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by aconite7
Fri May 15, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Hi PB, It's not an easy thing to say. I came in unsure if I had. There are obviously many levels of "getting it". There is intellectually getting it and then levels of experiential getting it. Through my life I've had some pretty good glimpses I think. I definitely don't need persuading that there i...
by aconite7
Sun May 10, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Hi PB, Thanks for the question. I feel a lot of ease when I'm feeling more spacious. I was wondering what you see the purpose of LU to be? It seems to me that its purpose is to help see no-self. This is something I have seen before. Do you think LU can help dig deeper, in a better way than meditatio...
by aconite7
Wed May 06, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

I must admit this experience of a separate self is very tenuous. It feels very light quite like a cloud or a soft sheet. When I try to approach it it just evaporates. But then it reconstitutes behind me. At times like this I'm not so identified with it. It's just a tool to navigate manifested realit...
by aconite7
Sun May 03, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

A perceiver. Yes. Something seems to be conscious of perceptions.
by aconite7
Sun May 03, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

So I come first to my felt sense. There are sensations when I notice me sitting on the chair. The hedge looks like its outside the window from where I sit. This perceiving locus of control seems to be something I would call "I"I feel a bi tired, sleepy. I'm thinking about cooking dinner. There is sl...
by aconite7
Fri May 01, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Yes. direct experience. It's easy to slip into performance mode. I can't find a conductor. The thought streams that seem to be "me" are multiple, yet there feels like a central momentum. Wanting this or that, thinking I should do this or that, etc, I feel identified with those desires and aversions,...
by aconite7
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Although intellectually I can't I still assume that these body sensations and other sense perceptions are from an inherent self. That's the habit that's hard to break. As I scan through my experiences with mindfulness it starts to break down now. After insight meditations its easier to see through, ...
by aconite7
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Hi, sorry. Too many projects in lockdown. What did you find when doing this exercise? Is the commentary on the soccer game a necessity for the play to happen? The commentary isn't necessary for the play obviously, but for the watcher to get excited about it, take it seriously, it helps a lot. It's p...
by aconite7
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Right. Now look at it and describe what you see. Give yourself a bit of time with it. Just look, nothing else. It's a jug, bulbous in the middle, narrowing and widening again. reddish brown with a fairly glossy glaze. Though in the 2d I actually see it's not a jug but a shape.. Now describe the back...
by aconite7
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

So, to be clear, I intellectually believe, and have experience of not having a separate self. The challenge is living by this and knowing it at all times. I'm not sure what that would entail. My impression is that I just need to keep practicing these great exercises you offer until weight of accumul...
by aconite7
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

It's hard to pinpoint. Will, people relate to me as if there is a self. and I automatically react as if I have a self and they have a self. but as I say that it doesn't seem that necessary to assume that I will they have a separate self. Intellectually it's all very clear to me. It's just in practic...
by aconite7
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Bring up a thought about a character labelled "friend". Then bring up a thought about a character labelled "stranger". Compare these thoughts. Is there a difference in these thoughts? Is there a true difference or is it just different content? hmmm, well, the images that come to mind are different....
by aconite7
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Hi PB, Glad you're well, and had a good retreat. In reference to thinking knowing my thoughts all refer back to me Was it a surprise to find that? I've heard it said many times, but haven't looked closely in a few years, so it was good to do it again. In terms of the practice and questions: 1. Is on...
by aconite7
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

Hi, I'm fine thanks. I've managed to move all my counselling and mindfulness groups online but the collective anxiety seems to cloud my mindfulness sometimes. I think that's what makes it so hard to reply to this as quickly as I@d like. But I intend to get back to everyday replies from now on, as th...
by aconite7
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Woodland Flowers
Replies: 91
Views: 5466

Re: Woodland Flowers

This is taking some more sustained attention, which I find harder to access at the moment. But here we go. Various experiences there. Did you do anything to make a particular thought or thoughts appear? Thoughts seem to arise based on old thought habits. A certain momentum. So they are not random. D...

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