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by CMatthews
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Hi, Thanks for the detailed and direct reply. I've decided to take this investigation no further. Thanks to both of you for your time and insight. Even if I haven't seen it through to the end, it has been very illuminating and I have learned much from this process. (At this time, at least) I'm not a...
by CMatthews
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

I am not asking you to find a knower of thought., I am asking you if you can find a dividing line to where a thought stops and the “knowing” of it starts? I don't understand this question very clearly. There are thoughts and thoughts are known. That's all I can say. Thought is simply known. Does wh...
by CMatthews
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Hi, I don't know what happened but I had replied to your post, but it seems that it disappeared off the face of the forum! This happens now and again...and just like all of this..it is a complete mystery to why. Luckily I keep a copy of my posts in Word. That's okay. It happened to me once before. I...
by CMatthews
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

How is it known that the sound heard were songs? What is it that says they were songs? What is the actual experience (AE) of hearing ‘songs’? Thought labelled the sound as 'song'. The actual experience was sound. In actual experience, is there a border where a thought stops, and the "knowing" of it...
by CMatthews
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Where exactly is this ‘mind’? Please describe it to be in precise detail and tell me where it is located exactly. Can a ‘mind’ be found in actual/direct experience (AE)? No mind can be found in actual experience. There are thoughts, and some thoughts point to the idea of 'mind'. No mind outside of ...
by CMatthews
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Hi, Thanks for the questions. Do you actually need a thought to tell you when you are aware of a sound, colour, smell, thought, taste or sensation? The thought 'sensation' or 'this is a sound' can help the mind to categorise that part of experience and know what it is. To know that this particular t...
by CMatthews
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Sure, that's okay with me.

Will the guide post on here or another thread?

Thanks,

Chris
by CMatthews
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Can thoughts believe? Can thoughts do anything at all? Or is there a thought "This is it" and another thought "This is true"? There is no thought such as 'this is true'. At least, such direct thoughts are rare. The thoughts usually imply something is true. For example, 'It's cold' implies that: 1.T...
by CMatthews
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

What exactly is it that is "believing" in an "I" due to confusion between thoughts and reality? The thoughts are believing in themselves, I guess? It's a good question. The 'I' occurred in thought. The 'I' believed that this 'I' was real, often still does. But the 'I' is just a thought. Or a variet...
by CMatthews
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

One could say that thoughts “thoughts have strong habits”…. Often when a sentences like this “I am afraid of falling back” turns up there is no emotion at all. No fear. No physical sensation. Just thought. I'm not sure that I actually had this thought. Perhaps I just imagined that I did. There were...
by CMatthews
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

What exactly do you mean by “thought trance”? Thoughts are always there – sometimes the focus is more on them sometimes less. I mean the usual flow of thoughts that happen on their own. Being lost in thought, getting caught up in the content as one thought jumps to another. This what seems to be a ...
by CMatthews
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

What is it like now? Is there a “keeping it in check- impulse” like observing, paying attention to thoughts the most time or often, checking when the awareness seems to be narrower or wider or other checks? There definitely was this kind of impulse for a while. There was a conscious effort to figur...
by CMatthews
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Hi,

Apologies again for not getting back to you. I've been a bit too busy to properly reply.

I've read your last post. I'm going to watch out for this impulse over the next day or two. I'll get back you with a more substantial response soon.

Thanks,

Chris
by CMatthews
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Hi. Been a bit busy lately. Finally have some time to reply. The question came up what you feel right now compared to the beginning of this investigation? Have you noticed other changes apart from those with thoughts? This is kind of speculative and hard to be precise about, but awareness seems more...
by CMatthews
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.
Replies: 159
Views: 8332

Re: Second attempt. Very serious about making it through this time.

Yes, this can happen. The dropping away, the unraveling or as you wrote the peeling of an onion, leaves something that at first might feel like loss, like holes. Motivation, aims might drop, both are strongly connected to the belief in this imaginary self. There might be thoughts like “For what do ...

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