. So, in saying this, Christianity is not compatible with no-self in your view? I don't see anyone else really asking these questions on the board so I figured I may as well... Your answer is your view, and I respect that :)
I did not say that Christianity is incompatible with no self I said what is just is. That's to say, whatever is going on is what's going on. There just has to be a willingness to look at this
I had been seriously a Buddhist earlier in my life and still held confused Buddhist views when I came to be guided. But to my amazement, whatever I expected to 'see' did not happen as imagined..
Instead of confirming my confused idea/fear that 'I might be 'nothing' there was a realisation which felt more akin to 'everything is beautiful, full, infinite and alive and whatever I am I'm not separated from this''.
I think through mindfulness, falling into the temporary trap can be avoided as I stated above. With regards to "waking up" from the imaginings, there is a feeling that it cannot be prevented but it can be ignored...
This brings us back to the idea of agency and free will.
Notice these times of identification with the 'self' illusion. It can happen in small ways quite often.
Who or what 'falls in'?
Notice the moments (possibly seconds later) in which waking up (from it) happens.
What 'wakes up'?
It may take a day or two to play with this, especially if identification isn't happening much, so take a little time to explore this.
The other thing is, find time to go for a walk in nature. Somewhere where life is happening all around. A park would do.
Notice life going on, grass, animals, trees birds, sky, sun, breeze, insects, people, voices, sounds. The whole lot going on, including sensations and thoughts 'inside'.
Now, look for an edge in all this where 'you' end and 'everything else' begins. What do you find?