Good work, Lourdes.
Thoughts do appear to have the power to condition but in reality they have no power. When a thought is believed, it appears to have power but there is no ‘I’ there to believe. It is only another thought that appears to do the believing.Well… out of a body: NO!!!Can a thought really have any power?
Inside a body it appears to have the power to condition. Like if I am hungry and think of tomatoes it is very likely that I (this body-mind-emot) will choose to eat tomatoes… like "a physical need + a thought" do have power. I am not saying that the "physical + thought" have a need of any "I", but power…
This is a story of a hungry body, that’s all. In DE, a sensation was felt, a thought about hunger arose, another thought about tomatoes appeared, and it’s quite probable walking to find tomatoes would have ensued. All this with no ‘I’ involved, happening spontaneously.
Take a look at this Rupert Spira video clip:
The Mind does not know Anything
Can you see that a feeling of tension is noticed and a thought labels that as ‘upsetting’. Mind cannot make sense that there is no ‘I’. That is the meaning behind the sense of resistance.No there is no I. As the answer is being written a strong tension arises. Like the "no-I" is upset, tense body, eyes contracted, heavy head. Lots of "resistance". No "I" really. Desire to be somewhere else to free the tension.
Make a habit of really noticing how things happen in DE. See that it’s a combination of sense perceptions and thoughts. Just be aware of that.
It feels right only because of familiarity - unsubstantial habitual thoughts take a while to drop. When there is confusion, puzzlement, doubt etc. it is always due to a thought. There is no doubt in DE.After dinner yesterday following up the previous post, I stared at the rest of your post… a couple of hours and without any ability to respond in writing. Now it is the morning of Friday 8… yes accept that there can be a difference between "sensation" and sense "of me"… in the sense that you point that "me" may come from the mind. I am puzzled: "me" feels right even if I've seen there is no I.
Thanks for doing the exercise.
Now repeat it for another 5 mins but this time leave out the 'I' and just include the verb in the present tense, ie. coughing.... During the exercise, really notice, aside from what is happening in the experience, there is no ‘I’ anywhere.