You see a beautiful landscape that literally takes your breath away. What you experience in that moment is beyond words, it is beyond the meaning of the word beautiful. You aren’t even aware of yourself being alive for that brief moment. But then you almost immediately begin to separate, categorize, label, and judge certain forms within the landscape. You are no longer breathless because now what was once (and always) beyond words has become subjected to your ego. Now you just see some tall mountains, a beach with a lake and a stream flowing into it, some weeping willow trees, some birds flying, some clouds floating, some flowers dancing in the wind, and of course the many different shades and textures of grass. The ineffable beauty has become a paragraph inside your mind.
We are almost always choosing to write books inside our own heads. We are constantly updating our own type of autobiography, something that is even more personal than what we typically think of as a diary. Our internal first person dialogue is something we become identified with, we think that it’s who we are. Words are something that other people made up, so you are in effect making yourself up. We imagine something or we feel an emotion, and then we almost immediately put “it” into words. We say “I feel happy right now” or “I’m doing good today”. When we do this, we are replacing how we feel with a general label. We are attempting to define the undefinable. Whatever the word “good” means to you, will take the original feelings’ place and now you will just feel good, not whatever you were feeling before. Whatever you were feeling originally is beyond words, beyond a definition. Just look deep down within yourself and operate from your center, really feel everything. You don’t need to keep covering up all of your experiences with these mental blankets.
We can only begin to attempt to fathom so much, let alone communicate exactly what we’re experiencing. We like to think that we’re complex and advanced as a species, but we can’t claim to actually know anything. Just to claim that you know something would require you to use words, and words are something we made up! How can you talk about something you “know” by using something that is imaginary? What each of us experiences through our few senses is what gives us the ability to communicate “accurately” in the first place. The senses do what they do by taking in inputs from our own perspective. We then decide how to interpret what we experience with our brain. Then we might output sounds or physical motions for specific reasons based on these interpretations.
Imagine the first people to ever communicate with a real language. They created and agreed upon the general meaning of specific sounds to try to communicate their exact ideas to one another. They all already had their own unique ways of understanding reality within their own minds. With these newfound words, someone could filter and send a piece of their specific ideas about reality into someone else’s mind. Language has clear advantages, but if we take words too seriously then they limit what we are capable of feeling since now we’re always looking for defined words to label our unique experiences. When you use words to communicate with yourself either non-verbally or verbally, you are in effect splitting yourself up into two things, your mind and your body. We like to call this “thinking”. This is severely altering your unique magical experience of reality into something that is much more defined, more general, and more rooted in the ego. The experiences that we label with the words, “thoughts”, “thinking”, and “feeling”, actually occur before we create the non-verbal words in our minds. Those three words are labels which aim to represent the imagination after the fact.
Our actual thoughts are just images-in-action or conceptualizations. Words come afterwards and so they are either the result of previous mental images, or the result of previous feelings and emotions. You always say words to other people or to yourself based on what you’re feeling or imagining. Maybe you’re feeling anxious, so you actually plan out all the words you want to say to someone else ahead of time. You are creating those words based off of how you feel in this moment. This can be helpful, but when you actually go and talk to the other person it’s very likely that you won’t say exactly what you planned out word for word because you feel different in the new moment. It also becomes harder to mentally talk to yourself because you have to listen and respond to another person.
We so often choose to follow our thoughts with words, or sentences really. Think of the mental sentences you create in your mind as physical boxes. You can cut up one box, or sentence, into individual words, and then into individual letters. Get it down to smaller than the letters. For example, you have a thought that begins with the word “When”. Now take the letter “W” and cut that into “V” and “V”. Now take that first “V” and cut it into “\” and “/”. This starts to make you realize just how strange it is to use a made up language within your own mind.
We use language to write words down and to communicate with others. Why do we so often speak to ourselves with a tool that is defined as “the method of human sharing of ideas and feelings”? We don’t need to share with ourselves how we feel because we already have the greatest understanding possible. We experience so much more than just the meaning of the words, “feelings” and “thoughts”. We are cramming the essence of everything we experience into two separate categories, feelings and thoughts, basically tricking ourselves that that’s all we can experience. This is probably one of the reasons why some people refer to words, or spelling, as a way of casting real life spells! This is far from magic. Look into etymology if this interests you. You are under the influence of the words you use, almost like a drug, because what you believe becomes your reality. Be aware of what you allow inside the sanctuary of your mind.
