In reality (raw experience), I cannot find an "I" inside a body doing anything. Thoughts and events appear and disappear like flowers on the plant that are always appearing and dissappearing (falling off). This is very strange to me, but if I honestly look I cannot see "I" doing anything.So, is there a body with a someone in the body that is doing any of this?
When the sound is on, the commentator is always injecting emotion and excitement [labels] into the experience. It adds hundreds of labels - who is playing (characters), nationality - all these little details that don't really exist in actual experience.You did not answer the following question. Can you redo the exercise and answer it for me please.
Let me know how you feel and what you notice when the sound is on and when the sound is off.
With the sound off everything is boring. There is no differentiation between players colors and the ball is hardly noticeable among all the other colors and "motion." There is emotion on their faces but there are no labels to attach to the faces or emotions. Like seeing a picture without knowing who is in the photograph and afterwards somebody telling you the whole story of this face in the photograph.
Without thought, the voice of the narrator is only a of sound. It does not ad emotion, meaning, or any other extra information. It is only actual experience of sound in the "background."Also, when you turn the sound on and off, and without thought, what is actually appearing/happening etc?
I meant to write the "REAL experience." There is no right or wrong experience. Experience simply IS.What do you mean "to the right experience"?Not necessary at all. It actually doesn't add any "value" to the right experience.Is the commentary on the football game a necessity for the play to happen?
Exactly. The narrator inside the head is as useless as a narrator in the soccer game. I have been meditating for many years now, and I actually hardly ever hear the narrator in my head. I do get mental pictures, mental movies, emotions, that type of thought, but the talking voice in the head is hardly ever there, thankfully. This is a rather new situation that has been like this for the last few years only.And in the same way: Is the inner narration of thought a necessity for the play of life to happen?It is not necessary at all. The experience just IS.
Everything is just happening, like flowers appearing on a plant out of nowhere, falling off, as new flowers appear can fall off, constantly without and Observer having to do anything. Or like clouds forming in the Sky by themselves. No one has to do anyting they just appear and disappear.Does inner narration need to happen for ‘things’ to happen in life? Or is everything just happening?We are not talking about what just IS, here. We are not denying that stories are appearing of a character called Rayself who seems thinks thoughts and then seems to actions those thoughts. We are looking to see if this assumption is correct. We are looking at how it SEEMS that thoughts are needed for the character to do things, for life to happen.
Not at all. Thoughts seem to be an added layer to Raw experience. When I am experiencing raw experience, everything just is without commentary from any thought, there is no observation or judgment, there is only experience. In the last couple of days it's almost completely gone and when it does come it is like the soccer narrator without thought - although mostly images. Thought is like watching a movie with subtitles in the same language - it is just redundant and unnecessary.Do you need a thought to tell you to pick up a sock up off the floor, or to drink water etc?