications, and tendencies.
The Witness Consciousness doesn’t imply seeking isolation from life or becoming inaccessible emotionally in any way. On the contrary, the Witness Consciousness is the expression of the spiritual aspiration experienced in the “heart” of/in any gesture, action, asana, etc. Ultimately, at the “heart” of any act is the Spiritual Heart, the divine consciousness.