I have come across several articles attempting to define the concept of no-self, not-self and self. These articles include
Self is described as processes in "No Self in Buddhism" which encapsulate
- Physical form: our physical bodies
- Sensation: the five senses plus our emotions
- Perception: thinking, conceptualizing, reasoning, etc.
- Mental formations: thinking habits, biases, willfulness, intention, desire, etc.
- Consciousness: awareness
The author goes to explain self and no-self and notes that it is a question that Buddha's proclaims to be misguided.
I do not understand the Middle path if the concepts of self and no-self are illusionary. For example if i am NOT my physical body, a composition of my senses, an aggregation of my perception, associations of my biases, judgements and my awareness of my experiences, who am i? How do i take a step back and be a spectator to these?
People often cite meditation and that is not what i seek. I am seeking is realization and actualization.