What does the word/label ‘body’ ACTUALLY refer to?
What is the ACTUAL experience of the body?
"Body" is a thought of a location of a receiver of sensations. It seems to generally refer to overall sensations but there is no actual experience of "overall" sensation, just the ones that occur. There is no actual experience of a total body, or even part of a body. There is no actual experience of arm, leg, chest, ear, eye, brain, mind, etc, just sensations which are then labelled as occurring within that set conceptual boundary of a leg or what have you. There are sensations occurring in actual experience but no sensation is "body" or occurs in "body" that is just an extra concept similar to sight occurring in an "eye" or a sensation being "eye." Sensation is just sensation.
The WORD/LABEL ‘body’ is AE of thought and not AE of a body. The AE of the ‘body’ is thought. Thought points to sensation and suggests it is a body, but does the sensation in any way suggest that it is a body…isn’t it only thought that suggests this?
The label ‘body’ is AE of thought and not AE of a body
Sensation labelled as ‘body’ is AE of sensation and not AE of a body
Image labelled as ‘body’ is AE of colour and not AE of a body
Smell labelled ‘body’ is AE of smell and not AE of a body
Taste labelled ‘body’ is AE of taste and not AE of a body
Sounds labelled ‘body’ are AE of sound and not AE of a body
Thoughts about a body are AE of thought and not AE of a body
Label + sensation + colour + smell + taste + sound + thoughts are known, however is a body actually known?
Here is an even deeper investigation of the body. Please follow each step, don't leave out any. Take your time. Don't move to the next step until the previous one is clearly seen. Repeat the exercise several times.
Stand in front of a bigger mirror.
(1) First, close the eyes and feel the sensations labelled ‘body’.
(2) Then open the eyes and look into the mirror while still paying attention to the sensations.
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?
(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?
(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?
(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?
(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?
(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?
(8) Start to walk slowly.
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?
(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?