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by TomnotTom
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, I have spent some time looking at attention as you suggested Notice, that focus of attention is constantly moving. Watch closely. Is there something moving attention or is it going to the next thing automatically? If it seems to be a mover, then try to locate it. Where is it? Can you find...
by TomnotTom
Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien Is there control over thoughts? Can thoughts be controlled even in just in the slightest way? Look for a possible candidate for a controller…. What could be that? Can you observe a controlling-mechanism? How controlling works in experience? Thoughts are just happening. I see that any idea ...
by TomnotTom
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, Thank you for the blog post link. It was very helpful. Do you have an impression that thoughts should stop appearing if they are not telling the truth about reality? Thank you for pointing this out. There seems to be a tendency to turn this enquiry into a self improvement exercise which c...
by TomnotTom
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien Can you experience, for example, frustration? And what about disappointment? Or there is only a bodily sensation that a thought labels it as frustration or disappointment, with a story around it, explaining how and why it is a frustration and disappointment? Yes, this is clear. Only sensat...
by TomnotTom
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, These latest questions are blowing my mind. I guess that's what I'm here for so that's good :) I'm still struggling a bit though. Assuming cause and effect is an attempt to explain what cannot be explain to create a false security of “I know how things are”. It is a closely knit story, is...
by TomnotTom
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien Either way there are sensations in the body that appear to be connected to a something that doesn't exist here, now. A future event that exists only in thought . But isn’t this connection is logical? If you don’t think about a connection, is there an actual experience of a connection? I ne...
by TomnotTom
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien Is this really the case? That different decisions are being made from different sources? How do you know this? Is this something observable, or only a thought claims so? Isn’t this just another story provided by a thought? As a repetitive pattern of jumping between tasks and going for dist...
by TomnotTom
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, When does a thought like "I decide for this, because...." or " I choose this because....." turn up? Before, during or after the action? What I have been noticing is how choice seems to be an illusion. Where else could choice be happening but in thought? In direct experience there is just ...
by TomnotTom
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Is this a vision, or is this an imagination? Like an internal movie? When this happens, are the contents of these thoughts are real or not? No this vision is a fantasy, just happening in imagination. There is nothing real about their content. And aren’t these memories also just thoughts, playing th...
by TomnotTom
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, Notice how many thoughts are in a day that make a thing into MY thing, or that thing is being related to ME or are about ME, or I have an opinion or judgement about that thing. Let me know what you find. At first this felt quite difficult. A lot thoughts tend to be unclear and arrive with...
by TomnotTom
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, 1. Take a piece of paper and divide it in two parts. - In one part you mark each thought which content points to the intake of senses, - on the other part you make a mark for all thoughts which don't point to anything in DE, like into the so called future/daydreams/plans or past/memory. T...
by TomnotTom
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien "How angry I am” – story is not about something real. It’s just a story told on behalf of a self. Just a play of thoughts. Not an actual experience. Can you see this? Yes. The computer crash is nothing, just a slight change on the display of the computer screen but the anger is a complex s...
by TomnotTom
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, Are there two ways of thoughts or do you find more? If yes, please do give an example. Does one set of thoughts point to something in Direct Experience and does the other one really points to another thought only? I have spent the day exploring this question. I couldn't find any thoughts ...
by TomnotTom
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien, So in this investigation I ask you to look at and describe what you experience and not what you think, remember or imagine. Can you see the difference ? Yes that is clear. When you just remember what is behind your back and what color your socks are, that is in inference, it’s not a direc...
by TomnotTom
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 71
Views: 1263

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Hi Vivien These are my observations from today. I am not really sure what the best way is to approach this. Please tell me if this is just thinking or the looking you are talking about. I seem to be having trouble discerning what is what. Here is what I got anyway: Can you tell me in simple words wh...

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