A Whole of The Whole

Table of Contents


1. You Are The Source
It made sense to me that relationships, jobs, and stuff was primary to whether or not I was happy. But I began to discover that these “outside” happenings were not most important. I have begun to see that it’s the inside that matters most to feeling grounded in life, and happy. When I am able to allow myself to Be with my surroundings, rather than trying to force them to satisfy me, I find that the answers are inside me, I find that I am the source.
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2. Writing This Book
Through the tension I caused myself by misusing words to judge, criticize, and blame, I discovered how limited conceptual thinking is. I began to call the symbols used for this thinking “word-tools”. Viewing words as only tools, and coming to see how limited they are, helped me find a new, more-grounded place of Being.
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3. Terminology
This book was written as it flowed out, one section at a time. It’s not linear as perhaps most books are. Once you get a feel for the limitations of word-tools, perhaps by reading through the first fifteen to twenty sections, you could skip around and read whatever section sounds interesting at the moment. Also, carrying a view of words as only approximations, I often grouped many words together to point to the same general idea-arena. With that in mind, I’ve listed terminology to show which words I’ve used as synonyms for the purpose of this book.
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Lost in Concepts

4. What Is a Word?
A word is a symbolic tool created by human beings to indicate something we experience in reality. We generalize and say “All of these things we will call dog, all of those things we will call ball.” A word is a this-not-that categorization that provides a name, a shortcut for communication. It represents, in symbolic form, what we experience. But a word does not carry the fullness of that experience; it holds only narrow slivers of the context from which it was drawn. Each word is a limited, inflexible tool that excludes far more than it includes.
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5. Lost in Concepts
Ten years before this book, it seemed I was almost 100% lost in concepts. Although familiar with where concepts come from, I didn’t see them as a tool, I saw them as the only way to access reality. I believed all truth must be conceptual. If it couldn’t be put into words, with logic to support it, it wasn’t worth considering. But I began to notice that there were so many different versions of “The Truth” around me, and wondered why peoples’ truths could be so seemingly oppositional. As this tense, stressed adult I call “me” became aware of how lost he was, and of the limits of the words he used every day, my life opened up to a feeling of peace and a joyful flow of living that seemed new and wonderful.
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Part 2: Connectivity

61. Narrow In Order to Expand
Word-tools narrow the focus as they zero in on the one generalized grouping that excludes all else. In order to function as shortcuts for actual experience of what’s real, they leave out uniqueness and Connectivity. These communication shorthands expand our lives when we are aware of the limitations. But when we forget the limitations, and pay no attention to the underlying, ultimate purpose of coming in contact with reality, words become tools of distortion and destruction.
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