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by Iznick
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

So I’m going to give you only one pointer this time. And look at least HUNDRED times a day, again and again. Always look AFRESH. Is there a thinker in reality, here now? Or thoughts without expectation just happen automatically? Thanks. Shall I just keep on checking, and then let you know if and wh...
by Iznick
Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

So just look closely, can you OBSERVE an actual link between an intention and the act that follows it? Is there an actual link between them? Or it’s just assumed to be there by thoughts? No, I can't seen any such link, and yes, "cause and effect" is just a thought. Can you see that this is a though...
by Iznick
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Is ‘being touched with the present moment’ is controlled by someone? Is there someone making it happen? Or it happens automatically? It happens automatically, but it's influenced by intention. So if there's an intention to stay in touch with the present (e.g. in meditation) then I "wake up" from be...
by Iznick
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

So what it is that is losing touch with the now? A me? A person? Michael? No. I had a good look at this in meditation, and what I noticed was that when I am in touch with the present moment, I am aware of body sensations and sounds etc, and my thoughts are focussed on the present moment - e.g. on f...
by Iznick
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Just because there is an appearance of a ‘sense of me’, does this mean that there is an actually me being sensed or felt? No, it doesn't. So when there are thoughts about the past, are you actually leaving the now and go to the past (literally)? No Or the thoughts of past appear in the present mome...
by Iznick
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

It’s is vague because some sensations are being mislabelled as me? Or there because you exist, but not in a way you thought you were? Or maybe both? Both. There is a strong sense of "me" in my head, behind my eyes. And I can notice now that that is associated with tensing around my eyes, and partic...
by Iznick
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

What is it that you call I? where is that autonomous entity with volition that you refer to when you say ‘I’? I can't find such an entity. I can find sensations, and thoughts. There is a vague general sense of "I" but I can't find anything to pin it to, except for the sensations behind my eyes. And...
by Iznick
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Sorry, the reason I replied so fast was that I spent most of yesterday looking at your questions in the way that you had wanted me to - it was only towards the end that I decided you wanted me to look at the actual printed letter "I". So I had already spent quite some time with them. But I will look...
by Iznick
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Ah okay So what does the word ‘I’ label on? It’s a symbol for what? I can't find anything that it labels, except for a general sense of "I" which I can't pin down, and the physical sensations behind my eyes If you ignore the label ‘I’, then what is it that you left with? Body sensations and thoughts...
by Iznick
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Hi Now ignore the label ‘colour’ and what are you left with…what remains? Just the raw sensory experience of what I'm seeing. But I can't describe it without using labels If you ignore the label ‘I’, then what is it that you left with? What is I without any labels? If I look at the word "I" on my sc...
by Iznick
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Hi Vivien I understand entirely what you are saying, and my direct experience is in agreement with yours. I think we're just getting tangled up on the definition of the word "real". If it means something like, "experienced with the five senses in waking life", then yes, I agree that thoughts and dre...
by Iznick
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Is this clear that a cup is real because it’s can be experienced, and Tooth Fairy is not real, because it cannot be experienced, right? Yes, that is clear Why doesn't that happen with thought? Why can’t you touch a thought? Why can’t you smell a thought? Why can’t you feel a thought? Why can’t you ...
by Iznick
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Sorry, yes, I was certainly thinking there. I did in fact investigate, but wrote down my thoughts rather than what I noticed. Which is: Try to quench your thirst by imagining drinking water. Try to quench your thirst by watching somebody else drinking. The difference is that one is real (actually ha...
by Iznick
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

Sorry, I realised I missed out some questions: The difference is that one is real (actually happening), then other is not, just a fiction with ZERO EFFECT on reality. Can you see this clear, without any doubt? I'm not sure that thoughts have zero effect on reality. If I think of something frightenin...
by Iznick
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 82
Views: 2079

Re: Who am I?

And while you are tasting the chocolate, investigate HOW do you know that the other person’s experience a taste too? I only know it by thinking. You can ask the other person, but are their words would be your experience? No, their words are just sounds which trigger thoughts in my mind, about what ...

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