I hope you are well. Apologies for the long silence. The questions came at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed by work, and the questions also seemed overwhelming. I've kept asking them over the past few months, but I never felt like I could get through all of them in one sitting. Anyway, I realized a week or so ago that the last question, which I kept skipping over was the one I wasn't really looking at.
If you're willing and have the time, I'd like to continue. If not, I understand.
Attention, awareness are labels, but they just point to nothing.What is it EXACTLY that stepped back from thinking?
The shifting of the awareness.What performed the act of stepping back?
As space, like the space outside in which objects exist is the same inside. It doesn't have a flavor.How is ‘emptiness’ experienced?and an awareness of the surrounding emptiness.
As a thought? Color? Sound? Sensation? Smell? Taste? Imagination?
It's just attention shifting to thoughts and the "thinker". There is still a belief in a "thinker", a "controller".In those moments the self doesn’t intrude. But that doesn’t last.
How does a ‘intruding self’ manifest?
Yes, as an idea or a belief of being in control of what is happening.Is the self an entity which could come and go?
Thoughts, memories, predictions about the future, labeling of current experience with a character of "Andrewness". Habitual thinking patterns.What does this ‘intruding self’ look like?
I wasn't sure if you meant Nothing CAN believe in thoughts. Or if thoughts cannot be believed in by anything. (Probably a side effect of being an English teacher.)What is it exactly that you don’t understand in the comment “there is literally nothing that could believe in thoughts”? Exactly which part?I’m sorry I don’t understand “there is literally nothing that could believe in thoughts”
What believes in thoughts?
Is there a belief that there is a believer of thought? That there is something there who performs the act of believing?
My first thought was "Oh, I know the answer to this. Of course there's no believer." and I would skip over that question again and again. But I realized I'm so full of beliefs about so many things, that there must be a "believer" - though I'm not sure if that is the right word. But there is definitely a belief in a thinker or a controller of actions.Is there a believer of thoughts?