I often notice myself referring to writing here as “talking” or “speaking”, because this is how it is experienced – I am writing what is being said within. The best material is from documenting the flow.
I’ve written before about the 4 levels of speech. These are:
– Para – the beyond
– Pashyanti – the first impulse, flow
– Madhyama – thoughts, the mind ‘speaking’
– Vaikhari – spoken
We might call writing a 5th level of speech although it’s probably more true to call it a 6th level, after recordings of Vaikhari.
These levels also reflect the age. In a lower age, writing (and now recording) is required to preserve knowledge. (even though “Knowledge in books remains in books”) In a little higher age, spoken words are used to record teachings that are then handed down orally. We see this in examples like Vedic recitation, First Nations, and some religious oral traditions. Modern recordings like YouTube might be seen as a base version of this. In a still higher age, speech is mostly formal and ceremonial. Routine communication is Madhyama, what we would now call telepathy. And in the highest age, group consciousness dominates.
In current Western history, we see development of oral language and then writing as signs of development of civilization. But in the long view, they are actually signs of it’s devolution into materialism. We’re working from some false assumptions about the distant past.
But now the trend is gradually reversing. Media broadcasts orally and some oral traditions are being revived. There is much more to come.