Loved reading your post! Thank you for your openness is sharing! No matter if you are not seeing what I am pointing at straight away, I will keep pointing until you do…so it is important to answer what's true for you rather than any sort of 'ideal' answer.
The actual experience is sound. Thought overlays sound with the idea that it is something called ‘bird chirping’.
Can you see this?
Yes. I do now!!!"Actual experience, which is sound, sensation, taste, cooler, still and thought are known".
Lovely! Actual experience is everything, except the CONTENT of thought, because thought, in and of itself does not contain any experience. If it did, when the thought ‘water’ appeared it would be wet. When the thought ‘sweet’ appeared you would be able to taste it and when the thought ‘fish’ appeared, there would be an actual fish in it!
The first time I answered part one I noticed I wanted to have the right answer. So, I decided to do part one again later. The second time I was in another place and was relaxed and I heard traffic.. so I answered the question, " I hear traffic, who says it traffic? it is just sound". And i busted out in laughter because I had the realization that thought said it was traffic.
when I read your questions I did the birds chirping and again i answered spontaneous but then i began thinking wanting to have the right answer so i thinking i wasn't hearing anything thing...lol lol lol
Yes, thought will suggest/infer many things, that is why it is best to check it with actual experience. We will look at the nature of thought shortly.
sorry kay this is so very helpful to be totally honest,. Thank you Thank you! I am noticing my thoughts "big time"/ "real time"
This is great to hear….keep it up!
The interpretation of actual experience happens quickly. So while inquiring, labelling and interpretation will always appear, but it is possible to become aware of the thoughts that appear with,and overlay actual experience. Another key component of this exploration is being able to tell the difference between actual experience and the interpretation by thought of actual experience
The following exercise points to what I mean.
For this exercise you will need an apple or any other piece of fruit will do.
Have a look at an apple. When ‘looking at an apple’, there's colour; a thought saying ‘apple’; and maybe a thought saying, "I'm looking at an apple."
What is known for sure? Colour is known and thoughts are known.
What about the content of thoughts, what they describe?
Actual experience does not refer to thoughts ABOUT something…because that is only just more thought. Actual experience is sound, thought, colour, smell, taste, sensation.
Is there really an ‘apple’ here, or only colour and a thought ABOUT ‘apple’?
Can ‘apple’ be found in actual experience?
While these thoughts are known, what they talk ABOUT can't be found in actual experience.
This is what is meant by ‘looking in actual experience ‘. What you know for sure, and, is always here.
The label ‘apple’ is known
Taste labelled ‘apple’ is known
Colour labelled ‘apple’ is known
Sensation labelled ‘apple’ is known (when apple is touched)
Smell labelled ‘apple’ is known
Thought about/of an ‘apple’ is known
However, is an apple actually known?