The mind is like a painting hung on a hook on the wall. It depends on an object in order to arise. Identify which object your mind entertains, look at that mind and understand its creator (Hook, painting , painter)
A quality of awareness is discernment, which can be active or passive. Passive discernment is seeing, "just this" without doing anything about it, while active discernment is uncovering what is hidden and unconscious. It uses an energetic and curious probing to broaden the expanse of awareness and welcome it beyond its egoic boundaries.