I just wanted you to see that although it SEEMS as if the hand will sometimes respond to the thought and at other times not. So if thought were the actual catalyst...then the hand would turn every time the thought to turn it appeared. This happens with everything. The thought to get up a make a coffee may seem to prompt the action, but at other times you can have the thought and a coffee is not made.I've done this exercise repeatedly and it is true that the thought of and actual turning happen together. I question the causal connection between the two.Never? I am sure that if you look again...the hand will SEEM to respond to the thought...turn.
Did you spend the time doing the sight-sensation exercise like I asked? I wanted you to see clearly that there is no correlation between the sight of the hand and the sensation. This can take some careful looking to see through it as it seems very convincing that the hand creates the sensation.I would like to you to do the sight-sensation exercise for an entire day...and not just a couple of times please. The more time you spend on an exercise the better you see it and see it properly.
Here is a great video about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dphlhmt ... e=youtu.be
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’?