Hello, I have been perplexed by a couple questions/issues I've had since finding out about the gnostic teachings, which was quite recent (a few months?). Some background for me is that I have throughout this life revolved completely around the intellectual mind, I rarely bore of living in thoughts, thus most of my time was spent in reading books up until now.
The first question is: "When observing the egos, what form should this observation take?" My thoughts are typically in words and if they are not tied to words they tend to be more transient, harder to remember or identify. Once a thought is identified I generally, or maybe always, put words to it. The second question would then be: "Is tying observations to words not ideal?"
My concern is whether it is okay or advisable while observing the egos to contain the observational thoughts about what the egos are doing in words.
My background is heavily biased in favor of the intellectual mind, always reading and never tiring of spending all day fully in mind-world. So I have wondered whether I am overly dependent on actual words to express things to myself, and if that would be harmful to or outright prevent proper ego observation. If I don't express these concepts in words, they usually don't stick around in my memory unfortunately.