Containers, changes, and nondual consciousness
The container metaphor is one of the central notions out of which our individual identity is constructed. The idea is simply that we have a body with an inside, outside, top, bottom, front, and back. There are things outside our bodies, such as the world, and things inside, such as our thoughts, feelings, etc. In other words, our state of consciousness.
The prevailing view in nonduality culture is that nondual realization is a change in our state of consciousness. Many would contend that it is the “highest” state of consciousness. Others would say it’s a recognition of an enduring condition of consciousness that is suddenly noticed. This removes the “change” from consciousness, to a change in the awareness of consciousness, and this is a different matter entirely.
When you think state of consciousness, you could think about your emotional state, the state of your perceptions, drug and meditation states, etc. But if nondual realization is a recognition of an ongoing condition of consciousness, the change occurs to the state of ignorance of this. Rather than being something that you feel or experience, it’s simply a matter of what you know. Rather than being able to imagine any and all kinds of experiences—usually based on the idea that you are now God, or the universe—you simply see the truth, a truth that has always been true in you, despite the fact you hadn’t noticed this before.
I believe that the idea of our “state of consciousness” is a primary occlusion of the truth of our nondual consciousness. If one is expecting some kind of radical and unordinary state of consciousness to occur at the moment of realization, it seems more likely that one could miss the quiet truth of nondual consciousness that always exists within our everyday consciousness. So, rather than expecting a big deal, it might be better to seek within the arena of our routine existence as it happens, day-to-day, and so on.