The Warrior Many Tongues
I awoke this morning hearing a voice saying:
“Beware of the warrior Many Tongues whose mind is cluttered with things and he walks the earth in confusion, deep in his fear of the Great Spirit Emptiness, for he knows that without Emptiness there would be no-thing.”
I lay there a trying to remember the dream and the events that led up to that voice, and trying to visualize the face, but it wouldn’t come back to me. But I could still remember the phrase and the sound of the voice, so I reached for my leather bound journal on the nearby night stand, fumbled around for the pen, and I managed to write it down without losing the memory of it. It’s sometimes very hard for me to write down phrases I hear in dreams, they just vanish when I try.
The thoughts and feelings from that dream hung about me like a sheer gray curtain, as I got up and began my morning. I made my coffee, turned on the computer, and sat back for a moment, looked at the headlines on a news page, but I was not really reading them.
It seemed like a koan. “Without Emptiness there would be no-thing.” Just enough of a pause between the “no” and the “thing” to seem like two words, but said to sound like “nothing.”
Thoughts of the meaning of infinite and spirit crossed through my mind, like old memories, for I’d thought such thoughts many times. Yet somehow this dream phrase seemed freshly related. The age old corporeal problem, the spirit world and the ever emergence of things surrounded by space, or nothing, which ancient philosophers hypothesized to be composed of something, and now modern philosophers, in the form of physicists are imagining it to be something as well. But if infinity is unmeasurable, is there ultimately a something? Maybe the “great spirit” is no more than that which makes thought possible. And people have made up places where they can revere this seemingly amazing possibility, like the sense of awe some express after smoking some weed and then looking at an ordinary, everyday object as if for the first time, dragged forth on a long, thin line…