“There are words/concepts which refer to their referent, which refer to their source, which refer to their reality. The word ’this’ is not one of them.
Consider the word awareness.
The word awareness appears in awareness.
It refers to its source.
It refers directly and immediately to the experience of awareness.
Also, the word presence.
The word presence appears in presence and refers directly and immediately to the experience of presence.
As well as the word love, consciousness, reality…
Consider the word/concept chair.
The word chair does not appear in a chair.
It’s a concept which does not appear in its referent.
The word chair refers to a perception in the mind.
The word this does not appear in this.
It appears in awareness.
It appears in presence.
It does not appear in ’this’.
When you hear the word chair, an image appears of an object with 4 legs, made out of wood or out of metal.
When you hear the word ’this’, an image appears in the mind.
I am not sure what image.
Maybe a perception.
Maybe a puzzling question.
It depends on each person who is hearing the word this.
Some may ask: What do you mean by this?
Do you mean my mind?
Do you mean the mountain that I am perceiving?
Do you mean my feelings? etc.
There are a couple of teachers who use this ambiguous language using the term ’this’.
I do not find it helpful.”