Sighclone wrote:Aw c'mon random, we want answers, not hard questions!!
Which is, of course a compliment about your fine post -- thanks very much. The problem with questions (and I ask them all the time) is that they trigger the mind to grind away. All of your questions address the "I-thought." For many people, even the concept that "I" might be a thought is radical...let alone how to deal with memories, this ghostly "witness place," and Mooji's big question "Can you, the Perceiver, be seen?" -- these are all wonderful food for the mind.
But, of course, the mind cannot answer them. Which is why your post is so special. Full of unanswerable questions. The brain just starts to hurt. Maybe it will go away long enough for me to wake up Because I am not going to wake up answering all these questions!!
Yes, food for the mind, that's right. In one respect, what isn't food for the mind? It's potentially any thought or experience. "Mind" or the experience of it is sort of like a wonderfully resilient mold and all it takes to grow from it's tiny spores is our attention drifted from it's source. This attention "outward" (as Ramana put it) provides the petri dish. The nature of this mold is imagination and we in the worldly sense of a people and culture are supreme addicts. Isn't is incredible that this/'whatever we are' can forget itself and grow it's own world where interpretation is truth? This we call unenlightened, but it is only called this from the perspective of the grown world (or Worlds Gone Wild, volumes 3-8)
"Because I am not going to wake up answering all these questions!!" <-- the attitude of truth
" The brain just starts to hurt" <-- For some of us it's the brain and the heart too that hurts and the experience of suffering is seen as so bad that all that is known is given up to reveal what was ignored. And a good question or Tolle simply saying, "You are not your thoughts" is enough to start the question engine that tears stuff apart and provides an opportunity to trust the settling in as the quiet emptiness found amid the tear-down.