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Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom

From the teachings of A.H. Almaas

What is Word Concept?

Diamond Approach Teachings About: Word Concept

One Word that Embodies a Concept of a Particular Object

Being expresses itself through noetic forms, each of which we can directly experience as a word-concept. A word-concept is not a generic or category concept, but one word that is not just a meaningless word, but embodies a concept of a particular object. On the dimensions of pure presence and the logos, these word-concepts are actually the objects themselves, as concepts in the divine mind, or words uttered by the logos. In other words, the logos creates the world through a kind of utterance. The utterance is not simply the enunciation of sounds as we know them, but the outflow of orderly expression that uses word-concepts for this expression. More precisely, the logos speaks the world into existence. The logos is a speaker, in fact, the original speaker. It creates through the word. And since the logos is not only the creative agency but the manifestation itself, it is composed of words. It is composed of living words, each of which is a presence, a noetic form, an object. More accurately, since the manifest world is also the logos, for it is the logos’s unfolding particulars, and the world is composed of word-concepts, the logos is composed of word-concepts. It is both speaker and speech. It utters the words and is the totality of all the words. However, the manifest world is one indivisible field of dynamic presence, and not disconnected forms and objects. The presence of the logos is then a unified field of words, spoken all at once, for creation is of the world as a whole, instantaneously and continuously. The logos does not utter the word-concepts in succession, it utters them all at once, simultaneously, as if it is uttering one word. In other words, the logos is a word that contains all words. We can understand here why the logos can be referred to as the Word. It is the word of the divine being through which all comes into being. The logos is the Word of Being, the speech by which Being becomes a speaker, and by which the manifest world comes into being. 

Real Speaking, or Logos-Speaking is an Invocation of the Truth Spoken Within the Soul of the Speaker

Just as real, basic, or pure thinking is a way that the logos reveals truth to the soul, real speaking can do the same. This function is one of the major ways a teacher transmits the teaching to students. When the teacher has integrated the dimension of the logos in his realization he becomes able to function similarly to the logos. By speaking he reveals the truth of true nature and Reality. Such speaking is not simply the communication of ordinary knowledge; it is the communication of basic knowledge. By speaking, the teacher utters the words, which are word-concepts. By uttering such words, he does not only say the syllables. Each time he says the word-concept he sees the reality of this word, its color and shape; he feels the quality of essence to which the word corresponds; he tastes its flavor and feels its texture. His speaking is not only through the mouth but through the fullness of the manifold of the soul. By speaking about a truth of Being this truth arises in his soul, fills it, and overflows to his listeners. In other words, real speaking, or logos-speaking, is an invocation of the truth spoken within the soul of the speaker but also a communication of the same truth to the consciousness of the listener. The logos-speaker communicates the essential truth by embodying it in his presence and in his speech. Through his speaking a particular timeless truth, this truth fills his soul, pervades his gestures and postures, and fills his words with wisdom. The words do not carry only ordinary knowledge; they carry the substance and full presence of basic knowledge. 

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