|by Ji Lee (link at end of page)|
When a wizard or witch wants to manipulate the medium, they use magic incantations - words of creation or destruction.
Words are the very fabric of our reality. We perceive what is real to us by which words we use to describe the "out there" to ourselves. Scarier still, when we listen to others and ascribe to their words some sort of uber-importance, then we allow someone else to create our reality for us. If you are listening to Flox Gnus right now, then you are allowing the various functionaries within that organization to create your reality for you.
We manipulate picture and symbols as a form of highly condensed words. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then think how much reality is created within you by simply looking at images. It is a powerful thing to be the creator of images - to create within many souls the very fabric of their reality. So what kind of reality must people see when they view vomit as art?
In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell graphically illustrated the concept that people cannot conceive of realities for which they have no words. By slowly reducing the dictionary of New Speak over generations, eventually people could not imagine whatever things the State wished them to avoid. How like our current cultural situation is this? Just look at what passes for language in the average text message.
Words are magical things. All religions use them, whether it be Ohm, or nam myoho renge kyo, or the Lord's Prayer, or chanting Arabic phrases, those who follow such things are generally unaware that they have been socialized into creating a magical reality that someone else designed. Why else would preachers preach, except to manipulate the medium of reality?
In most revolutions, the first to be slaughtered are the intelligencia and the artists. The reason is simple - they people, wittingly or not, know how to use words and they cannot be tolerated in times when control of reality is of the utmost importance to those who seek to control it.
The Chinese culture knows the value of words. They have a long tradition of meditating on characters and then transferring that essence to canvas in a process where the very language itself becomes art. People like Wayne White do similar things with English words, while poets like e. e. cummings paint pictures with words (there is a difference).
One reason I have felt compelled to write since I was just a boy is that I have had an instinctive recognition of the power of words. Like all writers, people who feel this truth seek to harness that power to some degree of success or another. No one can deny that such men as the one known as Shakespeare mastered the technique. Modern writers such as Tom Robbins are well aware of the power they wield.
As a child, I learned the old saw, "Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." What a sad little saying, since it inculcates a disrespect for the power of words that we all know is true, but which such sayings encourage us to deny.
Thing about it: the most powerful noun can be modified by a deceptively simple article like "a" or "the". The largest and most active verbs can be completely turned around by nothing more than adding "to" or "for". If these simple little articles and propositions can control the most powerful things and actions, then how much more power must other words have? If we can invoke Satan with a word, then can't we do the same with God?
Words are reality. We know no other reality but that which we can speak. The more powerful a language, the larger its vocabulary, and the more it comes to dominate the thing we call reality.
In light of these thoughts, doesn't it behoove us to build our vocabulary and to take control of the language we use and that which we allow into our minds? In fact, knowing these things makes it imperative that we turn off the corporate media and take control of our language and learn the power we have sitting right in front of us. By taking control of our language, we control our reality, and conversely take away the power of others to create our reality for us.
Words are the core of majick. They are neither good nor bad, but serve the intent of the speaker. Take the word "cow". To a Hindu follower, this is the word of a god. To an overweight woman, this is the word of insult. To a person urging action, it the word of blind obedience. A simple word with so much power.
Consider your next word. Use it carefully. And the next after that. Be aware of how you define your reality. Control your inner dialogue. Choose your terms to invoke the world you want.
We are all gods, and the power of that station is within our minds and at our fingers. The smithing of words is more vital that we often imagine.
Most importantly, actively filter those words which you allow into your mind. Consider the source that their intention in using the words. Don't let others define your words, for in so doing, they are controlling your reality.
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