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Where Meaning Is

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Are words better able to convey mundane experiences than subtle or spiritual ones?  No, because the virtues and limits of words are the same in each case. It’s experience in common that makes all communication via words possible, because the meaning of everything (from the most spiritual to the most material) is not in the words but in the consciousness of the listener or reader.

“The eyesight has another eyesight and the hearing another hearing and the voice another voice.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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The Voice of Dreams

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This morning I spoke with someone with a voice unlike any I’ve ever heard. It had a clarity and quality that was astounding. I was struck by the message within the message that was this individual’s voice and presence. Though the external meaning of the exchange was exceptional, it was virtually obliterated by the quality of the speaker. The encounter impressed upon me the difference between symbol and essence.