This is starting out well. :) I really like what you said:
Absolutely! This is such a breath of fresh air. No more vague explanations from gurus and texts. But to see for myself. And to know that what I see is in fact true. I'm a big fan of science and love to find out facts. It's not enough for me to believe something. It must be undeniably true and I have to see it for myself. So this method you propose fits exactly with who I am.Well, we want to get to what's actually going on, right? To find out for sure, and chuck out what is not true?
Absolutely! Again, this is such a relief. It is exactly what I'm looking for. And the examples of the tree and the ice cream are spot on. I agree 100%. :)If you agree with me then we must be quite strict about how we go along with this investigation. How do we do that?
We do something called 'looking,' not just with the eyes, although we will be investigating 'seeing', but also hearing, touch, taste and smell. Honestly, by taking an interest in how the senses actually work things are likely to become clear. We will 'look' at seeing, hearing and so on but also at how thoughts behave.
This 'looking' is very different from intellectualising. I could ask you to go and look at a tree and you might think 'okay okay, I know what a tree looks like so I can just answer from memory or imagine a tree or even answer from text-book learning about trees'. But that would be a critical mistake in this inquiry because of the enormous difference between actual experience and imagined experience. Do you agree?
You are my hero, haha. Yes, yes, yes! I'm massively excited since this is exactly it!An illustration would be like, imagine a child who had never eaten an ice cream before. Will there be a difference for them if the parent simply explains what the ice cream should taste like or reads them a description of how taste buds work... or instead, gives them a real ice cream to experience? You get the point. It's critical in this no self inquiry to explore and examine things for real from actual experience and not from theoretical understanding.
Agreed. Should I be unable to respond, I will let you know. I like to go fast. It keeps the momentum going. Which actually makes me wonder, does this site have a chat function? I can imagine that in certain cases it would be useful to interact in real-time. But I'll leave that to you. You guide, I follow. :)I'd be grateful if you could agree to post once a day and I will always try to match that unless, I'm unable to, in which case I'll let you know?
As you may have noticed, I'm massively excited to be working with you. :) Thank you so much for wanting to do this with me. However it turns out, I will always be grateful for your decision to help me. That alone means the world to me.Thank you Nathan. Looking forward to working with you.