Words do seem to have “practical” use inside the mind, but it will always be an option whether or not we choose to use them internally. Your thoughts just aren’t who you really are, they aren’t of you. Words are used after you imagine or feel certain things. It really comes down to two options, either you are entertaining yourself, or you are trying to prepare for or manifest something in your external reality. We use words within our minds to do comparisons, to entertain ourselves with sentences about television, books, people, etc. Basically anything that we are experiencing or have experienced. Initially all these things make us feel certain ways, but then we usually try to look at these feelings. This can ultimately take you away from a full raw experience and out of the present moment, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
We are constantly labeling experiences, but we don’t actually understand anything. For example, take the concept of time. We collectively accept the measurement of this thing we call time with the labels of hours, days, months, years, etc. We cut out different sized blocks of time which actually mean nothing. We say it’s been one year when the Earth completely circles around the sun one time, but what does that mean? The earth was in some arbitrary position when we decided to start measuring how long it would take for it to get back to that same position. People who claim to understand time will tell you that it is really just movement, and that it is intimately connected with space. They might even show you mathematical formulas. They label and explain what time is in so many ways, but they have no idea what it actually is. Time, just like everything else, is beyond the meaning of its own word, beyond an “it”. The best we can do is point towards the ultimate truth of anything. Obviously time has many practical benefits, just like all concepts and words.
Studies have shown that only 7% of all human communication is done through words. The 93% seems to be something that we aren’t consciously processing, we just intuitively understand what someone else is trying to communicate. Words only allow you to think about the tip of reality. Reading these typed words is severely limiting in the level of understanding they can instill upon you. When trying to communicate anything, the “best” way to do it is to physically be with another person. When you are standing directly in front of somebody you are able to give and receive the fullest amount of meaning. Every piece of your body matters in specific ways and contributes directly to what you are able to convey to others. Your body can also say a lot about who you are. You don’t need a mouth to live, but having one obviously changes your experience of reality. Many people seem to experience life very differently because they are missing certain body parts. Sure, certain organs allow us to stay alive, such as the heart and the liver, and we label those as the most important parts because without them we couldn’t live. The body is just as important as the mind, if not more so, but often we are willing to cut corners on our health.
We all look almost exactly the same, but of course we are all unique in our own ways. We like to personally think that there’s nobody else like us and that we each have our own special minds and special attributes. From a birds eye view we all look exactly the same, we all do very similar things. Even “famous” people are just like anybody else. These people only seem famous because they’ve done some thing or things that an arbitrary number of people know about. Or maybe they seem famous because we haven’t met them, yet we already know what they look like or who they are. Each of us only knows about a certain number of famous people, so what about the other famous people we don’t personally know about? To be famous might mean that only one person has to know who you are, but they have never personally met you before. But this doesn’t make sense either because if you have ever met a famous person, afterwards you still hold the opinion that they’re famous. So it seems that you can be famous if just one person knows who you are. The whole idea of fame is just nonsense. It’s not just fame, but all of our labels, they are so unfounded. Labels or words are all completely meaningless once you break them down and really question what they actually represent. Not only do we have labels, but we also have categories which encompass certain labels. We are labeling the labels! This constant desire to analyze, separate, and cut up reality into smaller and smaller pieces can lead to mass misunderstandings and mental suffering.
Many people think of consciousness as having higher and lower forms. This is impossible because there are no “higher” or “lower” forms of anything. It’s a judgement from your own perspective about what “better” or “worse” means to you, but let’s keep the illusion going for now. This physical world is a “lower” reality and “the absolute” is the “highest” reality that we can attempt to comprehend. As human beings we like to think that we are the highest conscious beings on the planet. All other living things are lower on that consciousness scale right? Many people choose to perceive our reality from a prejudiced perspective. In reality, everything is created from the same essence at a core level, things just appear to have different physical forms, senses, and abilities. We usually think that we are above other animals, or really everything in this reality just because we are seemingly more aware of our own “complex” minds. It is a fact that we are able to shape this earth in ways unlike anything else.
There is perhaps only one difference that actually matters when it comes to comparing ourselves to all other living things. We assume that our language is the most advanced. Animals just can’t create words that us humans understand. All living things have their own forms of language to communicate among their own species, as well as with other species to a lesser degree, just like we do with our pets. You can “know” what your dog is thinking and feeling even though they aren’t using words with you. Sometimes it seems like our pets know us better than we know them. They just seem limited in their abilities from our perspective. All living things have some form of non-verbal communication that they use to communicate within their own species and others.
Us humans can’t completely understand other animals’ languages, and we decide for whatever reason that it’s okay to kill and eat certain animals. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it seems very similar to cannibalism if you don’t personally practice speciesism. The only “sane” reason that people resort to cannibalism is because they don’t have enough other food to survive. We obviously know that no “normal” person would want to be killed or eaten, because we can just ask them! I think the vast majority of people would agree that if we could actually talk to animals, not a single one would express the desire to be killed or eaten. Some gorillas can literally talk to humans because they have been taught sign language. The language “barrier” is one of the core reasons why I am personally against harming other animals for any reason. I believe that poor communication is one of the ultimate problems preventing us from attaining world peace, not only with other humans, but with all other sentient life.