The Hidden Language of Healing
Etymology casts a strong light on the muddy English language and what it means to heal thyself
As I’ve said before on this blog, the most radical thing you can do in a profoundly sick society is to take control of your own health.
Something else you may catch me talking at length about is etymology and how it reveals so much about the nature of the world. Especially for English speakers, we have such a complex language with its original meanings buried deep by time.
Here are some dots I’ve connected - not in the most linear way - through my casual study of etymology that relates to health, healing and to therapy.
To be sorry, or sorrowful, is to be sore. In pain. Sick.
To be sad is to be satiated. You’re full. You’ve had enough of what’s made you sore.
To sacrifice is the act of making something sacred.
To addict is to make a sacrifice (from Latin addicere, "to devote, consecrate; sacrifice, sell out, betray, abandon,"). An addict offers themselves up to something the object of their addiction. It is an unhealthy sacrifice that does not view the person, the addict, as being sacred.
To blunder is to be blind. To make a mistake you can’t see.
Knowledge is literally power. It traces back to gno-, the Proto-Indo-European word, meaning “to have power, to be able.” To know thyself is to control thyself.
Awareness precedes control. To be aware is to see. To have insight. To recognize.
In order to see what you haven’t before you must have the courage to face it.
Courage means “from the heart”. To be courageous is to speak from your heart.
To heal means to make whole. To become Holy.
Puzzle means “total, complete.”
To heal you must put together the puzzle of your life. You must see and recognize what made you sore.
Courage is necessary to heal a broken, sorrowful heart.
Happy comes from happenstance. Good fortune. In other words, luck.
Our culture is increasingly egosyntonic, and social norms insist we all smile and display happiness, good fortune. But we’re not all equally fortunate, and certainly not fortunate all of the time. This blinds us to reality. We believe we must be happy even when we are not happy. In reality, this puts us at dis-ease.
What does an unhappy person (who believes they must be happy) do when they see someone genuinely happy? They envy.
Envy means simply, an evil look. The envious seek to destroy the light in others. Envy does not simply apply to the coveting of material objects.
What appears to be mystery-laden spiritual language is in fact a clear to understand analysis of human suffering and well-being, mapped out long ago.
All of this is mostly just to say increasing your awareness of yourself, and what made you the way you are today, is key to being healthy. Many people are at dis-ease because their minds attempt to protect them for harsh realities by concealing, or compartmentalizing, those harsh realities.
It is a bit counter-intuitive that we must have the courage to confront uncomfortable situations in order to heal from dis-ease. Pain is sometimes a sign of healing. Healing is work.
We must have the courage to see as much as we can see. The courage to face breakthroughs when and if they occur. The courage to discover who we are.