Yes. If you notice thoughts also trigger emotions, reactions, too. an obvious example is anxiety.This emotional response then this triggers thoughts about how to fix / mitigate / deal with that. I guess this is the control you speak of.
See if you can see that actions are occuring; first one way and then the other (due to the conflict), and then your 'self' the thought construct then argues / rationalises back and forth depending which current is in operation.
Great that you see that this is happening.Yes I can see this happening. Or am I just understanding it but not seeing it? There is still a sense of I am someone real and this person is feeling happy / sad etc etc.
EXACTLY - just thoughts (wisps of nothingness) attached as labels and then elaborqted into narrative."I" seem to be attached firmly to each of these things as they come up. Which of course is true because "I" is only those things - it is not a seperate coherent entity.
I don't really know how to get past the rational understanding of this into seeing it. Everything still seems unchanged. Just I will keep looking I guess?
Yes, keep looking and noticing. You coulsd re-read our conversation, that might help the penny drop / realization.
You could read a few threads from Gateless Gatecrashers.
Hang in there!