I'm going to jump in here with Cosmik. I think that you have your eyes so set on an imagined "destination" of peace and freedom that you're not realizing the peace and freedom that you've always had. Stress and worry can happen in peace and freedom. Everything can happen in peace and freedom.
It's the imaginary prize that's stopping you from noticing that you are already here.
I haven't posted in a while as I've been extremely busy, and I've been trying to understand what's going on.
I see that there is no self, there is no me, but this hasn't changed anything, as I still experience life as if there were a me. The same stress and worries about the future and all the other attempts to protect this "self" are still there. It feels as if there is a me which persists over time and which can be hurt and which needs to be protected and so on.
So what if they are there? Who/what is it that's concerned about them being there? Stress and worry show up, like feeling relaxed and feeling carefree show up. This is not about what is showing up. It's about whether that stress is happening TO a something or a someone.
Why is it that seeing there is no me doesn't change anything? Is there a way to actually experience life differently because of knowing this, or is this knowledge just something useless as it doesn't resolve any of the problems that come with believing in a self?
Well you obviously don't see that there is no "me", or you wouldn't be concerned with "the problems that come with believing in a self". When you see that there REALLY is no "me" you will see that the stress and worry belong to nobody. When they belong to nobody they have no place to "stick".
At the moment the "I" thought is that 'place' that other thoughts can refer to, and the self-referencing is the 'stickiness'. When stuff "sticks" it is perceived as suffering.
You're so busy looking for a tool to fix something that you're not noticing that there REALLY is nothing that needs fixing.
What you're looking for is where you're looking from.
You're so busy looking at the content of thought that you aren't noticing the "show" that thought shows up in.
I am going to make two statements which are absolutely true: There is no "person" here who is aware of ANYTHING - including Edward, and the person that typed this post. The only one that is aware of anything anywhere is that which is aware of this sentence right now.
When you realize that there TRULY is nobody, and no thing, here apart from what you already are, you will realize that there is nothing to fix.
This that you are just is.
The belief in a me is still there, and even though it is seen that this belief is not true, the belief is experienced and felt as being true.
Take a look at what you call "felt as being true". Can you describe the "feeling" that makes it "feel" true? See if that "feeling" exists anywhere else but in thought.