I am aware of the need, value of, and willingness to say to a negative disturbance: "You do not have my consent." I know that withdrawing my consent from being conflicted can dramatically shift my experience of the moment... but it also does not necessarily resolve the source of disturbance I have unknowingly created. How do I discern when additional options might be more appropriate or fruitful?
To take back our attention from an indwelling darkened form (whatever its nature) does not mean we are no longer aware of it; quite the opposite, really. Awareness of a state is required for that state (and the existing level of consciousness involved) to be transfigured. Attention determines what we are connected to; awareness determines what transpires in the connection.