And do you make the thought “I wish they wouldn’t appear” to appear? The appearance of this thought is your doing? If yes, how do you instigate this thought?
This thought is the same as any other. It just appears. It is a thought about a thought.
Do you choose the thought “I want to stop choosing/thinking negative thoughts”, or this thought also just appeared on its own?
Just as I don't make the thoughts, I don't choose what kind if thoughts appear. Thoughts come and go on their own and the content is not of "my" doing. Regardless of what the thought is about, it comes without any choice.
Who is it that is so sick of hearing them? Who hears the thoughts? Sandra, the character?
Or is the thought “I am so sick of hearing negative thoughts” is part of the story about the character Sandra?
"I'm so sick of hearing them" is just another thought coupled with an emotion/feeling/sensation. The character Sandra can not be sick of hearing those thoughts because she is a compilation of thoughts herself. Thoughts can not think. in DE, it looks like the negative thought gives rise to an unpleasant sensation/emotion and then it is assumed that an "I" feels this way or that way. When I ask if there is someone who is experiencing these thoughts and feelings, I can not find anyone or anything. There is nothing but the experience of sensations in the body.
I would like to ask you to repeat the exercise again. And this time pay particular attention to HOW you control to have only positive thoughts.
How do instigate positive thoughts to appear?
Intention, focus and concentration/effort and the words that describe "what seems to be" happening. If we can't choose thoughts, then how is it that it "seems like" I actually can choose positive thoughts for 5 minutes straight? Something different is happening here than just sitting and noticing how random thoughts come and go. Now, relying on DE - what is seen is that positive thoughts jump one to another without knowing which one will appear next - just like when I'm not trying to have them. "I" don't actually choose the next positive thought, it just pops in just like all other thoughts. It "feels like" the mind is searching for the next positive memory or preference to recall and name, but then upon further examination in DE I can't find a mind nor can I actually know any mind process that appears to be happening. I can not explain how it is possible to have 5 minutes of positive thoughts if I am not instigating them, but when I look I see that somehow they just appear.
How do you keep away negative thoughts, exactly?
Well, the first words that come are by focusing solely on the positive. But I have just determined that in DE I don't choose the thoughts, they just appear. It still feels like attention is being put on the positive somehow, but I can't explain what it is or how.
And how do you keep away the neutral thoughts?
In DE, I am not doing it. Somehow, positive thoughts only are appearing but I can not identify how this happens or why.
How do you control to have only positive thoughts?
OK - I'm just going to free form talk this through here... You ask me to think only positive thoughts for 5 minutes straight. somehow "I" intend to do that and it "seems like" my mind focuses on searching for positive memories and preferences to name. However, this does not align with all the previous looking I have done and does not resonate as true. So I look again... and first determine that I can not find a "me", so there cannot be anyone in control. All that is here is thoughts, emotions and sensations and they cannot control anything. The positive thoughts arise one after the other but I have no idea how they are determined or why. They just appear. But because they are vaild/true, it "seems like" "I" must have chosen them. If I rely solely on DE, what is seen is that positive thoughts come one after the other and there is no way of knowing what is coming next, it just comes.
What do you do (literally what do you do) to have only positive thoughts?
How do "I think" only positive thoughts? To be honest, when I look at what I do, it "seems like" I concentrate and focus attention on finding the positive thoughts. When I look closer, I can see there is no I and that thoughts just come, which means I don't do anything. Is there an "I" that controls thoughts? The I itself is a thought, and thoughts do no think or control anything. But how is it that when you ask me to focus on only positive thoughts it is possible to have only them? This is confusing!
How do you make it happen that only positive thoughts appear during the 5 minutes?
I really have no idea. It just happens! I can't identify what the mechanism is or how that happens. It just does.
And how do you select the positive thoughts you would like to think?
There is no moment in time I can identify selection taking place. It is instantaneous. There aren't choices to select from, thoughts just appear, one after the other and there is no selection process. One after the other after the other the thoughts just pop in, jumping to the next one without any actual choice happening. I don't know how this is possible, but it what I see.
Is there a storage place for thoughts somewhere hidden, and you go there and pick and choose only the positive thoughts and then you intentionally think those?
Definitely not. It's clear thoughts appear randomly out of nowhere and there is no picking and choosing and no way to know what's coming next.