Have you ever noticed that you cannot be AWARE of something until the moment you actually become aware of it? This is not just “double-speak,” but actually a very profoundly subtle realization.
For example, you were not aware of this post until a moment ago when it “appeared” to you on your computer screen. “Prior” to this moment, this post did not exist to you! Now extrapolate that out to EVERYTHING you appear to be AWARE of!!
Where is ANYTHING prior to you being AWARE of it??
(Do not go to mind searching for the “right answer” because there isn’t one. Rather, simply BE with the question.)