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Is the experience (ie sound) and the awareness of sound two things? Is there experience AND awareness, or is experience self-aware without a separate thing which is aware?Can there be a knowing with a known, or a known without the knowing AS it?
There is only knowing
Okay…now to have a look if you can find that which is labelled as ‘awareness’?
Cannot find what is labeled as awareness. There is only awareness.
You found that there is no dividing line between sound and hearer, there is just AE of sound…so is there something that is aware of the sound (which points to subject/object split) or is there knowing AS the sound?
There is only knowing AS sound.
Yes…paint doesn’t become the tree. Paint seems to be appearing as a tree. So experience always remains the same. Experience doesn’t become an object; experience SEEMS to appear as an object.The tree is paint.When you see a painting of a tree, does the paint become the tree, or does the paint remain paint? Isn’t the tree still paint?
Yes lovely!False “I” is experience appearing as thought!Hmmm…and where is this “false I’ located exactly?
No location. Just illusion.
Yes. Nothing that experience appears as can affect experience itself. Thoughts don't magically change the nature of "THIS" (experience), to suit what they are saying.The sky does not become clouds and clouds do not affect the sky. The sky is just sky.Does the sky become the clouds? Is the sky affected by clouds, or does the sky remain the sky?
"THIS" does not conform to what thoughts say about it. So thought can point to colour labelled “I/me/Cj/body”, but that doesn’t mean THIS/experience becomes a person/body. A person is no different to the tree. Can a tree be found in the paint, or is it thought that points to colour and shape and labels it ‘tree’?
YES! Thought is not heard, smelled, tasted, seen or felt. It is simply known, just as is colour, smell, taste, sound and sensation.The voice in the head is AE of thought.Is the voice in the head AE of sound or is it AE of thought?
Okay, we have touched on the idea of choice/decisions with the hand flipping exercise. Let’s continue with this a little further.
The aim of the following exercise is to discover whether the function of choice can really be found or confirmed in actual experience. The idea of making ‘choices‘ is a very clear example of a function that we wrongly identify as the basis of our identity.
You need to get any two different drinks you like for this exercise, ie coffee, tea, milk, water, juices, smoothies, beer, wine, etc. One will be drink A the other will be drink B
Sit for a few moments, take a few relaxed breaths and let the dust settle. When you feel ready:
1. Look at drink A and at drink B. Think about their respective qualities, the things you like about them, compare and weigh the pros and cons of each. See if a preference is manifesting for one or the other.
2. Count to 5.
3. Choose one of the drinks. Pick it up and take a sip.
Remember that we’re looking for some kind of function, a something, an ‘I’ which is doing the ‘choosing’.
In step 1 when thinking about their respective qualities, did you ‘choose’ the qualities? Or did they kind of appear by themselves? If some preferences manifested, did you ‘choose’ these preferences? Or did they just pop up by themselves?
In step 2 when you counted to 5, if the preferences took the back seat while the numbers took the front seat, did you ‘choose’ this sequence of event? Did you ‘choose’ to shut down the preferences to give way to the counting? Did you directly experience a mental function or faculty doing the ‘choosing’? Have you seen this function in action?
In step 3 where you made a choice, did you actually witness or directly experience a mental function or faculty doing the ‘choosing’? Did anything arise that announced, ‘I am the chooser’? If so, what does this function look like?
Sometimes we describe this sense of choosing as a ‘feeling’: It feels like ‘I’ did the ‘choosing’. But the question is, can a feeling ‘choose’? Is it in the nature of a feeling to ‘choose’?