Selma, I really like what you say with Eckhart’s work, but I find there is one more piece in the puzzle missing.
Who is the “you” that finds the inner space. Awareness disguised as a person discovers the inner space?
Awareness is still chasing the stillness or seeing the noise for what it is. That’s why inner space can never be maintained. There’s still a significant, important “you” as awareness monitoring. That’s concentration. Not pure awareness.
Unless you can ponder and see that the “you” has been programmed. To see and believe anything it wants to have peace. This search for inner space is still having “you” be dependent on something to be free.
And to see this as still part of the human program is the real freedom.
Then the “you” practicing, even if you want to call it awareness, is still made up thought trying to get somewhere. To peace. To inner space. To shut itself down so it knows itself as consciousness itself.
It is still part of the program of thought.
Then the program needs to wake up and do it all over again the next day.
Humans spend their lives trying to insert into the program something fulfilling. Until they begin to see the program for the program it is.
The seeing is the freedom. Not inner space of consciousness itself.
Who is the “you” that knows the space of inner awareness? Then who is the “you” that knows when it is lost?
Consciousness is creativity, love, freedom. It’s not dependent on a “you” finding it.
Who is the “you” that is there to notice that there is nothing really there and that is the inner space of pure awareness? The consciousness that you are?
If it’s pure awareness realizing itself as pure consciousness then there would be no need for practicing the power of now. Who is the “you” that is practicing?
What happens when “you” are not practicing the power of now?
Any practice to improve “you” is great. But it remains part of the program.
Then you can say, I am this. Look at me. Which is an identity in thought.
As the great Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose”.