I’ve been sitting on this thought since February 16th, 2022. It was the first day (and the first class back in the Eye of The Storm at the fabled Wizard Academy).
I was glad to leave the ice and snow back in Halifax, NS. Most people thought I was silly wearing only a t-shirt. I really should have worn a rain jacket that day.
It was a bit nippy as the ground turned uncharacteristically into an impressive sheet of ice in Austin.
Being Canadian, I was able to navigate the terrain quite easily. Others were not as lucky.
I only say this to express what a lasting impression it made.
It was that day you posed the question, “what is the language of vulnerability” in Portals & the 12 Languages of the Mind.
I have grappled with this wascally wabbit ever since. Thank the Wizard for the journey.
Here is where I am so far. Please weigh in with your thoughts. I am eagerly looking for a satisfying resolution to this quest.
In reflecting on some research I’ve been doing around the resonance of energy, I’ve come to believe that radiance has a physical sensation.
Some call this the Sixth Sense. Intuition. Perception.
Neuroscientists suggest the sixth sense proprioception. The innate awareness of where our limbs and body are in relation to space.
So what is the language of intuition? I argue:
Radiance + Feel = Intuition
What does this have to do with vulnerability? Maybe nothing. But also maybe everything.
Vulnerability and Courage are two sides of the same coin. You simply cannot have one without the other.
If we can define something as subjective as intuition, then we can iterate our way to vulnerability.
To break it down, I looked at each of the constituent languages:
Radiance + Feel: If we agree that radiance and feel are the languages of intuition, then we might agree that intuition is what is compelling us to be courageous. Because you can only have vulnerability in the presence of courage, we might all accept that courage takes a serious volume of radiance (positive energy) equally matched in the vulnerability we impose upon ourselves to be courageous.
Symbols: But what has initiated my intuition? I believe this lies in symbology. Courage is a choice. A threat assessment that is typically unfavorable, but you do it anyway. You step into it. You run toward the bullets, not away. Terrified, you do it anyway. This can only be achieved if there is a symbolic perception of what is right. Virtuous. As courage is a choice, and a prolific one at that, I believe virtue as a symbol would have a multiplier effect, not just additive.
Proximity + Motion: Vulnerability is only necessary when in proximity to a perceived danger. I’m not vulnerable to a caged lion, but I am vulnerable if I am in an exposed position during a firefight. To be courageous, one is vulnerable by default. If you’re not vulnerable, there is nothing to be courageous about. And bravery is stepping into the unknown…the terrifying…the difficult… even when the odds are stacked against you. The more the odds are stacked, the more vulnerable, and therefore, courageous. This is my argument for the languages of courage. Being in proximity to danger and moving toward it, rather than away from it.
Numbers: Speaking of odds, aren’t the odds just a numerical representation of the risk. So if we were to calculate the odds (consciously or subconsciously) we would be dividing into the odds.
((Radiance + Feel) x Symbol) + (Proximity + Motion) / Numbers = Vulnerability
(Intuition x Virtue) + Courage / Odds = Vulnerability
How’d I do, Indy? [You did MARVELOUSLY, Ryan. I like how you think. – Indy]