I can see this. Mental images are formed when attention is pulled to site of a sensation. The sensation itself actually tells me nothing other than there is awareness of a sensation.“I can understand…” – when you use the word ‘understand’ do you mean that you can see this experientially or you just understand it intellectually?.
The reason why we do these exercises is to see how much of our experience is distorted by thoughts and mental images. In reality, the sensations have no locations at all. But we believe they have, since thoughts and mental images show a location. So they create a conceptual overlay on the actual reality. And from there, we cannot see what is really actually happening, since we see everything through this conceptual overlay. Can you see this?
Yes I feel like this is becoming clearer.
Yes just sensation, and yes only thoughts say 'cold air'..
What is the actual experience of ‘cold air’? Isn’t it just a sensation?
And only thoughts say and mental images show that these sensations are or made by the ‘cold air’?
Yes, I can see this.. e. Since in actual experience there are no two sensations, one for the ‘skin’ and another for the ‘cold’. There is only one sensation, and only thought compare this current sensation with a previous sensation with a conclusion that the current sensation is cooler, so it’s caused by the cold air. Can you see this?
Sorry I haven't had a long time to spend on the exercise and would like to spend some more time on it as I am not quite to seeing it yet, so I'm going out but I'll come back to it later this eveningor tomorrow and will let you know. Regards, Rachel. Compare the two sensations. Is there any difference between those two sensations?
If you completely ignore all thoughts and images, how is it known that one sensation is inside and the other is outside?
Can you even find a border between those sensations?
Can you find where the inside sensation stops and the outside sensations starts?
Can you even locate two distinct sensations?