We think our world of today is enormously advanced. We see technological inventions of all kinds taking root in our everyday lives, countless advances in the arenas of science and medicine and also in what we call 'conscious living.' Side by side with time-honored ancient world healing methods, new holistic health and wellness awarenesses and inventions coexist.
Life continues to evolve--it must--but did an even more evolved system of thought exist thousands of years ago which is not obviously accessible to find in recorded history?
We'd like to believe that even our thinking and philosophy are beyond what they were millennia ago on this planet. In many respects, this is true. In many other respects, this is not.
There are breadcrumbs of historical truth sprinkled throughout the sciences and one of these sciences is etymology: the science of the origin of words throughout civilization. Etymology is the place we can go to often get a glimpse of how people really believed and thought a very very long time ago.
Take the word 'age,' for example. We find the language origins, roots, and their meanings we would expect to find which tend to reference the concept of growing old.
But then there's the most interesting source definition of all. (Etymology sources begin with the most recent periods of time and trace backwards.) The reference says the following:
"from aevum 'lifetime, eternity, age,' from PIE root aiw- 'vital force, life; long life, eternity'"
According to the online etymological dictionary, PIE (just noted above) stands for "Proto-Indo-European, the original language from which all other languages derived. It is the hypothetical reconstructed ancestral language of the Indo-European family. The time scale is much debated, but the most recent date proposed for it is about 5,500 years ago."
In the etymological definition above, we see that the concept of age thousands of years ago had little to do with age and everything to do with one's innate, even developed vital force or vital energy. Age was associated with eternity!
What did the people then know that we have forgotten through the ages? Could it be that life so long ago did not include limiting, debilitating beliefs like aging, withering, and dying and instead embraced the idea that longevity is associated with our vital force and energy? It looks like this may be the case.
Perhaps this ancient breadcrumb of truth found in the annals of etymology can begin to open our minds about what age truly means--that we are essentially ageless once we have tapped into the vital force that lives like a neverending glowing light within us.
Encouraging, nourishing, and expanding our vital force or vital energy just may be the key to the agelessness we seek.
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