Consciousness flows out into both experiencer and into form as objects of experience. Then local attention (point of experiencer) flows to the objects, reflecting them back as sensing. Onto the screen of our local awareness, a projection of the world (an appearance) arises from the dynamics (laws of nature) within consciousness. Mind associates the experiences with past memories, emotions respond, the body moves, we interact with objects, and so forth.
We can see that the process of experience begins globally and gets progressively more localized. Notice how it’s a 2-way street, consciousness interacting with itself.
We also may have noticed in our experience that everything described from the perspective above it is an object. To global awareness, the experiencer is an object. To the experiencer, the mind is noticed and is thus an object in consciousness. To the emotions, the body is an object.
We can point to a data-stream of sensory information being processed by the mind, but this is in the details. This is not what is producing the image in the first place. Our apparent local mind has neither the speed nor capacity to do that. A whole host of laws of nature is creating the world, then our local laws give us our personal taste of that. The local laws digest only a small part of our world and we become conscious of an even smaller fraction. Human physical eyes, for example, perceive only a tiny part of the electromagnetic spectrum called visible light.
You may find yourself feeling expanded when you look up at the stars at night. This is because your awareness is reaching out to experience them. We as if touch whatever we experience so when we touch the stars, we’re reaching out into space.
If you think that’s silly, you’re underestimating how large you are. You, as consciousness, contain not just everything you can see but the entire universe, many other distinct universes, and the yet much larger creation those reside in.
This is why spiritual awakening is described with words like becoming unbounded or infinite. We may not be aware of just how large that infinite is for a time, but that tends to become apparent in time.
Physics tells us the world isn’t what we picture within. Things feel solid only due to surface electrical resistance. The vast majority of matter is just empty space. The rest is probability fields. Matter is also continually collapsing and being recreated again in every moment.
Seen more deeply, matter is lively consciousness, flowing into apparent form and vibrating out specific qualities for shape, texture, and colour with the present natural laws.
Our sensory mechanism and mind just simplify that so we can easily orient ourselves in our environment and make some sense of the vast flood of data. Very vast.