The Whole Wide Word
I've always loved and been intrigued with language, words, and writing. Not just in the obvious ways, but in more esoteric ways as well. As a teenager, I remember looking out of a high dorm window as my friend wrote her name hugely in the snow by making snow angels (she had only a three letter name, but it still comprised very many angels). It was a lovely, and impeccable representation of her actual handwriting signature. Although I'm not sure how or why I would have expected her body writing to look otherwise, but it seemed to be some kind of revelation.
It was the first time I remember consciously ruminating on any deeper meaning of letters, of words and language. In this case, the idea that we have a personal, symbiotic relationship of sorts to words-- that language shoots out of us physically in unique manifestations—that there might be something about letters that goes beyond the mundane.
Years ago, there was an art stroll at my son's school. While viewing some collages in a 1st grade room, I noticed there was one particularly striking animal creature, unusual in its proportions and very twisty body. I have an interest in drawing analysis and interpretation, and viewing this creature in such a way, I noticed it could be seen to fairly spell out the young artist's name—Savannah--backwards.
Did she design this purposefully or consciously? It's possible, but upon pointing it out to her mother, she seemed absolutely astounded. I have since noticed similar name and writing effects in children's artwork, including my own son's. It does seem to be an unconscious manifestation of letters.
The idea that letters (extended here to mean language, words, etc., and all that "letters" would encompass) have meaning and power goes without argument. But, this relies on the notion that they are symbolic. What about the idea that letters are somehow intrinsically meaningful and powerful?
Setting aside the real-vs.-hoax arguments that surround last year's Issac drones/CARET story, within, there are some interesting ideas about language. In describing the unusual markings upon the craft of the photographs, Issac of the CARET documents writes,
It really did operate like the magical piece of paper sitting on a table…They had something akin to a language, that could quite literally execute itself, at least in the presence of a very specific type of field. The language…is a system of symbols…along with geometric forms and patterns that fit together to form diagrams that are themselves functional. Once they are drawn…they immediately begin performing the desired tasks. It really did seem like magic to us, even after we began to understand the principles behind it…Even before the CARET documents appeared, the symbols present on the drones formed a large part of the discussions in various forums. They were likened to alphabets from Klingon to Hebrew. Similar hieroglyphic style symbols have been reported as present on craft throughout the modern UFO era, beginning with the mystery airships of the late 1800s.
Could there be something about the notion of hieroglyphs or ancient alphabet that is innate to Mystery? Certainly, the Egyptian alphabet is known for its reflexive properties. The language savant, Jean-Francois Champollion, the person to finally translate the Rosetta stone, describes this reflexivity, "It is a complex system, writing figurative, symbolic, and phonetic all at once, in the same text, the same phrase, I would almost say in the same word."
Champollion has essentially described this ancient alphabet as holographic in nature. I recently came across a small blurb in a book that rather blew me away, and taking mental note of it, completely lost the reference when I tried to find it later to show my husband and explore it further. Doing some online keyword searches, I found the information I was looking for, which turned out to be just the tip of a highly strange iceberg.
What I read as I recalled: that someone has found that by shining a light through a torus at various angles, the entire Hebrew alphabet appears as shadow, in correct order. That's pretty amazing. But, it's far more complicated than that. Kabbalist scholar Stan Tenen has been exploring the holographic, mystical, and mathematical dynamics of the ancient Hebrew alphabet for decades.
Gage quotes Tenen:
"The ancient Hebrew alphabet is far more than a tool for everyday communication or the transmission of sacred texts; the letter forms themselves have intrinsic geometric and mathematical properties that point us to a profound knowledge of life and the nature of human consciousness."Another thing I found fascinating was that the shape of the Hebrew letters can actually be formed in sand, by the very vibration of the sound of the letters as issued from the mouth. There's something so profoundly satisfying about this—it seems to be "proof" of …something. That form itself carries meaning? That everything, thought, form, meaning, physicality, is in essence, one--literally connected?
These are nice thoughts that have been around a while, but it seems somehow more real when there are examples such as in Tenen's work. There's a lot more, and below are some links to further reading and viewing.