In the silence

Words are so powerful. They provide a means of shared communication and personal expression. But they can also lead to confusion, dissension and deflection. And of course they are culturally loaded. So what are the implications for Artful Contemplation when an artwork remains uncategorized and unnamed?

Words are so powerful. They provide a means of shared communication and personal expression. But they can also lead to confusion, dissension and deflection. And of course they are culturally loaded. So what are the implications for Artful Contemplation when an artwork remains uncategorized and unnamed?

…all words are illusory in that they never cover the whole subject.

Ted Falconar, Creative Intelligence and Self-liberation

Is it necessary to know the style of an artwork, or the genre, before we can acknowledge its significance? Do we need to give a reason in order to be moved? When does ‘putting it into words’ aid us, and when is it much more beneficial to remain silent, to allow the concepts around our experience to dissolve? In how many tongues can the universe speak to us? If we hold our tongue, then we may catch a glimpse of the rich non-verbal dimensions and non-conceptual patterns underlying reality.

So now I will remain silent.

…in the silence something may be heard that is ordinarily too fine and subtle for perception.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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