Questioner: Is there a technique for being aware?
Krishnamurti: What does this question imply? You seek a method by which you may learn to be aware. Awareness is not the result of practice, habit, or time. As a tooth that causes intense pain has to be attended to immediately, so sorrow, if intense, demands urgent alleviation. But instead we seek an escape or explain it away; we avoid the real issue which is the self. Because we are not facing our conflict, our sorrow, we assure ourselves lazily that we must make an effort to be aware, and so we demand a technique for becoming aware.
So it is not by an act of will that truth is uncovered, but through tranquil vulnerability the real comes into being.
Fourth Talk in The Oak Grove, 1946