Two views on immediate experience & abstractions.
Immediate Experiences [zone 1]
Whenever there is an (apparent) insight or realization – anything coming from direct experience in the present – it is better to forget it right away. Any experience only exists and is alive right now, and becomes dead and a burden as an abstract memory.
Anything I write here that is from a direct experience, only has value as I experience it and find a way of phrasing it. As soon as it is typed down, it becomes a dead memory and concept.
Anything written down which is already based on a dead memory and concept, does not even have much value as it is written down.
The main value of these words comes from the extent they are from an immediate and alive experience. And possibly as an immediate reminder and pointer to myself and anyone else reading them.
Beyond this, they have some value to the extent they help me figure out how to phrase these experiences in a way that makes moderate sense to myself and maybe others. But again, only to the extent they come from an immediate experience, and then are left behind as a dead concept.
It is important to appreciate words for what they can do, which is to reflect an immediate and alive experience, maybe allow others into a similar experience, and to help us clarify and explore our immediate experience of existence. And it is important to recognize when they become a burden, which is as soon as they become dead abstractions.
Of course, this is only one view – and one that emphasizes immediate experience.
Holarchy of Being
Another may be to include both more explicitly. Immediate and direct experiences, from ourselves as space & awareness, is important. And abstractions and words are important as well. They both are included in our holarchy of being.
When we rest in this holarchy of our being – from the small self through to the Witness and/or Big Mind – we see thoughts and abstractions as what they are, just thoughts and abstractions. We take them less seriously. We see their usefulness in some situations, and not in others. We see their benefits, and their drawbacks. We have a more sober relationship to them. We are neither completely caught up in them, nor do we completely dismiss them.