Q: “But don’t you have to think “I will pick up the cup” to pick it up. So thoughts do make things happen.”
A: What is your proof that you hearing the words, “I will pick up the cup” in your head (wherever THAT is!?), is directly responsible (as in being the cause or energy force) for powering the body’s hand to pick up the “cup”? What if that’s just a subtle assumption that falls apart under close examination?
Sound can only ever be sound. So a voice in the head can only ever be a voice. Like a speaker can only ever broadcast information… a speaker has no interest or even knowledge of the electric signals that it is converting into recognizable sounds that we hear as words.
So, to assume the sounds you appear to hear in your head are what is propelling the body around is a gross assumption that should definitely be investigated if one is interested in freedom.
YOU are what is AWARE of the sounds in your head, the sounds coming from a speaker in your car, or the sound of your friend talking to you on skype. And this Awareness is AWARE of everything… but it doesn’t take itself as anything… it doesn’t need to. Because it simply is. It never comes or goes and is everywhere and nowhere. In other words, you can’t get it or contain it.
It’s the search for something “special” or “other then this” that keeps it hidden. Because if you are searching for something, that assumes it’s not right where you already are. After all, if it were right where you already are you wouldn’t need to search for it… ding! ding! ding! Full Stop.