A new vocabulary for a New Earth is needed so that we may begin to share concepts that relate to the new reality that is emerging among us.
The words we use reflect the concepts we hold about ourselves and about the nature of reality. They reinforce these concepts and give us a common language with which to communicate with each other. However, words also restrict the breakthrough of new ideas into our common language, and therefore they must be redefined or new words must come into usage.
Among these words which need to change, reflecting the new time we are in, are words having to do with our identity. The word ‘personal,’ for example, needs to change its meaning as does the pronoun ‘I,’ referring to oneself. A word that needs to come into more common usage is the word ‘being.’
As part of the New Earth, our definition of ‘personal’ is too small. ‘Personal’ must become more inclusive. It must refer to all that we love, including our newly sensed intimate connection with those near to us and those whom we do not know who live far away.
‘Personal’ used to mean ‘relating to one’s person or self,’ but it also has an emotional connotation having to do with ‘relevance’ or importance. That which is ‘personal’ has been interpreted to mean that which we hold closest to us as most intimate or significant. ‘Personal’ has defined a group of things that we might not share with many others, but only with the few closest to us. Usually, ‘personal’ has referred to our sphere of family, friends, loved ones, as well as the set of choices we make for our daily lives.
As part of the New Earth, this definition of ‘personal’ is too small. The New Earth is based on the expansion of the heart, and so ‘personal’ must become more inclusive. It must refer to all that we love. It must include our newly sensed intimate connection with those near to us and those whom we do not know who live far from us. ‘Personal’ is a way of relating to all of life through the expansion of the heart. It is inclusive of all and seeks love’s presence in relation to all.
A similar shift needs to take place with respect to our use of the pronoun ‘I.’ Who is ‘I?” This is a question that has been central to philosophers and to spiritual seekers alike for thousands of years. Yet, in our common use of the word ‘I,’ we refer to our embodied self, the self within the perimeter of our own skin. This body definition, including both thoughts and feelings, is our most common reference when we speak of ‘I.’ Within the consciousness that is arriving to human beings in the presence of greater spiritual light, ‘I’ can no longer be limited to the single body in time and space. Rather, ‘I’ must find a way of including ‘We’ in itself, not as a polarity which it has been, but as part of itself. ‘I am myself’ would be the past usage of the word ‘I.’ ‘I’ am ‘you,’ ‘I am all,’ ‘I am one with the Earth’ implies an expansion of the self that includes that which was formerly thought of as ‘other’ It is this polarity between ‘self’ and ‘other’ that needs to change so that there is no longer an ‘other,’ there is only an ‘I’ blending into ‘We.’ In its ultimate expansion of meaning, ‘I’ becomes: ‘I am all.’ ‘I am everything.’
Finally, we must give greater prominence to the word ‘being’ as in human ‘being.’ ‘Being’ is what we are, not what we think, what we feel, or what we do. ‘Being’ is the core or foundation of our existence as a self, a point of conscious awareness in an ocean of awareness. We are accustomed to thinking of our consciousness in relation to thinking and feeling. But these are not the only states of awareness that we may have. ‘Being’ lies beneath thought and feeling as a layer of awareness that we may access that has no words to it, only breath. Our breath carries us into the place of ‘being’ where there is just the sense of awareness without an object, a thing it is aware of. We are just awareness floating in time and space, anchored in the Divine core from which we have emerged and through which we have taken embodiment. This Divine core is our being. It is permanent, unchanging, unaffected by outer circumstance, and eternally connected to the divine Source of life. Whereas, in the past it was common to perceive: “I think, therefore I am,’ today, we must adapt this to its deeper meaning related to Divine life, namely, ‘I breathe, therefore I Am.’ This statement means that I come into existence as a result of the sacred breath and sacred intention that moves through me. This is the divine Breath that is carried on our physical breath that creates and makes possible life.
A new vocabulary for a New Earth is needed so that we may begin to share concepts that relate to the new reality that is emerging among us. This reality is created by greater spiritual light. It makes possible nuances of perception that can begin to change not only our view of ourselves, but our view of each other and of the world.