hmm. I can tell you what it seems like.
With this inquire it’s essential that we are stay with the evidential facts.
What we are trying to do here is to see the difference between reality (experience) and imagination (thought fiction).
Certain thoughts arise which just come and go, then a thought might arise which says for example, "I forgot to meet a friend for lunch yesterday" which I then focus on,….
….I observe that the thought "I forgot to meet my friend" is getting some focus or attention. How this happens I don't know, but something is happening where focus is given to a thought and action arises in response to a thought being focused on. So it appears that "I" focus on a thought, but perhaps a thought is focused on by something.
Please don’t try to figure this out intellectually, that won’t work. You have look at what is ACTUALLY happening in experience/reality.
This investigation is very simple. You won’t need your intellectual mind to figure out anything.
We are only ever looking for experiential facts of reality, but not intellectual knowledge about reality.
We are going to strip away as much intellectualization as possible. We are going down to bare bones. To the simplest simplicity.
Intellectual understanding is what moves the needle the wrong way on the dial. We're going to move it back to the simplest position possible.
You have to look at each questions with the eyes of a little child
, who has no intellectual knowledge about how things work.
but perhaps a thought is focused on by something.
OK, let’s investigate this assumption. Please write only what you can actually SEE in experience.
Please think of a pink elephant, and keep the attention on it, and investigate:
Can you actually observe that a thought is focusing on another thought?
Is focusing your doing?
If yes, how do you do it exactly? Do you grab the hand of attention and point its focus on that image? Or HOW exactly?
Is there anything in experience performing the act of focusing on the image of a pink elephant?
The image of the pink elephant is there, but where is the focuser?
How giving attention happens I do not know. There appears to be something deciding to give attention to something else.
It APPEARS/SEEMS as if there were something deciding to give attention to something else.
But the appearing/seeming thing is not a real thing.
So, as you think of a pink elephant, what is it exactly that is deciding to keep holding onto and keep thinking this image?
Where is this decider?
And when the attention moves somewhere else, what makes attention to let go of the image?
Is it you? Or is there somebody else here, who makes that decision?
Or perhaps there is nobody or no one doing it, it just happens on its own?