Also while sleeping?yes. The senses are there. I see the screen. I hear music. I hear the rain outside.I feel an itch
where I said, what is the I you speak of? What is it not? Really, dont tell me you dont know cause what is you? Does I come and go?What and where is the I in see, hear, feel?
It is here. It is obvious. I see the screen. There, I see the speakers. THey are black and have a hole in it. I see a lamp. I see a clock. The I is there in the experience of seeing, of colours. Obvious.
Try to answer the question, are you doing anything to make the senses happen?Are you doing seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling or does it just happen choiceless?
I tried to turn the seeing of. Can only do that when I close the eyes and close the ears. So I am inside the head watchign a world outside of me. I am my eyes, I am the ears, the nose. In the direct experience it is like that. a world outside and I am in here in the head seeing, hearing, smelling. I am the force which makes seeing, hearing happen. Perhaps a soul seeing through the eyes.
BUt with feeling it is another thing. It seems it is always on. I can't turn that off if I want. Perhaps only when I am burned, which is not happening. So not relying on science, I want to direct experience that I am not the eys, nose, the person inside of the head seeing, hrearing through the senses. As if I have never heard of awareness, whatever that is.
When the eyes are closed the inside of the eyelids are seen, what knows the eyes are closed? When the ears are closed the blood circulation or heartbeat can be heard, what knows the ears are closed?
So tell me how this standstill is not part of 'life happening on itself'? Of course the body needs to make effort else it would stay in bed all day ;) But look closely, what exactly happens? Eyes open, everything is there, are thoughts immediately there? Or is there a very short interval to the first thought? Investigate. Thought comes, time to get up, do you control the exact thought and its moment?In life, whenever I think I can do something or am in control of something, life stops abruptly...I stand still and life doesn't flow. IT happens so many times in the morning when I wake up, waiting for the waking up to happen....waiting for the standing up to happen, waiting for the clothes to be put on, then another standstill for 1 minute , looking if I am in control of brushing the teeth, another standstill, waiting or looking if I can make the toothpaste open..another standstill....looking if I can turn on the shower..in all of those standstills there is a thougth in the background deeply ingrained that says something like 'if life is happening on itself, why the standstills...why doesn't life flow effortlessly?'
I hope that clears up why seeing doesn't happen here. Same with the 5 senses.
Were you born with thought? Go back to your very first memory.