Reflecting on words, we bring their energies, qualities and vibrations more present. “The word” brings us closer to the energies it symbolizes; “the word” has the power to invoke its own meaning and actualize it in the manifest world. The ancients knew this. Indeed, one of the best known creation myths begins with the words “In the beginning was the word…”
And that word was what philosophers and theologians call Logos. The original meaning of this in ancient Greek is simply word, speech, or thought. It came to have implications of the divine ordering intelligence and principle behind everything, the word that was in the beginning. The structure and pattern of the cosmic order.
Which brings us to the Greek word Kosmos. The original meaning in Greek is “embroidery,” which implies “the orderliness and harmony of woven patterns with which the universe is embroidered and moves. Kosmos signified the honorable and ‘right behavior’ of the whole, the harmonious orchestration of the world’s pattern and processes.” (A Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe, by Michael Schneider, )
“As re-stated by Plato, to discover kosmos in the world was to reveal kosmos in one’s own soul.” (The Passion of the Western Mind, Richard Tarnas) This is what we work with in SourcePoint, the reflection of the cosmic order within our own body, mind, and spirit.
In the philosophies and studies of ancient Greece, the inherent harmony of the universe was discovered by investigating the underlying ordered patterns, the mathematical relationships, that are the fabric of material reality, the kosmos. The Greek word harmonia means “fitting together.” (Beginners Guide, once again) When all things fit together in an ordered way, we have harmony.
When things fit together, work together, communicate with each other, dance together, play together, move together for the greater good, in the greater good, we have harmony. When our actions and relationships, our bodies and minds and spirits, are connected to and informed by the cosmic harmony, the cosmic order, then, things go well. When the systems of the body co-ordinate according to the principles of order inherent in kosmos, we have harmony.
Harmony is another word for equanimity. In these times, equanimity is essential. The waves of the world rise and fall, storm and subside, storm and subside, around us and within us. Emotions run high, demands are many. We live on information overload. There’s not enough time. People interact with their devices rather than each other. Stress is the norm.
Order, Balance, Harmony, Flow. Remember. It’s who we are. We experience that order and harmony in our breath, in our heartbeat, in the natural world, in the words themselves. We need to remind ourselves of that a million times a day these days, in order to maintain health, well-being, equanimity, and the capacity for responsible choice and action in the world.
Logos, Kosmos, Harmonia…..