Was this seen through actual looking or through intellectual processes?Thought divides and forms shapes and form. in Actual seeing, there is no division and hence no shape or form.In the actual experience does the body have a shape or a form?
Yes, so the boundary is conceptual and not actualit was not possible to see a boundary between body and clothing. Thought creates the boundary.Is there a boundary between the body and the clothing?
What is the actual experience of “body on chair”?It cannot be determined, "I" was not able to see a boundary. in AE.Is there a boundary between the body and the chair?
The idea of there being a ‘me’ here inside and a world outside of ‘me’ infers that that there is a ‘me’ separate to everything else, and that there is a ‘me’ that life is happening to. Let’s look at this with just using sound.inside and outside is created by thought. without thought in direct seeing, there is no inside and no outside.Is there an inside or an outside? If there is an inside - inside of what exactly?
If there is an outside, the outside of what exactly?
Where are sounds appearing?
For this experiment you will need a set of headphones and some music.
Take in a couple of deep breaths to settle the dust, put on your headphones and then close your eyes and listen to a piece of music.
Listen to a couple of minutes of music.
When you are listening to music with headphones on, isn’t it obvious that the music appears in the same place, as do thoughts and sensations? They seem to appear inside ‘me’.
Then with eyes still closed, take off the headphones and listen to whatever other sounds are present (ie birds singing, clock ticking, car passing by etc) and it seems that the sounds are appearing outside of ‘me’.
Put your headphones back on again and all that is present in hearing the sound is sound itself.
Take the headphones off. Is not the experience the same…that in hearing the sound is sound itself?
Keep doing this until it becomes clear that not only do thoughts and feelings appear in the same place, but that sound do also.
Is there an inside ‘me’ and an outside of ‘me’?
Great observation. Thoughts overlays experience with stories and these stories SEEM very believable until they are checked thoroughly with AE.Note: All the questions about the body triggers thought in such a way that, it appears with all kind of "scientific" explanations. it required a lot of "pushing away" to start seeing. "I" had to remind myself(" reflective thoughts") that "Ok direct/Actual seeing is a way of seeing without the division of thought, let us get to the end of the rabbit hole, and we can always come back and use thoughts later".
Yes..the word/label ‘body’ is AE of thought.The word/label 'body' refers to a thought.What does the word/label ‘body’ ACTUALLY refer to?
The AE of the body is thought.The Actual experience of the body is color when seeing the 'body', a sensation of touch when touching the 'body', a sensation of sound when hearing to the body (sound of breathing etc), the sensation of smell when smelling the body. The thought is not an AE of the body. even though sensations seem to be sensed in the body, on looking, the location of sensations cannot be found. The Actual experience of color,touch,smell,sound etc points to something which is not nameable.What is the ACTUAL experience of the body?
Thought points to (infers) that colour, sensation, smell etc is a body.
The label ‘body’ is AE of thought and not the AE of a body
The sensation labelled as ‘body’ is AE of sensation and not AE of a body
The image labelled as ‘body/me/I’ is AE of colour and not AE of a body
The smell labelled as ‘body’ is AE of smell and not AE of a body
The sound labelled ‘body’ is AE of sound and not AE of a body (ie breathing etc)
The taste labelled ‘body’ is AE of taste and not AE of a body.
The thoughts about the ‘body’ are AE of thought and not AE of a body
So, Taste labelled ‘body’ is known
Colour labelled ‘body’ is known
Sensation labelled ‘body’ is known
Smell labelled ‘body’ is known
Sound labelled ‘body’ is known
Thought about/of a ‘body’ is known
However, is a body actually known?