a very subtle and primal fear will arise. Definitely. It's the fear of annihilation, death of the self. The practice will seem a bit wrong and dangerous.Well, ya, exactly that. But it didn't last long. I have felt this many times in my practice in the past and could observe it and be ok. He also talks in the same post about being warned of the killer cows (in Bahiya sutta). Shargrol, if you are reading this by any chance, could you explain to me what that warning is?So practice is good overall, just stagnant. Still, it's fun to sit back and just watch phenomena for what they are, including the disapointment with no progress, desire for progress, and other such mental phenomena.
Bahiya was killed by a cow shortly after awakening.It really does seem that looking at thoughts is really conducive to stream entry -- if someone has developed equanimity. If you can listen to the sound of thoughts and feel how thoughts kind of tap tap tap in the mind... that can be very interesting.