Word Artistry: Get Out of the Gutter
by Kathy Custren
NOTES ON THE ART OF POETRY
I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light
--Dylan Thomas, Welsh Poet and Writer
Wordsmiths everywhere are conscious creators, whether we realize it or not. We utilize the craft of word artistry to communicate ideas and help paint pictures of possibilities, describe realities, and even urge others to action. So let's take a look at words and how their energy plays an important part in where we are...and can be.
Finding agreement with language has always had its perils. There is an ancient tale about the Tower of Babel. It describes how the peoples of the world shared a common language of understanding. Within the context of that place and time, people once existed harmoniously. The story relates that this harmony was, in some way, displeasing to God, who then created multiple languages, dividing the people and scattering them away to various lands.
Today, within the confines of the world wide web and through the use of almost-instant translation, we are able to achieve an understanding of languages. No matter where we are, what alphabet we use, or language we speak, messages can once more find their way to better understanding. This makes the words we use much more important.
In the course of my own brief lifetime, conscious language has morphed and continues to challenge us. Years ago, the Catholic church said all of its masses and rites in Latin. It has since become known as an ancient and 'dead' language, even though many of our words have Latin roots. French, another popular language of Latin origin, was once the premier language for travel and legal matters. This popularity has been taken over by branches of Spanish languages found in many places around the world.
We have traditional English, with its received pronunciation, and American English with its vernacular linguistics: fuhgettaboutit. The energy of the words we use attaches to the dialectic—by that, it means the inquiry into metaphysical contradictions and their solutions, on a philosophical level—very deep stuff, indeed.
So, where we once only heard harsh, shocking, or abusive language in certain, limited circumstances, the envelopes were pushed over the years. Consider the skit by the late George Carlin in 1972 about the seven words you cannot say on television. Compare this with the controversy in the mid-1980s when the musician, Prince, squared off against Tipper Gore's Parent's Music Resource Center. Both of these brought language and word artistry to the forefront of our awareness and sparked interesting debate related to expression.
Today, parental ratings for language and content extend beyond movies and records into the ever-growing video game market, where it is not surprising to find characters from the 'hood' using what many consider to be foul language on a casual basis. Violent scenarios in video games are relayed in sometimes brutal language by gamers who act as masters of ceremonies, relaying their unconscious reactions on the screen in real-time.
We converse with each other in business, at home, and online with words that hold a certain energetic vibration. Where we once might have known to stay away from certain parts of town because we did not wish to subject ourselves to certain harsher aspects of language or those energies, it now pervades the language many of us use every day, in all classes of society. If we give regard to a spectrum of energy to be found all around us, these lower-vibrational words have us conversing in the gutter, where greater disturbance may be felt by those who feel and sense at that level.
In order to think and express our reality with a higher form of consciousness, we must raise our perception a bit—in fact, for some of us it can be quite a lot. Being aware of the fact that particular words carry a history of energy and that they are not “just words” can be eye-opening. We use language and words to fit in, so consider how we stand out when we use energetic words that are considered by many to be inappropriate.
Those actively involved in word artistry walk a vibrational sword of sorts, perched on the sharp edge of what is right and proper and what is wrong and/or abusive. We all can sense words, feeling them deep down to our soul level. We can sense the intention behind the words even more. Words have the power to hurt, as well as raise us up. The intention behind words can be crucial to our understanding not only each other, but how we can raise our consciousness in positive ways.
It is up to each of us to really think and feel about the words we use every day. We are imperfect beings, and our soul journey is one of varied experience. We owe it to ourselves to use our word artistry to elicit the best words with the best intention we can, and raise ourselves out of the language gutter.
About the Author
Kathy Custren, OMTimes Senior Editor, is a mother of four, who strives for balance and has a deep respect for All. Interests include education, elements, nature, humanity's cosmic origins, philosophy, spirituality, and wellness. Connect with her community page "Consciousness Live" on Facebook.