No, some other thoughts react in defense of the "I" thought.
No. Other thoughts make suggestions/commands in reference to the "I" thought. But the "I" thought is just there. It doesn't appear to do anything else other than appear as "I."
No. "I" itself is a thought. Nothing thinks. Thinking just happens.
So if that's what you mean, then no, there is no perceiver required; just perception.
I don't know if I can say if it's automated or not. It's certainly spontaneous, in that the idea of a controller is just part of the process rather than a real controller. Automated implies pre-ordained or dead or mechanical to me, and I'm not sure if that's the case or not.
So the issue here is a continuing belief in control. There is still a belief that there is a one to be in control of everything. A dislike of ideas like “pre-ordained” or “dead” or “mechanical”.
Can it be seen how these are all thoughts?
Belief = thought
Dislike = thought
We already learned not to believe the content of thought...
Does an expectation still remain that after this process is complete, some level of “being in control” will still remain? Please examine carefully and first state the expectations remaining, even the subtle hidden ones. Look at them carefully. Can they be let go of? This process requires complete and utter surrender of ALL expectations/beliefs/holdings-on-to.
After doing that, here is another set of experiments to try:
If it is really true that “you” are in control, then it must be known exactly how things are done — right?
As you talk out loud, observe the process from the background.
How EXACTLY do ‘you’ talk?
How do ‘you’ form the mouth shapes, control breath, and pitch to form words?
How do ‘you’ do ALL those complex things right before the sounds come out?
And while deciding WHAT to say next?
Describe the process used!
Next, go take a walk. Observe the walking.
How do ‘you’ control all the micro-muscle movements and retain perfect balance and stability?
Can walking still happen while thinking about other things?
Does walking stop when lost in thought?
Does walking sometimes happen followed by suddenly ‘waking up’ at some destination and not remembering the journey or how one navigated there?
Next. Observe breathing.
How do ‘you’ control the flow rate, the aperture of the entrance to the lungs, the speed, rhythm of the breath?
How DO ‘you’ know exactly how much oxygen is needed for the task at the current moment, and when to speed up or slow down?
Describe the process.
Observe thought again.
How do ‘you’ decide the next thought which comes up?
Do ‘you’ decide the next thought with another thought?
Then who decides the thought before, and the one before that, and...?
At which point exactly do ‘you’ make the decision what to think next?
Can ‘you’ observe it happening in reality, or is this simply an untested assumption?
Describe the process.
Now answer the following questions:
Is there really a ‘you’ inside there, controlling all of these things, all of the time?
Is there a talker, or is there just talking happening?
Is there a walker; or is there just walking happening?
Is there a breather; or is there just breathing happening?
Is there a thinker; or is there just thinking happening?
Or is it, in fact, only thought which SAYS that you control all these things?
Are they simply unchecked assumptions?
LOOK very hard at this!