Art of the word
I read recently an essay about the importance of the word in Judaism. The deepest thing is the word was its theme. Is this true? What about expereince, beauty, metaphysics, love, or pictures? Isn't a picture worth a thousand words? What about the mysteries and subtleties and the ephemeral? Aren't these as deep as one can get? Can't words be used cheaply? Can't anyone say anything and have it mean this or that? Isn't seeing with our own eyes the real proof? What about other dimensional experience, where one merges with the light, even the light of truth? Or what about an inner peace and or well being?
I question all this. Didn't the light through meditation lead me to God? Didnt my hand tingling and calmness of breath lead to peaceful waters? All true to some extent.
When pondering this the other night i came to an understanding that was deep and sufficed. Now for some reason it is not fully clear as I write. Hopefully I recall some of its essence.
The universe was spoken into existence. It wasn't a feeling thing, or a harmony of forces and a code of beauty that brought it about. It was just a statement of intent with words that willed it into being. Words used in the right direction become our comfort and guides. If you hear 'I will be with you or I love you' that is all you need to hear. Peace, well being, love then follows.
Can these words be broken or not followed up? Yes. But so can everyting else. The light can be broken, beauty can be distorted and lied about, just as much as the word. What it does is state the claim, the ideal, what things should be, in words. That breaks the ground. Then other phenomenon follow.
Even silence values words. Today there is too much noise and too many mouths talking, so words are cheapened. Silence hushes all talk so we can hear and listen again. Once done, words can appear once again as the jewels they are, precious in so many ways.
Art often serves these different concepts such as form, light and dark, all leading to beauty and harmony. Purpose and aesthetics are at the forefront. At this point I will attempt to create art that serves the word. This won't be in a literal sense. It will just be in my consciousness as I pick and choose from a lifetime of influences what techniques and aesthetics to use. It won't be devoted to an impression or observations of light or motion. But I might use elements of them to borrow from to serve this understanding. What helps portray the word in its power and import will be kept and what dissipates this will be discarded, of course as best I can and if menat to be.