Feb 23, 2020
What does the word ‘ignis’ bring to mind? Well, unless you understand Latin, the meaning would not have been understood and thus no correlating image could be created. The word would have absolutely no ability to affect you, since it might as well be gibberish.
But if I asked you, “What does the word ‘fire’ bring to mind?”, now you understand! Now I’m speaking your language. Now, likely you’re receiving an image in your imagination of what a fire is, perhaps referencing memories where you experienced a fire, how you feel about it, maybe just a generic image of fire, or a collection of related concepts. Yet, the word ‘fire’ has no heat, and even the image you conjure up, can not burn anything. An actual fire, will burn, regardless of what you call it, even without a name, and regardless of the accuracy of your imagined depiction.
What does the word ‘I’ bring to mind? You’re likely receiving a conceptual image of what the word ‘I’ means. There might be a bunch of memories referenced, maybe a collection of related ideas, feelings, thoughts, objects, words, or a generic image of what an ‘I’ is. But the word ‘I’ has no life of it’s own, and neither is the image or definition which you conjure up, alive, or what it truly is. But what an ‘I’ actually is, lives, regardless of what it’s called, even without being called an ‘I’, and regardless of whatever image is conjured up.
What if you entirely forgot the word ‘I’ and it’s meaning? You wouldn’t die, you wouldn’t disappear, you’d just have no ability to conjure up an idea of yourself. In that case, the image of who you are would disappear, but you’d be unaffected, remaining what you are...alive, aware, and present. There would just be no ability to confuse what you ARE, with an IDEA of what you are.
What is attempting to be referenced by the word ‘I’, is not the conceptual image that comes to mind, but your own nonconceptual presence, which exists regardless of what word is used to reference this, and regardless of whatever idea that comes to mind in order to explain that word.