By: Paul S. Cilwa Page Views: 351
How our choice of words helps form, limit, support and expand our world view.

When words are coined to describe experiences for which words previously did not exist, the possibility is opened up for others to share this experience .

The ability to communicate anything involves language. In its original form the word "language" meant to communicate by use of the tongue (lingua) or speech. The concept of language evolved to include any voiced or written communication. Today this has extended to include any kind of communication, including body language, sign language, and even computer languages, in which Humans communicate data and instructions to machines and get useful reults in return.

Evolution Of Communication

In the Western world, our modern languages are alphabetic—meaning is placed on symbols, which are called letters. These letters can be defined by their various uses, generally representing sounds. The combination of these letters produce complex sounds that have come to be called words.

In the ancient world, and in many Eastern languages, single symbols are used to represent entire words. Yet, even there, the symbols are often built up of components that, themselves, have meaning. So you can say that, in all modern languages, words can be broken into meaningful components, and the meaning of these components color the meaning of the resulting word. This is what is meant by "the continuum of a word."

Since language began as sounds that mimicked natural sounds, when you create combined sounds or tones to represent an idea, concept or tangible object, you are adding more information and experience into your life. These sounds, these words, incorporate colors, shadings and connotations that make their meanings even more full. You can even create new words from the root meanings of known, accepted words. You flavor and texturize your perception of the world by your choice of words. For example, "lime-green," "velvety-soft" or "red-hot" express more than just colors; they imply an experience as well. It’s been shown that in languages that do not include "green" as a distinct color, speakers of that language do not perceive green as a distinct color band in the rainbow. It is clear, then, that words are not only your way of describing the world you experience; they also contribute to your experience of the world. As you extend your vocabularies, then, your ability to experience is enhanced. When you coin words to describe experiences for which words previously did not exist, you open up the possibility of that experience to others.

Let There Be Light

Could this be what the Bible meant by, God said, "Let there be light," and there was light? That, by giving the experience of Light a name, it became possible for God’s creations to have that experience?

In any society, as words evolve, they develop different shades of meaning, depending on the person using them. This has led to a particularly interesting state of affairs regarding scientific terms. The scientists who invented these terms use them in very specific, well-defined ways. But many of these terms—words like "energy", "field", "dimension", "plane"—have been appropriated by the metaphysical community where they have been given meanings quite unlike those originally intended. This isn’t a problem when a conversation is being held among scientists, or among metaphysicians; but when the conversation is being held in a mixed group, unintended confusion may result. This becomes an issue, because ONA integrates physics and metaphysics—both groups are expected to benefit from this information.

Therefore, as they occur here in this work, various words will be define or redefine. This is to ensure clarity. This process is for better understooding and is meant to assist you, the reader, in comprehending what these pages are saying. In other words, let’s speak the same language. That will make these pages an experience of joy.

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