Wednesday, February 18, 2015

language is metaphor...words are symbols of symbols...

"Let us not forget, however, that words are but symbols of symbols.
 They are thus twice removed from reality." 
~excerpt from A Course in Miracles


"In and of itself, the world contains no objects, adverbs, or prepositions; neither is there sequence, events, or happenings. Even all verbs are inappropriate. Nothing is ‘doing’ anything. Even nouns are sources of perceptual illusion as a noun stands for an arbitrary selection of boundaries and qualities that have prior existence only in the observer’s mind. What is difficult to see is that all is complete and total in itself and exists as its own self-identity. No ‘thing’ exists, and even if it could, it is not the name given to it. To say, “This is a chair,” is to deny the completeness, wholeness, and absolute self-identity of all that exists. To say, “That is a chair,” is to say that A is actually B. The name, the image, the idea of a chair is again something other than a chair, and the mind is easily deceived by nominalization and linguistic convenience. Abstractions are linguistic conveniences; they have no separate existence. Language is metaphor."

excerpt from: “The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing Is Hidden” 
(2002), Chapter 12: The Search for Truth

~Dr. David R. Hawkins


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