Regarding “This”

What do you think, what do you know?

A comment to This, here.

“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.”

Holger Hubbs

By Holger Hubbs

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  1. Our experience is not made out of ‘this’. It is made out of world perceptions, thoughts and bodily sensations as well as consciousness.
    Consciousness refers to reality, which is the substance, the essence of experience. The essence is that which cannot be removed. That which is intrinsic to experience.
    For most of us, we believe and feel that consciousness/awareness is dependent on the body mind. We believe and feel that consciousness is personal and limited.
    In other words, we believe and feel that I exists in time and space, that consciousness is born and will die or transmigrate.
    Once we investigate the evidence which supports the belief in separation and limitation, we do not find any hard evidence.
    This is when we are at the gate of understanding. We become open and available to grace.
    Much love.

    1. Yes, “this” betrays our sense of being grammatically correct.

      “This” – as a concession to language – like a finger pointing to itself.

      One reality, one power; even “this” is “that” seemingly kept separate through the contraction of the belief as “me”.

    2. Magdi, I am still chewing on your words; thank you for this.

      There is some form of peace in “making-sense” … using logic and reason.

      “the gate of understanding”… not to jump over it by saying “all is this”… but to open the gate, in a simple language that most could explore/confirm for themself.

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