Consciousness should not be made into “a drug”; it is the bare condition of all experience and is to be understood in relation to the objects with which it is bound up. But there is something more fundamental to be realized, the final key to the riddle of identity which, when its answer is sought in any of the objects of consciousness, or even in consciousness itself, is never found.
This is unconditioned awareness, which is free from attachment, aversion, and ignorance. This is the most fundamental “me”; it is exactly the same now as it was when I was a baby. And yet, it is not a “me” defined against a backdrop of “not me.” There are no boundaries in awareness; it is nondual.