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by Vivien
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: ja
Replies: 233
Views: 9993

Re: ja

Hi Jaro, V: Can a sensation communicate anything? Anything at all? J: No, not really. I mean, sensatioons communicate SOMETHING, but usually not what people think. Please ready your above comment. Can you see that you are contradicting yourself? That at first you say that sensations don’t communicat...
by Vivien
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: A hollow reed
Replies: 96
Views: 1790

Re: A hollow reed

Hi Alison, Do you start to see the difference between experiencing and imagining/thinking? Do you have some food at hand? A fruit? Like an apple? Sit down, close your eyes, and try to imagine the apple. Try to see it as precisely as you can. See the colors and all the little details. Now imagine to ...
by Vivien
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: A hollow reed
Replies: 96
Views: 1790

Re: A hollow reed

Hi Alison, Now we are going to do several similar exercises. Close your eyes and imagine you are in the kitchen. Just visualize and look around, notice where things are put. Notice the space, the feel of it. This is a visual thought, and there might be thought stories and feelings/sensations attache...
by Vivien
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: A hollow reed
Replies: 96
Views: 1790

Re: A hollow reed

Hi Alison, Okay, so I don't know that it is seen experientially. I'm not sure what that even is. I think all of this is intellectual understanding. Can we go back to the very very basics of LOOKING? I don't understand what it is to LOOK or to SEE. I equate this to sense of vision. No, it’s not just ...
by Vivien
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)
Replies: 52
Views: 1063

Re: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)

Of course, be thorough :)

Have a nice day,
Vivien
by Vivien
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)
Replies: 52
Views: 1063

Re: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)

Hi Ben,

Is it totally clear that there is no such thing a chooser?
Is it totally clear that there is no such thing as choice or free will?
If not, please write some examples when it seems to be otherwise.

Vivien
by Vivien
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: ja
Replies: 233
Views: 9993

Re: ja

Hi Jaro, Yes, there is nothing, but I cannot write it with confidence. I suspect I have two conflicting beliefs at the same time. A concious belief/knowledge that there is no self and an unconcious belief in a self. The latter is overriding everything, moment by moment. Then it means that you don’t ...
by Vivien
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Open to Truth
Replies: 67
Views: 1228

Re: Open to Truth

Hi Ken, The closer attention is given it's seen that to "feel" like there's a doer is just another sequence of thoughts. Exactly. But let’s investigate the notion that ‘it feels like there is a doer’. How does a doer FEEL exactly? Can anything else be felt other than a sensation? Anything at all? Re...
by Vivien
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: A hollow reed
Replies: 96
Views: 1790

Re: A hollow reed

Hi Alison, I see that there is no I. Thoughts cannot trick something that is illusory. Is it clearly seen EXPERIENTIALLY that there is no I without any doubt, or is it an intellectual understanding? And WHAT is it that SEES that there is no I? There are cases though when the I (that doesn't exist) "...
by Vivien
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)
Replies: 52
Views: 1063

Re: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)

Hi Ben, Nothing, another thought arose saying 'I just took that as fact'. There was nothing I could find that can take a thought as fact. Is this clearly seen EXPERIENTIALLY without any doubt, or is it rather an intellectual understanding? It's clear that when we breathe, blink, digest food etc. the...
by Vivien
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: direct experience over intellectual understanding
Replies: 323
Views: 19022

Re: direct experience over intellectual understanding

Hi Kelly, I thought your suggestion to spend a day focusing on this was a great idea so today my husband gave me the space I needed and took my son out for about 7 hours so that I had the house to myself. I’m glad that you had the chance to do it. I realized that I need to simply SEE what’s happenin...
by Vivien
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: A hollow reed
Replies: 96
Views: 1790

Re: A hollow reed

Hi Alison, I appreciate your response and that helps me relax a bit. I’m glad to hear that :) you can relax, not just a bit :) My thoughts were trying to trick me into doubting it. So is there a you that thoughts can trick? WHERE is this ‘I’ that thoughts can trick into doubting? Thought wants to be...
by Vivien
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)
Replies: 52
Views: 1063

Re: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)

Hi Ben,

I’m going to give you only one question this time. Please look very thoroughly again and again, many times before replying.
I took what I thought as fact lol.
What is it EXACTLY that can take a thought as fact?

Vivien
by Vivien
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Nothingness from the north.
Replies: 176
Views: 16913

Re: Nothingness from the north.

Hi Arc, By now you've figured out that we're comparing a material thing to the non-material. But that exercise got you out of thinking about the wallet and actually exploring its tangibles. That's where we need to be. Right there, looking at what makes something existent vs. not-so-much. And we want...
by Vivien
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)
Replies: 52
Views: 1063

Re: Requesting Vivian as a guide :-)

Hi Ben, If I'm being completely honest (which feels also very vulnerable and hard, yet I can understand the importance) I had been feeling quite good for some time and then things flopped, all of a sudden there were more story's (with a no hope narrative), heavy feelings and a no desire, resulting i...

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