The common conversation that human beings engage with is one of describing, explaining, reporting and comparing and contrasting reality. And it's not even reality. Usually it is the past; things that have already happened. There is even a television program found worldwide that is purely dedicated to this type of conversation. It's called the news. Funny that it's called the "news" because it's really not NEW at all, and it just creates more of the same.
By default, our language pulls for this kind of conversation. Our language is filled up with words to talk "about" things and we really don't have room for anything else...that is unless we become aware and choose to use our language for something else. Why do this? Because if you're up to having an amazing life that defies what's predictable, then using your voice and declaring it to be so is your access!
This NEW way of speaking, which is not actually new—it was the language Buddha used, is what I refer to as karma vocabulary. Karma is an ancient science that, simply put, takes into consideration that our actions impact our future and past actions are currently impacting our current reality.
What I think is really important about karmic philosophy is that it considers that not just our speaking, but our thinking and our emotional states also play a role in shaping our future. (If you're interested in delving into the subject of karma more, the book Karma: The Ancient Science of Cause and Effect by Jeffrey Armstrong is a wonderful resource.)
Karma vocabulary has everything to do with BEING. It is for courageous and responsible people who want to make a difference. There is no room for blame or victimization. Karma vocabulary is all about being present, compassionate and creating something new, and it actually takes no effort at all. All you have to do is BE intentional.
Karma vocabulary doesn't define. It makes distinctions. It doesn't blame; it dwells in presence. It doesn't "kill off" or limit. Karma vocabulary is creative, doesn't need proof and makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. The semantics may occur as similar to everyday language, but you can FEEL the difference. Declarations, guidelines of constitution, calls to action, compassionate and supportive language that is intended to leave people empowered and enabled are all forms of karma vocabulary.
So what does it take to develop this way of speaking and BEING? Learn your language. And I mean really! Embedded in our language, if we go back to the original meanings of words, is karma vocabulary. Whenever I look up a word, I always look up the etymology first, and I don't just leave it at that. I look at the dates associated with the word and think about what was going on in the world at the time, like what wars, who was in power, how was government structured, what religious groups were prevalent and what might have been the thinking of the common man. I believe all of these elements are absolutely crucial in truly understanding how the meaning of a word was shaped and what might have been denied in the expression of it. For although, a word may "mean" something in particular, there may be expressions of that word that have been suppressed due to the state of the world at one time or another.. Awareness of the world that gave the word, is access to using our language effectively and healing from the cancer that plagues our world. This cancer is the result of an environment characterized by a psychopathic addiction to being right and looking good no matter the cost. But we can heal by giving ourselves the permission to live and speak ANOTHER WAY.
Below I have included a truly awesome example of Karma vocabulary. I reference this document often, and carry a copy with me everywhere I go along with, of course, a copy of the The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution. It is Martin Luther King Jr.'s Principles for Nonviolence. (Please excuse the viewing quality. Follow this link to download a copy for yourself.) If you want to get a handle on karma vocabulary, study this document. Look up the words. Truly understand what they mean. And then BE IT. This is being the difference that makes all the difference in the world!
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