After a lifetime of living in philosophical silence, Joshua K. Linden heard the sound of water in a whole new way. The mesmerizing, meditative sound resonated so deeply within his Soul that it propelled him on a seven-year journey of reflection: on Soul, ego, and our place within the web of life.
Beautifully designed, The Sound of Water offers a series of thoughts and meditations that will guide you in your own journey to reconnect with the Source. You are invited to read it from beginning to end, or flip to a page at random to find deep insight and wisdom, inspiring you to awaken to living a life that deeply honors and values the Soul.
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About the Author
Joshua Linden grew up in the Midwest. After working for several years in California, he moved to Virginia where he completed his education with a degree in counseling. He is married and lives in the countryside of Central Virginia with his wife and two dogs. In addition to writing, he continues his love of ceramics, painting and music-drawing inspiration from nature. The Sound of Water is the culmination of seven years of reflection on the state of the human Soul. To learn more visit www.JoshuaKLinden.com.
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The Sound of Water
A Psychology of the Soul
By Joshua K. Linden
Red Wheel/Weiser, LLCCopyright © 2014 Joshua k. Linden
All rights reserved.
I do not, nor cannot speak for God.
Whatever God is, is beyond my purview.
There are some who presume to speak for God. For instance, they may say, "God expects ... God wants ... God feels ... God thinks." But the God about which they speak, is their ego "... I expect ... I want ... I feel ... I think."
Never confuse ego and God. There are many who do, and their confusion causes many problems for themselves as well as others.
Your studies and experience will teach you whether or not to believe in the existence of God.
My studies and experience have taught me that God does exist. This is a good thing, which I hope that in (this) the word, these sentences, this book, you will be compelled to go further in your studies and experience concerning questions of God.
For the purpose of Sound of Water, God is through human perception a form or aspect of Infinite Perfection. This aspect can be thought of and considered to exist in many forms such as, but not exclusively—love, beauty, truth, and scientific certainty. In Sound of Water this aspect or form of God is written about and understood to be the First Person of the Christian Trinity—the Heavenly Father.CHAPTER 2
Underlying the words in this book is essence. This essence is the same that exists when one looks out at a natural landscape and recognizes a wholeness or oneness. This essence permeates the trees, the fields, the clouds, the streams, the creatures—all that is. It is also the essence of each of us before knowledge and human consciousness. It is the essence of creation.
This essence is who each of us are when first born. It exists before anyone teaches us that we are something other than the essence of creation.
The words written here, and their essence, are what your Mind is aware of in this moment.
When the essence of all things is conscious of itself in one's being, one experiences the Source.
The Sound of Water is meant to point you in the direction of this Source. This is where your essence and the essence of all things flow into one another—without deception, distortion, or corruption.CHAPTER 3
Music, art and knowledge potentially awaken one to the existence of the Source. Many spiritual writings point towards the Source. A great enlightened teacher's life can awaken one to the Source. There are many ways in which awakening to the Source can occur.
Your Mind has a relationship to the Source. A relationship is a form. The form or relationship of one's Mind and the Source is the Soul.
It is a very important form that requires daily recollection, maintenance, and meditation if it is to remain in a state of Pure Soul—without deception, distortion, or corruption.CHAPTER 4
Years of living and its formation of memories often cause one to forget the real Source as well as the form of the Soul.
Sometimes one comes to believe that another is the Source. Sometimes one tries to possess the Source and claim it for oneself. Sometimes a culture elevates a dream, goal, or value as being the Source. Oftentimes these illusions of the Source are so tempting that one comes to believe that they are greater than the true and real Source.
When one becomes convinced of an unreal, make-believe Source, the Soul becomes distorted, corrupted, and diseased—one begins living an untruth and an unreality.
Untruths establish separation, duality, and suffering. However, the essence that is of all things, united and flowing into one's essence, creating the Source, exists without separation—without deception, distortion, or corruption.
The Mind recognizes and experiences the real Source through the alleviation of psychological and emotional suffering.CHAPTER 5
A Soul is distorted when one knows the Source through someone or something that is external to oneself. These paths to the Source are indirect, socially constructed, and potentially dangerous.
When one's Mind is indirectly and externally connected with the Source, one is subject to socially generated guilt, fear, and doubt.
Although a masterpiece or a guru may awaken one's Mind to the Source, a true awakening does not result from dependence on the masterpiece or guru.
A true awakening occurs when one's Soul finds itself at peace and alive—existing without guilt, fear, or doubt. This state of being exists when the Mind experiences the Source: the essence of all things and one's essence flowing through one's Soul.
The Soul is at rest when personal and universal essence is not dependent on anyone or anything in particular. When there is dependence on someone or something particular, ego is created.
