Thank you. I had/have some residual ideas from earlier study regarding thoughts/thinking.
So the cup is real because it’s can be experienced, and the ghost is not real, because it cannot be experienced, right?
Look at thoughts. Remember a cup in front of you is real, tangible. It "exists" in a way that can be examined with the senses. Anyway, the cup can be pointed to and verified.
Why doesn't that happen with thought?
Because I can't get my fingers inside my head. Actually, I get that it's not experiencable with the five senses, but there is some faculty or sense that experiences thoughts/ideas/imagining. I guess that's the brain. Is the brain a "sense" organ? Also, thoughts appear to trigger physical reactions in the body and vice versa, so unlike the ghost which is imagined and unreal and would never be perceivable outside of the mind. Oh, OK this is kind of falling apart.
Are any thoughts valid? Of value? Do any of them have a purpose or effect outside of brain space?
Why can’t you touch a thought?
Why can’t you smell a thought?
Why can’t you feel a thought?
Why can’t you point your finger to a thought?
I want to say something pithy like, "Because I can't reach it. In the same way I can't reach the sun or moon, and touch and smell them. But I can perceive them." I'm kind of struggling with this one. Part of me wants to believe that thoughts have some reality beyond the confines of my head. This was a part of Steiner's teachings which I took on pretty young. It's been rattling around inside my head for a long time, that living thought exists, and our brains serve up dead thoughts for our observation.
Can you see that there are ONLY TWO options:
Either EXPERIENCING something by touching, smelling, tasting, hearing, etc
IMAGINING = THINKING
Is this totally clear?
Yes. That's clear. With some internal resistance, but clear.
Thank you. I'll keep observing the resistance.