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by TomnotTom
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien, Apologies again for my slow response. The motivation to look seems to have weakened along with the belief in a separate self. Continuing to LOOK after the realisation is very much the key. This is where there seems to be stuckness. What happens when there is suddenly no longer a desire or...
by TomnotTom
Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien, Can you say with 100% certainty that it's been realized that there is no separate self as it is thought to be? Is there any doubt? I find this a difficult question to answer. I can see clearly that there is no separate self. There is only awareness itself, one with life, everything just h...
by TomnotTom
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien, Yes I am still with you. Sorry it's taken so long to reply to your last message. I could give you excuses about being tied up with work and family engagements but it would only be a story. I suppose the truth is that other things have seemed more important than looking. There is a thought...
by TomnotTom
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien, I have been exploring attention for the last few days. What is there to direct attention? So this time the focus is not on attention itself, or how it moves, but on the one who is directing, moving it. If there is such thing as a director at all :) One of the things I was getting stuck on...
by TomnotTom
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien, But is that seeking? By seeking I mean seeking for the ultimate truth, seeking to see that there is no separate self at the core living life. In that sense, there is no strong urge to see the truth. The truth that there is no separate self is apparent when I look. Despite this however, th...
by TomnotTom
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien, Is there a thinker? Is there a doer? Is there a decider? Is there a seer? Is there a feeler? Is there a hearer? Is there a taster? Is there a smeller? Is there an experiencER? Is there anything having the experience of whatever is happening? Is there anything what the experience is happen...
by TomnotTom
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien All the confusion is in the mind trying to understand by creating separation. Is there an actual mind which is trying to understand things and then creates separation? What is the experience of a mind here now? Is there mind outside of words that speak of one? Is there mind independent of ...
by TomnotTom
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

Hi Vivien, Is there really an attention that is jumping from one object to another, from a thought to a sensation, then to a sound, then to the breath, etc? Are there REALLY two things there, an attention + the attended object (thought/sensation/sound)? Or rather there is ONLY thought, then there is...
by TomnotTom
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: No idea
Replies: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

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: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

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: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

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: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

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: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

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: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

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: 88
Views: 1718

Re: No idea

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...

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