Using Language to Awaken and Evolve

Highlighting the work of Michael Main

Can Language Help us Awaken and Evolve?
Words, letters, sounds, sentence construction, intention, body motion and emotion…all aspects of communication. Language can bring people together or separate them instantly. The way we incorporate and ‘use’ words tells much of our state of consciousness and the perspective we see the world from. Often, those who seem to use ‘advanced language skills’ come across as intimidating to those who use words of ‘lesser influence’ and by the same token, oft we are ‘put off’ by people who we think are ‘using’ language to speak ‘above’ us. Can we use language as a tool to awaken our capacities further and even evolve – as did our ancient ancestors who first ‘invented’ the form of communication we are so familiar with today?


First of all, we must reflect on the roots of how language began. No doubt, original humans were largely silent, relying on grunts and whistles to signal their ‘tribe’ of needs and where to direct attention. I am guessing intuition and telepathy played a much bigger role than it does today, as without ‘formed words’ individuals were more able to tune into what their fellow human was wanting to share.

As words developed, it seemed a major triumph- a hurdle mounted- in order to replace a ‘large idea’ full of emotion and meaning with a single set of sounds agreed upon by all. This must have been celebratory at minimum – to be able to describe food sources, people and times of day to the rest of the community with a few short sounds. Initially, these words were, no doubt, supplemental, to the telepathy and emotional attachment all must have had to one another – which allowed for deep understanding beyond any sound.

Enter Logical Mind

As language has developed we have moved toward a very linear expression of time and mind, using logic and reason, science and math as dominating factors on how we communicate with one another. In fact, the ’emotional’ and empathetic, more intuitive forms of language have long been looked down upon as ‘too abstract’ and ‘woo-woo’ by many in today’s world. We like others to be ‘clear’ about their intentions, what they are trying to convey and the experiences they have had.  We rely on common interpretations and ‘agreed upon’ definitions to words in order to explain, testify and protest any and all subjects.  In fact, if we lean into the abstract too much, it had ‘better be in jest’ or we are looked upon as ‘slipping’, ‘eccentric’ or a little crazy.

Instead, we have reserved a particular area of language to tackle the intuitive, emotional mind – poetry.

Poetic Mind and One Pioneer

Poetry and poetic verse seem to be the only spaces left in the modern world for free flow of thought and feeling coming straight from the non-cognitive aspect of self. If labeled as ‘poetry’, suddenly proper grammar, sentence structure and word usage are ignored, forgiven- momentarily. But, by quarantining creative language in this way, have we lost the ability to access the creative mind? Have we limited ourselves -refusing to speak from the heart and express the deeper human musings that require us to strip away logic?

Some choose to take the practice of poetry and go deeper into language itself, challenging the very notion of the way we have ’employed’ words and language up until this point. One of those individuals, and perhaps the foremost authority and pioneer on the subject of the evolution of language is Michael Main, author of Quintet For The Apocalypse and his beautiful work in progress (In)Sens(e)lms.  

In his words:

I do not think that the Language itself  is dying; I would say, rather,  that the  uses  to which we have put language have “expired” the capacity of our ability to evolve as capable and worthy beings  in and of  Language.  And I do feel that, as of this present moment, we must both inhabit and employ language with superior skill, or we will perish. It is the method by which we arrive at new insight as well as solve crucial problems. Must that mean we ascend to the heavens? No. But, here, where we find ourselves at least, we cannot continue down the path in whose assumed guide posts we have placed overweening trust.

Michael Main takes words that are normally not placed next to one another and drops them side by side in order to invoke the non-cognitive to engage.  We are all ‘pre-programmed’ to respond to words placed in their ‘proper’ order – and to even allow our thoughts to fast-forward beyond what is actually being said- using assumptions- so we may prepare a response before we have even digested the words being expressed. Don’t we?  This is what is meant by the need to ‘evolve our ability’ – I believe.  To be able to get back into the space of listening where we ‘do not know’ what the words are trying to tell us, and we do this enough to allow ‘something more’ through – something from ‘beyond’ the known to enter the mind.

(rub)bish (g)round

d(rag)net p(lead)stalker

squirrel pathway

tremolo manteia maven

crying of destiny awful

unready unworthy (t)axis

(lo)ve foot sc(raping) by ten

thousand times amen

Deepening and Stretching our Human Minds

Perhaps we can use language to awaken to a deeper expression of who we are meant to be as human beings and evolve the current way in which words and language are used.  To do this we must question the way we use words.  Are we simply regurgitating meanings and replicating ‘sound bites’ of ideas gone by?  Or are we able to stay completely present with what we say, correcting ourselves along the way if we are not saying that which we really mean? And do we know ourselves well enough to know if we mean it – or are we a societal repetition, less of an individual and more of a ‘computer generated personality?’  These are the questions we must ask.  Questions these are those ask must we … doesn’t that feel different?

Michael Main’s work really began to evolve when he first stumbled upon Hinge Theory – and the idea of the metamorphosis of language -from which he has been spring-boarded off into his own interpretation and expression of the evolution of language.  This is the very nature of Hinge Theory, apparently, as  “both the theory and the applied practice of “Hinge” is assumed to be a process that must evolve in the hands of each “practitioner”: each new author who comes upon it is invited to adapt its elements.”  Hinge Theory was first introduced by American poet Heller Levinson.  Main was more inspired by Hinge Theory rather than indoctrinated or ‘influenced’ by it, per say  – highlighting that this theory is based on the “insistence on a language experience and practice based of and in the ‘senses’ of one’s physical body, a poetry that is tied to base fundamentals of sound, rhythm, improvisation, and dance.”  In this way, Main’s work is his own form of art, hoping to stretch the bounds of language beyond it’s current capacity and inspire others to do the same with it.

The idea that language inherently carries more potency and power than we are currently allowing it through our limited use of it – is exciting.  Where might we explore, what fronts might we reach through the expansion of our use of language and words?  Perhaps we could awaken inner abilities and evolve more intelligently and intuitively as beings upon this planet by inviting language to show us more.  Just because we have a dictionary with nearly every word defined and pronounced for us, this should not limit us, but instead propel us forward into further reaches of mind – with our current understanding as a springboard and not a tethering cable.

Written by: Stasia Bliss

Source: Michael Main – the person & the website

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