What is thinking these negative thoughts, the character Sandra?
It has always appeared that it was the character, Sandra, who was thinking the negative thoughts. Upon looking, there is no one thinking the thoughts - they just arise out of nowhere and there's not way of predicting what those thoughts will be. The character Sandra doesn’t choose to have them or decide what thoughts to have, they just (relentlessly) appear out of nowhere and then disappear and then another one pops in out of nowhere.
Look, is the me-character the creator or the created? What is that creates?
The me character is created by the never-ending thoughts that become the character's story. The more thoughts, the more complicated the me character becomes. I was noticing today that there are no problems without thoughts. Without thoughts, everything just is - life is just happening and is being experienced. It's neither good nor bad, but it's certainly easier. As soon as thoughts chime in they create all the judgment, resistance and negativity. If thoughts are not followed then I can just keep returning to present moment and the experience of ease.
Is the character in the story creating what happens in the story or the story about the character creates itself, one thought at a time?
I can see how one thought leads to another and another and the cumulation of thoughts creates a story.
Is the me-character thinking? Or are thoughts coming up by themselves?
The me character isn't real, it's just a compilation of thoughts and stories - so it can't think. A me can not be found - it cant me seen, hears, smelled, tasted or felt. Thoughts just arise out of nowhere. It has always been assumed that the me inside this body is doing the thinking. When I look, I can't find the origin of thoughts nor can I see how "I" create them. They just happen. According to direct experience, the me I thought I was is not the thinker.
What do you do in order to think?
I can't identify and actual thinking process. The best I can come up with is thinking is more like just introducing the question and then the answers just appear.
Is there a thinker?
In DE, no there is not a thinker. Thinking happens. My mind keeps wanting to claim the role as thinker, but in DE all I see is thoughts arising.
Can a thought think?
Absolutely not! A thought is perceived - it has no thinking power.
Thank you, Vivien.