Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom
Excerpts about Crystal Dimension
In the Nonconceptual there is No Such Thing as Being and No Such Thing as Doing
Integrating the wisdom of nonconceptual Reality leads one to include it more and more in one’s everyday functioning. This development is supported by a pearly form of the crystal dimension, leading the student increasingly to recognize the conceptual nature of the dichotomy between being and doing, and to see how in the nonconceptual there is simply no such thing as being and no such thing as doing, no such thing as stillness and no such thing as movement. All these are abstractions from the nonconceptual patterns of perception. When the discriminating mind is not in the foreground, the student may suddenly attain his satori, and his nonconceptual eye is completely opened. He may notice at some point that he is walking, but he finds no difference between that or standing. It feels the same to him; he could be scratching his back, but he feels no meaningful distinction between his hand, his back, the movement of his hand, the itching sensation, and the transparent clear presence. In fact, the question of whether there is a distinction or not does not occur to him until he contemplates his perception. One perceives that the boundless presence is what does everything; more exactly, the boundless presence is everything, including the movements and actions. More precisely, there is no such thing as movement and action; there is only Reality, fresh and virginal, beyond any description. To integrate this realization, and especially to establish it as a permanent station, is very difficult and rare, as many of the great masters of antiquity have observed.
The Inner Journey Home, pg. 336
In this nonconceptual dimension, or crystal dimension, all forms are perceived as nonconceptual manifestations of true nature. This includes both physical and essential forms. The whole of Reality appears now as transparent, fresh, clear, empty, but full of colors and shapes. Such perception can appear with such exquisiteness and precision that all forms become faceted. All around us we see glittering jeweled forms, the environment as a multicolored jeweled palace, brilliant with light but claiming no existence.
The Inner Journey Home, pg. 333
We call this dimension of nonconceptual Reality the crystal dimension. The forms of the world appear in this dimension of true nature as shapes and colors nonconceptual presence takes. There is no knowing, but these forms are the same ones that become knowable at the dimension of pure presence. At the dimension of pure presence we saw them as noetic forms. But since these are the same forms that appear at the nonconceptual dimension, we refer to them in this dimension as prenoetic forms. They are prenoetic just as pure awareness, nonconceptual presence, is prenoetic presence. It ontologically precedes the knowing dimension, but is a ground for it. In other words, all forms appear as fundamentally prenoetic because they can and do become noetic when true nature manifests its noetic dimension. In normal experience, the nonconceptual and noetic dimensions are present simultaneously, for we both perceive and know in the same instant of experience.