When Jonas receives memories from the Giver, he experiences two separate parts of his conscious mind working simultaneously. Although Jonas is focused and fully aware of the events taking place in the memory, he is also conscious of the fact that he is lying on the Giver's chair. While the Giver is transferring the first memory of sled riding down a snowy hill, Jonas is not aware of the Giver's touch while he is experiencing the particular memory. While the memory is being transferred, Jonas experiences exactly what is taking place in the memory and is conscious of his surroundings in his dream-like state. Lowry writes,
One part of his consciousness knew that he was still lying there, on the bed, in the Annex room. Yet another, separate part of his being was upright now, in a sitting position, and beneath him he could feel that he was not on the soft decorated bedcovering at all, but rather seated on a flat, hard surface. (80)
In addition to being aware of the environment in the memory, Jonas's dream-like consciousness informs him of words and objects that he is not familiar with in his community. For example, Jonas realizes that he is sitting on a sled and is also aware of the word "mound." Once Jonas opens his eyes, he regains consciousness and fully returns to the present reality.