I wrote this a few days ago and withheld from posting it, because I didn’t want to distract discussion.

I still don’t want to distract discussion, but if I don’t post this, I think I’ll never post it. So I post it now, and recognize that it may distract us a bit. Perhaps it is worth posting.

Immediately, though, I think it is more important to review Helmut’s ChartOfTheReal.


This describes a model of the formation of thought that LionKimbro developed and uses.

There are roughly four stages:

  1. Potententia
  2. Pre-Form
  3. Form
  4. Expressed Form

It’s easiest to understand them backwards, though.


The expressed form is when the thought is being spoken, or drawn – when the thought has “left the body,” so to speak.


(I prefer just “form,” but WikiWords are two words, so “thought form” is used for linking here.)

An idea is in “form” when you have words for it in your head, or when you have a clear vision of the idea in your head.

You should be roughly capable of beginning to articulate it into an ExpressedForm at this point, though you might refrain from doing so, or you might wait to play more with the form to see if you really agree with it or not.

For example, perhaps it’s just a bad idea – you won’t know until you play with it for a while.

Or perhaps, at a subtle level, there just seems to be something wrong with it, that you can’t quite put your finger on.

You might hammer and rework the form a while before speaking it.

A “form” is what we typically think of, when we are discussing “an idea.”

“I have an idea! It is… (X).” We are now transforming a form into an ExpressedForm.


A pre-form is what a form is, before it’s a form.

People who aren’t paying attention might say, “It’s not anything before it’s a thought,” and just say “it just appears,” but if you pay attention, you will find that there are leads in your mind, that there are open holes that you can explore and wait at, when you detect them.

This is pre-form.

You may be idling and day-dreaming, and a pre-form may come to you.

If you want to, when you have a pre-form, you can turn it into a form. It’s just a matter of teasing it out.

Sometimes, when you are in a conversation with people, you will sense the pre-form, and even talk about them. You will say, “Wait, where were we before that, …” because you sense the threads in your mind. You know that there was a generative pathway that was going somewhere, – and it’s just a matter of revisiting it, and it will open up, and you will talk, and in the talking (the social equivalent of thinking) you will find something. That is, you will have given it form, and that conversion into form is of some value.

Another way you know pre-form, is by the phrase, “It was at the tip of my tongue.”


But is there anything before pre-form?

There is!

Conversation and thinking are mysterious.

When you see a long lost friend, you can start to feel the swirling of generative energy. It is like there are little sparks appearing and disappearing – one of them may become a pre-form, and one of those may become a form. They appear and disappear very quickly – these are potentia; It is also a synchronic thing – if the moment and the setting aren’t right, they might not appear. If you are exhausted, or your friend is exhausted, they will all disappear.

The general feeling of potentia is of energy or enthusiasm. You can sense their presence by the arising of PreForms, yes, but further by sensitivity to emotion and generation.

You can’t detect potentia individually; Only as a mass. When you detect them individually, they are PreForm.


Sometimes, when you are thinking, you can find yourself resting at a point that I call the “Potentiatic Screen.” That is, you are sitting at the very edge between PreForm and fleshed-out ThoughtForm, peering into the pre-form. I believe that this has a correspondence with what the Damanhurians call, “The threshold.”

Here, you are sensing deeply to identify what structures are emerging, and working to give them form. You have to be careful how you weild your pen (or keyboard) here, because pre-form can be fragile, and break (disappear) if you don’t hold them right – like trying to carry 7 digits in your head: if you are not careful, you’ll lose one. If you give too much attention to one PreForm, giving it form, then others will disappear, and they might not come back again until much later.

If you are trying to work on something, you need to intentionally draw away from the potentiatic screen, because it can only distract you.


Sometime, you just suddenly get some gazillion ideas at once. This can happen as you feel the mysterium fascinans or the mysterium tremendum, aspects of the numenous. It can happen at any time or at any place, but is often connected with a particular drama, part of a fundamental transformation in consciousness.

This is not because drama somehow triggers “make thoughts” brain chemistry, but rather, because the particular drama intentionally targets psychic fissure point. (It could be via book, comic book, movie, play, whatever.) One word for “intentionally targeting psychic fissure points” is “relevance.1

That is, it is due to ThePowerOfQuestions.

Plays have incredible addressing powers: They can give form to PreForm that people have, but do not have words (forms) for. An ideal play answers questions the audience didn’t even realize that they had.

To give a crude example: A person may be oppressed, but not know the words or the theories that give understanding to the oppression. And yet the oppression is there.

What happens when the person sees a drama that gives forms to all the things that their mind could see, but could not find the words to say?

The person experiences psychic bombardment. This may be felt as enthusiasm, or astonishment, or obsession, or shock, and so on. They may still not have forms for what they saw, (thus permitting, say, reasoned discourse on the subject,) but at the very least, they can talk in the LinkLanguage of the characters, the events, the quotes and expressions of the characters. In fact, the very characters, events, and utterances of the characters themselves can become the LinkLanguage that give form to what happens.

People will quote Yoda, saying: “There is do, or do not, there is no try,” and they are referencing a particular thought and explanation and structure that the English word “determination” just lacks something in expressing. If people recognize a meaning to it, it is because they were struck by the meaning of it while they watched the movie.

Something that is interesting is that, just as people can learn to speak perfect grammar in their native language without even understanding that grammar consciously, so too can these transformations in consciousness happen without understanding how it is happening. Rather, particular emotions and new thoughts appear in the mind.


I believe that there is incredible complexity underneath the surface of even our simplest of acts and judgments, that history has layered, and layered, and layered within us, like geological strata. I believe that these layers enable people to see through paradox and complexity, and make judgment calls. Asked to give form to their judgements, they say, “Well, it just seems right,” but I perceive an architecture in people’s judgements, and (what I can only think right now to describe as) a holy desire.

You can give substance to that architecture by arguing for something that people find misplaced, and then seeing how they respond. Out will come the narratives – the layers: the civil rights movement, world wars, religious persecutions (both from and towards,) science, inspirations, and on and on. It’s all caked in there, backing our mores, norms, attitudes, aspirations, and dreams. These multilayered structures substantially back our arguments and persuasions and convictions and speculations and identities. Not completely, but substantially.


1. The common notion of “relevance” is “it’s about politics.” But this is a shallow sense of the word; Relevance is whatever addresses a persons underlying questions, within the folds of their mind. Some things will be forever relevant, because 12 year olds become 13 year olds become 14 year olds, and so on.

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