Yes.OK. So the body is labelled ‘me’, but everything else, flower, buildings, sky, etc. are labelled as ‘not-me’, right?
It’s only possible as the content of a thought. That’s all I can put it down to. Without thought there is no me - no single thing is me without belief in the thought ‘this is me’.So how is it possible that everything on this whole planet is not-me, except this single body here?
How do you know that is a very powerful question.The first thing that came up is thought that labels this single body ‘me’ is not what is knowing.How do you know that this single body is me? Not the other body, not a flower, no the laptop. But this body here. How do you know that?
I don’t know that this single body is me and the laptop,chair or trees is not me exactly. I notice in actuality nothing appears with the label ‘me’ or ‘not me’ on it. These labels are not inherent to the appearances. Only thought which just appears spontaneously commenting and labelling divides into ‘me’ and ‘not me’. Not completely sure I am seeing what you’re pointing to but have a feeling 'I'm on the right track' so to speak :)
I don’t know. Well actually I would say it is because as a child it was taught that those objects are not me. But that’s still an intellectual answer.Why don’t you call the table as ‘me’? Why not the lamp?
The table and lamp are appearing as equally as this body. Again I am finding it is thought that would say the table and the lamp are ‘not me’.There is seeing a thought ‘doubt that all that is is ‘me’ and that is a thought also. Believing in thoughts like that makes seeing clearly seem tricky... Putting those thoughts aside all is ‘me’...nothing excluded. And even when thoughts aren’t put aside this must be the case.
I don’t know. Quite stuck on this question.What makes this particular body so special that you call it ‘me’?
Only the thought that this particular body is me and any beliefs around that is what seems to make it so special that it is called ‘me’. OMG it is only a thought not a fact that this particular body is me...wow...I am wondering if you could say more about this :)
When you put it like that I see that nothing actually shifts. Beliefs are seen through,there is more clarity and the truth is recognised but no shift as who would be shifting? That there is a shift is just a thought picked up along the way.Could you please say a bit more about this shift? What is it that has shifted?- a slight shift has been noticed)
NoWithout referring to past, can you know who you are?
No :)Without using thought, can you say who you are, really?
You are left with experience. So much silence… not sure if this is what you were pointing to but there is just what is/experience but no I experiencing.Look at the word ‘I’.
If you ignore the label ‘I’, then what is it that you left with?
Without any labels there is no I. The I doesn’t exist and is not real. I without labels is experience/presence...which are also labels ha ha :) There is no I.What is I without any labels?
Thank you for that reminder to look directly at what is presently here. I didn't think about those questions :) They were quite enlightening :) (if there is such a 'thing' lol)Please make sure that you don’t think about it, rather you look at directly what is presently here.