Direct looking can be used as a tool, but in itself it is just direct looking.“Do you know what direct looking means? You might need it to answer the thought question.”
Looking to prove that “I” does not exist
We are looking here for that which can be directly experienced with the senses. Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling (as in bodily sensations).
Seeing is simply colour as everything that is 'seen' ie objects have colour.
Hearing is simply sound as everything that is 'heard' is sound
Smelling is simply smell as all scents smelled are smells
Tastes are simply taste as all flavours tasted are simply taste
Sensation are simply sensation as all body sensations and touch feelings are simply sensation
Thought are simply thought as all thoughts/words/labels are simply thoughts/words/labels
We are just wanting to highlight sensory perceptions. And sensory perception are colour/seeing, sound/hearing, smell/scent, taste/flavour, sensation/feeling/touch.
‘Looking’ is just plain looking at what is here right now. It is moving from the conceptual down to the direct experience (DE). The term “Direct of Actual Experience” is used to refer to experience ‘right now,’ without the thought stories. So, direct experience (DE) is image/colour, sound, smell, sensation, taste and the simple knowing of thought, at face value. What thought says ie, the content of thought is NOT experience. This is evidenced by the fact that you cannot taste the word 'sweet'. So, when looking at direct experience (DE), you are looking at raw experience WITHOUT what thought says ABOUT the raw experience.
Can these be directly experienced via the senses? Via seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling (bodily sensation)?What about a sense of balance or a sense of space awareness?
If not you deal with a thought in its function of labeling and describing.
Remember the "I feel this and that" no sensation but thought. Same here.
How is this known?The input is from our senses. The brain receives/perceives & then processes (like a computer) before spitting out a thought (s).
Thoughts are ALWAYS a result of perceptions via sensory input.
Can this be known directly? Can you see or hear brain? Can you see or hear the process?
This is so important, we learned to mistake knowledge for experience.
What is knowledge? Do you see brain spitting out thoughts or have you learned in school or somewhere else that brain and thoughts are connected? Can you directly expirience the connection or is it a thought content "thoughts come from the brain"?
Here we are only ONLY interested in what can be experienced directly.
Write down what you do right now
- sitting behind the computer
- looking at the screen
- drinking the coffee
- telephone rings
- will phone friend later
Now break down the experience into direct experience - the raw experience
- sitting (sensation) behind the computer (seeing-colour)
- looking at the screen (seeing-colour)
- drinking the coffee (seeing - colour, smelling- smell, tasting- taste)
- telephone rings (hearing- sound)
- will phone friend later (thought about future)
Do this and just this.
When you did this several times over the day - give me some examples.
What is a concept in DE?There is only awareness - a concept I am exploring. It is awareness that is present. Awareness of everything. This sounds like superpowers!