Aphorism #2: Kotodama: Word Spirits. 言霊 (Con’t)
Words, within themselves, can be seen as one profound, transitional aspect of the narrow gate with which to find a balance within life. Navigating vocal sounds to form cognitive thought into actualization, words arbitrate the invisible and visible and are the only means to compute our place in it. Words can be virtually without form but can be given a measure of solidity through thought, provoking speech or writing and thereby directly animates the ‘why and how’ of what we do. Furthermore, words can be both the things we cannot necessarily grasp with our hands and yet, somehow, can tangibly inflict pain or evoke joy with which to cure suffering. Magically bypassing flesh and bone, words can enter straight into the heart which acts interdependently with the mind as the primary source of physical and metaphysical life. Penetrating organic matter, interior words can determine the exterior health of flesh and bone because they are essentially the central tenet to all life, the plane that all of reality balances.
Our imprint on time, words form the reality which instantaneously becomes frozen in the past, actualizes what is real and true in the now, and influences the future. Balanced between the material and immaterial, there is virtually no other discipline then the love of words that can more closely begin to exercise the recognition of God and the love of God. Other disciplines that evoke love, like music, art, dance, poetry, math, science, biology, cooking, nature or any other God given talents, are certainly beautiful expressions of life. These modes of expression can definitely yield a grace when a pupil begins to ‘dwell in the particulars,’ or begins to see created analogies between the visible and invisible aspects that dwell within these modes. These wonders of artistry can stimulate access to spirituality as the pupil draws upon their experience of this indwelling and to create in their chosen field. The indwelling reveals the glory of God’s mystery in living beauty and while the indwelling provides great wonders in human ingenuity, the indwelling, itself, is only God given.
Humans cannot give to another the indwelling, they can only relate the apprehending yet freeing joy derived from this source that orchestrates a longing to experience the memory of something beautifully satisfying that is not human in origin. A true artist of the natural world achieves their goals when the product of their medium allows another to be uplifted, however, these modes only give access to the soul of the artist. It is an absolute myth that any artist can give his audience access to their own souls. Access to one’s own soul is still up to each individual, individually to choose to initiate. The most important aspect is the free choice to begin to ‘dwell in the particulars’^ because that is the only way conviction is real and can withstand the hardships in life. However, not only is access to ‘dwell in the particulars’ through these modes not relatable to all, all these modes rely on words to be able to ‘dwell in the particulars,’ so the discipline of words is still, somewhat paramount.
The mode one will choose to dwell in, is individual and the choice to begin the commitment to ‘dwell in the particulars’ is also highly intimate. And be aware, that the same is true of this Call to Action. No one, including myself, can make another ‘dwell in the particulars’ of words. These words, merely, strive to point into, one of many, directions of indwelling but also to acknowledge that words are inescapable forms of life and perhaps should be given paramount attention. There is no attempt to state that in the choice to ignore the deep meaning, found in the visible and invisible aspects of words, that one will not to live a long, prosperous life. It is possible to choose to disregard any validity in words as anything more than procuring basic survival needs or the acquisition of elementary entertainment and still live a beautiful life. But, if one wants love, [not the myths that the entertainment world has advertised as something that comes in different degrees, can fade and/or return, or is evident of physical pleasures alone] then it must be acknowledged as only found in God which can only be recognized through the human soul. Access to the soul is most directly through the words we chose to think, speak and write which also influences the health of the human soul and only a healthy heart can see love and thereby recognize God. Only God can make love, the mysterious and wonderful treasure it is. Without recognizing God as the quintessential element to make love, “love,” it is used complacently and the user of this word drifts further away from being able to recognize and experience the true, greatness that love can give. And more so, because of the complacent use, love can be missed entirely despite being right before one’s own eyes.
Words may seem like harmless playthings to amuse, shock or sensationalize; toys for the purpose of escaping the boredom, the devils Advocate, because we cannot see the effects, yet. But the words we chose to use mirror exactly what is in our hearts, and has a direct bearing on the soul. Every Amen or Damn used, despite if the blessing or curse is directed to another, inescapably affects the user doubly with either the nourishment or misfortune. To damn the world doubles the damnation on self for it leads to emptiness. To bless the world, doubles the blessing onto self for it leads to a growth and nourishment, that “All you can take with you, is all you gave away.”* And this quote does not mean to give in the form of presents but presence in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the user’s choice.
^ Most notably from John S. Dunne’s “Deep Rhythm and the Riddle of Eternal Life.”
*A quote beneath the portrait of George Bailey, Sr., in Frank Capra’s, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”