LANGUAGE IS ITSELF MYSTICISM
 

by FRANCIS M. TOKARSKI

There is something in the act of communication - at least in communication with words - that can only be applied to something that we may call "mystical." This is because of the RECURSIVE quality to Language. The definitions of words depend on other definitions, are defined by the terms of those other words; the words set the terms, the terms are the words; - this run-around does not actually define anything, let alone explain the origin of Language (I am not speaking here of the origin of any language on a historical [phenomenal] level; but the origin of Language-In-Itself [noumenal].)


...I imagine a mother teaching her toddler how to speak - not that she has to actually "DO" this...! Mothers (or fathers) do not need to be a TUTOR to their toddlers in order to teach them, say, English. The toddlers pick it up on their own. For, there is something within them that just so happens to CATCH ON to what all the dialogue is about.


Were there not this ability to just plain CATCH ON to what is being said, then a person could not learn language - I am talking about the person's first language here. Of course, with a second language, as an adult, a person can learn that new language in terms of their Mother Tongue - with their INTELLECT translating from their Mother Tongue to their new language. You can get quite skilled at this inner translation process - just like, for example, you can get quite skilled at performing a repetitive motion, say a motion one has trained for, as in sports or martial arts or dance... And this intellectual agility to translate an inner thought like this can occur with such speed as to often mimic fluency. However, the speaker has in this way never CAUGHT ON to the new language, that is, the great dialogue going on for aeons with the new culture/society s/he is skirting the rim of. S/he is, conversely, merely talking to him/herself...


WHAT IS THIS WHATEVER WITHIN US THAT "CATCHES ON"???


WHAT MAKES THE TODDLER - OR A SKILLED COMMUNICATOR IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY WHERE S/HE DOESN'T KNOW THE LANGUAGE AT ALL - BE ABLE TO "GET THE GIST"?


DO NOT ANIMALS, TOO, OFTEN "GET THE GIST" OF PEOPLE TALKING TO THEM...?

- OR EVEN PICK UP ON THE MOODS OF PEOPLE - GET THE GIST OF A PERSON THAT WAY? And even “get the gist” of what the Earth herself is about to do, e.g, sense an earthquake coming despite the failure to do so of high tech instruments!


You can posit that “the gist is gotten” by means of some inner access had by the individual, especially more around the earlier times of childhood - the earlier the moreso - to the Platonic Realm of Ideas. The younger/less experienced a person is, then the less CONDITIONED s/he is... This conditioning is the sort of cognitive lens placed before one’s consciousness, getting darker and darker as life progresses, perhaps now tinting one’s world red, perhaps at other times black - or even bubblegum pink, for that matter.(Conceivably, animals do not have such intellect-lenses. Conversely, high tech devices and machinery and hard- and software have no access to the Platonic Realm.)


To get to TRUTH - and by doing so, to not be restricted by any word for “it” (like a prisoner on a ball and chain), one must wash off and at last discard one’s lenses, one’s conditioning...


The only obstacle to this is...


F


E


A


R




As the Ego wiggles loose - which is the same as saying that cognition’s foundations have begun to crumble - a crisis situation is inherent in this situation - BUT ONLY FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THAT SAID EGO/CONDITIONING...


Flow with it and LET GO.


The darkness before the dawn is the dawn itself.


Words fail...


But when this is realized, that very point is the pressing of the reset button...


and then, behold and presto! - words are functioning again:


But with insight now into the Platonic Realm.


Now...


One “catches on” like never before! (- since being a newborn, that is.)


CONCLUSION...


Have faith in oneself - and LET

GO...!


RELEVANT QUOTE: “Liberation from words is enlightenment.”

                - BODDHIDHARMA