Excerpt About Personal Mind
In our work here one way we address this vicious circle of reification and reactivity is to work on the qualities of the soul, the essential aspects. So far we have talked about the noetic forms of manifestation on the level of physical reality. Another realm of discriminated manifestation which exists independent of personal concepts is the realm of noetic forms which we call essential aspects. The aspects are universal concepts in that their form of manifestation is independent of the personal mind of the person who experiences them. For example, when you experience essential Compassion, and I experience essential Compassion, we experience the same thing. To say that the form is the same is not to say that you and I might not call it something different. But the quality itself is the same thing. It is not dependent on what I know from the past. It is not dependent on my personal mind. Compassion truly, objectively exists, independent of my personal historical mind. That is what Essence is. When we experience Essence as Value, someone who does not know about the realm of Essence might say, “But that’s your subjective experience.” However, Essence is not simply a subjective experience; it is an actual, specific, discriminated presence in the soul. It exists on a level more fundamental than, for example, my idea of myself as a little kid who is hurt. This self-image affects how I see myself, how I feel emotionally and how I react, but it does not exist on the level of presence. It is not an experience of my actual state at the present moment. It’s an idea in my mind. But if I experience myself as Value right now, that means that right now I am actually valuable. And the presence of Value is as palpable, as substantial, as anything physical.