I am still exploring what happens when there is identification with the image(s) of a doer and/or observer.
There is obviously identification with a story, in this case the doer/observer images.
It is localized in space, in my case in and around the head area. The sensations here serve as “anchors” in space for the doer/observer images.
Sensations and images combine to form a doer/observer gestalt, a more fleshed-out version of the doer/observer. Sensations lend a sense of substance and solidity to the gestalt, and the image overlay first create a sense of extent/space, and then define the boundaries of the doer/observer in this space.
Since there is identification with this/these gestalts, the sense of “I” is located right there with them, in the same area of space.
And for some reason – possibly having to do with sight – there is not only a quite literal viewpoint, but also a cone of view. Attention tends to go forward, following the cone of (physical, eyeball) sight. Whatever is behind and outside of this cone of light is downplayed in attention, unless drawn there by curiosity, a sound, or something else.
So there is an identification with an image, located at a particular point in space, it is anchored on and fleshed out with sensations, there is a sense that “I” am located there, and there is a mimicking of sight where attention goes out similar to the cone of sight. (I imagine the last part may be different for blind folks, maybe more global – all around.)
And just as an eyeball has trouble seeing itself, we imagine that it is difficult to see the images of a doer and observer as well. There has been a habitual identification with those images, and the “view” appears to be located there and mimic the view of the eyeballs, so we imagine it is difficult to notice these images.
Which is why it is good we have tools to invite in the shift, such as headless experiments, the big mind process, and exploring the sense fields.
- imagining sight
- doer and observer, several layers, often doer/observer combined
- mimicking sight, sight cone, less awareness behind, etc.