In very simple terminology:-
This intelligence energy permeates into the mind and manifests as awareness, to make the mind aware and conscious. The conscience on attaching with the mind becomes attached and separates into dualities or opposites, in order to allow the mind to discriminate and choose between this and that. The cause and effect arising into happiness and sadness. The conscience becomes the subject as the perceiver, perceiving through mind on the object being the perceived.
Awareness as the Absolute remains unaffected and is beyond this subject-object relationship. Its job is only to make the mind aware in order to form its Consciousness and therefore is prior to consciousness. It is “Who we are”
There are five stages in the formation of a conscious mind to configure as consciousness. It starts with body-consciousness penetrating through each human cell. Then we have mind- consciousness through our external senses organs, perceiving all objects from the environment. The third stage emerges from our inner perception as experiential consciousness. All this data is stored in the hard disk of our memory becoming the fourth stage; store-consciousness, which combines the above three to form the ‘ego’ as a separate ‘I’. And finally we have the Witness Consciousness, which through awareness observes and witnesses our mind in order for us to transcend and transform.
Only the Witnessing -consciousness, the last stage which harbors Total awareness, is aloof from the other four. This is the stage of Pure consciousness referred to as being in the stage or presence of God.