How is it known exactly that ideas/thoughts are in the head or coming from the head?
There is nothing I can find that is thinking negative thoughts, it’s just an idea in my head, another thought.
What is the AE of thoughts/ideas being IN or coming FROM the head?
I can’t detect the AE of the brain or it’s processes, only what I think are it’s output, such as thought. But that is just an idea, seems to be no way to experience brain processes directly.
You are mixing AE with conventional ‘reality’, with the assumption that the conventional reality is somewhat more real than AE itself.
Thought will always ‘want’ to understand and intellectualize everything, this is what thoughts are ABOUT: analysing, interpreting, and putting everything into categories or into order, and most of all, conceptualizing the actual experience.
And it’s not problematic of itself. But for this investigation we have to stick to the pure experience, BEFORE any thought interpretation.
Why? Because the whole illusion is mainly created by thoughts. The self is just a concept. It’s not a real thing. It’s a fantasy. It’s a mirage in the desert. For a newborn baby, there is no concept of self. For the newborn there is only pure experiencing. And just later, when language is introduced, the concept of a self emerges, out of the thin air. It’s just a fabrication, but with time this fabrication is taken as reality. And what is the problem with that? It’s suffering. Only a self could suffer.
So for the infant there is only pure experiencing. Sight, sound, taste, smell, sensation. She is in direct contact with experience. But as cognition develops she starts to conceptualize her experience. Putting everything into categories, labelling the experience, etc. And of itself it’s not problematic. But this conceptualization is overlaying the experience, and it gets thicker and thicker. And at some point she hardly can access her direct experience, since she can only see the conceptual overlay. Like seeing everything through a pink tinted glass. At some point pinkness gets so natural (used to), that she even stops knowing/seeing that everything is just coloured pink, but not in reality. And at that point this conceptual overlay is believed to be THE TRUTH. Pink becomes the ultimate truth. The pinkness distorts our perception of what is really going on.
Whatever thoughts ‘say’, is the truth/reality from now on. This is how humans live their lives. We hardly can connect with our immediate experience since we believe that the overlaying thought concepts are all there is. And of course concepts are very useful when solving a problem, building a bridge or a house. But concepts/thoughts are just tools. But for humans the tool itself is overthrown what is really happening and creating all sorts of problems. This tool cannot be turned off. It’s like having a hammer as tool. The hammer is very useful for hitting the nail into the wall, but it’s not so useful for making dinner. But for humans, thoughts (the hammer) cannot be switched off, and we hammer everything with thoughts.
Thoughts, as a tool, has its place and value when a problem needs to be solved, but when the task is done, we should be able to put the tool (thoughts) down and just rest in the natural peace of experience. But thoughts are constantly on in forms of self-referencing narrating talks. Which is the basis of human delusion and suffering.
But the aim is not to stop these overlays from appearing, but rather to see them for what they really are. The overlay of in itself is not problematic, as long as we see that it’s just an overlay.
This is why we have to stick to our immediate experience while doing this investigation. Not to devaluate thoughts and concepts, but rather to see what is really going on ‘behind the scenes’. When investigating the nature of reality and the self we cannot use the same tool which created the illusion itself on the first place.
So for going back to your comment:
What does a baby know about brain or brain processes before learning language and conceptualization? For the baby there are only sound, image/color, taste, smell and sensation. For the baby there is no such thing as ‘brain’ or ‘thoughts are result of brain processes’, those are all learned concepts. So what is there for the baby, before any conceptualization, that is what is really going on.
But see it for yourself. Wait for a thought to arise and see if a ‘brain’ or ‘brain processes’ appear with the thought.
What would be true for a baby experience without concepts?
It seems as though my thoughts have a theme to them
All right. Now look for the ‘thing’, the I/self that is having thoughts.
MY thoughts. – What is it exactly that has thoughts? What owns them?
– look for the ‘I’ that is having thoughts. Where is this I exactly? – search through the body from head to toe, pay particular attention to the head. Search it in the eyes, behind the eyes, the forehead, the back of the head, the middle and top of the head, the throat. Look everywhere. Where is the I exactly?