In the following excerpt, Arian is pointing out something that most people never realize: everything is a concept, a symbol, because that’s how the mind works. For example, think of a pine tree. Now there is no actual pine tree inside your brain, rather there is only and ever an image or symbol that communicates to you, “pine tree.” And this is true for every thought image you know! When we forget this, we end up arguing (with ourselves or others) about whose concept is most right. We are forgetting that the idea of whose concept is “most right” (mine or yours), is also a concept!
That which is AWARE of all concepts is itself not a concept. It just IS… and You are THAT. In fact, You can’t be anything else, which means that no concept actually touches you. -Michael Jeffreys
“It has already been stated that our concepts are inseparably linked with our perception. Everything we see is ultimately a concept. This is because the mind can only process all of the sensual data it receives in a conceptual manner. It functions in this manner in order to try and gain understanding of all of the phenomena in the world.
Our senses are very limited; no one has ever seen what is truly there. All that can be seen is an interpretation of the world that is subject to the limitation of the senses. This data that is seen is then interpreted by the mind . Different organisms can see different things due to the varying capability of senses. One organism’s perception is no more valid than the other. Despite what your senses tell you, no one has any proof that what is seen and experienced is truly how it is beyond one’s limited perception.”
-Arian Herbert (from The God Behind The God)