Most thoughts arise without me intending them, and I can see that I am not the thinker of them. They feel like they're "mine", but in the same way that body sensations do, and I can now see that feeling as just another sensation (which I couldn't before, so thanks!)Are you the thinker of thoughts?
If I consciously decide to think a thought, however, e.g. I decide to count to ten, then it still feels like I am the thinker of those thoughts: it seems to be me that counts from one to ten.
How do you think a thought?
I form the intention to do it, I feel a sensation of effort and tensing, and then it happens, accompanied by tensing in my throat and the experience of hearing the thought in the area of my ears. I can't say more than that.How do you make it happen?
When you say thoughts are mine, then where is this me that owns thoughts?
Is the owner is the mislabelled sensation called ‘sense of self’?
The sense of self is behind my eyes. It feels like it owns my thoughts, but I can see that that is just a sensation. With most thoughts, I can see that the sense of self is not producing them.Where is the owner?
Thoughts that I produce deliberately, though (e.g. counting from one to ten) still feel very much like they are owned and created by the sense of self. I can't say how it creates them, except that I can feel the slight sense of effort or tensing that I mentioned above.