I have always been intrigued by words. Especially how letters come together to form a word and the way the mind has the 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 free.
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 is written:
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”
The Word, in its essential nature, is pure and sacred. Its sound creates Worlds. And in my understanding, the Logos, which is the Greek translation for Word,
is the creative expression of pure consciousness manifesting the World. The letter (l) in the word Logos, is nested within the Word, World. Coincidence? Maybe.
I continued reflecting
on magical words and tools, which wizards and witches use in myths and fairy tales. A few of the implements they employ in their magic include wands or brooms to bestow blessings or hexes with. Wands and brooms are crafted out of wood,
which are sculpted out of a tree.
My reflections took me 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. In the mystical Jewish tradition,
the Kabbalah, the Tree of Life is central to its understanding of the sacred. In the Buddhist tradition, the tree under which the Buddha was awakened, also known as the Bodhi tree, signifies the Tree of Enlightenment. And
in the Judeo-Christian tradition, in the Old Testament, Eve ate the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. At that point, I realized that the above-mentioned trees could very well personify the Tree of Light. It
just so happens trees grow upwards, towards the light!
As I looked closer at these various words, I saw that the letter (l) is part of the words life, enlightenment, knowledge and light. 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 have come to understand that at the edge of all knowing there is only love.
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 light and life through love.
a word in a world ~ a world in a word
a liberated luminous loving life
and then again…
words in our world
are like orphans
bring meaning to
~ what is ~
never quite making it…
while all along
ever so eloquently
beckons them back home