A temporary condition in which the absence of thoughts is experienced. Mental void is still a state of the mind. Although this state is characterized by the absence of thoughts, the mind (the individual consciousness) may nonetheless be very present. Therefore, mental void is not identical to Pure Awareness. Pure Awareness (or Stillness) is the expression of the dissolution of the egoic consciousness (and its strategies and grabbing attitudes). Even though Stillness is more easily revealed when the mind is silent, mental void is not an absolute requirement for its revelation. Thus, the mind can continue to function while our awareness is centered mainly on Stillness, which is the background of all personal experiences.