Because evolution has been more divergent than convergent during the past several thousand years, the human mind has become fragmented into specialisms and many have become cognitively and experientially separated from Reality even though none of us is actually split from the Divine for an instant.
The materialistic, mechanistic worldview that governs Western civilization is thus deluded and schizoid, reflected in the way that the English language, like other European languages, has evolved during the last thousand years. If we are to harmonize evolutionary convergence in the Age of Light, we thus need to change the meanings of dozens of key words to denote the mystical worldview.
Not the least, these include words that denote the contextual concepts of God and Universe within the broad subject areas of religion and science, which, themselves, have become split. Many cultural transformers are today seeking to end this war of worldviews without fully recognizing the need to rewrite the dictionaries that govern the world of learning.
To clarify our language, 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.
These examples show that we can often change the meanings of words by studying their etymology, whose own root is Greek etumos ‘real, true’. David Bohm 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 25,000 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 7,000 years ago are much closer to Nature, and hence the Truth, than modern meanings of words.
Following three pages of further background to the Glossary, the Index provides the most ready access to the words that have been defined so far, with more to be added from my writings during the autumn and winter of 2017 and 2018.