The Unknowable – Got You Under a Spell

Why would anyone label a subject unknowable?  

What purpose would that mental construct serve?

Do we use the term unknowable so we could claim plausible deniability for our actions as we move through this journey called life?

Or do we claim unknowable so we can surrender our will to something or someone outside of us?

Or are we under a spell that compels us to surrender our power?

Maybe it’s the latter. What we believe to be unknowable allows us to believe we are separate from it.

At times, we choose to see each other as unknowable – even our loved ones. Sure, we may know their habits and behavior in certain situations, but don’t we sometimes wish they remain unknowable?

This way, if we can’t see them, we can create them in our image.

To test this theory, think about the last time you gave someone a gift. Is it something your loved one wanted, or is it something you wanted them to have?  Does your gift tell the world more about you than the recipient?

To love someone is to know them.  Not the who you’d wished them to be but the actual being before you.  This is how unknowable serves us in intimate relationships, extending to other areas of our life.

However, a subject can only be unknown. Once it’s contemplated, it moves to the “to do” category for understanding its nature.

Contemplation of a concept or element excludes it from the unknowable category.

Now, you may decide not to spend your time in pursuit of understanding a subject’s nature, but that does not render it “unknowable.”

From Merriam-Webster, “Unknowable” first used in the 14th century

:  not knowable; especially:  lying beyond the limits of human experience or understanding

Since the word “unknowable” is defined, that opens it up to investigation.  The sentence provided using the word – says the nature of a G-d is unknowable.

“a G-d whose nature is unknown and unknowable”

Notice: the capitalization of god – this is how it’s written on the website. Not “the” but “a,” indicating there are quite a few gods that are considered proper nouns.

But I digress.
If we refer to the definition, we must cross the human experience off the list and throw out the scriptures in which the G-d of Abraham reveals Itself through words.

More on words in a bit.

If unknowable was first used in the 14th century, then that is the century also credited with Buddha becoming a Roman Catholic Saint, Josaphat; the beginning of Renaissance in Europe; a great many men, versed in the language of Latin, practicing Necromancy (dark magic involving the dead) and an estimated 200 million people dying due to the Black Death, just to name a few activities.

“Magic doesn’t come from talent; it comes from pain” -The Magicians

Maybe that’s when the “unknowable” spell was cast, and we saw ourselves as separate in our body, from each other and everything in the world.img_1370

Is it a coincidence that most of us get our understanding of religious icons and symbols from the 14th century, specifically Dante’s Divine Comedy by Durante degli Alighieri (aka Dante)? Not even an atheist can escape its influence.

The true magician is the writer.

“The most powerful magic trick a magician can perform is to see through the illusion.  Break the spell.” ~The Magicians

So back to words …

“Verbum significatium, verbum omnificum, verbum perdo.”

For those who have read Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol, these words may be familiar.

“The word that is the sign, the word that creates all.”

The antagonist chants these words as if they will give him all the world’s power. Of course, this is fiction, but maybe the power is in his words.

If you are familiar with the Judeo-Christian text, you’ll find similar words in 1st chapter and verse of the Book of John.

In the beginning was the logos  and the logos was with G-d, and the logos was a god.

Or from the 33rd chapter and 6th verse of the book of Psalms

By the logos of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath (pneuma) of his mouth all their host (dynamis)

Here’s where the scriptures refer to the G-d of Abraham as creating everything with his word and breath.

dynamis  – :  the state of that which is not yet fully realized :power, potentiality —contrasted with energeia : (the resources for producing such power)

I’d like to explore how a word is the expression of thought and coupled with divine wisdom and breath = Logos, which is consciousness.  I’d be overstepping my pay grade, however, because my experience and observation are not yours.

Here’s an experience you may have had to illustrate the point.

Thought is expressed in words, and when we breathe life into it, we manifest our creation.  Something as simple as a kiss ignites a fire, a desire to pursue oneness with another.  That desire sometimes creates a life journeyed together or even another life in the form of a newborn.

“Great truths are simple,” and this is the simplest illustration of consciousness /imagination (logos) for creation.

The gift of breath allows us the power to create and manifest, including discovering the nature of anything by imagining ourselves to be one with it.

“While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that THE ALL is in All. To him who truly understands this truth hath come great knowledge.” — The Kybalion.


“Not Religious, but Spiritual” Means What Exactly?

I recently wrote about spiritual enlightenment in a discussion ( ) centered on Beyoncé’s Grammy performance.
It seems as if everyone has an opinion on her costume but little knowledge to go with it.

Well, maybe if you’re from West Africa, you knew immediately which Goddess she was emulating. Mostly everyone else who is not an artist, creative, or studies religions; not so much.

So while the rest of the world was chatting about Bey, sending her and Oshun all this glorious energy (me included), the conversation turned to spirituality.

When pushed to think about spirituality and then define it, well, that was the moment that gave us pause.

So, I conceded that maybe spiritual enlightenment is a misnomer.  It’s more like spiritual re-enlightening.

Spirituality, for me, is simply remembering the ancient energy that animates all things, also resides in me. If I had to describe this energy, it would be THE ONE eternal flame that lights all the candles on a birthday cake.

I honor that flame in all living things.

Since I’m fascinated with the etymology of words, I believe the spirit is exactly how it’s defined: spiritus, which means breath.

The Latin word “inspirare,” from which we get the word to inspire, means “to breathe life or blow into.”

So, I like to believe that the spirit is that ancient energy that’s not created or destroyed. It just changes its form, and it is that breath that animates our bodies with what many call the soul.

When our bodies are worn out or destroyed, the energy that is “us” continues on.

The spirit is that thing that’s omniscient and has a small voice but speaks with temerity and speaks first in all matters of our daily life.

There it is, my definition of spirituality, spirit, and the soul for today. It could change tomorrow.

Are you Religious, spiritual or both? How do you define either term?