Well, still in my 1st year I'm a newbie. Although I had an interesting insight last class regarding one point. What happened wasn't so important to this topic, though it's a great place to put your focus during techniques as you get more and more comfortable with them.
In regards to focusing on what's going on with your eyes, I would say don't so much look just ahead. Rather, allow your sight to expand even into your periphiral vision, focusing on nothing, and yet everything. At least, this is something I've been told. I've gotten close to these states, and I must say awareness does come to an all-time high.
Good luck to you,