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Many great points and questions. Does (may I add CAN) the brain actually rest? If I may come from another direction, is a thinking brain at rest, and if the brain were to stop thinking would it die? In other words, what is the nature of the brain when it is not occupied by thought. Since thinking is a current experience, one can experiment currently. If I close my eyes and think of what I did today, I can activate memory; images in the brain. These images are sometimes laced with a particular feeling, that is, a good memory or bad memory. So memory is part of what we are calling 'thought', the activity of recalling that memory is the activity of 'thinking'. Some view 'thinking' and 'feeling as separate experiences, but is this true, or do we feel about something the way we think about something. Are they separate is it thought/feeling as a unitary activity? The brain/body thinks/feels? If, throughout the day thought is active, than brain is continuously in a state of effort, accumulating experience, making sense of the environment. In the morning when we wake, it begins, then throughout the day, then after work, when it comes time to sleep brain is still in a state of effort. Are not dreams the continuation of the effort to understand ones experiences? Are they not still the activity of thought, with images and ideas? As there is truth to be found during the waking hours, too there is truth to be found in the dream state. The simple fact that we can remember our dreams proves that there is the activity of accumulation even while sleeping, therefore brain is not at rest. But what about 'awareness'? Just being aware of ones environment, both outwardly and also internally, does awareness imply effort? If you are standing right in front of me, do I have to 'try' to see you, or do the eyes see as a natural function? That is, can I not just look at a tree without saying anything about it? Can I not observe without the need to describe that which is observed? If I describe, than I have introduced space between the mind and the thing, that space is filled with the word/description. The word is the symbol for the thing; the idea of the fact. In this way ideas become all important and the fact become secondary. Can one just observe? Can one just be aware of a thing, or an image, or an idea, without the need to describe it to oneself? I think it is possible, although it may be difficult at first, for the brain has been conditioned for thousands of years in a particular way, a technological way. But awareness does occur in the absence of thinking, when one sees a beautiful sunset, or a sleeping child, or a magnificent may be for a split second, but when the brain is in awe there is no demand for thought to understand that which is observed. It becomes difficult when one is observing oneself, for unlike the mountain, we think we can change ourselves. Thought has perceived a false division that asserts, 'I' can change 'myself', as if there are two nouns present. Thought has created the Thinker that thinks thoughts, but is this an actuality, or is all a unitary process of thought? Is there a 'Thinker' that is thinking? Is there an 'Actor' that is acting. Can 'I' change 'Myself' psychologically? Or am I always what I am, and there is no other way? Some say, 'No, I can change myself', but that may be an assertion made by thought based on a false perception of its actual nature; being that of a unitary movement absent of a 'Thinker'. If 'I' can change 'Myself', Who is changing what? And if I cannot change myself, what am I to do if I don't like what I see when observing myself? If one sees that there is actually nothing one can do, that there is no Changer and nothing can be changed, then thought may rest. I has no where to go, it can not resolve what is wrong with me. And if it does not turn to entertainment or any other form of occupation, what happens to brain? If thought sees that it cannot act upon itself, that is cannot change itself, it stops trying, it rests. But it must be certain that there is nothing it can do to affect itself, it must come to the fact that it is actually impossible to bring change to itself, it must see that is not divided as the Thinker and the thought. When there is no where to turn, no direction to take, no possible way that any activity of its own can alter its own reality, it stops. And just as the eyes see without effort for that is the nature of sight, the brain becomes aware of itself without effort for that is the nature of the mind. When there is this form of space in the brain, when thought has discovered its own limitations, then change may occur, for something of a different nature has touched the brain. The brain that perceived itself as a Thinker thinking thought, the divided brain, has become undivided in the absence of thought. And all the energy once spent on thinking, with its struggles, demands, pursuits, accumulation of knowledge, recalling of memory, creation of biased interpretations, the bent emotions of jealousy and hatred, the need to better oneself, the activation of anxiety and depression, and so on and so on and so on, all that energy is no longer dissipated. All that energy is there, and there is no movement, for thought is at rest, because it has seen that any and all attempts to change 'what is' are futile. So there is rest, but at the same time an extraordinary alertness, for it is observing that which it cannot change. When thought see the fact of its own limitation, it has seen the truth of its nature, this touching of truth by the brain introduces intelligence. Intelligence cannot exist if brain is moved by the false, the false take the space of intelligence. Seeing the truth that thought is not divided into 'I' and 'Myself', causes a unitary activity. This is the foundation of a true Individual, the root of the word being 'undivided'. Sorry I didn't go into all the other great questions and point in your post. If you'd like to continue, just keep plugging away. There are a lot of 'free-will' posts on here, does that topic interest you as something we could discuss? You pick the topic