The words that we use come to define the rythm of our lives.
Learning German, I've noticed a peculiar phenonmenon. The words that I know shape my experience. Apparently there are some political problems going on here at the castle. Lawyers and people come and go, join us for coffee, and talk to Reihart about them.
However, I don't understand anything! I don't know the words that would enable me to understand even the broad details of what is going on. I thus remain untouched by the whole energy of the situation. I joyfully work on my art, help out around the castle, and cook meals for everybody.
Since I know mostly basic and positive words, I have positive and basic conversations with the folks that come through. I cannot talk about problems, I just don't have the right vocabulary!
I find that consequently, I don't have any problems.
It strikes me that there is something profound to learn from here. The words that we choose and use determine our experience. The words and grammar that we have deep patterns of using play a large role here. Words are sounds that represent ideas. When we speak a word we imbue it with meaning through sound and intention. The word's innate sound and the sound we put into it create our meaning. In more ways than one.
If we have habits of using 'negative ' words, we tend to speak, create and define our reality through a negative lens. If however, we've adobted many good and positive words, then, this defines and creates our experiences.
Apparently the castle has a bit of violent history. Reihart has asked me to create an art piece toimbue the castle with good and peaceful vibes. Mandala Man to the Rescue!
I immediately had an idea... perhaps I could merge my learning of new words of German with mandalas and art making. I set about learning new words. Good words! As many good words as I could think of!
With the help of Dorathi, Reihart, Stephanie and her kids I have set out to learn new words and make a mandala for the castle. This movie is the first stage of the project.
More to come!