Friday, September 6, 2013
If I asked about the whereabouts of your cell phone, you'd mentally check your pocket or purse and give a response based upon experience. If you weren't so confident as to your phone's location, you'd place a hand to your pocket, or maybe root around in your handbag, then likely feel a sense of assurance once the phone had been safely located.
When I ask that you check reality for a self, I'm asking that you look for it as you would a cell phone. And if your search ends without that self turning up, I'd tell you that the reason it's not there is not because it's some nebulous thing with the ability to hide better than anything ever hidden itself in the history of mankind. (I DO mean history of all mankind, too. There's not one individual whose been able to check for a self and present one).
There's a reason for this absence.
Someone once told me that though they couldn't locate a self, they weren't yet convinced that one didn't exist somewhere out there. Maybe in another dimension. That they hadn't yet found it wasn't proof that it didn't exist.
Let's test that.
If it's located somewhere out there, it's obviously completely disconnected from experience because otherwise it would easily be located. If it's disconnected, how is it a YOU?
And if you insist that this entity IS experienced through emotion or just plain feeling, to WHOM would that experience happen?
That last bit of circular logic usually goes undetected. It also the source of the confusion.
photo credit: Empty Pocket I by boproductions on deviantArt
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
If there's a Me/ a Self/ an I, seeing the words in this post, where is that I right now? Where? In the eyes? In the head? The Body?
If there's a Me/ a Self/ an I, hearing the voice in the head speaking these words, where is that I? In the ears? In the head? The Body?
What about the Me/ Self/ I that feels the keyboard? Is it located in the fingers? The whole hand? The body? The mind?
But you still feel a self? Where? In the body? Which part would you remove in order to show me the self? The heart? If you need a heart transplant, do you then get a new self?
Is it in the mind then? Yes? Where is the mind?
In the brain?
Then reach into the brain and grab your self.
photo credit: Your brain is in my hands, by Bianca0323 on DeviantArt