Yes, things are softening I think, and all feels ok :-) Lot's of ups, downs, happenings - at the end of the last few days, when I'm quite relaxed and I'm not putting pressure on to do things, lots of joy / calm is arising. I'm not 'seeing' no self / no separation all the time, or even at all as clearly as a few instances, but seeing the absence of something is intangible. There are definitely changes though.Seeing through the self is like the starting shot for much more unravelling, some stuff will drop away easily and epiphanies will lighten the path, but there will be confusion, beliefs and the way we look at ourselves will have to crumble.
The key is No resistance to anything! :-)
Is thought aware or is there simply awareness?
No, thought isn't aware. I meant more that if you look at it in the traditional way, you might think that thought is aware of sensations, because it narrates them, comments on them, offers opinions and so on. But 'one is aware' of thoughts, thoughts are not aware. Who can say how thoughts about sensations arise - they just come.
Well, when one seems stronger there is lots of story - there is no real way to know if there is a causal link in either directionIt appears as though it depends on the relative strength of the sensations / thought, but perhaps that's just an assumption - does one seem stronger than the other because of story only?
(story makes the sensation stronger vs strong sensation features more in the story) - that's just more story. But there is correlation.