Your invitation into the raw embodied community of language has arrived, where words live far beyond their definitions and take on a “life” of their own. This “life” breathes and pulsates within us as language is used to navigate the world in our individual and collective lives.
Language touches everything, even when we communicate with our visual or kinesthetic senses. A body sensation is felt, or an image takes form, fueled by the unique energy of words that build structures of connection. Thoughts arise spiraling into feeling and triggering possibility. Possibility leads to the energy of taking action.
Language is fundamental to who we are as biological beings and is the primary vehicle for taking effective action in our lives. It inherently carries within it our identity in the world and the potential for connection and collaboration.
As an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu I am able to see and work with the connection between the body’s energy system and that of language. Conversations actually live in our bodies. Words hold energy that stimulate our biology in various ways.
To make this point a little clearer here are a couple of examples to help distinguish between the writing or language of ego/intellect and that which emerges from an interrelated contextual whole.
If content is birthed from the narrow confines of the intellect or ego the reader is fed a diet of information and structured “certainty” where possibility is smothered, spaces shut down and dignity is diminished. Flat, one dimensional, and not reflective of life as it really is, but instead a representation of life.
As you read the example below what do you feel in your body? Notice where the piece as a whole lands within you.
Beauty – First published Tue Sep 4, 2012
The nature of beauty is one of the most enduring and controversial themes in Western philosophy, and is—with the nature of art—one of the two fundamental issues in philosophical aesthetics. Beauty has traditionally been counted among the ultimate values, with goodness, truth, and justice. It is a primary theme among ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and medieval philosophers, and was central to 18th and 19th-century thought, as represented in treatments by such thinkers as Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, Burke, Kant; Hegel, Schopenhauer, Hanslick, and Santayana. By the beginning of the twentieth century, beauty was in decline as a subject of philosophical inquiry, and also as a primary goal of the arts. However, the last decade has seen a revival of interest in the subject.
This article will begin with a sketch of the debate over whether beauty is objective or subjective, which is perhaps the single most-prosecuted disagreement in the literature. It will proceed to set out some of the major approaches to or theories of beauty developed within Western philosophical and artistic traditions.
– Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
When content is born from an interrelated continually unfolding whole – a place of Being – the reader may feel that spaces open, feelings move through, possibility emerges, intimate connection develops, energy flows and curiosity is heightened.
After reading the example below reflect on your answer to this question. What would you say to a friend in sharing this piece after reading it?
“I was with a friend out on Loch Corrib, the largest lake on the West of Ireland. It was a beautiful summer’s day. Time had come to rest in the silence and stillness that presided there. The lake slept without a ripple. A gray blue haze enfolded everything. There was not division any more between earth and sky. Reaching far into the distance, everything was suffused in a majestic blue light. The mountains of Conomara seemed like pile upon pile of delicate blue; you felt you could almost reach out your hand and pull them toward you. No object protruded anywhere. Trees, stones, fields and islands had forgotten themselves in the daze of blue. Then, suddenly, a harsh flutter as near us the lake surface split and a huge cormorant flew from inside the water and struck up into the air. Its ragged black wings and large awkward shape were like an eruption from the underworld. Against the finely woven blue everywhere its strange form fluttered and gleamed in absolute black. She had the place to herself. She was the one clear object to be seen. And as if to conceal the source as she soared, she left her shadow thistling the lake surface. This was an event of pure disclosure: a sudden epiphany from between the worlds. The strange beauty of the cormorant was a counterpoint to the dreamlike delicacy of the lake and the landscape. Sometimes beauty is that unpredictable; a threshold we had never noticed opens, mystery comes alive around us and we realize how the earth is full of concealed beauty.”
Chapter 1: The Call of Beauty from Beauty The Invisible Embrace
by John O’Donohue.
Imagine a dancer exploring spaces and moving only where energy – through the portals of body, intuition, feeling and soul – extends an invitation to explore.
An unending series of possibilities to engage with are presented moment to moment.
The dance lingers on even when the dancer has stopped moving, leaving an imprint on the observer, the dancer(s) and the surrounding space. Potential for future collaboration and creation lingers in the background.
A catalyst for an entirely new form to evolve. A clarity of purpose perhaps, or simply a container for evolution.
This is akin to language as energy medicine at it’s finest. Enticing, seducing, expanding, opening, collaborating, riveting, questioning, inviting, addressing concerns, improvisational, grounding, connecting – an invitation to dialog further and more deeply.
The ever changing dance of transformation is lead by enticements through emerging language.
Transformative writing opens spaces, triggers possibility and stimulates the reader to take effective action.
This is Language as Energy Medicine
A service of Gaye Abbott.