I recently was introduced to Robert Tennyson Stevens and Conscious Language and feel called to compare and contrast his system with the teachings of Language Yoga.
Conscious Language focuses on the Language of Success. Stevens regularly mentions the story of the Tower of Babel and points out how the language of Babel is a dysfunctional language system that keeps us polite, comfortable, confused and separated. The purpose of Conscious Language is to reprogram this faulty languaging into Pure Speech, which is a language that facilitates free will through choice, and that is connected, here now, and outcome oriented. To quote Zephaniah 3:9, the Bible verse where Pure Speech is introduced,
“I will return to you Pure Speech, where when you call upon the name of the Lord in unison it will be done unto you.”
Language Yoga also focuses on overcoming the dysfunctional language systems of Babylon and encourages the use of Pure Speech to build unity consciousness. Language Yoga is connected and here now, and a subtle difference is that Language Yoga is Self-realization oriented rather than success or outcome oriented. Where Conscious Language encourages success, Language Yoga encourages wholeness. This is the classic Western and Eastern philosophical difference and is further talked about in this passage from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu:
Success is as dangerous as failure.
What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
your position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.
See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
“Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching
Language Yoga is focused on balance, harmony, wholeness, empathy, acceptance, compassion, unity, and understanding. Language Yoga works to bring balance to societal patriarchy by creating social justice and equality. Financial success and social popularity are not the primary goals of Language Yoga, although if those things happen, that’s great!
The reason why success in Western society and yoga are somewhat incompatible is best described by Hareesh (Christopher Wallace) in his blog post from July 26, 2016 titled How Yoga Can Turn a Jerk Into an Even Bigger Jerk.
…in reality Western-style capitalism rewards those willing to work hard, self-promote, and take advantage of others, not so much those who humbly embody yogic values and happily sacrifice profit on the altar of benefiting others.
[Look for teachers who are] steady and centered, unconcerned with self-image, undemanding of obedience or even loyalty, not emotionally reactive to others’ behavior, and living primarily from a place of compassion and understanding.
Please, I invite you to notice that many, many teachers are living their yoga; they are not perfect but have deep integrity and really desire to serve and benefit others. They’re just not the famous ones, because their psychology doesn’t predispose them to that level of success in the capitalist system.
And that is the fundamental difference between Language Yoga and Conscious Language. Conscious Language shows how to use current paradigms and metaphors to lead you to success, while Language Yoga works to create new paradigms and metaphors so you can embody who you already truly are. Success implies a progression; forward or upward movement. An outcome is a future event. Langue Yoga brings awareness that I am already here where I need to be. I expand into all directions simultaneously – forward, backward up and down, past and future. I become whole.
Here’s a great samyama meditation for healing past and future events: I bring my heart centered conscious awareness to various spaces and times in my imagination / sensation (“image – ination” implies sight only, “sense – ation” is more general and includes all the senses) . I think about a time and place, then I focus my heart onto that time and place, and I create a beam from my being, focused at my heart, through which I imagine and feel spreading my frequency of acceptance and understanding onto that space.
The difference between Language Yoga and Conscious Language is subtle, and honestly I have found much insight and understanding of my Language Yoga practice from reading and practicing the tools given by Robert Tennyson Stevens and Conscious Language. I highly encourage all practicing Language Yogis to explore Conscious Language, test it out, and to apply what you’ve learned to your own practice to see what works for you and what doesn’t.
The Tower of Babel is ridiculous. We don’t need a tower to reach the sky, heaven is not a physical place. God is not “up there” … She is centered here inside of me.