Sunday, June 6, 2010

What Do You Mean?

You and a friend are sitting outside enjoying a beautiful day. You look up at the vast sky above you and realize that the sky is of a particularly glorious type of blue, you mention this to your comrade. Sadly, your buddy has just had a really bad week. His girlfriend left him, his dog died and several other unfortunate incidents have occurred that would make any country or blues singer nod in understanding. When he looks up at the sky, he does not see the glorious blue sky that you see. Although, he can agree—if pressed—that the sky is in the blue-ish spectrum and may appear absolutely delightful to some, he just doesn’t “get it” himself. You see, words in and of themselves are just noises. Humans have created a large variety of diverse classes of noises based upon culture and race. Some of our noises make sense to others, some of our noises are meaningless to others. Even noises that are a part of a language may be meaningless to some within that culture do to lack of education, even though it is still apart of the lexiconal heritage of that person.
Based on internal and external stimuli, processed through the brain and all of the experiences previously had, we reproduce certain noises that those around us will find “meaningful” and understand the things we are trying to express. For the most part it works out OK, however beyond anything fairly simple complications can crop up. If I tell you that we are friends this seems like a rather simple statement. What if my experience with the word friend is someone who I constantly bug on the telephone and complain about my daily woes. And your experience of the word friend is someone who would lend me money. Our friendship will be strained rather quickly. Although we both could probably recite some definition in the dictionary on what a friend is “suppose” to mean, we both have experiences of that friendship that vary to the Oxford standard.
Wars, fights, misunderstandings and accidents happen because we often just assume that everyone is walking around with their own perfect dictionary of language that matches your exact use of the words or noises your body produces. “Beethoven sucks” can mean that you find Beethoven to be less appealing to your sensibilities then leys say Bach. Your friend who is a big Beethoven fan and who also feels that Bach draws in a large quantity of air very quickly begins an argument with you on who is actually better. Sadly, both of you are just fools making noises what should have been actually stated for less confusion is that “At this moment in my life I find Beethoven to be more appealing to my tastes than Bach” The only way that would start any trouble is if you were residing in the deep south or hill country.
The easiest way to enjoy a life of as little misunderstandings as possible is to constantly remind yourself that people have no idea exactly what you mean. All they have to go off is the noises that come out of your mouth that may have a wildly different personal meaning or even no meaning at all. If you frame things as coming from your personal experience and your version of reality, this can help others understand you better.

The Magical View

In magic language holds a certain special place. Most gods of magic perform double duty as the creators of language. It is through speech or Logos that a magician creates a force propelling his will out to mold reality to conform his imagination. Many magicians hold a great fondness for ancient languages that are not their own. They think Hebrew, Norse runes or Sanskrit hold some battery of power capable of being tapped into in order to aid their work. In my experience and my opinion I think all these ancient languages do is allow a model to be built in which the mage can easily navigate the forces they wish to experience and direct in order to produce their change. A typical magician looking for a new friend would use the Hebrew tree of life, go to Netzach, use the words Yahova Tzavaoat, Haniel and other corresponding noises based on the system they have learned and expect to connect them to the desired forces. We could easily connect ourselves to our own personal ideal of Love, Harmony and Friendship and once those ideas and feelings saturate us we can direct our will and imagination so that we communicate to the universe our desire to attain friendship. It is just like that old catch all of the proof of psychic relationships, you think of a friend and moments later they ring you on the phone. At no point did you vibrate unusual names of long gone divinities. You connected with a personal and meaningful idea of your friend and that sent out a resonance or vibration called a thoughtform, which then connected to your friend and made them call (or it could have been the reverse, your friend thought of you to call you and you picked up the thoughtform they sent out).
Thoughtforms and symbols are the real universal language we all share. If someone is holding on to a potent thoughtform of rage, then you will feel uncomfortable around him or her without that person speaking a word of what is wrong. Same concept but different example, if a person his holding on to a thoughtform of love and friendship, you will feel drawn to them because of your desire to be close to that type of energy. It does not matter if your idea of friendship is a spirit sent by the archangel Haniel to bless you or if it is the highest and purest idea of friendship you can think of without need of language or explanation, the effect is the same and those who encounter it will be affected in the same way. The best part is if (as in the example above) there is a person who thinks friendship is about lending money to them, and yours is about sharing experiences then your thoughtform will pass the money grabber right by, since it is not in accordance with the ideal you are putting out there. That is why thoughtforms and symbols are the universal language. They are just not so great for explaining stereo instructions.