Jargon Of Soul

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Words and the use of them can be employed to the extent that they loose their meaning.  They become pat, stock trade in our exchanges.  We are no long required to consider what we say as the little pocket book of phrases and words jumbled out to cover the plot of anything that is happening do it for us.  The environment of personal development and conscious raising work seems to be particularly prone to such conditioning of language.  I myself am equally susceptible to communicate with predetermined responses defined by terminology. It is something that I wish to rectify.

Relying on stock words to answer all occasions and issues takes us away from being present to a person, being with the situation, listening beyond our own givens.   Surely that is what we seek, to be present to life, to follow an event or discussion, to be with others in a free flowing exchange, beyond assumptions and prior knowledge.  Certainly the context of any exchange dictates to some degree the quality of interaction.  If one is sitting with a coach or counsellor there needs to be a language to create common ground of understanding.  Yet when that language becomes everyday terminology to engage life, we are actually removing ourselves rather than discovering ourselves.  We become reliant on these terms to interpret the situation, shutting us out from real communication.  Jargon and the way we use it begins to define our lives, we measure the level of success through the words we use.  We become one step removed from the experience.  Life becomes as pat as the words we use. 

Language is subtle, complex, it is a set of symbols designed not only to address the obvious practical swerves in our lives; it also carries a steppingstone toward discoveries not yet met.  Words are potent, they contain history unto themselves, their meaning changes over centuries, and yet embedded in each symbol is the story behind them.  I do not claim to be a linguist, my own use of language had been rather monosyllabic and it has taken an effort to move toward a use of language that is more eloquent.  What I have observed is words loose their potency, their depth, when they are trotted out as easy answers to any problem or debate.  Jargon creates a state of black and white; it sets an environment of opposition. 

When we engage our language with all its nuances we are forced to consider what we say, the impact of it, the line of thought, the direction a conversation is taking us. Contradiction and irony are granted permission, and the possibility of involvement and learning are increased. 

Jargon is the territory of a lazy mind.  It is a pitfall where complacency shuts us out from life.




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Phillip C Gordon I am an Alchemist, falling into the fires of transformation over and over as I realise the gold that I am. I choose to serve all humanity to that end, to raise the consciousness of humanity, one by one if that be the case. I am a writer, a speaker, an actor and fool.

Jargon Of Soul

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Words and the use of them can be employed to the extent that they loose their meaning.  They become pat, stock trade in our exchanges.  We are no long required to consider what we say as the little pocket book of phrases and words jumbled out to cover the plot of anything that is happening do it for us.  The environment of personal development and conscious raising work seems to be particularly prone to such conditioning of language.  I myself am equally susceptible to communicate with predetermined responses defined by terminology. It is something that I wish to rectify.

Relying on stock words to answer all occasions and issues takes us away from being present to a person, being with the situation, listening beyond our own givens.   Surely that is what we seek, to be present to life, to follow an event or discussion, to be with others in a free flowing exchange, beyond assumptions and prior knowledge.  Certainly the context of any exchange dictates to some degree the quality of interaction.  If one is sitting with a coach or counsellor there needs to be a language to create common ground of understanding.  Yet when that language becomes everyday terminology to engage life, we are actually removing ourselves rather than discovering ourselves.  We become reliant on these terms to interpret the situation, shutting us out from real communication.  Jargon and the way we use it begins to define our lives, we measure the level of success through the words we use.  We become one step removed from the experience.  Life becomes as pat as the words we use. 

Language is subtle, complex, it is a set of symbols designed not only to address the obvious practical swerves in our lives; it also carries a steppingstone toward discoveries not yet met.  Words are potent, they contain history unto themselves, their meaning changes over centuries, and yet embedded in each symbol is the story behind them.  I do not claim to be a linguist, my own use of language had been rather monosyllabic and it has taken an effort to move toward a use of language that is more eloquent.  What I have observed is words loose their potency, their depth, when they are trotted out as easy answers to any problem or debate.  Jargon creates a state of black and white; it sets an environment of opposition. 

When we engage our language with all its nuances we are forced to consider what we say, the impact of it, the line of thought, the direction a conversation is taking us. Contradiction and irony are granted permission, and the possibility of involvement and learning are increased. 

Jargon is the territory of a lazy mind.  It is a pitfall where complacency shuts us out from life.




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