Great question!!!You say thoughts are real, we really have them, we experience them. So I wonder who it is that experiences them. If not self who or what is there to notice thought and to experience feeling?
Who or what does notice thoughts and experience feeling?
And who notices the one that notices? What is your Experience? If you look behind every experience, do you find an experiencer?
Close your eyes and locate 'self'. When you have located it, point with your finger to it. Open your eyes; you are pointing to 'self'. LOOK at what finger is pointing to. What do you SEE?
Fair enough; you can't get it until you do. And there is nothing to 'get' and no one to 'get' it.I just don't get it until I do.
Next time you eat, LOOK at who is feeding the body. What do you SEE?I have to disagree with the idea with who feeds the body when it is hungry is the body.
How do you figure that?? What, in your direct experience, is the body doing if not living life?the mechanism of getting the food is not the body just life ing.
Are you sure?? This body does know how to prepare soil and plant seeds; it did so all spring. There was no 'self' required. Brain soaked up the information from textbooks and seed packets, and sent impulses to arms and legs which dug garden beds and planted seeds. Who do you think did it? In my direct experience, it seems the seeds inveigled this body into planting them in the soil and watering them.The body doesn't know to prepare soil and plant seeds to grow carrots.
In this experience it is all automatic. There is no Planter who is in charge. No director who signals the feet to stand on the shovel, the hands to dig with the trowel. No one sending the diaphragm to lower and the ribs to expand filing the lungs with air; no one in charge of sending blood cells through the lungs to pick up oxygen and carry it out to the labouring muscles. All of this digging and breathing is going on automatically. All of it.When spring time comes there is lot of planting that is not automatic hand to mouth activity.
This body certainly does!! i can't tell you how many times i have arrived at a destination only to realise i had no idea whatsover of how i got there. i was not paying attention. The process of steering, accelerating, braking, all happens without conscious thought. Only when i don't know where i am going do i have the experience of noticing where i am.The body doesn't know how to drive a car.