Perhaps personal meaning exists privately because imagination exists privately. I don’t believe there is any such thing as ‘group meaning,’ only ‘agreed upon meaning’ out of our need to co-operate. But, we don’t genuinely live by group meaning. We only abide by it.
Culture also comes out of our need to co-operate. But, whereas, meaning is a necessity of our mental comfort, culture is more of a necessity for our physical survival.
I believe that our more physical self, and our mental self-image are only representative of what we believe ourselves to be. We try to make ourselves objects. This is certainly not the Truth of the matter. Some have described us to be “Pure Possibility.” But, in my way of seeing it, even that it too limiting.
I don’t believe that ‘Ultimate Isness’ plays with words at all. Eckhart describes ‘Ultimate Awareness’ as a Dark Mystery. Everything proceeds out of it, but no mind can peer into it. It is mind that first puts words to this mystery. But, in so doing, immediately loses ‘Immediate Correspondence with Pure Isness.’
‘Isness’ is, of course, non-dual but takes no form, whatsoever.
I think we have insights on multiple levels. In some insights (breakthroughs) we are within Being, which isn’t the same as viewing Being or “Isness,” from without. We are inside Isness looking out, with no possible way of describing where we are, and yet there is a ‘Certainty’ that we are Isness, pure and simple, (much like you know that you have an arm without the need to check first, if it is still there.)
Other insights of a lesser kind, do seem to come into our minds like a full grow child. No need to grow them with attention. This may come close to what Christian’s call “Grace,” or a gift.
The mind is purely capable of distancing itself, and viewing itself and its life like a movie. We are no longer tossed about like the waves in the ocean. Some people refer to this stage of ‘standing apart,’ as “The Witness.” The experience of this is a little like standing in the eye of a hurricane. While life goes on, it is no longer owned.
I don’t mean to be difficult, but in my way of seeing it, the symbol “o” would be limiting, as “Isness” is has more freedom than that. “Isness” has neither center, nor a circumference.
“o” has both. Just look at the symbol “o.” The circular line is representative of circumference, and the emptiness within is the center.
I thought you might have had some insights/breakthroughs. You have a clarity that is unusual.
Feeling is certainly one of the better words to describe the experience of everything. But like you say, no word is perfect, and they all cannot jump high enough. Some describe it as solitude, other as “Being alone with the alone.” Alone with satisfaction might be a good one.