Apologies for the later replies than usual recently. On top of a few other things, I'm currently moving home, so there's a bit of disruption going on. All that should be out of the way by the weekend though.
Yes. In fact it's very similar to how logic is often explained.Do you see that it’s only an assumption that since one follows the other (A: seeing the dog or reading the text to think of a car – B: sensations labelled ‘happiness’ arising or visual thought of a car appearing)?
Do you see that it’s coming only from logical thinking that A caused B?
No. I recall experiencing a gap between 'A' and 'B' in which nothing could be observed.But where is the experiential link between the two?
Is there any actual, observable link?
It didn't feel like a choice at all. It appeared without any direction from me.So there is a choice (even if just a little) in selecting the car’s characteristics?
Aside from a thought that appeared and forbade the appearance of my own car this time (and this thought came of its own accord), there was no choice in the appearance of the car. This time it appeared like a very old (1970s perhaps), brown Ford Cortina. On observing the thought forming, I noticed that it appeared in an instant, then quickly faded, then reappeared slowly taking the form of the car described above. The initial flash was strong and unbidden and appeared to maniest completely of its own accord. The second, slower of that image was more akin to a slow rebuilding of the initial flash in a way that could be more closely observed. THis second thought had no rational choosing behind its appearance either.So imagine a car again.
HOW do you chose the characteristics of the car?
Describe the choosing itself… is there ANY choice what to choose?
In this exercise, choice was not a factor. The thoughts appeared to happen with no decision making process other than that which went with the instruction that a car be made to appear rather than a horse or an aeroplane.What is choice? How does choice itself appear?
So, on reading the instruction to imagine a car, I sat on my bed and closed my eyes and observed a thought arising that a car must be formed. I did not, however, construct the thought of a car with any true volition. When I examined how the thought of a car was actually created, there seems to be a strange anomaly in which nothing is happening one moment and a car just appears the next. At no point is there a creative act in which a car is created by myself.OK, do the imagination again.Aside from aligning your suggestion to sit and think of a car with the act of doing those things, I didn't do anything to make that happen.
HOW do you ‘align with the suggestion of imagining the car’?
HOW do you do it exactly?
This question makes a lot of sense after writing what I did in the last answer. I'm not doing anything as an agent of change at all. Not even the aligning. I am aware of the suggestion, but what choice did I truly ave in committing the act? None, it seems.Is there anything in that process that you are doing?
Or every single aspect of it is just happening on its own, even the aligning?
Nothing. I can't rationally explain it. In terms od what is making the 'acting upon' happen, I truly don't know.What is it exactly that is acted upon on the suggestion?
What is making the ‘acting upon’ to happen?