It seems to me that the doorway to the center and to “adulthood,” if one can speak about it in that way, is the “Now” moment. But in raising the matter, I encounter again as we do so many times, the difficulty of using words to describe what are unknown and sometimes spiritual things and events. Before I go further with a discussion of the “Now” moment, I’d like to prepare the ground by looking at difficulties encountered in using language.
“Spirit” exists in a domain beyond words. Spirit moves without words. God did not create Heaven and Earth holding a word-based manual in Her (His, Its) hands. She did not follow a recipe that says add one part carbon to one part oxygen. Neither did God issue any of us a manual with the words in it we’d need to navigate life. Life came without words.
Words are probably a late arrival and on many dimensions that aren’t so far removed from ours, they are regarded as slow and clumsy and aren’t used much for communication.
Just think if I asked you how you know something and you say “I feel it” or “I intuit it” or “I sense it.” In fact all three statements may refer to the same process, but it’s very hard to put words to it because it’s an amorphous, spiritual process that exists prior to words. We even divide people down into Feelers, Intuiters, and Sensers, but all three may turn out to be the same thing and we’re just using different words to describe what’s not different.
When we see God, or the Son of God (Atman, Christ), or an image of God (Vishnu, Mother Mary, the cosmos), or some other supranormal sight in enlightenment, we usually cannot find words to express it. Our words are physically-based and mostly directed at physical things; they usually have physical referents. A physically-based language may not be adequate to describe something that one does not know or that exists in, say, a spiritual domain. For instance, listen to all the masters who say that there are colors on other planes that do not exist in Third Density. OK, how will you describe those colors to people who have never seen them if they don’t exist here? They neither know them in the first place or have ever seen them in the second place. To what can you compare them?
Our language describes the known and (often though not always) the physical. It may not be able to describe easily many things that are not previously known or are not physical.
Our language does its work often by drawing on metaphors. A dinosaur is like a bird. A C-119 is like a boxcar with wings. We extend our knowledge often by working out from the known to capture the unknown with the lasso of a metaphor. But this method has its drawbacks, especially when we’re discussing the spiritual or non-physical. It prevents knowing anything new or newly and keeps us walking round and round in the circle of the known.
I’ve said on other occasions “be with” an upset. But I’ve found that many people do not know what I mean by “be with.” It doesn’t simply mean “standing beside” as you would a guard at Buckingham Palace to have your picture taken. It doesn’t mean “holding on to” – quite the contrary. It means a definite thing but that definite thing is not carried by (or inherent in) the words themselves as sweetness is carried by or inherent in sugar.
Words are arbitrary symbols. We attach meaning to them freely and arbitrarily. They do not “carry” meaning inherently. Language is conventional and grows by usage. In the beginning we pretend or make something up (the connection between an object and a word like a “tree” or “cloud”). Then we “make believe” or sell a usage pattern to others. If they buy it, the word comes to have a conventional meaning or “acceptance.” We aren’t forwarded a patent from the Patent Office or a definition from the National Assembly of Scholars. Words become accepted in a circle of people and “enter” the language.
So here I’m saying that I think “the ‘Now’ moment is the doorway to the infinitely-expandible center and to the richness of adulthood. What you hear by that may be very far away from what I’m intending.
If the center and adulthood were not to be found in the “Now,” then we may find ourselves sacrificing much to gain little. It is the marvelous nature of the “Now” that makes the sacrifice of remaining in the center and in the adult I-state rewarding. Unfortunately i can only get to these matters in snatches of time. But I will look for the next available “Now” moment to continue.