Thank you, Michael.
Please be assured I'm answering sincerely.
If you became paralyzed from the neck down, do you think your sense of self would go?
No, because I believe that my brain creates my ’self.’ So the opposite wouldn't be true: if my brain was completely paralyzed, but somehow the limbs were alive, there was no self as I know.
There is identification with the body, but is it 'the self'?
Presumably, you do not think your self as living in your left elbow or right nostril, so where do you think it is in your body?
No. I believe it is somewhere around the ear level, behind the eyes.
Watch nature - all these beings moving around, using bodies, but do they have separate selves?
Maybe watch some bees moving from flower to flower - quite complex behavior and when back to the hive different roles for different bees. Again really quite complex - a bit like a human village - but do all thes bees have separate selves?, or is it all just happening in one amazing harmony?
I did that. It's spring here in Arizona, and I could observe some bees.
I do believe that there is a sense of self on them. I see that a bee tries to land on a flower but sees that another bee, ANOTHER SELF is there, then she proceeds to move HERSELF to another flower.
I have reminded myself of a Zen poem!
When the flower opens the bee comes,
when the bee comes, the flower opens.
But do they have little separate controller self entities making it all happen?
On my current level of conscience, I still believe that when the flower opens the bee brain thinks that it is a good idea to fly towards the flower, herself. Not another bee, her.
I'm sorry, Michae. By your replies, I feel that I shouldn't be finding what I'm still am: there is someone here, myself.
Maybe it is a semantic problem on my part: not being able to understand the self, myself, me, I...
Or maybe, when someone says ’– look for the self,’ someone that isn't self-realized will just see as an easy task: – it's here, talking to you.
I'm incredibly great for your help, care, and effort, but if you also agree that it isn't going well (due to my lack of preparedness for such a task, we can finalize it.
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