One of the more difficult things I have come across in my journey to become a shaman is something I call, “Translation.” Translation is the challenge that comes up when two people come from different languages, and they are trying to communicate complicated scenarios with limited words in a shared language. This also happens within a single language, like English, We have only a single word to describe one of the most complicated experiences in our existence. “Love”
I thought I would try to express some of he different ways love could be described through the process of translation.
When I was speaking with my Spirit Partner, Natalia, she was trying to describe me to myself. And she knows a word so very specific about me, she states that it is one of my true names. But, when she tried to tell me, I couldn’t hear it. It was too foreign and specific., my brain couldn’t understand it. So, she tried to create a word using English that would cover the same idea. When she said it, I thought, “What did you just say? Did you claim that was English?” Then I stopped, and thought about the complex jumble of sounds she had just made. I thought about it, slowed it down, and realized that she said multiple words in English stacked on top of one another. She simultaneously said:
Friend + Lover + Companion + Jerk + Smart Ass + Intelligent + Thoughtful + Capable + Caring + Connection + Magic + Teacher + Student
And I realized as I went through each word, and build a single idea from the complicated set of words, Natalia’s effort proved to be a remarkably accurate, and personal, description of me from her perspective.
I would like to use this method of translation to describe some specific ideas on how we can feel such complicated feelings of Love, that we do not have the language for.
Love for my wife: The woman I met 18 years ago, married 10 years ago, and everyday, I chose her anew.
Trust + Friend + Stability + Intellect + Artist + Scientist + Laughter + Serious + Locator of Patterns + Research + Reader + Lover + Witty + Smile + Tears + Hardship + Challenge + Perpetual Growth + Caring + Selfless + Companionship + Choice + Teacher + Student + Stress + Passion + Pride + Longing + Sadness + Hope + Creativity
Love for my children: The most amazing little people I have ever met, one is now 7 and other is now 4.
Pride + Growth + Strength + Creativity + Intellect + Surprise + Amazement + Responsibility + Fear + Hardship + Terror + Awe + Student + Fresh Perspective + Teacher + Self Doubt + Excitement + Challenge + Boundaries + Health + Hope + Sadness + Giggling + Inspiration
And a Characteristic of both of the kinds of love listed above are cyclical forces. They self perpetuate, and grow.
Love for my home:
Grand + Beautiful + Strong + Trust + Teacher + Comfort + Struggle + Frustration + Complexity + Money + Hard Work + Rewarding + Male Gendered despite the fact everyone calls him a Queen + Safety
Love for my friends:
Companionship + Sharing + Laughing + Tear soup + Coffee Date + Running Partner + Helping Hand + Connection + Indebted + Training + Child Assist + Celebration + Frustration + Confusion + Miscommunication + Judgment + injustice
Start with the first word, and understand what it means, then think of each of the following words as a new flavor to help describe your understanding of the first word. Let it form and shape your understanding.
The biggest downfall to this method, is that it is a Great way to describe these things from my perspective. It is hardly a name, or a word you build, as it wouldn’t be true for someone else in a similar relationship. Each word is unique. As each person, and each relationship are.
I wish you all… Love. In all forms. Love as you can, and be loved as you can…
Happy Valentine’s Day!