“A rose by any other name would seem so sweet.” This excerpt from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has beneficial insight for our inquiry into conscious living. A word through expressed interpretation or definition of any person, situation or thing limits our conscious expansion. Words are often confused with whatever is being considered.
Shakespeare could easily have written “A word by any other name would seem so sweet.” It could be suggested that William Shakespeare had wished to express the futility of any word. Wikipedia: “The reference is often used to imply that the names of things do not affect what they really are.” A key to conscious awakening lies within this sentence.
The mind may be interfering now by telling you that words are a necessary part of our daily activities. And for all practical purposes this is true. But it stops there. The words or word is never “it”. This is correct whether we are speaking about the weather, the world or what is in or beyond the mind.
“The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?”
Consciousness in human beings has been written and spoken about for thousands of years. There are no accurate records of when and why human consciousness began. We have been using words to assume and interpret this mystery but still do not know what it is and why we are conscious.
Consciousness is Beyond Words
An interesting, as well as in-depth, literary work about consciousness is a book by Julian Jaynes “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind”. The psychologist suggests that human consciousness didn’t begin until as recently as 3000 years. You may find the book to be very insightful but be warned, it will push you beyond the preconditioned limits of the mind.
Labels and definitions placed on objects and situations through words should never be confused with the experience of any given moment. Unrestricted conscious space is recognized and accepted when we go beyond a word, interpretation and the mind itself. Words will continue to be used for multiple reasons in our experiences. But in actuality should never be taken too seriously.
P.S. Here is an extensive article on the “how” and “why” of conscious development in human beings.