Playing with Words

I have always been intrigued by words, loving how they form and the way the mind has this freedom to create and use them to express, inform, educate and entertain.  For me, words have been my playmates and the playground upon which I let my imagination fly freely. 

 

I distinctly remember the first time I read about The Word.  It was in the New Testament in the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel.  It’s written:

 

                        In the beginning was the Word,

                                    and the Word was with God,

                                    and the Word was God.

                        He was in the beginning with God.

                        All things came to be through him,

                                    and without him nothing came to be.

                        What came to be through him was life

                                    and this life was the light of the human race.

 

I began thinking that in the Greek Bible, the word for Word is Logos.  It is interesting how the Word begot the World ~ in its complete essence ~ and that the letter (l), in the word Logos, is also in the English word, World.  Coincidence?  Maybe.

 

I continued reflecting on the magical words and gadgets, which wizards use in our myths and fairy tales.  Few of the instruments that they employ are a wand to bestow blessings or hexes, a witch’s broom to fly, etc.  The wand and the broom are crafted out of wood, which are sculpted out of a tree.

 

As I stretched my imagination even further, I found that in various spiritual traditions, the image of the tree plays a pivotal role in at least three schools of thought.  For example, in the Buddhist tradition, the sacred fig tree under which the Buddha was awakened, also known as the Bodhi tree, signifies the Tree of Enlightenment.  In the Jewish tradition, in the Kabbalah, the Tree of Life is central to its understanding of the sacred.  And in the Judeo~Christian tradition, in the Old Testament, Eve and Adam ate the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.  At that point I realized that the above~mentioned trees personify the Tree of Light.

 

As I looked closer at these various words, I saw that the letter (l) is part of the words enlightenment, life, light and knowledge.  In the word 'enlightenment' the word 'light' is embedded in it.  In the word ‘knowledge,’ the letter (l) is nestled between ‘know’ and ‘edge.’  And in my personal musings, I found that at the edge of all knowing there is nothing but Love.

 

Not only that, but to love one needs to listen deeply.  The word ‘listen’ happens to be the anagram of the word ‘silent.’  So being Silent we Listen and are graced with the real Knowledge of the Logos ~ creating Life and Light through Love.