I’d say even more than part of our lives, it seems to be our whole idea of living!
We build an image of ourselves and others, of how things “should” be, and then live from those ideas. Furthermore, imagery goes as far down as consciousness itself.
There can’t be an idea without a goal, an expectation. Our idea of love is based completely on expectations and sensations. Our idea of how a country should be run, is based on our immediate life experiences. Our idea of a cloud or tree is dependent on how we view the world around us. The list goes on and on…
Our idea of truth also seems to be complex, but it is really the most simple thing. The problem is that the complexity of our attachments get in the way.
We fall into what is easiest. It’s hard to see the simplicity of awareness, but easy to keep believing the same illusions.
It wasn’t supposed to answer all questions - the problem you describe re USA elections has probably more to do with tribalism : “I believe the story from my tribe”. (Though it is a simple story : “the bad guys are doing bad things” - the actual processes of the election and human psychology, being slightly more complex)
When thinking about an image process, can we think of it, scientifically, technically? Seeing we mean the visual function of the eyes and brain? Seeing as a visual function is not broken down into various images. The various images is a different process of labelling, objectifying, identifying, quantifying etc, and this is thought, isn’t it?
Beliefs are like images held in the memory banks, on which we depend to understand the present (and confirm the past) - yes, this is thought.
The scientific method can and is being used to observe and describe the habitual processes of the brain.
They may not be incomprehensible to every mind, in which case it isn’t a matter of instinct, but of ability. A lot of what is written in this forum is incomprehensible because it is either written so poorly or was never thought through to begin with.
what is presented to our senses is the ‘what is’, but what we do with it is cause the disturbance, we don’t know and have started to make something of it. That’s the beauty of observing a child when it is handling something new. w’ve lost that kind of curiossity with the knowing it !.
so the input is crystal clear but the process is going wrong !
Realisation, followed by the habit of freedom. The habit of ease, of appreciation.
I read something the other day, about some research carried out on olympic level meditators (they meditated a lot) - they had unusually high levels of neural gamma waves - apparently the kind of waves that humans usually get for milliseconds when we solve a problem, or when we bite into an apple.