Ok, so take a look at thoughts. Watch them as they arise and fall away. Are you thinking them? Can you predict what the next thought will be? Thoughts link together yes, a thought triggers another thought, possibly linked to the previous thought, but is there a you that is actively thinking them, producing them? Can you stop thoughts from occuring? As you go about your day, watch for links between what you see and hear, and what thoughts appear. For example, you may see a photo of someone, and immediately a thought or memory about them appears. Did you think that thought?
So I am getting clearer and can see that senses are happening spontaneously but somehow thoughts seem to have someone or something directing them.. or at least choosing them.. I am now seeming to choose to answer this rather than do jobs..
Can you find the person who chose to answer this rather than do a job? How do you know that a choice was made? Did you detect a self making the choice, or was there thoughts of choice? Are you your thoughts? Can a thought choose?
This is not a teaching, that you follow blindly. it is taking a look at reality. I am only asking you to accept what you find in your reality, not follow a pre-laid-out teaching.In the experience I first spoke of it was clear there was no one .. but now there feels like a person ..a contraction... Any question that bugs me is that the sense of presence, of being alive
is that a soul? Does this teaching negate such notions?
So, there is a sense of presence, yes. Is it you ? What control do you have over it? For example, can you stop sounds from arising? I take it by presence you mean the sense of space where everything, sights , sounds, thoughts etc arise? Is this space separate from the experience, or is it part of the experience? Who is it that is detecting that presence? And who is it who is detecting the Who that is detecting the presence? How many layers of selfs are there?