The Language That Time Forgot
“No river contains a spirit, no tree is the life principle of man, no snake the embodiment of wisdom, no mountain caves the home of a great demon.
No voices now speak to man from stones, plants, and animals, nor does he speak to them believing they can hear. His contact with nature has gone,
and with it has gone the profound emotional energy that this symbolic connection supplied.” –Carl G. Jung
It is the language inscribed in nature— and it is the voice of the Universe. It is the vocabulary of God, one that we have known from birth, a gift and an endowment as universal as sight or hearing, and as intimate as our prayers. But we have obscured and forgotten the language of God. We have buried it with our gifts and our talents. We have replaced the whispers of God with the language of civilization, and we have hinged our understanding on worldly gains. We have lifted our ears away from the ground and allowed the material world to silence the “small, still voice.” We have built our houses on the banks of materialism, and gathered our goods from the ruins of Eden. And we hide from God.
Man is a vessel perfectly made for relationship with God. Our souls are like seeds of the giant oak, the offspring of God. Spirit is an open window, a breath and a “dialogue” that connects the individual to the Universal and the Eternal. Beyond our conscious experience, we are fully conversant in the language of God. But in our human awareness, we are alienated and incognizant of God. We have let go of our instinctual nature. We have forgotten the words that we know, and we have allowed the demands of modern life to mechanize the language of the soul into lesser “digits.”
An involuntary or autonomous experience involving the lexicon of the universe is an “uncanny” experience, so most of us are willing to dismiss the notion of our personal connection to divinity by denying any metaphysical possibility that overwrites our physical reality. The truth of God is muffled in disbelief and we are left to doubt the validity of our spiritual connection to the Universe, and to God. Is there a shape that is created by spiritual laws and a way to contain an omnipresent Spirit or an infinite reality? We simply conform our understanding of truth to visible, physical laws, refuting a higher law, or a “higher consciousness,” and a master plan for our growth.
We are children of the “cosmos” and we are connected on an unconscious and universal level. The “collective unconscious” is a term that Jung used to include “higher consciousness.” Higher consciousness transcends the limits of consciousness to include the universal whole, and a higher power. A relationship to higher consciousness is pre- scripted into the human psyche, as Jung believed, blueprinted so that each of us is psychically connected to the matrix of all, all possible thought-forms, prototypes or archetypes. “Like the instincts, the collective thought patterns of the human mind are innate and inherited. They function, when the occasion arises, in more or less the same way in all of us.” (Man and His Symbols, pg. 64).
The collective unconscious is out of reach. We can’t access the collective unconscious from a state of conscious awareness without a language or messaging system from the unconscious. We have learned this language in our dreams. It is a language of metaphors, parables, and images. It is a living language that resides within us. But we fail to interpret a phrase or a word, an image or a symbol from the code of the Universe. The language of parables is the language of Spirit, the language of Soul. It is a language that we know, one that we have always known. It is the language that time forgot.
“If we become preoccupied with a lifestyle, no matter how convenient, cost-effective, or materially impressive, what is the cost to the human soul?”(The Road by the River, Djohariah Toor, p. 132).