Let's suggest every other mammal on this planet instinctively 'knows' what it is to be doing throughout each day and night of its life. That somehow nature runs through these mammals in such a way as to hard wire them to act how it is they act nearly all the time. Would you say the same about humans? Are we hard wired to act the way we do nearly all the time? Thought seems to create the space necessary to free oneself from the mere instinctual urge, but is that what it actually does? The space that thought creates is unique to thought because the space exists in relation to the thought that arose to create it. In other words, a thought creates space around itself, which affords it time to judge what, when and how to do something. The problem is that most of us believe there is a separate self independent of thought that is 'in charge' of what goes or does not go.
However, in my experience, each thought creates its own center, meaning there is a 'new' self with each passing thought. By 'new' self I simply mean a different perspective each time, a different landscape, a unique desire. One can begin to catch a glimpse of this phenomena by zeroing in on conflicting desires that arise and are fulfilled within oneself. You want something to happen every night before you lay down to sleep but each morning 'someone' else wakes up and wants the complete opposite. What if we have been mistaken about the individual entity capable of choice, change, and an independent will? What would that mean to each of us? We clearly believe there is a unique, independent entity that remains both the same throughout time, as well as changing and intelligently adapting to circumstances as they arise. It is the backbone of our sense of continuity and quite possibly our sense of suffering. The fact that we ignore how any two thoughts have completely different centers around which they create space is the basis for our self-delusion.
Each thought creates a 'sense of self' at its center but this 'sense of self' is created by the particular thought arising. Therefore, each 'sense of self' is formed and maintained by the particular thought of the time, when the thought changes, the ingredients change, the 'sense of self' changes. For it is only when thoughts are thought to have the same center that the idea of a permanent 'self' arises and it is this permanent sense of 'self' that suffers. To go beyond thought one must only observe thought free of a centralized 'thinker.' Disjointed, mechanically wired-in thoughts arising on there own reactive promptings and fading just as quickly unless its own 'sense of self' steps in to hold and maintain it through time. The more thoughts are maintained, the more thoughts are acted upon, the more thoughts are considered, the stronger the 'sense of self' becomes. Human life on Earth has become just as much a fight for thought's survival as it has for our own. The unfortunate aspect about it is how we mistake ourselves for thought and thought for ourselves. For it is thought struggling to realize itself.