Is there any difference between hearing and the heard?
Is there someone hearing?
The sound of running water (the shower) is heard. Memory/recognition happens - the sound is identified/labelled by thoughts - this happens very quickly, so fast it's hard to see a gap. Without thoughts, there is just hearing. It happens by itself - no-one is needed to 'do' hearing. Is there someone passively hearing? There is perhaps the assumption that there is something present to hear - a knowing that hearing is happening. In the purest moment of just hearing this is not there either though - the 'knowing it is happening' requires thoughts to articulate. Thoughts, subtly and quickly, identify the source of the sound and by doing so there is a separation between a 'transmitter of sound' and an assumed something here as the 'receiver of sound'. The mental image that arises is linked to memories about the 'source' of the sound. No mental image arises about the 'receiver'. If hearing of a totally new sound showed up this might not happen, although thoughts would quickly compare with known sounds, categorise, theorise, label.
Is there any difference between feeling and the felt?
Is there someone feeling?
Similar story to sound, but perhaps a little easier to just feel the sensation of touch, because it is right here - i think there is something in the distance between sound source and receiver that thoughts more quickly separate out. But you can't say where 'sound' stops and 'hearing' starts - do I hear over there, or over here? There isn't an over there or an over here just in hearing, only thoughts say there is.
In touch, as I've noticed before, and been practising with, I can see a gap between experiencing just touch sensation and thoughts splitting out into hand and table and mental images of hand and table arising, and conclusions being drawn about the qualities of the table (smooth, cool etc. etc.).
So when looking very closely and focusing only on the direct experience there is only hearing, sensing (touch). But in everyday life the assumption and thoughts come fast and one takes it as truth that the separation is there, that there is someone here hearing, feeling and so on.
Had a strong sense of things just happening yesterday (no controller) - was playing a game with friends online, and we were arguing a lot about the best thing to do in the adventure - afterwards, and even during pauses I thought 'why am I arguing, chill out!' but no control, it was just happening - 'I' couldn't help 'myself' - program running. Then ashamed that I was arguing, criticising etc. That just happened too. Really a strong sense later on, after all was over, that i was not in control at all. Maybe it's easier to accept you are not in control when 'you' are doing something you aren't proud of, and vice versa LoL!