whow, wonderful breakdowns!
I've spent today another hour going slowly through the stages of the exercise.
I discovered that I needed to first see and then "remove" mental boundaries separating "things".
Yes, it could be described like that.
However there is nobody removing anything. Who is the one who is doing the ‘removing’?
It is just plain seeing.
Just play with this throughout your day with ordinary situations:
When seeing something, there is just this seeing- or is there anybody there to see?
When talking to somebody, there is just talking - or is there sombody talking?
When touching something, there is just touch, etc.
Is there any connection between the felt sensations and the image in the mirror?
Or just thoughts (and/or mental images) suggest that there is?
There is no connetcion, just thoughts.
Thoughts imply that there might be a connection. But this is just an inference and not the actual experience.
3) While still paying attention to the sensations move one hand and observe the movement from the mirror.
Is there any connection between the felt sensations (labelled ‘hand’) and image of movement in the mirror?
I had a problem from this point on before, but the "trick" here seems to be to see both the moving hand as a part of the whole "what is seen" and the sensations in the hand as part of the whole "what is felt". When the boundaries - drawn by thought - between objects are neglected, there is no connection at all. Only some sense of awe arises instead, about the sophistication of the brain machinery able to cut out and connect these two events, and to do it constantly.
Yes, the mind is ‘making sense’ by its constant feedback loops.
This process is far greater than any computer program.
However in this program a very sticky virus has been installed: The ‘I- virus’.
Does the program stop functioning without anybody claiming authorship?
Freedom is here the freedom to see the picture as a whole or making use of the labels, when necessary.
It is no longer necessary to involve into excessive thinking, which can really become an addiction.
When thought is needed, it is there; as a tool.
But like any tool no identification is necessary when using the tool.
The tool doesn’t need somebody to claim: I’m using the tool…
4) Now do the same movement with the hand, but this time look at the hand directly, not from the mirror.
Is there any connection between the felt sensations (labelled ‘hand’) and the image ‘of movement’?
Or only thoughts suggest it?
The same - all the boundaries are created by thought.
5) Now, pay attention only to the image in the mirror.
Does the image by itself suggest in any way that is ‘you’ or ‘your body’?
Does the image itself suggest in any way that it is a ‘body’ at all?
Or are there only colours and shapes?
No, the image is not "me" nor "my body". the image does not suggest it is a body, it's just colors and shapes.
6) Where the mirror ends, some parts of the body (probably legs) cannot be seen.
Just by the image in the mirror, is there any ‘knowledge’ that there must be legs,
or only thoughts and mental images suggest so?
No, the image cannot suggest anything like this, there is only an "obvious" suggestion made by thoughts.
7) Now turn away from the mirror and look forward (don’t look directly to any body parts).
Is there a ‘body’ anywhere when all thoughts and images are ignored, or are there only sensations?
Again, when looking for any boundaries in AE, there are none. Therefore, no body, just a kind of a constellation of sensations.
Is there a ‘body walking’, or are there only sensations?
Is there actual experience of ‘walking’ at all?
Or just THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘walking’?
Can such a thing as ‘body’ be found OR just THOUGHTS ABOUT a ‘body’?
Can such a thing as ‘walking’ be found?
A moving constellation of sensations is still a constellation. The labels "walking" or "body" come from an entirely different realm and are just content of some thoughts.
9) Are the sensations localized in space, like ‘going through the room’;
or is there only an image that is labelled ‘room’ and appearing sensations without any location?
Sensations are not localized in the space suggested by images. There is no clearly cut "inner space" of sensations either - it's thoughts that label them and pin them on a mental map of the body.
Here is an exercise to get a bit more established in this:
Go out into nature and spend some time watching the movement of the whole.
See how clouds move, trees swing, leaves wiggle, grass moves, insects, birds - all move all the time.
Then move focus to sensations and see how they too are in constant motion, thoughts come and go, sounds, colours, sensations come and go. Notice that everything is part of one movement.
Then close your eyes and see if there is a line between you and out there, between you and life itself.
If yes, where is the boundary?
Is there an inside and an outside of Life?
Is there something which is not included in the movement of the whole?
Is there a witness that is watching life happening from a distance?
Is witnessing part of the one movement too?
Is there anything which is not just happening?
Go out, come back and tell me what you found.
All the best
Now. Here. That.