Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics

Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics

Harmonizing Evolutionary Convergence


Glossary introduction

During the past few decades, a growing minority of folk in ‘developed’ countries have been experiencing a radical transformation of consciousness, as they have realized that conventional ways of educating our children, conducting scientific inquiries, and managing our business affairs are dysfuntional and unsustainable. Traditional spiritual practices, especially from the East, are assisting us to see a new reality with a new story, but there is still a long way to go before we are fully awakened.

Most significantly, as we change the conceptual models and cognitive maps that guide our lives, we need to change the meanings of many words, which have historically evolved to represent a materialistic, mechanistic worldview that is no longer valid for our rapidly changing times, following the invention of the stored-program computer in the late 1940s.

David Bohm was one of the first to see this need, saying in the mid 1980s that we can often change the meanings of words by studying their etymology, whose own root is Greek etumos ‘real, true’. He aptly called this approach to depicting the essential nature of the Universe the ‘archaeology of language’, studying especially the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) language, for this is the common ancestor of Sanskrit and most of the European languages.

For when our forebears were given the great gift of Self-reflective Intelligence some 25 to 40,000 years ago, Homo divinus was conceived in Wholeness, just as we are as individuals. So if we are to describe our True Nature as Wholeness, we often find that the roots of our language from around 5,500 years ago are much closer to Nature, and hence the Truth, than modern meanings of words.

Furthermore, Bohm identified the fragmentation of the mind, caused by increasing specialization in academia and the division of labour in workplace, as one of the greatest challenges of our times, writing in the opening paragraphs of Wholeness and the Implicate Order, “Fragmentation is now very widespread, not only throughout society, but also in each individual; and this is leading to a kind of general confusion of the mind, which creates an endless series of problems and interferes with our clarity of perception so seriously as to prevent us from being able to solve most of them.”

Society has become greatly fragmented because evolution has been more divergent than convergent during the past several thousand years. So, if we are to help with the acceleration of evolutionary convergence—the principal purpose of the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics—we need to take a transcultural, transdisciplinary approach to the development of a coherent collection of words that can appropriately represent all human experience, from the mystical to the mundane.

Most significantly, when we form concepts we need a context within which to determine their meanings. However, the overarching concepts for religion and science—namely God and Universe—are incompatible with each other. So the first task in developing a coherent Glossary for the Alliance is to look deeply inside ourselves to reveal the Cosmic Context and Gnostic Foundation that we all share.

In this exercise, it is vitally important to recognize that there is a primary-secondary relationship between two fundamental levels of existence: the mystical and mundane and the profound and superficial, which we can distinguish in English by capitalizing the former, such as Intelligence, Consciousness, Love, Light, Life, and Logos.

To illustrate this relationship, the word physics has a Greek root, phusike, meaning ‘nature’. In turn, nature has a Latin root meaning ‘birth’. But materialistic science does not study the birth of beings, including our own thoughts, since to do so it would need to include Life or God the Creator in its inquiries. So what was called ‘natural philosophy’ in Isaac Newton’s time and what is called ‘natural science’ today are very far from being natural. Science today studies only the superficial appearance of beings, not their innate essence. Mystics are the true physicists, for it is they who show us how to find the Origin and Divine Source of the Universe, viewed as a vast Ocean of Consciousness.

To provide further background to the Glossary, do please browse through the next few pages on the Cosmic Foundation & framework, The meaning triangle, the Proto-Indo-European language, and Glossary sources. There then follow four pages of indexes to help navigation, the first on Semantic contents, grouping many words by meanings, while the other three are automatically generated by the software: Glossary index, alphabetical Summary of terms, and Common-ancestor roots, mostly from the Proto-Indo-European language, where these are known.

This exercise in revising and consolidating over forty years of study into the roots of our language may never be complete. Nevertheless, I'll return to working on it when I have the energy to do so.