Varillon wrote:I am trying to bring a lot of concepts down to my level of understanding. One of the difficult ones has been the self. Currently, I'm leaning toward this analogy: The human body is nothing more than a space suit or deep sea diving suit we must inhabit for a short time to gain experiences in a new plane. The problem comes from the human body having cravings and desires. (Perhaps hunger is a new experience for us.) In gaining experience through being human, we must overcome things, like cravings, that produce suffering, or this suffering stays attached to our spirit form. I am assuming here that we are also attached in some way to our physical bodies until human death.
So am I in the ball park, or does this need some serious refining?
The idea of "self" or "I am" comes to be via feeling developing into craving.
For example, a brick falls on a leg. There is contact between the body, the brick and a painful feeling is produced.
If there is ignorance then there is aversion to the feeling and so "I am" is born... And so a sense of self.
All doctrines, notions/ feelings of self arise from the same process ... Contact, external object (bricks, ideas etc) and feeling combined with ignorance.
If however we are aware of feelings, we see that they are subject to change, they are painful if followed and are not-self. Then when there is a feeling, we just observe it as it is. Then "I am" or "self" is not born and all notions and doctrines of self disappear.