This is a reasoning. Have you checked this in experience?
One area I would like to explore is when I learn a new skill, ‘I’ feel like I am in control of the doing, as the mind is learning a new concept. However a learned skill, such as riding a bike is automatic, no ‘thinking’ is required to do it, as it is learned. When learning a new skill, there is an illusion of more involvement due to the body ‘learning’ a new skill. Can you speak to this?
If you say that it’s 100% clear experientially that there is no self, then how could be that YOU are in control of learning and doing?
Self = me = controller = doer
Where is this YOU/I that could be in control of the doing the learning? – search for it
Regardless of a new skill is being learned in the moment or not, the one, the ‘I’ that could do the learning is supposed to be present all the time, right? – so where is the ‘I’ that has the ability to learn new skills?
Where is the doer?
“The mind is learning a new concept” – How is ‘mind learning a new concept’ is experienced?
What is the AE of mind? Is there such thing as mind?
And what is the AE of learning?
Conventionally speaking, when learning seemingly happens, there is a SEEMING ‘me’, a decider that makes lots of decision along the way. Like when learning to drive a car. There are lots of decisions made on when to turn the wheal, how much to turn, when to indicate, when and how to press the gas and brake pedals, etc.
So saying that “I am in control of doing the learning process” is just simply the SAME OLD BELIEF IN THE SELF, which is supposed to be the chooser/controller/decider.
It doesn’t matter if it’s about learning a new skill, or just deciding which hand to raise, or to decide whether it’s a good idea to eat chocolate or drink bear before going to bed. Can you see this?
So, we will redo some exercises on control and decision making.
Please LOOK very carefully, and not just think through it intellectually. You already know that intellectual understanding doesn’t worth to much.
1. Place both hands on a table in front of you, palms down.
2. When you have done that, rest for a moment and then raise one hand in the air but not the other.
Don't go to thoughts, examine your direct experience. Do this as many times as you like, and each time inquire:
What is it exactly that is choosing which hand to raise?
Can you find a separate individual or anything that is doing the choosing?
What is it that is controlling the hand?
Can a ‘controller’ of any description be located?
Can anything be found that makes the hand move?
How is the decision made?
Can a decision maker be found?
Please let me know if ANY part of it is not clear experientially.
You can invent a small exercise for yourself, where you are trying to learn a new skill, and LOOK while the seeming learning is happening.
You can try to learn to juggle with two balls or apples/oranges (if you don’t mind them being bruised :)
Or you can through a piece of grape or an almond to the air and try to learn to catch it with your mouth.
Or you can try anything you would like.
While trying to learn something, use the same or similar questions as above with the hand raise exercise.
Let me know how it goes.