Originally Posted March 2017
I am a man of words, in fact, one of the things I value most in this world is speech, communication, and the phono-aesthetics of words. If I could devote myself to the mastery of a single skill it would surely be the spoken word. It is the man in me, the philosopher, the poet, the libra, the humanoid, to observe something beyond comprehension and to foolishly attempt to describe it.
To commit this error is like caging a butterfly with the intent of understanding its whimsical patterns of flight. Once you try to rationalize something, to concretely describe an abstract concept, you are diminishing it, you're stunting its growth. And the only way to allow for it to evolve and reveal to you a broader scope of its grandeur would be to erase all notions of understanding and free it from the bondage of explanation. For example: If I understood love in the same way I concretely understood it not 5 years ago, I'd be miserable. But through trials and tribulations I was able to deconstruct this concrete notion of what love is or should be, thus opening myself up to a broader perspective of all that it CAN be.
Muhammad said, “Don’t theorize about essence!” All speculations are just more layers of covering. Human beings love coverings!
I am a man of words, in fact, my passion for words and tendency to let them flow through me uninhibited has gotten me into a bit of trouble in the past. This is due to the fact that I'd been known to speak from a variety of seemingly mutually exclusive places letting each of my imbalanced 'Chakras' influence my speech at different times. However, it seemed that all things effortlessly aligned and conflict melted away whenever I had spoken from my heart.
That being said, what I'm trying to communicate today is this: Regardless of whether you're speaking from a higher or lower place, allowing your words to filter through your heart is always important because it adds a sense of accountability and earnestness to your words.
But how could this be exactly? I mean, it's easy for anyone to understand how speaking from the lower Chakras may cause conflict, but what harm could possibly be done in speaking from higher Chakras when our Crown is associated with our connection to the divine and our Third Eye is associated with our wisdom and intuition? The answer is simple: It's because our humanity resides in our hearts, our capacity for empathy, our ability to connect with another human being and determine what is appropriate to say and what we must withhold at any given moment.
I once knew a guy, our exchanges were quite frequent so we were undoubtedly acquaintances, but a large factor as to why our acquaintance never sprouted into a true friendship was his detachment from our interactions. He certainly only expressed kindness towards me but there was always a lack of genuineness that I couldn't quite explain. I see now that the problem was that he had clearly taken on a role in our relationship that we hadn't mutually agreed upon: The Guru.
He saw every word I said as an opportunity to proselytize, swiftly responding with a piece of spiritual advice. I swear I never really learned a thing about who he was as an individual because it was all veiled behind his unyielding attempts to communicate his spiritual wisdom to me. This guy was so adamant about trying to funnel his every observation through his third eye, via crown, that it became impersonal, there was no real involvement in his words (No Heart Chakra) they were just abstractions.
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
And this is the Guru Complex that we have! We speak to look wise but the wisdom is not from our hearts, it's just another posturing of our ego. Not to say that this man didn't put in work but, from my observations, he failed to open his heart and acknowledge the needs and wisdom of other people and conditions outside of his own. By elevating himself to the role of teacher, he had placed himself in a hierarchy above a countless amount of individuals that he could have also learned from. Once you think you've found all of the answers, who will you listen to? How will you learn?
But back to myself! ME! Because making this blog post entirely impersonal would defeat the purpose now, wouldn't it? I've made similar mistakes with the ones nearest and dearest to my heart! Lord, forgive me! I've watched somebody love me with so much passion and wondered to myself, "They love me so physically. But how deep is their love for me spiritually? Are they capable of loving to the level that I, the master of love, am capable of?" Thus negating the depth of their heart. I saw them in the depths of despair and said, "You need to stop being so consumed by your emotions and try to step back and take a deeper look at the spiritual root of these issues!" Once, I thought I'd found all the answers and the universe replied, "Who will you listen to now, Rama? How will you learn?" And then I became their reflection and understood. And then, I died.
My friends, a word from a Spiritual Guru (ahem, myself): Sometimes people just need a shoulder to cry on, they don't need a spiritual perspective. Sometimes people just need to be understood, they don't need to understand things differently in order to make their own lives easier. Sometimes people just need to be loved and consoled, in a silence that speaks a hundred thousand lifetimes of words. Sometimes speaking through your heart space means not saying a word at all. Because most times your heart speaks gently enough to be heard yet loudly enough to be impactful. Jah Lives!