1) Is there a separate entity 'self', 'me' 'I', at all, anywhere, in any way, shape or form? Was there ever?
There is no 'self', 'me' 'I' in DE. There never was.
2) Explain in detail what the illusion of separate self is, when it starts and how it works from your own experience. Describe it fully as you see it now.
The illusion is that people think they are a 'self', 'me' 'I' because they have been trained/conditioned that way from a very early age.
They are taught what they are and are not, what to do and what not to do.
Ideas/concepts have been taught to people as if it's reality, one example is of course self and another example could be that saying the word FUCK is 'wrong'!
Basically a person's personality or identity is the totality of their conditioning from day one up until now.
If a person is nice and confident it's not because they are born such a way it's because they have been trained that way from good parenting along with other factors.
It's no different from a dog been trained to sit because they know they get a treat or a some love in return.
3) How does it feel to see this? What is the difference from before you started this dialogue? Please report from the past few days.
It feels peaceful. There has been much less identification with thought stories, thought has become more of a sixth sense than a 'poor me'.
This may be why the mindfulness meditation practice has kicked into full gear and is more enjoyable in an investigation sense rather than work to achieve a better 'me'.
There has also been less reaction to others being 'unfair' or 'wrong', less caring in general.
Went for a walk in park the other morning and the whole experience was exceptional bliss, people were smiling and saying hello.
One person didn't reply hello and the reaction was different from before. There wasn't a long thought story of resistance to that experience.
Having said that, there have been moments maybe with the partner where the identification of self returns in the form of wanting them to understand this, wanting her to feel the same.
Some frustration but it eventually passes it's let go much quicker, expansion and contraction.
4) What was the last bit that pushed you over, made you look?
Nothing in particular to be honest.
5) Describe decision, intention, free will, choice and control. What makes things happen? How does it work? What are you responsible for? Give examples from experience.
Robyn sorry it's been a busy few days work-wise, too tired to tackle this now. Might need some exercises or will make some up tomorrow when fresher.