Monday, November 12, 2012

Experiencing, or an Experience...

The verb, Experiencing, or a noun, an Experience... this is the question.
Conventional language always uses the noun Experience, but what is an experience ?
It is a memory, a mental thing about what was being experienced at the time Experiencing was happening. Even to say "what was being experienced" attempts to turn it into a thing. (a noun)
How can the awareness-ing of the constantly changing perception be a thing ?
Language convention escapes the paradox by introducing an 'acceptable' oxymoron, called an "abstract noun".  A dictionary description says; "In this instance, abstract means to exist apart from concrete existence. A noun that is abstract is an aspect, concept, idea, experience, state of being, trait, quality, feeling, or other entity that cannot be experienced with the five senses."
Language is both useful and necessary, but like assumptions (see previous post), can easily lead us astray when it comes to assessing reality.
This 'leading astray' occurs when we remember, that is, have thoughts about previous experiencing, and mistake that, for the actual experiencing.
Consider this; can there be sensory input without sense activation ?
Can there be seeing without the seen ?
Can there be hearing without the heard ?
Of course not ! They are inseparable. So when Seeing or Hearing is occurring, there is only SEEing or HEARing. The See-er and Seen, Hear-er and Heard are inclusive of the Seeing or Hearing.
While it is occurring, there is experiencing.
Experiencing is a constant and ever changing 'process' and this happening can only ever be NOW.
The moment we refer to the past (or future), we are in concept land. The realm of thought, and that is always ABOUT. It is never IT.