Linked together words...
Out of boredom we searched for words with double meanings in the bible during religion classes in our grammar school years. The Song of Songs was our favorite for that.
In spite of the fact that no one really understood it, there was one that had wings: In the beginning was the word, and the word was God and God was the word...
That is how I more or less remembered this cryptic citation. Of course I had to look up the source text:
'In the beginnynge was the worde, and the worde was with God: and the word was God. The same was in the beginnynge with God. All things were made by it, and with out it, it was made nothinge, that was made. In it was lyfe, and the lyfe was the lyghte of men, and the lyghte shyneth in the darckness, but the darckness comprehended it not.'
(William Tyndale’s version of the Bible)
In brief, this text says that ‘the word’ is the beginning of things (objects). Only at the moment we name something, give it a name, does it become something, it becomes a thing, an object. We could even call ‘naming’ an act of creation. Words draw boundaries between ‘this yes’ and ‘that not’. Apparently this is how the creation game is played and the life story told. If ‘I’ play the game ‘I and the other’, I have to identify myself, (be someone, be a name) in relation to the other, that is how the game is put together. But, if there is no other, then I also need not be someone, then only ‘being’ remains.
What is remarkable about this translation is the use of the words ‘the same’ (which is replaced by ‘the Word’ in later translations).
If I now permit myself a small freedom and write the second sentence as follows: All things were made by the Self, and without the Self is nothing made. Life was in the Self and life was the light of mankind. Then you stand close again to the vanishing point of non-duality
But OK? What does this all have to do with this edition of Amigo? The key word is ‘words’. This time there is a kind of surprise number rolled out. This time you will not be led by names, but by words in the choice of articles. Allow yourself to be surprised this time, be intrigued, be inspired by the colorful collection of words and their mutual connections. And of course you always find the writers of the diverse articles in the text itself.
The subjects that are offered are: Now, Seeing, Responsibility, Out of your senses, Good and Evil, Awakening, A book that hurts, etc.
We hope that this form perks up your curiosity and invites you on a trip of discovery. Notice every once in a while that what you read is a string of words linked together. Words are the raw materials out of which things are created and with which the story comes to life.
Finally from the series of words that together form Michael Ende’s ‘The never ending story’*:
[...] ‘What are they doing there?’, whispered Bastiaan. ‘What kind of game is that? What is it called?’
‘The coincidence game’, answered Argax. He waved at the players and called: ‘Good children! Just carry on! Don’t give up!’
Then he turned to Bastiaan and mumbled in his ear: ‘The have nothing more to say. They have lost the power of speech. That is why I invented this game for them. As you can see it keeps them busy. And, it is very simple. If you thought about it you would have to admit that all the stories in the world are made of just twenty six letters. The letters are always the same, only their mutual connections change. words are formed out of the letters, sentences are formed out of the words, chapters are made from the sentences, and stories are made of chapters. Take a good look, what do you see there?
H G I K L O P F M W E Y V X Q
Y X C V B N M A S D F G H J K L O A
Q W E R T Z U I O P U
A S D F G H J K L O A
M N B V C X Y L K J H G F D S A
U P O I U Z T R E W Q A S
Q W E R T Z U I O P U A S D F
Y X C V B N M L K J
Q W E R T Z U I O P U
A S D F G H J K L O A Y X C
U P O I U Z T R E W Q
A O L K J H G F D S A M N B V
G K H D S R Z I P
Q E T U O U S F H K O
Y C B M W R Z I P
A R C G U N I K Y O
Q W E T Z U I O P U A S D
M N B V C X Y A S D
L K J U O N G R E F G H L
‘Yes,’ giggled Argax, that’s the way it goes most of the time. But if you play the game for very long, for years, then sometimes words happen by coincidence. No special spiritual words, but words at least. ‘Spinach spasm’ for example. Or ‘brush sausages’, or ‘collar lacquer’. But if you play it continually for a hundred years, a thousand years, then in all probability a poem has to happen sometime. And, if you play it forever then all the poems and stories that are possible have to appear, plus all the stories about the stories including this story in which we are now speaking with each other. That is after all logical isn't it?
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‘That's horrible,’ said Bastiaan.
‘Ah,’ said Argax, ‘it all depends on what point of view you take.’...[...]
Standpoints, light, darkness, letters, words, stories, bliss, toothache.
Does consciousness prove itself by playfully pointing to itself with these words?
*(translated from the Dutch edition published by Pyramid - 2002)