Yes, they are. I call these abstractions as ‘mental labels’ which are thoughts.I think what you're saying is that coffee, heat, and cup are abstractions away from AE. But couldn't the same be said also of sensation, smell, and thought? Are these not also abstract categories imposed upon AE?
However, certain thoughts point to directly to the actual experience, like the words ‘sensation, taste, smell, sound, image/colour, thought’.
But there are certain thoughts that don’t point directly to the actual experience, but rather to other thoughts describing or interpreting the AE. Like: ‘coffee’, or the ‘cup is hot’.
Can you see the difference?
So for the time of our conversation, we artificially dived experience into the following categories:
Actual experience (AE) is: sounds, smells, taste, colour/image, sensation, and seeing the appearance of a thought. But what the thought about is not AE.
These all labels pointing directly to the AE, and not to other thoughts which are trying to interpret or describe the AE.
All right, let’s start it then.Yes I'd like to accept your offer of guidance here.
The whole illusion is mainly created by thoughts. So therefore, we will investigate thoughts and thought labels thoroughly.
So then let’s have a deeper look on thoughts. Sit quietly for about 30 minutes and notice the arising thoughts. Just let them appear as they appear. Try your best to COMPLETELY ignore what they are saying and just notice how they appear, without you doing anything at all.
Did you do anything to make a particular thought or thoughts appear?
Could you have done anything to make a different thought appear at that exact moment instead?
Can you select from a range of thoughts to have only peaceful thoughts?
Can you pick and choose any kind of thought?
Where do thoughts come from?
Where are they going?
Can ‘you’ stop a thought in the middle?
Can ‘you’ predict what will be the next thought?
What is generating thoughts? – look for the ‘generator’ itself
What is the thinker of thoughts? – don’t think, rather look for a ‘thinker’
Does the thinker of the thought appear in experience? Can it be found?
Is it possible to prevent a thought from appearing? Including the thought 'I'?
Please go through these questions and answer and quote ALL of them one-by-one. Don’t miss any. Try to answer them only from direct experience, and leave aside all intellectual interpretation or understanding. Please, DON’T THINK about the answers, rather LOOK at what is before thoughts. Take your time.