It's not as if there is no planning. Thoughts are often busy in this way. Does this seem true?
Sure. I find thoughts are often busy planning or trying to solve problems.
It's not as if actions are not performed. Not as if jobs do not get done.?
Sorry Jon, not sure what you meant here. Did you mean if actions are not performed jobs will not get done?
So who, or what, is doing the planning?
Is it a real 'me'?
The planning seems to come up in the thoughts, but a planner can't be found whenever I look. The planning thoughts can keep appearing, but no planner is present.
Where do the plans take place?
What 'does' the plans?
I guess the plans are only taking place in thought. No one does the plans. I can't find a doer when actions are happening or my body is moving around.
Next time you have to get somewhere, look a few times during the journey, from start to finish, to see if a planner planned it?
The "plan" comes up in thoughts, but there's no thinker or planner that can be found. It seems more like an "idea" to do something than a "plan" to me now, because all the individual actions that happen to complete the objective are so intricate and clearly not all planned out. An idea appears, a decision is made to act on it and then all the actions happen.
There's no doer that can be found. All actions seem to happen on their own without me having to do anything. I'm starting to be able to see this experience now. My body doing tasks like putting on my shoes and tying shoe laces without a doer. Like it's automatic or happening by itself. A kind of strange experience. But also fun!
I think it seems like there's someone who planned and did a task like going from one place to another because the thoughts first appear, then the actions follow up and seem to correspond with the thoughts even though no thinker/planner and doer can be found. Seems like thoughts, actions, and sensations working together even though there's no one there.