Yes, I would definitely need actual experienceable water. Thinking of water would not actually quench one’s thirst. It could be imagined that it did, but not in actuality.If you were in a desert close to dying of thirst, would you be able to quench your thirst and saving your life by thinking about water, or would you need the actual, experientable water?
If you say that you would need the actual experientiable water, then why? Why thinking of water wouldn’t be enough?
We are giving weight to experience than thoughts because experience is always happening presently. Thoughts don’t have any substance and aren’t always directly connected with actual sensory experience. So in that sense experience is more “real” than thought content. Experience happens, thoughts happen. But thought content doesn’t happen.So what is that reason? Why are we giving more weight to experience than to thoughts?
I am getting a little better with remembering to look. I am trying to stay really hyper focused - to not consider all these other alternatives that thoughts come up with- but to always looks at the source of thoughts. I think that there are still blinders on in a lot of situations- where I won’t remember to look because I’m too “caught up”. I know I just have to stay focused and it will start to penetrate more- to continue to really SEE that in every different type of situation or emotional reaction there is no doer of it.You have to see this again and again and again. Until you no longer believe the thought “I am thinking”.
So no matter how busy you are during the day, look many times to check if you are thinking or thoughts just appear.