You’re doing well :)I hope I've managed to answer your questions below.
Consider this: we are literally unable to directly experience of the brain. No matter how hard we try, it’s simply not possible.I wasn’t able to have a direct experience of the brain. For me this was just not accessible like other body parts.
If you cannot experience a brain, then it’s utterly impossible to experience that the brain is doing or producing the thoughts. Is this clear?V: Now, in order to make sure that really the brain is doing / producing thoughts, you have to be able to see/experience the process how the brain is actually producing the thoughts. Can you see the process directly?A: No. Only in retrospect most of the time, but even then, locating the root of the thoughts seems impossible.
But even with retrospect, you might can remember the SEEMING sequence of thoughts, but you cannot actually see that it was done by a brain.
This 'brain producing thoughts' is an intellectual understanding, but this does not correlate with the direct experience. Can you see this?
Yes, conventionally speaking electricity exists. But when we investigate the self, we cannot get anywhere with conventional ‘truths’. Since conventional truths are the results of thinking, which is exactly what is creating the illusion of the self, by creating concepts. We have to look ‘behind’ this conceptual overlay, and see what is really there without concepts.Well, I’m not sure this is actually correct. Electricity exists but it can’t be directly experienced, only through its workings. Mind in a way could be the same in principle. But now I tend to think, as you suggest, that mind is just a construct, an idea that we get used to using.
The mind as such cannot be experienced.
The mind is a thought assumption, and assumption of a place from which thoughts originate from.
The mind is a concept, an idea. But the concept of a mind, is NOT the mind itself.
This concept is supposedly to point to something that is there.
But when we look behind the concept and try to find the REAL MIND that the word/concept ‘mind’ points to, we cannot find anything.
Let’s look at the word ‘university’. What does the word ‘university’ points to?
Is the building itself the university, or the building just building?
Are the teachers the university, or are those just people?
Are the students the university, or are they just people too?
Is the curriculum the university, or that’s just the curriculum?
Are the tables and desks and boards the university, or are those just furniture?
Is the certificate of degree is the university, or is it just a piece of paper?
Where is the university exactly?
Does the word ‘university’ point to something real?
Or is it just a notion?
And what about the ‘mind’?
All right. ‘Self-examination’ and ‘introspection’ are also ideas. But what does these words really point to?Yes of course, it’s just another thought, but that thought is directed at some kind of self-examination. Introspection.
Can a ‘self-examination’ as such be found at all? Or only THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘self-examination’?
Can a ‘introspection’ as such be found at all? Or only THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘introspection’?
Yes, conventionally speaking the mind is a useful concept, just as many other concepts. But when we want to see through the illusion, we cannot use the same tool which created the illusion itself.My experience is that mind is very difficult to experience in any given moment, nevertheless I interpret things that go on as processes of my mind. It seems to be a useful concept.
All right. You read this in a book. But can you see this experientially? – always the experience is what mattersThen I recalled a meditation book in which thoughts were described as individual shots from a film - those are all still images, but if you play them fast enough they make up a movie. So thoughts are just still images. But there’s so many of them and they come so fast that they make up a sequence which gives the impression of a thinking process.