Excerpt About Noetic Form

Something Discriminated that Truly Exists

So what we call a noetic form is what we call a discriminated something that truly exists, that truly appears to perception. Physical reality is discriminated in universal concepts—a rock, or the hill over there, are universal concepts. It’s not just that I personally see it as a hill. Someone else cannot validly say, “That’s not a hill; that’s an ocean.” The discrimination doesn’t depend upon my personal experience. It is actually what truly exists, what exists as a differentiated existence. This is a noetic form. We also call this kind of discriminated form a universal concept, in that it can be universally perceived. We call these forms concepts because from the perspective of the nonconceptual, the forms in which Being manifests actually appear as ideas. This is the perception that some traditions call the “Divine Mind.” Those aware of this perception might be heard to say such things as “We are all just ideas in God’s mind.” When you are perceiving the existence or manifestation of noetic forms from beyond these forms, they appear as a kind of ideas. Physical reality as it actually exists is the existence of noetic form. A door is a noetic form, a bird is a noetic form, and a human being is a noetic form, in the sense that they truly exist. These forms are not determined by what we call them or how we perceive them; they actually exist, independent of our beliefs. On the level of oneness, they do not exist separate from everything else, but are part of everything else. A noetic form can be differentiated because it has its own intrinsic pattern that is discriminatable, not because my own personal mind defines the difference between one form and another. I cannot change the differentiations; I can only recognize them.

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