Egos always create separation and distortion of creation and reality; whereas the Source is always experienced as the union of creation and reality.CHAPTER 6
Most individuals are able to maintain a semblance of a healthy ego by associating their ego with a productive collective endeavor. However, because the ego creates separation, one normally lives a life of some inner and outer conflict as long as the ego exists.
Society's structures and laws are established in part to prevent unhealthy egos from fertilizing, taking root, and growing. When unhealthy egos are allowed to thrive, pain, suffering, and chaos often result.
Transcending social reality into a state of conscious reality happens when one awakens and comprehends: I am not anything or anyone I have ever believed that I am.
When one lets go of all sociologically assigned labels, descriptions, and values, one becomes simply one's consciousness, existing without containment in the realization of enlightenment.CHAPTER 7
Three states of Mind can occur when the Soul is troubled: loneliness, boredom, and depression.
In these states the Soul is conveying to the Mind that something is missing in order for the Mind and the Source to be united. That which seems to be missing is a result of a barrier or boundary the ego has constructed. This construct is an illusion that creates an indirect path to the Source resulting in a troubled state of the Mind.
The real essence that flows from these words into your Mind, and your Mind that flows into the meaning of these words is the Source—the words themselves written in this book are not the Source as they are indirect.
This Source exists whether you are worshipping in a church or temple, having dinner with family and friends, taking a walk, or sitting silently by a river.
This Source, the experience of the essence of all things conscious within you, is not dependent on this book, nor anything, or anyone else in particular.
Nothing is missing when you are experiencing the Source.CHAPTER 8
An ego is established through an indirect and disconnected path to the Source. Just as many mistake their ego for God, so too do many mistake their ego's connection with their body of knowledge for the Source.
The connection, through which one is deluded into believing that it is the Source, is the ego's explanation and defense. As such this illusion is the ego's justification for its existence.
When one releases this connection between the ego and one's body of knowledge, and reawakens to the Soul as the direct path with the Source, the Mind quiets in its natural real Mind-Source form or relationship that is the Soul.
Freedom from indirect paths to the Source allows the Mind to merge and become one with the Source—to exist without the separation and the suffering that the ego creates.CHAPTER 9
The Source may or may not be God. Like superposition in quantum physics the Source may exist simultaneously in both states.
I am unable to say. However, I am able to say that it is impossible for anyone to possess the Source—it is only possible for one to experience the Source.
It is more than likely that the Source belongs to God.
The Source is the well-spring from which creation occurs. The stars and the planets, life and culture originate from the Source.
Inspired literature, art, music, and scientific discovery originate from the Source.
You and I originate from the Source.CHAPTER 10
It may be said that the Source is the present and that it is experienced in the present.
The present is everything that is. It is actual and real.
One is conscious of the present through experiencing and knowing. Likewise one is conscious of the Source through experiencing and knowing. When the path between the Mind and the Source is direct and uncorrupted through the Soul, such that the Mind merges with the Source, experiencing and knowing also merge, becoming one and the same thing.
When this happens, the Mind enters into reality and the Soul enters into what may be described as a state of divinity.CHAPTER 11
The present is the only actual reality. It is where, through the Source, creation is always occurring. The past and future are states of unreality that one constructs. They can be altered in endless ways depending on the particulars one chooses to include in the unreality.
Living for the past or living for the future is living for something that does not exist. Existence only happens in the present and is the essence of all things that flow through the Source.
Unrealities always return to the reality and truth of the present. The Soul cannot tolerate for long periods of time the distortions that are made in the attempt to maintain a belief that an unreality is real. The Soul is at peace when the Mind and the Source are one in and of the present.CHAPTER 12
The basic form of all unrealities is not-present.
One creates or imagines an unreality; either in a past-present form or a present-future form, when one believes something particular is missing from actual existence or the present. When one conjures up an unreality, the Mind is temporarily separated from the Source, and in this process the Soul suffers.
This process of temporarily separating from the Source is a normal human activity that facilitates learning—the accumulation of knowledge. What is abnormal or inhuman is when one gives a mental permanence to the unreality and begins to lose sight of and the ability to return to reality and thereby the Source.
Individuals who lose the ability to return their Minds to the Source, to reconnect with the Source, are often referred to as lost Souls.CHAPTER 13
Every individual's body of knowledge is unique—comprised of different experiences, studies, memories, and perception. As such, every individual's experience and awareness of the Source is different and unique.
A normal human experience of the Source is an individual's Mind being drawn toward the Source, fulfilling a natural state of one's essence united with the essence of all things. This natural state becomes corrupted when one connects to something particular that is socially constructed and external to one's own being. This is a basic form of missing and establishes a basic process of searching-a movement from reality into unreality in search of the particular that one believes to be important.
