In inquiry, I find that what’s here without the thought (answer to question 4) is also here while the thought is taken as true (answer to question 3). So before moving on from question four, I can go back to question three and find it there too.
This helps me see how the mind sometimes goes into into identification, into the more painful option, even as the alternative is here. And it does so to help, to protect, because it’s devoted to me and my well being. It’s innocence. And it’s love.
Seeing this does something else. As I notice mind gets identified and absorbed into a painful thought, it’s a reminder to ask myself a simple question: Is who I would be without this thought here too? Is it true it’s not already here?