LEAPING WITHOUT WORDS: Cultivating and Exploring the Sacred through Writing and Reading
Christopher Dube / ISBN: 978-0-9734597-4-6
Leaping Without Words explores the elusive task of unveiling the nuances and presences of spirit through words. It
highlights the capacity of the writing and reading processes to transform the artifacts of words into spiritual meaning.
Written by Chris Dube, publisher for Urban Mystic Books, this book touches into the metaphysical and spiritual source
of words and how they can be comported into an affective approach to spiritual awareness. This is a pivotal book for
writers and readers who sense that words can be more than the expression of ideas; they can be vessels for the sacred.
Embracing Absence and Silence
i. Shifting Horizons
What the writing and reading of spirituality is trying to achieve is the pressing of texts
and words into the service of spirit. Because spirit is what is being sought as well as what
is doing the attracting, the way of words, if at all it is to achieve the goal, has to mirror
this inner essence of the nature of reality, an inner essence that suggests itself to also be
at the center of our own individual identities.
Even with this basic intent, the hidden mystery of spirit cannot be totally uncovered,
exposed to a final form of scrutiny. No matter how well-crafted and nuanced, no definitive
text may be created that is able to reveal or expose the reality of spirit in its complete
nakedness. This may be a frustration to any aspiring reader or writer of spirituality. It
means that the sensitivity of cultivating the spiritual ear or voice, involves at its roots,
the acceptance of partiality. Maturity is the realization that only the shape, sense, texture
of spirit may be garnered, and that these may together, form what one may begin to see
as the outline of the depth reality of spirit. What is important is that through this literary
craft, one may garner the sensation of what is generally understood as the ineffable, hints
and clues that lead to wonder, the understanding that there just might be something
more—beauty, depth, mystery, goodness—at the center of life and existence.36
Abraham Joshua Heschel notes that “in moments of insight the ineffable is a metaphor in
a forgotten mother tongue.”37 In other words, the ineffable is the sense of recognition
that there is something beyond the sensation that is beckoning and needs to be embraced,
given room to be. We recover this ‘forgotten mother tongue’ through the cultivation and
attunement of ourselves to the patterns of hints and clues with which spirit approaches us.
This cultivation is more than the rearticulation of ineffability, it is rather the apparently
insurmountable task of finding ways of embracing the originating source of that sense of
the ineffable. The idea is not only to recover our forgotten mother tongue, but to also find
ways of getting back to the ‘motherland,’ the land where we can utilize that recovered
language of spirit. How we do this and how we incorporate the language into our reading
and writing and into our spiritual lives is key. It involves a penetrative reperception of
both aspects of reality, the visible and invisible.
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Excerpt from, Leaping Without Words: Cultivating and Exploring the Sacred through
Writing and Reading, pp. 83-84
LEAPING WITHOUT WORDS: Cultivating and Exploring the Sacred
through Writing and Reading
Explores the varied terrain that allows writers and readers to
express and experience the sense of the sacred through words.
Author: Christopher Dube
Genre: Spirituality / Writing / Reading
Size: 5.5" x 8.5" soft cover; 276 pp
Retail: $23.95 CAD
Read the complete "Revolutions in Consciousness" chapter from Leaping Without Words. This
chapter explores the evolutionary trajectory that humanity is currently traversing and some of
the challenges that we presently face, particularly the handicap of our illusory apprehension
that we exist as separate islands of consciousness rather than expressions of a single unified
consciousness, what Chris Dube calls the "One Self consciousness." How we will surmount the
illusory stage of our species' consciousness expression is a crucial step in humanity truly
becoming a universal species.
Read the complete "Revolutions in Consciousness" chapter