The mind is a precondition of existence. To exist is to have presence to the mind. To have presence to the mind is to be an object of conscious experience. For any conceivable purpose, existence can be established once it becomes REALITY OF THE MIND.
The mind may presume object of experience to lie outside. As is often the case, it may project outward the presumption of an objective presence.
This act leads to self-negation, because presumption of existence outside the self is forever unverifiable. As soon as the concept of an outside presence is formed, it immediately becomes domain of the mind. To think of it as independent and objective, the mind must deny itself and its role.
Even when embracing the concept of its own non-existence the mind has sufficient basis for self-affirmation, strictly by virtue of holding a concept. Yet, it often fails to recognize this basic consequence.
It is the content of a concept that we normally focus on, rather than its presence. But it is its presence as such, that is truly significant. Never mind what concepts convey symbolically, let’s focus for a change on what they signify by the fact that they ARE.
The conventional meaning of a concept is secondary, as it constitutes a symbolic model of something that is presumed to be outside of the mind. The presence of a concept is absolute, because it is what the mind experiences directly.
Presuming the content held in the mind to be real, while failing to acknowledge the mind itself amounts to self-negation.
We routinely mistake our subjective representations of reality for the objective reality. In so doing, we implicitly negate ourselves.
Presence to the mind has two aspects: one of form and one of essence. Form is content, while essence is the mind itself. Form may or may not negate essence, but essence always validates form. While form is symbolic, essence is absolute and self-referential.
If anything, therefore CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE; if conscious experience, therefore SELF; if self, therefore REALITY; if reality therefore AN ABSOLUTE. All is one.
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You may take a piece of chalk and write on the blackboard that chalks and blackboards do not exist. But it is only thanks to their existence that you are able to express this fallacy.
The chalk and the blackboard constitute the ABSOLUTE ESSENCE by virtue of their existence. The message written by their means results secondarily from a specific FORM they assume - one of many possible forms, as many combinations of words and letters may be written. The form may be symbolically in line with the essence, or it may posture against it. In either case the essence remains unperturbed.
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