Where exactly is this fictitious “I” that does that? How can an illusion DO anything? A thought appears after claiming doership/ownership…so what? All you have to do is LOOK to see what that thought is pointing to, to see if it has any merit to it. Thoughts are not a problem…they are phenomena that comes and goes like sound, colour, smell, taste, sensation and sound. Can you find anyone/anything that is identifying with any of these ‘things’?Yes there is an awareness of thoughts. It is when a fictitious I seems to appear and claim them with labels turning them into something they are not. Including the I itself.A thought is known, is it not? Are you not the knower/awarer of thoughts when they appear? Is it possible to have a thought without knowing that you have had a thought? In other words, can a thought happen without the knowing of it? Can a thought sit somewhere, unknown, waiting for it to be noticed?
We had a quick look at the idea of doership when we looked to see if we can choose what we are aware of. This is the same exercise and yet a little different. You have seen that there is no controller via the palm flipping exercise. You have seen that there is no choose via the drink exercise and you have seen that there is no chooser of what is being ‘awared’. So let’s bring all that home to see if there is an actual doer/doership.
Take a few relaxed breaths to let the dust settle for a while, and then:
Look on your right.
Then look on your left.
Finally, bring your head back to centre, close your eyes and look in front.
Okay, so when you look on the right, the view on the right is seen (whatever that is).
When you look on the left, the view on the left is seen (whatever that is).
And then, when you look in front of you with eyes closed, the view in front is seen (ie ‘black space’).
So, when the view on the right is seen, do you have the ‘choice’ not to see? I’m not asking can you ‘choose’ to see something else like another view or ‘black space’ if you close your eyes. The question is, can you turn seeing off? Can you NOT see what is seen?
Same thing with the view on the left, can you NOT see the view on the left?
Same thing with the view in front with closed eyes, can you NOT see the ‘black space’?
Can you turn off seeing?
What did the 'chooser' choose? Did a 'self' choose something?
If you can't choose what you're aware of, then what else is there to choose?