This process of searching begins with one imagining an unreality, a not-present form in which the Source is believed to be reflected or contained in something particular that is socially constructed and external to one's being.
A healthy example of this process is when an individual hears a beautiful sound that causes the Soul to have a similar experience as when the Mind and Source are one. The individual may search for the instrument that produces this particular sound and imagines an unreality of owning and playing the instrument. If the unreality becomes a reality and the individual acquires the instrument, and diligently practices, the Source within the individual will be expressed directly when one is playing the instrument—the sound of the Source will manifest itself in reality. The individual will have become a musician who is said to have Soul.CHAPTER 14
What one is doing and experiencing at any given moment in time is reality.
What one imagines or thinks one did in the past, or will do in the future, or what one is doing in the present in any form other than what is actually occurring are all unrealities.
Unrealities are useful in many ways. A primary way that an unreality is useful is that it teaches what reality is by awakening one to what it is not.
Often unrealities can be dangerous and even destructive. This happens when one believes that the unreality is actually real. Because the Source does not exist in any unreality, believing that the unreality is reality disconnects one from the Source.
One of the greatest dangers occurs when belief in the unreality is so strong that one actively sets out to convince others that the unreality or illusion is real. Dysfunctional families are often formed around such illusions. Many destructive cults have temporarily existed as a result of a collective belief in such illusions. Entire nations have collapsed as a result of such illusions. This was true in the nationalist sentiments in Germany, Italy, and Japan during WWII.
It is important for an individual to be aware when contemplating an unreality. After the lessons of the unreality are learned, it is important that one have the ability to return the Mind back to reality and thereby the Source from which life, truth, and peace originate and exist.CHAPTER 15
One of the greatest uses of unrealities exists in the form of what might be.
However, this is a form in which potential violence exists. It is also a form in which potential resolution to conflict exists.
When people who believe in unrealities go to such an extreme that they are willing to attempt to suppress or even kill the Source, the result is always violence and suffering. When people allow the Source to manifest itself, the result is always resolution and peace.
Because the Source is the essence of all things, and always exists in the present and therefore what is real, its suppression or death is never permanently possible.
The Source will eventually manifest itself in all ways that are conceivable, as well as in ways far beyond the conception and imagination that are possible given the restrictions and limitations of knowledge in any given human era.CHAPTER 16
(Socrates) recognized that insight into one's own ignorance is the beginning of all knowledge.
Most individuals spend a number of years living an unreality in which they are disconnected or distanced from the Source. As such they relate to things particular and not the Source. Believing in and sometimes even worshipping something other than the creator of the Source is fundamentally constructing one's belief structure or system around an untruth or self-deception.
There are two characteristics that are common to the core of an individual's unreality—denial of ignorance and assumption of oneself as the authority.
Living in an unreality is living in a world comprised of conclusions stemming from untruths and self-deceptions. As such the atmosphere or environment of knowledge based in unreality is an atmosphere or environment of egoistic illusion.
One begins to live again when one fully recognizes one's fundamental ignorance. In this process one releases an ego's false conclusions and re-establishes a right relationship with the Source that is united with Mind through the Soul. This is the beginning of real knowledge and truth.CHAPTER 17
When a body of knowledge is structured around untruths and self-deceptions and one fully believes they are true, one of two things happens. Either the ego attempts to reject the existence of the Source, or the ego attempts to claim the Source for itself. Neither is entirely possible. Both attempts result in the suffering of one's Soul. The suffering increases as the intensity of rejection or possession of the Source increases.
Rejection of the Source is always injurious to the Soul. It causes the Soul, deprived of the well-spring of life, to wither like a plant that is deprived of water. Mean-while, external to the individual's suffering, the Source never stops revealing itself in nature and through those who are conscious of its sacred existence.
Attempting to possess and own the Source is equally as dangerous and is also a potentially destructive psychology. The Source is infinitely more omnipresent than any individual's body of knowledge. What an ego claims to be as the Source is an illusion grounded in something particular that one believes one has and others do not.
When one ceases to deny or possess the Source, the Soul blossoms and the Mind expands. In this process of letting go, the Source begins again to express itself naturally in one's life. However, if one does not cease to deny or possess the Source, the ego will become more rigid, and one's illusion of the Source will become more distorted-eventually resulting in increased personal and social damage.
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Table of Contents
Author's Introductory Notes to the Reader,
Diagram of a Common Human Experience,
Prelude: The Hunt,
One through Thirty-Four,
Interlude: The Present,
Thirty-Five through Seventy-Nine,
The Sound of Water,
Ontological Field Theory,