Zy Marquiez
February 26, 2020

Over the last decade or so, there’s been a significant decrease to the quality of modern discourse that can be quite mind numbing at times.

One opens social media, and what do you find?  Division, arguments, name calling, lambasting, and countless other interactions between individuals or communities that do nothing to solve any issue, but do everything to continue to stoke the fires of division.  Essentially, modern conversations in large part are a veritable crash course on the Divide & Conquer Left-Right Paradigm.

These instances leave me wondering why more people are not attempting to genuinely communicate with others when serious topics are discussed, and are simply taking actions that couldn’t lead to solutions in a million years by dint of the fact that they divide people, which is the opposite direction of solutions.

When the population is divided on issues, particularly when its fractured into many sects, it’s a lot easier to employ top down control in social engineering fashion, which is why propaganda and social engineering have been ever present in modern times and will continue into the foreseeable future.

Be that as it may, there are ways in which individuals can communicate more effectively, and The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh centers upon this notion in cogent fashion.

Though a bit repetitive, the book The Art of Communicating focuses incisively upon the fact that communication between individuals is something that can nourish and uplift the soul, or is something that can cause noxious issues and unleash entropy.  Every single interaction we all undertake feeds our soul, it feeds our mind, it feeds our hearts.  Now, not all that we ingest mentally, emotionally and spiritually encourages growth.  There are some interactions between individuals that do nothing but prevent growth and prevent you from moving forward, as if someone is attaching an anchor upon you.  That’s incredibly unfortunate because caring communication has the capacity to really do a lot of good in people’s lives.  This is why being a kind and caring individual is something that I wrote about in my last book, for being kind not only has the capacity of creating positive change through nourishing someone else’s soul, but also to has the capacity to create incredible resonance, which I will cover in the future.

In Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, I wrote the following poem:

is the rain
that refreshes
the grounds
of your soul.[1]

At first blush, the poem seems simplistic and short.  That is a deliberate choice however, because the main thought that I was attempting to impart was the following, which was the notation that was written below the poem:

“The kindness of one human being toward another should never be underestimated.  I’ve often written about how the actions of a single person, at times being a stranger, totally changed the outlook of my day, or even of my life.  I’ve seen and talked to others that feel the same way.  I say this because sometimes people struggle so much to try and make the world a better place, but they often overlook how simple acts of kindness can change people’s lives.  Kindness, no matter what form it is expressed, should never be underestimated for its unending capacity to change things.

In a world where fear and hatred seem to be the vanguard topic discussed in the media, and where such instances are seen as normal, wholehearted genuine kindness goes a long way.  Although fear-mongering usually gets the center of attention far more often than it should, there are far more Love-based actions in the world than fear-based actions.”[2]

Kindness is crucial for it not only infuses your essence through positive interactions, but it is your kindness, when coupled to considerate and mindful communication, that has the capacity to create positive change upon others.  When caring communications don’t take place and individuals lambaste each other or are antagonistic, which is a growing issue on social media, decay arises, leading to further deterioration of communication and relationships throughout society.  That is the reason why modern discourse is so dismal on so many core issues.  Essentially, interactions between individuals stem from either side of the emotional spectrum between Fear and Love.

Love-based actions and communications nourish your soul, while Fear-based actions are lead to decay; Love-based actions and communications seek to build you up, Fear-based actions and communications inherently destroy; Love-based actions are always kind, while Fear-based actions slant in the opposite direction antagonistically, just as you see online rather often.   That is why kindness in communication is paramount.

This is exactly why in Amor Vincit Omnia, I stated:

“Ponder a world in which instead of people seeing Fear-mongering in nigh every newscast, and brought about in a way that normalizes those circumstances, you would otherwise see endless empowering acts as well as kind gestures, Love-based actions shown in a multitude of ways, sprinkled like nourishing rain drops that not only infuse the barren landscapes of society with the droplets of Love, but acts done in such a way that it creates inspiring and unending growth.

How can the world have unending growth within the landscape of life? Via the endless actions that individuals take that are Love-based.   And given that Love is unconditional, this implies constancy, which implies unlimited potential for growth.  If every individual on Earth carried out even an infinitesimal amount of additional actions from the heart, the growth would be unending because not only will that Love forever stay true, but if individuals continue being kind no matter what, it will be like perfect storm that not only repaints the canvas of life with the hues hope and goodness, but also allows for the nourishing of tomorrow, by the actions taken today.”[3][4]

Kindness, when coupled with mindful communication could spawn unlimited growth, where as fear when coupled with communication would only tear down individuals, relationships, communities, and even nations.  It might not seem significant, but it is our interactions as individuals and as a society that will ultimately lead to a better world.  But it all begins with kindness coupled with mindfulness, for that is the only way that meaningful change takes place.

