Exploring Inclusionality

'From emptiness to openness'

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Inclusional Language

"The river is within us; the sea is all about us"  T S Eliot


The way we use language both expresses and reinforces the way we think. New or unfamiliar ways of using language may therefore be a natural companion of new or unfamiliar ways of thinking. But this is where a language barrier can impede understanding - where the familiar thinking insists on unfamiliar thinking being expressed in familiar terms, and where unfamiliar language risks alienating those it hopes to reach.

Inclusional communication struggles with this difficulty of seeking forms of expression that are consistent with inclusional meaning yet sufficiently familiar not to be daunting or alienating. Inclusional language therefore seeks use poetic expressions that imply flexibility, openness and flow in place of definitive words and metaphors that imply stasis, rigidity and completion. For example :

Whole Everywhere
Oneness Openness
Part/Object Somewhere
Being Continual Presence
Becoming Reconfiguration
Union/Unity Communion/Community
Time Dynamic Inclusion
Cause, source Influence
Effect Response
Positive Responsive
Negative Receptive
Neutral Balanced
Nothing No thing
Emptiness Receptivity
Interaction Dynamic Relationship
Death Reconfiguration
Competition Co-creativity