Yes. Good.Ok, so,- the thought appears: in my hand, I am holding an apple.
That thought is experienced. Not experienced is the content (the story it tells) of that thought = I don't experience the story about holding an apple. Experienced is the actual holding of the apple.
People are usually very attached to their stories about a "self" and a "sense of self." So, we do exercises about fruit & other things to help show this before going directly to seeing there is no self. It gives the opportunity to SEE with less defensiveness about "self."I really don't enjoy doing these exercises. What is the purpose of this.
It must be done with pointers, exercises, because otherwise, it's all mental - just more stories with no SEEING.
Yes, good. You might be surprised how hard that is for some people to see. I don't know you, so I don't know what you can see & what you can't until you reply to these.Imaginary fruit is experienced only in memory.
Real fruit is actually experienced as sensation.
The description is about the sensation, but isn't the actual fruit.
Yes - except there is no Sensation of a "self." By looking & doing these pointers, you will find that's just a story, some thoughts *about* Sensation. That's why it is required to see the difference between the AE of a Thought Arising versus the content of thought, the made up story a thought tells.Do you mean, the sensation of there being a self is not the same as there actually being a self?
Well, don't ask me. Check. Sound is Actual Sensation, yes.I'm confused, I mean, if a sound is heard, is that sound not an actual sensation?
Direct or Actual Experience is
Sensation ("Feeling," but that's an ambiguous word. Here we want "Body" Sensation, not emotion. Emotion is Sensation plus made-up thoughts & labels.)
Thoughts Arising (but not their content)
So let's use Hearing next.
Listen to something, maybe music, but with no words.
As you listen. can you find any separation between Hearing & the sounds? Or is it all one happening?