The Three Dimensions of Awareness


Let’s take a moment to look at awareness – not just as an ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, or sensory patterns – but as a phenomenon.

In order to help view something like awareness as an independent phenomenon, let’s break it down into six sides as if it were three-dimensional – without time, the fourth dimension, or memories. So, what is awareness? And for the sake of understanding, can it be broken down into basic spatial components?

My use of the word spatial is not about, “knowing where I am in relation to other objects”; here the word spatial is in reference to awareness being a 3D object—an independent phenomenon that exists in a three-dimensional reality.

In an attempt to simplify, the diagram below illustrates awareness as it happens now, not in remembrance. Let’s leave out memory, because memory relates to the question of time. You don’t exist in the past, or in the future, only in the moment. In that way, you and your awareness are finite to an extreme, so let’s look at the six sides of awareness.


There is a sense of self and a sense of others (other sentient beings)—an internal and an external—not a tangible external, but an opposite sense of self.

The opposite of the tangible would be our ability to conceptualize. In other words, I have five senses to tell me what is physical, and an imagination to tell me what may be possible.

And let’s not forget the ability to feel emotions. I have a sense of impulse reflex responses/emotions, and opposite this are the massive categorizations of human language—in other words, the animal programming (stimulus reflex response and emotional associations that enhance attention) opposite the machine programming (the knowledge and reasoning that I get from a degree of language). Both emotions and language give me a sense of awareness that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

  1. Self
  2. Others
  3. Tangible
  4. Conceptual
  5. Animal
  6. Machine

All six of these phenomena come together and give us a sense of awareness. In other words, awareness isn’t ethereal. It isn’t mystical. What it is however, is something real, something actually happening – a unique and separate phenomenon that stems from energy, to material, to life, and then awareness.

The fundamental nature of our experience of reality is three-dimensional. The experience that you have of awareness is fundamentally three-dimensional as well. Again, that’s based on looking at it without the dimension of time, or memories, but as if it’s finite and can be broken down into six basic categories.

The point I’m attempting to explain is that it’s real—not magic—and as such, it has the potential to be replicated by technology.

As an afterthought, perhaps a soul is not just some mythical blue mist that rises from the body upon death, but a conglomeration of phenomenon that pool together to allow an independent happening. And to follow that line of thought, one might ask; can awareness participate, or exist in other dimensions beyond our everyday experience?


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