Table of Contents for Root Meanings

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  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 8 Apr 2024


  • Essence.
  • Suchness/thusness.
  • That which is.
  • The essential nature of all.
  • The intrinsic nature of all.
  • The fact of existence.
  • Isness cannot be experienced.
  • Isness cannot be perceived.
  • Isness cannot be grasped by the intellect.
  • Isness is known absolutely directly.
  • Isness is recognized absolutely directly.
  • To know isness is to be awake to THE SUPREME.
  • To recognize isness is to be awake to THE SUPREME.


  • “All that is is isness.”
  • “Isness is. Nothing else is.”
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