‘Intention’ is nothing else than the content of a thought. Can you see this?
For example, when you sit in front of your computer, how is the decision made when to move the hands to type?
How is the decision is made which finger to move when typing?
How is the decision exactly made what to type?
The decision isn't made when to move the hands but rather happens automatically. There is no 'controller' moving the hands- they just type. As I type, thought arises with the suggested content of what to type and the hands automatically follow or they don't. There is no thought that 'commands' "type letter 'A' now type letter 'B'"- it just flows AS IF THERE IS A CHOOSER- but this is just thought arising.
When finished, just sit there. And see if there is a decision to sit there a bit longer, or to stand up to do something else.
How is the decision made to stay sit or to stand up?
What is making the decision to stand up?
A thought may arise- "I' need a break"- and I either get up or I don't, followed by another "Keep writing"- and I either get up or I don't or "Don't forget to pay that bill"- and I either do or I don't. The CONTENT of thought suggest this or that, from nowhere, and the decision itself just flows- happening or not happening.
When eating, observe very carefully. How is it chosen which piece of food to put onto the fork and eat next?
How is it decided EXACTLY to choose the pea, the rice, the carrot (or whatever is on the plate) to be the next?
What is the ‘thing’ that is making the decision about the next piece of food?
What is moving the hand to pick the ‘chosen’ piece of food?
There is no chooser but the CONTENT of thought may suggest that piece of food over a different piece of food. The process of eating just flows- thought after thought suggesting this or that and decisions 'just happening'. Sometimes there doenst even seem to be thought present as suggestions but rather the plate of food is 'sightaware-d' and actions just follow with no thought suggestions. Nothing move the hands- they just react to the flow of thought suggestions or 'sightaware-ing'. There is no 'thing' that does this- any sense of a 'me' deciding or choosing is just though labelling the action undertaken as 'mine' or 'my choice'- but this is just thought content, sensation and thought labels combined to make a false 'me'
When driving, observe very carefully how is the decision exactly made to turn left or right?
When braking, how is the decision made to press the brake pedal?
What is moving the leg?
What is moving the hands?
Nothing decides- thoughts arise with a suggested left or right turn and a decision is made. Pro's and Con's of a left turn over a right turn may arise as thought content but the decision just happens. Braking and steering just happen- when required. No-one moves the legs, no one moves the legs. Thought labels these actions as 'me' the doer but this is incorrect. It pefectly explains how one could be driving dow the road "lost in thought" and still accelerate, brake, turn the wheel etc without any 'doer' involved. I think we've all had experiences of arriving at our destination without 'directing' the actions of getting there and thinking "How did that happen?"
When dressing up, how is the decision is made what clothes to choose?
Observe the movements of dressing up. How is the decision is made when to lift the arms or legs, and which clothes to put on first?
What is making the decision? - Find the location
Thought arise- "I'll wear this or that because of this or that reason"- thought content. A decision is made or happens from nowhere by no-one. The actions of dressing just happen.
When showering and towelling, how is the decision made where to move the hands, and in which sequence towel the body?
No decision is made- it just happens
When shopping in a supermarket, observe the thought processes how the decision is made which line to go in?
What is moving the body?
A thought arises- "I need this or that". Thought then arises- "I should go down this aisle or that aisle". Decisions and actions follow or flow from that. This happens automatically, in the blink of an eye. Thought labels these thoughts and decisions as 'my thoughts', 'my decisions' thus creating a 'me' the doer, the chooser.
Look at every seeming decision and movements during the day. Let me know what you find.
There is a flow- thoughts arise from nowhere, decisions are made by no-one, actions are carried out without a 'controller'. There can be at times an 'observer quality' - a seeing of actions being carried out seemingly by 'me' but there is no observer- there is just seeing or 'sightaware-ing'. The thought arises as "I am observing" but this is just thought CONTENT being 'thoughtaware'd'.
The examples above could be classified as 'learned behaviour'- they are actions that have been undertaken thousands of times and are in a sense automatic. For instance, if I was learning to drive today there would not be the automatic quality of 'just driving' there. Could you speak to Learned vs Learned Behaviour in light of what I've written above?