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Conversation as Archetypal Verbal Form

January 18, 2016

I’m thinking that its basis is in the nature of being (at least as perceivable by humans—maybe others) as simultaneously coming into being and going out of being, in each “instant” (pulse, vibration).

The next level is the “conversation” that is taking place within each moment of our lives, between life and death. These relaxed intimations are like friends who go way, way back. They enjoy each other’s company, sharing their differing points of view, amazed, delighted, completing each other’s sentences.

So the pattern is set.

Next is soul’s self-enactment, and its manifestation of itself in our imaginative perception of creative interrelationships between “things.” In that sense, soul is a conversing and a conversation; conversation is a mode of its logos, an image of that logos. Conversation is a psychological (in Hillman’s sense) state and act, subject to the soul’s pathologies, and sometimes archetypally enacting those pathologies.

Then humans meet and enact soul’s image. In healthy and unhealthy ways.  Mother and infant embrace, in physical and emotional sustenance.  Mirroring begins.  The father lifts the infant and draws it close.  Mother and father look into each other’s eyes.  The child develops its selfhood as it does so too.

Being as we are, members of an imaginative, affectionately relational, expressive species, we naturally move to create soulful conversations with individuals of other such species.  For instance, the plant that graces our windowsill, or a particular rock that dwells near our porch.  Through attentive practice, we enhance and refine our ability to receive their responses and to make effective communicative gestures, such as shared moments of silence.

And at the same time, we enter into conversation with All One, participating in Being’s ongoing conversation with itself.

So our imagining and imagination of life are conversational.  Our brains move to enhance our conversational ability, modeling on the intentional sounds and silences that it receives from others.  We learn to share words.

We are emotional.  We are intent and intentional.  We become reflective.  We add silence to our conversational repertoire, like the sounds and silences that make rhythm and music, including the music of speech.

We sing to ourselves and each other.  We write poetry.  We debate.

So we converse, we interrelate, in a more fully reflective consciousness, analytically and artistically.

There is a conversation between the artist and the world, artists and work of art, work and its audience, artist and audience.  In literary art, specifically, there is the genre of theatre, and there is dialogue in the other genres.  In dance, a conversation takes place between the dancers mind and body, and between the dancer’s body and the viewer’s mirroring body.

There is, potentially, a conversation between leaders and voters, and among voters, and between opposing candidates.

Our political conversations can be honest or dishonest, revealing or obscuring, creative or destructive.

Always they are a form of our imagine of life, including its value.

(Well that’s a start.)

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