Thursday, October 8, 2009

Writing for What

Writing is a fickle thing. You long to get a certain point across, but in the end you are a bit stuck because everyone is reading from a different perspective. It is as if we all wear a different shaped boxes on our heads, with lenses that speak to our minds in different magnifications and color schemes.

So what is it that makes a writer or the writings great? It is the ability to covey a point, to invoke an emotion, to entertain the reader? Maybe. I am convinced that writing is intended to inspire understanding. To give meaning to the author's words is to create a connection between the reader and the written. For, words do not have meaning until they are interpreted by an observer. One could write for therapy I suppose, but that writing is not really intended for anyone but the author is it? In that case the purpose of the writing is to create a connection between the author and his experiences, emotions, ideas, evolution, etc. through the words. To create understanding.

Language is a powerful vessel. Nations have been moved and people have experienced inner transformation though words both spoken and written.

When a word becomes written or spoken I believe that the author's inner state of balance or imbalance continues to affect the power of that word. Take the phrase "I love you." Three little words that can alter the course of lives forever; or not. The state of the author or speaker gives the words meaning or the lack there of. It is the integrity of the source that gives the message its value.

Does the spoken work obtain more power than the written? I don't know. Both mediums have value and the potential to influence and express. But the power of the words again is dependent on the quality of the instrument (human).

So how does somone judge whether or not they or others have a good instrument? It is not enough just to observe and say, "Well, he is a good speaker or she is a good writer or she's better and blah, blah, blah?" With this kind of thinking our judgements are subjective. Thus we get back into the perspective game where everbody has a different shaped box (ego) on their heads.

There must be a way to discern the absolute truth about the quality of one's instrument and about any and everything else. Well, there is.

I have heard the argument before about how there are many truths and "that may be true for you, but for me it is not." Especially in this day an age that argument is meaningless. It only serves the purpose of creating division amongst human beings. Honestly what is the use of pretending that there are many different truths? So that we can fight about it?
We are one human race and all true knowledge originates from one source. Call it by which ever name suits you, truth is what it is.

The answer to the query about knowing the absolute truth cannot be found by reading, listening, or speaking; it must be experienced. Truth can be discovered in one place and one place only . . . in silence. The silence that I am writing about is not the absence of sound. Rather I am referring to the silence that is achieved when the mind is free from thoughts. When we are in meditation.

"Free from thoughts?" Does that mean mindlessness? No. It means mental silence and acute awareness. Because it is in the complete stillness of mental silence that our awareness expands and grows.
To Be Continued . . .