Most of us are not even aware that we are pure awareness.
And it's not just the great sages of old who told us this, it's also the quantum physicists in the last century that have told us this truth.
That is our essence. Who we truly are.
Apart from glimpses most of us live much of our lives unconsciously. This plays out with us being victims to our habits. We miss out on the richness of living consciously.
We might try meditation or doing stuff to try and get there but that's not necessary either.
All we need to do is wake up to the fact that we are awareness. There really isn't any "doing" required. Just Being.
And when we really know this and we all "know" this at some level, even when we forget we can feel the presence of awareness in us which makes perfect sense as that is who we truly are.
Who is the I that I refer to? I talk about I as if it is me but who is witnessing this I. It is the awareness I speak of.
Don't take my word for it. Try it out yourself.