Can you see how your mind/thinking is answering these questions?
My reply: “Don’t know. They just appear and disappear”.
Yes, that was my response, but I was answering, “where in space” they come from or go to. They come from my mind but I can’t locate that.
The more I watch them, the more I realize that most thoughts are a response to some stimuli (either a direct question/problem, or an internal fear-based neurotic belief). Some thoughts are totally random, but most thoughts come if there is a perceived problem for me to solve. If I am asked a question, thoughts come, if I have an unresolved emotional issue, thoughts pop up about that, if I need to plan an event, thoughts come about that. I am an artist and get what is a mixture of random and intentional thoughts about creating art. If I accept the stimuli, or believe it, I am “turning on the thought process”. So in that sense I DO cause them. That explains, to me, how people who are awakened have so few thoughts. They don’t believe what their minds are telling them any longer. They don’t perceive problems and the thoughts stop coming unless they switch them on to make plans, etc.
Actual or Direct Experience is only:
Feeling/Sensation (only, not emotions, those are content of thought)
Thought Arising (but not the content of thought - it is not Actual or Direct)
I see that thoughts arising are caused by the content of other thoughts and/or beliefs. And I hear that the content of thought is not Direct Experience. May have to revisit this along the way.
All we are LOOKING at is whether or not the content of thought is Actual or Direct - something known with our 5 senses. If it isn't, it must come from somewhere else. We don't really care where, although there is an answer to that.
No, the content of thought is not Direct, but neither is Thought Arising if the criteria is that it has to be perceived with one of the 5 senses. For me, I know that thoughts arise because I think, just like I know site happens because I see. And I'd love to know where thoughts come from! I suspect they come from the one unified source of everything, and are filtered through the individual brains/conditioning we each have.
Did you ever do A Course in Miracles? That course spends half a year UN-training the mind on this one concept. Fortunately, it won't take that long with Direct Pointing at LU, usually.
I read A Course in Miracles in ’88 and started the workbook but wasn’t able to complete it. It resonated with me, but didn’t have the patience then.
We may resist the idea that the content of thought is not Direct or Actual. We've been trained since birth to believe in it. Come to this with beginner's mind, fresh, not knowing. The exercises can show you everything.
I’ll do my best to follow your language and what you're pointing to. Hope I'm not wearing you out.
Are you clearer about Thought Arising vs. content of thought? If so, we can move on to the next exercise. We may, anyway. Seeing will happen when it does.
Yes, I believe I understand the difference between thought arising and content of thought.