This is a clarification of what Nisargadatta and I call “Beingness.”
Defined experientially, beingness is:
The no-thought state when you first become consciousness but before you become self-aware;
The “gap” between thoughts;
Sitting in zazen with no thoughts or self awareness, but total awareness of the external world as everything with no you separate from “it”;
Clear mindedness, such as being utterly alert with one’s attention resting nowhere;
The state just before falling aleep when the mind is gone and self-awareness also trundles off into emptiness.
ThE state of “bare consciousness” of utter restfulness and peace where no Thought, desire or emotion can capture your awareness as an object.
After you have thoroughly felt and understood beingness in these many ways, you will recognize it in everyone of your every day states of mind. It is the container or screen upon what all phenomena appear, and which awareness then notes as experience.