Thoughts will always appear with stories and interpretations…but once you get into the practice of observing thoughts instead of following thoughts, it becomes easier to ‘put them to one side’ and eventually stories are seen through almost instantly. As you have noticed, there is a stream of thoughts and sensations, but no “I” you can point to. A thought could come up in this stream, and then a thought may follow and claim that “I-thought it”, but that I-thought would just be another thought in the thought-sensation stream.The connection between the felt sensation of the hand and the movement of the hand when directly observed were separate but it took a lot of concentration to keep the thoughts telling there was a connection to one side.Is there any connection between the felt sensations (labelled ‘hand’) and the image ‘of movement’?
Or only thoughts suggest it?
And those thoughts about weight etc are just more thoughts appearing in the thought-sensation stream.I had to spend more time on this one but like the above responses it was as if I was looking at a portrait of someone else that wasn’t me. The image can’t and didn’t suggest it was a body or my body it was only thought that suggested that. Going completely on AE there were only colours and shapes. Thought was trying to come in a lot to throw me off but staying with AE of the image in the mirror, which is getting easier to do, there were only colours and shapes. There were some thoughts of like you’re putting on weight you could lose some weight etc etc… but they aren’t sticking as much as they usually would and again just observing them and watching them pass along.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?
And when you looked…what did you find was the AE of “the soles of my feet on the bathroom floor”?There are just sensations without thought or mental images telling me otherwise. The main sensation was the soles of my feet on the bathroom floor.Just by the image in the mirror, is there any ‘knowledge’ that there must be legs, or only thoughts and mental images suggest so?
Nice! :)There are only sensations particularly in the soles of my feet hitting the floor and the stiffness in the legs and ignoring the labeling that thought was coming in with these were all just sensations full stop.Is there a ‘body walking’, or are there only sensations?
Yes! Nice looking!Or just THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘walking’?Is there actual experience of ‘walking’ at all?
There is just sensation as there is no body walking as such. It is just sensations happening.
There were just thoughts about walking.
There is just experience, as there is no one / no thing that is experiencING. ‘ExperiencING’ is a verb.No verbs could point to what actually IS. Verbs point only to THOUGHTS ABOUT what actually IS.When thoughts are completely ignored it is obvious that there is just experiencing and nothing else. Thought will label it as walking or I’m walking or my body is moving but being in the actual experience of the moment there is just experiencing.Can such a thing as ‘walking’ be found?
‘ExperiencING’ (or any verbs) is just a BELIEF.
A belief about TIME.
There is ZERO actual experience of ‘experiencING’.
There is ZERO actual experience of any verb!
There is no such thing as ‘experiencING’, just as there is no such thing as ‘happenING, or ‘seeING’, or ‘knowING’, etc.
So, let’s look at verbs in general. Let’s take a verb ‘experiencING’. For ‘experiencing’ there should be:
1. a separate thing (person = body) an 'experiencER', that is doing or having the ACT of ‘experiencing’
2. a separate thing, an object that is being experienced
3. the ACTION of ‘experiencing’ (as an interACTION between #1 and #2)
4. TIME in which the 'action of ‘experiencing’ unfolds
Without these 4 elements there is NO VERB.
All verbs based on the assumption of the existence of these 4 elements.
Is this clear?
A verb implies not just a doer, but an action in time. A verb is an action, a doing. In order to an action take place not just a doer (in case of an experiencer = person = body) is needed, but time in which the action (the action of experiencing itself between two seeming objects/bodies) unfolds.
Is this clear?
So….on that note…let’s explore the idea of time and then memory.
There is a general assumption that there is linear time that started (if started at all) somewhere very far in the past and advances to the distant future. The present moment (now) is considered to be a very small fragment of time, or an event that is moving forward on this linear time, coming from the past and advancing to the future.
But is there an experience that the ’now’ is moving along the line of time?
Any experience of one ‘moment’ giving way to the next?
Any actual experience of one event following another?
How fast is the ‘present moment’ actually moving?
Just look at 'this moment', can you find a point where it began?
How long does the ‘now’ last?
Where does the ‘now’ start, and where does it end?
When does the ‘now’ exactly become the 'past'?
What is the ‘past’ in actual experience?
So is there actual experience of ‘time’ or thoughts about ‘time’?