the alchemy of letters and words


I have always been intrigued by words. Especially how letters come together to form words 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 freely.

I distinctly remember the first time I read about the Word. It was in St. John’s Gospel in the New Testament. The first chapter begins with these words:


“In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.”


Word, in its essential nature, is pure and sacred. Its sound creates worlds. My understanding of The Logos, the Greek translation for Word, is that it is the creative expression of pure consciousness or awareness manifesting the world. The letter (l) in the word logos is nested in the word world.

I continued reflecting on the usage of magical words and tools, which wizards employ in myths and fairy tales. A few of the magical implements they use are wands and brooms, usually made of wood crafted out of a tree.

My reflections took me even further. I found that the image of the tree plays a pivotal role in most spiritual traditions. In 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. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, in the Old Testament, Eve ate the apple from the tree of knowledge. In the Islamic tradition, the tree is known as the tree of immortality.

At that point, I realized the above-mentioned trees could also personify Star War's tree of light. Interestingly, in our world, trees grow towards the light.

As I looked closer at these various words, I saw the letter (l) is part of the words, life, enlightenment, knowledge, immortality, 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 is the anagram of the word silent. So being silent we listen, graced with the real knowledge of The Logos creating life and light through love.


The Logos

a word in a world               a world in a word

unto You

living a liberated luminous loving life!




then again…


words in our world


are like orphans

trying to create meaning of


~ what is ~ 


never quite making it

while all along




ever so eloquently

beckons them back home