Hello Inward Questers, I am studying Access Conciousness again and I was listening to the interview of Gary Douglas on Inspire Nation. He mentioned looking up words like Want and Manfestation in old dictionaries. So I found an old dictionary online.
Next I looked up the basic online dictionary defination of manifestation (in todays age.)
In short the current online dictonary on google links the word manifestion with such things as global warming, Lyme disease and anxiety based on the examples of sentinces used. Even without this negative association, the structure of the word itself has changed.
Below is the Merriam-Webster current defination.
Here is another old meaning of a word.
The next I felt the need for another side by side comparison
Modern Internet Definition.
Modern Webster Definition
Who came up with the concept that consciousness was political in any way? As studiers of Manfestation and Consciousness which defination do you think describes the word best? Do you have any thoughts on the nature of the changes in our dictionaries over time?
It would be easy to write a treatise on this subject. English, of all languages, is a complex and volatile language, and the very creation of the language from a blend of Old French (Norman), Anglo-Saxon, and Latin makes it a language easily morphed and molded whenever we need a new word.
There are many words in English which have changed meaning over time. Take the word "gay"; Obviously, this is a word which morphed from one meaning to another in the span of less than a century. We still sing "Deck the Halls" at Christmas, complete with the line, "Now we don our gay apparel"; we surely mean the word "gay" in its original form. I could list hundreds of words which do not mean what they used to mean. Open a good dictionary, and the source of a word, any changes in meaning, spelling (check out how we have come to sometimes spell "light" as "lite" for example), and even multiple meanings will be listed with every word.
Personally, I love the study of etymology- which is the study of the origin of a word and the development of its meaning. That words change their meanings is not news to me. This is something I have found fun all throughout my life. Studying words is an obsession with those of us nerds who used to win spelling bees (see the movie "Akeelah and the Bee" for a really good look at this.) Where a word comes from affects its spelling, and how people use the word over time can change its meaning. Since America is, and was, a melting pot of people, and also thanks to the entertainment industry as well. English has exploded into the most-spoken second language in the world!
English is superbly flexible. Within minutes of the invention of "Google", we were swinging this proper noun into a typically English verb: googling. Just consult an up-to-date dictionary, and you will see this "theft" of a trademarked word into our general language. Google was not the first word to see this "theft". Check out Band-aid or Kleenex if you doubt me. We use and abuse our language to suit ourselves. We think nothing of making nouns into verbs, changing spelling to suit advertising (thus "lite"), and can "pull out the stops" (this phrase comes from music) with phrases that are used one place to describe something else. We are not alone in this- the Finns (as an example) routinely smash strings of short words together to make new words. We just steal them right out of foreign languages!
PBS did an absolutely terrific documentary called, "The Story of English". I still watch this special today. Check it out!
I believe that the words in which we express ourselves and our thoughts change as we progress though time. This transformation is a result of the evolution of consciousness, however evolution is an evolving statement and this is not so much as evolving as to metamorphosis due to fluctuations in thought stream.
If I lay a twig down and never touch it so it last forever, it changes over time into something else. It may grow mold or rot, it may turn to petrified wood but it does change. It may even rot completely into the soil turning into fertile soil. It is not necessarily evolution as it is transmutation from one thing to another.
Our language is affected by those that use it, we do have the full lexicon, but the words chosen by those that speak it and write it most change in that lexicon. In example: Someone of higher knowledge and stature says and writes something, this gets passed on to those of lower knowledge and stature, it has to be changed into words of less meaning but are more common to his understanding. When this happens inadvertently but unavoidably the meaning gets skewed and transforms into something different, this doesn't necessarily make it less, just different, it could even transform into something greater than was ever the original intention.
The same thing happens to our words, we have a vast foliage of wonderful words that clearly express our thoughts from which to pick. However it is the choice of use that transforms those words, for example I chose the word foliage to express an abundance like plants that are all over or like a jungle. Foliage are the leaves and to look at plants and trees, that is the most abundant thing to the trees and plants, so therefore it expresses my thought of the subject matter exquisitely.
So conclusively our conscious is molding the clay of our vocabulary to our expression of where we are in terms of thought, hence the transmogrification of the very words used in that expression of thought.
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