Please read my posts more than once and read them very thoroughly. Look very carefully at what the questions are pointing to and read the questions several times before answering. Do the exercises several times before answering the questions.
What is the AE of ‘mind’? Is it taste, smell, colour, sound, sensation or thought?
The AE of "mind" must be thought because I can't have an AE of mind. Mind is a "bucket full" of thoughts - actually, without the bucket. There are only thoughts.
AE can only be Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste, Thought.
There is no ‘sight’. There would have to be someone who is seeing for there to be sight. There is no separation. There is no one seeing colour...there is just colour.
Without thought, how is it known that a bird is what made the sound?
There is no way to know what made the sound. Actually, even if I see the bird opening and closing its beak at the same time I hear the "chirping sound," I am having an AE of the Sound, and a SEPARATE AE of the image of the bird opening and closing its beak. What AE would show me that the sound and the image of the bird are connected? The video and audio of a movie are not connected to each other at all. It is a thought that connects them...
There is no ‘you’ having an AE of anything! There is no subject/object split.
What is the AE of ‘bird’?
How can AE show you that sound and image of bird are connected? Without thought, how could this possibly be known?
The label is AE of thought. What does the label ‘mind’ point to? Does it point to sound, colour, smell, taste, sensation or thought? Can a ‘mind’ be found in actual experience?
I see it now. "Mind" cannot be an AE of anything but thought. "Mind" only points to thought.
Yes, the AE of mind = thought
Question: I notice you use Tought in Singlular and not in plural (ThoughtS). Is there a reason for that, or just semantics? The mind seems to have an infinite number of thoughts.
Put questions aside. They will be answered as we move through this exploration. Just focus on what is being pointed at.
What?? What is the AE of mind?
I see Mind as a container full of thoughts...
Where is this container located exactly?
What does it look like exactly…please describe it in precise detail.
The dictionary defines Mind as:
"A record of a thing or an event stored and available for later use by the organism.
Example: I have no memory of that event."
I am not in the least bit interested in what a dictionary has to say. This isn’t about what you think you know. This exploration is about unlearning everything you think you know. Knowing ABOUT something is called knowledge (ie thought). Knowing what actually IS, is direct/actual. Nothing is known as in knowledge – only thought says something is known because thought seemingly knows it.
What does what you wrote point to? Does it point to colour, smell, taste, sensation, sound or thought?
The label is AE of thought... This clarifies things a lot.
AE is what is experienced through Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste. Thought adds all the Labels - Overlay.
Yes. How is a label any different to a thought? There is no difference between labels and thoughts…they are both AE of thought. Thought labels all raw experience with a story.
Go back to the bird exercise.
Label ‘bird chirping’ is AE of thought and not AE of a bird chirping
Sound labelled as ‘bird chirping’ is AE of sound and not AE of a bird chirping
Image labelled as ‘bird’ is AE of colour and not AE of a bird
Thoughts ABOUT a bird, what it does etc is the content of the thought ‘bird chirping’ and is AE of thought and not AE of a bird chirping.
What is actually known because it is AE, is label + sound + colour + thoughts. Is a bird actually known?
AE is Raw Experience because the Labels are added by Thought. Like an overlay. Like wearing glasses with blue colored lenses. Things are not blue. They seem blue because of the overplayed tint added by the blue lenses.
The labels are NOT added by thought. Labels ARE thought…there is no difference between a label and a thought.
The interpretation of actual experience happens quickly. So while inquiring, labelling and interpretation will always appear, but it is possible to become aware of the thoughts that appear with,and overlay actual experience. Another key component of this exploration is being able to tell the difference between actual experience and the interpretation by thought of actual experience
The following exercise points to what I mean.
For this exercise you will need an apple or any other piece of fruit will do.
Have a look at an apple. When ‘looking at an apple’, there's colour; a thought saying ‘apple’; and maybe a thought saying, "I'm looking at an apple."
What is known for sure? Colour is known and thoughts are known.
What about the content of thoughts, what they describe?
Actual experience does not refer to thoughts ABOUT something…because that is only just more thought. Actual experience is sound, thought, colour, smell, taste, sensation.
Is there really an ‘apple’ here, or only colour and a thought ABOUT ‘apple’?
Can ‘apple’ be found in actual experience?
While these thoughts are known, what they talk ABOUT can't be found in actual experience.
This is what is meant by ‘looking in actual experience ‘. What you know for sure, and, is always here.
The label ‘apple’ is known
Taste labelled ‘apple’ is known
Colour labelled ‘apple’ is known
Sensation labelled ‘apple’ is known (when apple is touched)
Smell labelled ‘apple’ is known
Thought about/of an ‘apple’ is known
However, is an apple actually known?