Since starting our conversation, I’ve started to realize that a lot of thoughts are nonsense, and even worse nonsense repeated over and over (which when those thoughts are negative turn life into a living hell).
Good work. Well done. May they never ensnare you again...........
You are right that practical thoughts are useful. A valve on one of my tyres malfunctioned today and all the thoughts required to change a wheel came and where to find a tyre / wheel specialist garage etc. Some animals can problem solve too. Speculating, I would say that has a lot to do with having a brain.
Is a separate self required though?
The present moment is influenced by thoughts of the past and the future.
And all sorts of cognative bias, preferances, prejudices, trauma. a lot of filters, or layers depending on what model you prefer....
Sure, in some way all things are interdependent, but some things effect me more than others, which creates an illusion of me being in this body.
You seem to to be on very good form Nessie and it seems like you are really getting into your own inquiry. Fantastic!
What do you notice are the main components, or building blocks, of the Nessie illusion?
That could be answered in quite a conceptual way (a bit like some of my responses to you above!...) but I really mean:
What have you seen, or are seeing for yourself, in your own experience, that creates the 'self'? The Nessie as separate character etc, etc.
Enjoy the looking!