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Guide available

Postby Canfora » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:51 am

Hi there and welcome to the LU Forum.

If you are ready to engage in a conversation with a guide, stop thinking about it and jump in. There is no better time than this.

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Really put all your effort and attention in to seeing this reality, as it is. If you have a daily and
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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:29 am

Yes - please help!

Mike

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:47 am

PS:

I've read the disclaimer and agree to follow the guidelines. And I'll post my personal information later today.

Mike

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:20 am

Ilona said:
This is the simplest, most logical; most obvious truth - there is no such separate entity as self. . . .
. . . Thinking that we all have a special separate self that is in charge of our lives it's nothing else, but unquestioned assumption. It's a core belief, through which a human sees life. The feeling of separation persists in everyday life, making one always stressed, depressed or seeking for more. There is deep constant feeling that something is wrong, that there is something to find out, that life is not full, not abundant, stressful, unfulfilled.
I’ve spent a long time, off and on, practising Zen meditation. Latterly, my practice was to focus on the koan “Mu”. But all my efforts failed to solve it, and I became increasingly frustrated, to the point where I gave up. Although I didn’t give up seeking, and it was this seeking – and perhaps remembering that frustration – that led me to this similarly-titled forum.

No doubt you’ll ask what I expect to get from this enquiry. If so, I’d reply that I’d lose that “deep constant feeling”, though I’d rather not imagine what would replace it, in case wondering got in the way.

If you need to know more, please ask. I’m in the UK.

Mike

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Re: Guide available

Postby Canfora » Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:38 pm

Hi Mike, I'm happy to have you here. Ilona's words are beautiful, thank you for sharing them.
Although I didn’t give up seeking, and it was this seeking – and perhaps remembering that frustration – that led me to this similarly-titled forum.
Good, you can use this seeking energy for your advantage. My "job" here is to make sure you focus this energy into the "right" place, the looking for this separated self that is thought to exist.

Maybe the idea of looking for a self sounds strange and I will explain what this looking / seeing is, as best as I can - if after reading what I say below, you have any doubts about what looking / seeing is let me know, please!

I will use a cup as an example. If I ask you how do you know that a cup exists you can do two things:
- use thinking and tell me what you think is true about the object cup
- or look at / see a cup: pick a cup from your cupboard and use your senses to be sure that the cup is real and describe what the cup is

In both cases maybe your answer would be: a cup is a small open container, with a flat bottom and a handle.

But without having experienced a cup previously, how would you know that you're thinking about the cup is true?

What I'm going to ask you to do, from now on, is to answer my questions from your most immediate experience, what you see happening here and now, leaving aside what you think is happening here and now.

And - very important - don't believe anything I say here, look for yourself.

What I would like you to do is to take a few deep breaths and try to find the self that thinking says is real.
Look for it... what do you see?

Some questions that may help:

How would you describe the self?
Where is it located?
What proves that the self is as real as a cup?

Looking forward to you're answers!

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:17 pm

Still working on your questions

M

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Re: Guide available

Postby Canfora » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:14 pm

Thank you for letting me know. By "working", do you mean "thinking about"? Are you trying to think the perfect answers - is that even possible? - or have you been comparing your thoughts with your experience and looking to the difference? What's going on? Please share!

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:31 pm

Thanks for being willing to help!
I will use a cup as an example. If I ask you how do you know that a cup exists you can do two things:
- use thinking and tell me what you think is true about the object cup
- or look at / see a cup: pick a cup from your cupboard and use your senses to be sure that the cup is real and describe what the cup is

In both cases maybe your answer would be: a cup is a small open container, with a flat bottom and a handle.

But without having experienced a cup previously, how would you know that you're thinking about the cup is true?
But without having experienced a cup previously, how could I identify one? I wouldn’t know what I was looking for.

And so, when you ask me to try to find the self, I don’t know what a self looks like from experience, either my own or second-hand. So no, I can’t find it.

M

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Re: Guide available

Postby Canfora » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:28 pm

Thank you for having a look! Did you notice how simple seeing is? And how thinking about seeing seems to complicate this simplicity :) ?
But without having experienced a cup previously, how could I identify one? I wouldn’t know what I was looking for.
Yes.

I'm going to ask you some more questions below. If you feel I'm going too fast, please tell me. I have the tendency to get carried away.
And so, when you ask me to try to find the self, I don’t know what a self looks like from experience, either my own or second-hand. So no, I can’t find it.
- If you look and can't find a self, what is looking to the computer screen, typing words, thinking thoughts?
Have a look, can you name a doer of these things or find a subject?

- If you can't find a self, what is going on right now? Please describe what you see happening when you look at life (and I really mean describe what you can SEE happening right now - not what you think is happening!).

- And what causes the believe in the existence of a separate you? Talk always from your personal experience, please. Give me at least two examples of things that you can see happening that make the illusion seem real.

Take your time looking, Mike. The idea is to experience the answers to these questions, instead of trying to understand them and think them over.

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:59 pm

Looking . . .

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:22 pm

- If you look and can't find a self, what is looking to the computer screen, typing words, thinking thoughts?
Have a look, can you name a doer of these things or find a subject?
No.
- If you can't find a self, what is going on right now? Please describe what you see happening when you look at life (and I really mean describe what you can SEE happening right now - not what you think is happening!).
Hands and fingers move. Words appear on screen. Thoughts come and go.
“ . . . the believe in the existence of a separate you?”
I believed this since my earliest memories, so I can’t recall having an experience of it being caused or, if it was, what caused it.
“ . . . two examples of things that you can see happening that make the illusion [of a separate self] seem real.”
I (conscious awareness) don’t see happenings, such as hands and fingers moving, creating any such illusion.

M

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Re: Guide available

Postby Canfora » Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:59 pm

Hi Mike,
I (conscious awareness) don’t see happenings, such as hands and fingers moving, creating any such illusion.
What is this I that you mention here? Can you describe it please?
What is doing this looking?

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:21 pm

Getting tangled up in language.

M

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Re: Guide available

Postby Canfora » Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:21 pm

Getting tangled up in language.
Thank you for telling me what is going on, Mike. Getting tangled up in language is something that I can understand. Sometimes I also have a big difficulty to talk about these matters - fortunately here my role is just to ask questions! What I would like you to do - if you feel comfortable to do it - is to speak to me like I'm one of your friends. Don't bother with finding the right words - this isn't about the right words, in fact, if you use them I'll think that you're just repeating something you learned, without looking with curiosity to what is always available to be seen - what is going on right now in your experience.

I will try to help you a bit - you just have to look to find the answers. You will see that it's quite simple to answer these questions, when you get the hang of looking:

Is the body you?
Are thoughts you?
Are sensations you?
Is the very familiar sensation of being you, you?
Is a thought saying "I am Mike" a Mike?
Can an entity be found somewhere?

If one or more of these questions is difficult to answer just tell me what are your doubts, please.

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Re: Guide available

Postby MikeB » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:28 pm

Thanks!

Looking . . .

M


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