Yes, and thoughts about thought are AE of thought and are nothing but thought stories/fantasy.those thoughts point to the actual experience of thought, bringing further thinking"Here is a cup" is the thought; the ensuing thoughts of what a cup is and does, what it is made from etc are the content of that thought. What do those thoughts point to exactly? Do they point to colour, taste, smell, sensation or sound? Or do they simply point to actual experience of thought and thought only?
What is it exactly that believes that thought is real?looks like a strong tendency in believing that thought is real,So thoughts and mental images are actual experience only as arising thoughts (words and mental image), their ‘presence’ cannot be denied. However their contents, what they are about, what they are pointing to (like the cup) are not ‘real’, they are just fantasies. Can you see this?
only when I stop and look at this thought and its reality - it ceases and changes into another thought
Belief is the actual experience of a thought ABOUT a belief. A belief is a thought, just a plain old thought, but it is a thought that is supported by only other thoughts.
Yes, nice observations. An emotion is label + sensation plus thoughts ABOUT the emotion, who it is affecting and why. Thoughts pointing to more thoughts. Paradoxically it is a good idea to feel the sensations to their fullest and not just write them off as nothing.thinking takes me straight to the story in the future or in the past, most of the todays thinking is pretty much made up and engaged around story which brings emotional response - even this is made up - all stories are self centred, though there is no consistency in them, one minute the story brings sadness and then it changes into something else, following it feels endless ; like thinking is endless and inconsistent, at some point it came to me that it's pointless to take it so seriously, even when the emotional response feels realOver the course of the next day or so, I'd like you to notice the content of thoughts. Whenever there is an arising thought or mental image, check whether its content (what it’s about, what it is pointing to) is REALLY happening, or the content is just pure imagination. Let me know how it goes.
Okay…so let’s continue to look at the nature of thought.
Here is a thought exercise. Look carefully when doing this exercise and do it several times if necessary. Please answer each question individually.
Sit quietly for about 30 minutes and notice the arising thoughts. Just let them appear as they appear. Try your best to COMPLETELY ignore what they are saying and just notice how they appear, without you doing anything at all.
Where are they coming from and going to?
Did you do anything to make a particular thought or thoughts appear?
Could you have done anything to make a different thought appear at that exact moment instead?
Can you predict your next thought?
Can you select from a range of thoughts to have only pleasant thoughts?
Can you choose not to have painful, negative or fearful thoughts?
Can you pick and choose any kind of thought?
Is it possible to prevent a thought from appearing?
Can you stop thinking a thought in the middle?
It seems that thought has some logical ordered appearance, but look carefully and just notice if there is an organised sequence. Or is it just another thought that says ‘these thoughts are in sequence’ or “they take content from previous thought”, or that "one thought follows another thought"?