This post does not reflect the views of any organization. My thoughts are my own.

The Golden Rosycross held a service mid November. While the service is for members, a theme could be discussed that is important – the importance of conscious speech and silence. We are a society of speech. Our minds are cluttered equally with internal speech, and our mouths verbalize idle chatter. Idle talk is something many cultures speak against as it leads to foundational problems with gossip and actions that ultimately separate us from our spiritual goals.

In another blog I maintain (which is more focused on the spiritual concept of Self), I had an insight related to these ideas. As I made a deeper connection with my expanded sense of Self (the Neshama, or Higher Self or Soul – by whatever name you may call it) I felt this impulse of idea:

What doesn’t feed the Soul, let it go.

That became a central idea (aka Precept), and what followed were several more. These were personal ideas I wanted to live by. Several of these ideas related to speech.

Golden Rosycross on Speech

The Golden Rosycross also relates this idea of watching our speech and it came up in this month’s mid month lecture. As it’s a private lecture for members, I will first offer that membership is free and easy to acquire. Simply fill out the form from this link and you should get a response about membership, which will allow you to receive these monthly meetings (including member only services):

Without giving up the lecture, conscious speech can be discussed for its importance in keeping the mind clear.

To that aim we should avoid idle chatter.

Observe what comes out of our mouth, what is given birth in our mind. Is it positive or is it negative? Often times we thrive on the negative as it’s a conversation starter. Ingesting negative media (like news) can be a problem as well. The Golden Rosycross doesn’t tell you what to listen to, this is an individual decision. For some they may decide that the music or television they watch/listen to is divisive or brings on strong negative emotions.

On the positive side, we should share hope, joy and positivity with others when possible.

In the dark times (the so-called dark night of the soul) one can find refuge in a holy image. This may take on an image that resonates with your own personal soul. I have such an image. Seek, and you will find.

Counter Discussion

Some may argue that if we never speak of the negative, then negative elements will never be addressed. In families who have members suffering from addiction, this is called enabling. Throughout history it was the build up of negative information on a topic that led to change. Examples in history are slavery, civil rights and helping those in need (refugees and those who suffered from Holocaust events.)

The story of Buddha also speaks to this, from a spiritual level. As prince (before becoming the Buddha) he was hidden from the pain and suffering of life. His father only allowed him to see positive things in the world, and removed all negativity. This led to an imbalance, where he thought there was no pain, no suffering in the outside world. Venturing into the world, however, he came to a very different conclusion: that the world of formation is based in suffering. The way out of suffering is to go beyond the world.

To put this in perspective, the Golden Rosycross is asking us to chose to be positive rather than negative. They are also encouraging us to retain our strength and not waste our energy in directions that pull us back to the flesh, rather than expand our consciousness.

My Personal Example

Let me explain with an example:

Have you ever had a meditation moment where you felt blissful? You are full of the present moment, or deep into the spiritual practice that the world pales. All worries are like illusions. That’s the experience of the expanded self, or what the Golden Rosycross may call the Soul. Yet after a few hours beyond that meditation you may find yourself frustrated with traffic, or with the latest political scandal. Perhaps you read of another oil spill that killed the last surviving animal of a species… or the abuse of police against Native tribes, so that a corporation can build an oil line through their property. These events pull one back to the flesh.

That experience (described above) is priceless because it shows the linear flow of expansion. At one end is the myopic focus of the limited human self. At the other end is the expansive expression of Soul self.

When we engage with carnal aspects of life: worries, negativity, anger, indulgence – we pull back to the flesh. I’m not criticizing, only identifying the situation. The flesh is limited in its scope. It can’t attain much direct connection. The mind of the flesh is warped into the cares of the world – pushed around by the buffeting winds of fate.

However, if we expand beyond the flesh the cares of the world fall away. In this state of mind we tune out the ego, the limited “I” and begin to hear the deep things. The impulse of Soul… and the drive of the Spirit Spark or Divine goal.

Which is our purpose? As spiritual people, our goal is likely the latter (expansion). If our speech is negative it will pull us to the flesh, if it is spiritual it can expand our consciousness.

This leaves a quandary: do we ignore the problems in the world?

The World’s Issues

Many spiritual traditions hold that our outer experience is a reflection of the Inner state. This is alluded to with concepts like, “as above, so below,” from the Emerald Tablet. It is also directly spoken about through the works of Buddhism.

Buddhism says that the world “out there” is empty of self-existence. This doesn’t mean the world doesn’t exist, but that it lacks existing in a specific way. This view relates that our world is a product of our karma (actions). In other words, if you hate your enemies, you see a world of enemies. Enemies are empty. They could be allies, but you happen to hold hate within, and the karma of your life paints your world to show enemies.

“But people are really being harmed,” someone will say. I’m not able to say this is right or wrong, it is a position. An answer to the question. I think it holds merit. To the Buddhist, the harm of others is a projection. Like a dream it is real to the experiencer, but through wisdom it is seen as an illusion.

In the second recording of this month’s focus on Nature, the speaker reads from Lao Tzu, referencing this same idea. You can view that recording from the Golden Rosycross via the video below:

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