Some words have a power.
Therefore, because they have a form of newness, foreign words can have a very strong power. For me, for example, the world BETRAYAL is almost diabolical. It frightens me! Betrayal. It sounds like – maybe because of Belial? – the essence of the Devil. Who we call in France : Le Diable. Brrrr…
“Spider” sounds very innocent – is it? I think of spiderman, or of a little spider, an harmless one. I wonder what it is for English speakers… The French word for this fascinating animal is ARAIGNÉE.
For a French, the word ARAIGNÉE is horrible when you examine (and hear) it. You immediately see a frightening dangerous horrible spider. You don’t laugh anymore. You feel the chill along your backbone… It’s not cute at all. At all! And, oh, sorry, it’s feminine…
This word, araignée, is like containing the essence of it all. It’s haunted. You feel the creepyness of it, just with the sound : araignée. It’s awful, complex, vicious, archetypically incomprehensible…
Have you met someone like une araignée one day? What happened? Did you survive? Did she trapcatch you? Was she haunted by death or a curse? How come you realized she was one? A web? Dead eyes? Some weird skill? What was her venom made of? Did you sicksleep, or die slowly, or lose all reason? Did she have bored slaves (like the flies on the first picture)?
What are other terrible words? Why? Why are some words so charged?
Yes, yes : their buttonlike many eyes… Brrrr…
When I was in my twenties I was reading all Chögyam Trungpa‘s books. This guy (a “preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism”) taught me many things. One of them was :
“Let go when someone tells you to get lost”
Trungpa says that if you nag & beg this person, then you’ll become a demon (he uses this word). I didn’t find again the exact quote, but I remember he was also talking about this image :
- The rejecter is walking, he says “get lost”.
- The rejected is begging and becomes a demon.
Well, I think we’ve all been there, that makes sense, right? This article is about what happens next.
- The rejected understands.
- Stops walking, and shuts up.
- (It’s his way to say : “Fine! Get lost too!”)
- He walks again, back on his own path.
- Silent double walk.
See me coming? Yes you do! OK, take a deep breath and visualize this :
- The rejecter slows down, now, thoughtfully.
- Then he walks in front of the other walker.
- He says : “Let’s talk”.
- The other walker doesn’t slow down, thinking the three-letters : “WTF”.
- He walks, it’s his turn to say “Get lost!”.
It’s why I called quirky this strange dance, which exist between complicated lovers of course, but also between friends, family, spouses, siblings, companies, etc.
The rejecter rejects then is being rejected by the one he rejected when he doesn’t want to reject the other one anymore.
Make a loop of this. Dance.
Dial, then Lever :
What do we do of this dial? What does that mean? Is there an invisible string between the two walkers, a bond? What should they do? What should they say? How to stop the dance? Walk on more distant path? Having fun eventually? Realize it’s a dance and it could be great? Tango?
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Vrubel (1856-1910) was a Russian Painter.
You can Google Image his name or “Михаи́л Алекса́ндрович Вру́бель” to find his work. It’s haunting, like made of scales, and it’s a perfect example, for me, or strangeization.
When you encounter his work, there’s a chance your brain begins to… like… address his case. It’s a very good indication, for me!
After the picture of his Seated Demon, there’s a fragment of the right part, like it?
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