As the author of The Art Of Communicating intimates:

“Every time we communicate, we either produce more compassion, love and harmony or we produce more suffering or violence.”[5]

Translation: we are the creators of our own reality and our environs.  The world we live in now, the lives that we lead, are a reflection of ourselves.  What do you see in the mirror?

As an individual, one either creates a situation in which positive growth can take place, or one creates a situation in which decay takes place through entropy.

That is why we must be mindful not only in the way that we communicate, but in the way that we consume information.  This is because we consume information throughout the entire length of our day, and it never stops with the advent of social media.

Focusing on this exact issue, the author notes:

“We tend to think of nourishment only as what we take in through our mouths, but what we consume with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our tongues, and our bodies is also food.  The conversations going on around us, and those we participate in, are also food.  Are we consuming and creating the kind of food that is healthy for us and helps us grow?”[6]

Only you yourself could answer that incisive question.

And isn’t it ironic, that the information stream on social platforms are called feeds?  What are you consuming, what is that stream feeding you?  Social media streams feed you information, which either nourishes you or tears down your consciousness, your mind, heart and soul, all of it.  That is why it is imperative to be mindful of what our minds, hearts and soul consumes, for it not only affects us, but it affects other individuals as well.

Plainly stated, this book is a crash course on how to caringly communicate with people, when speaking and listening in a mindful way.

And mindfulness is downright crucial, because:

“With mindfulness we can produce thoughts, speech, and actions that will feed our relationships and help them grow and thrive.”[7]

The opposite is also true though.

Lack of mindfulness is a seed of decay, like mindfulness is a seed of growth.  When you plant seeds in your daily endeavors make sure that they foster growth of your deepest levels and that of others.  Thankfully this book helps impart all of those notions and more.

On the same note, The Art of Communicating seeks to help individuals not only be mindful in communicating, but all their actions, for they are all connected.  Mindful breathing is even connected to mindful listening, for you can’t listen without being mindful, and taking deep breaths by default helps you become mindful as you must pay attention (be mindful) about taking that deep breath.  It’s all connected, every step and every breath.

Mindful, caring, and thoughtful communication is no different.  Neither is any other single interaction you will ever take, for communication never stops.  Every single action you take communicates to your mind, body and soul that which you care about the most.  These actions can either help you grow or thrive, and you’re in the driver’s seat.

This book simple gives you a map of how to get there.


[1] Zy Marquiez, Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, p. 116.
[2] Ibid., p. 116.
[3] Ibid., p. 116.
[4] In Amor Vincit Omnia I mention how Love is unconditional, and I learned about this argument through Tom Campbell’s work.  In my book I simply extend upon Campbell’s argument in a logical way that will be touched upon below.

Who is Campbell?  Tom Campbell Ph.D. is the former NASA scientist that is now a consciousness researcher that I mention in the introduction of my book.  In essence, Campbell wrote a book encompassing a theory of everything, which he brings about in his My Big Toe Trilogy named My Big Toe: A Trilogy Unifying Philosophy, Physics, And Metaphysics.  As I note in the book, Campbell’s theory:

“…not only incorporates all physics, but metaphysics, quantum mechanics, reality, general relativity, the origins of consciousness, evolution, life, religion/spirituality, Love, dreams, purpose, synchronicity/serendipity, mind, matter, the paranormal (which is really the normal, that is as of yet understood), an individual’s intent, and everything else you can imagine.  His theory is a theory that involves everything, Love included.”

Given that Campbell sees Love as an integral component to evolution and its capacity to reduce entropy and stir growth, I found it pivotal to focus upon this idea in Amor Vincit Omnia.  As such, even though the notion of Love being always unconditional might seem outlandish at first blush, hear me out for a moment.  My exact note in the book was:

“…if you care for someone else, irrespective of who it is, you care for them with everything that you are, without equivocation, because Love is unconditionalIf it’s not unconditional, it’s not Love.

Now, the idea that follows is one of the main anchors of this book, and an extension of what I just said.  As such, I find it incredibly crucial, so ponder what follows countless times please.

Love can be unconditional as argued before, or unconditional.  Now, for arguments sake, contemplate what would happen if someone thinks something along the lines of “I Love you but..”.  What does that but, or that parameter implyIsn’t saying “but…”, isn’t adding a parameter in such a way the very definition of a condition, thus, being the exact opposite of unconditional?  Does that really sound like Love?  Think about it, because it’s an interesting question, and one that many people don’t consider.  That almost sounds like “I Love you, but not when you do and this and this,” or “I Love you, but only when you do this and that”.  Again, does that sound like Love?”[All Emphasis In Original Note].

When someone starts attaching conditions and parameters to Love, that doesn’t exactly sound like Love now does it?  That is why I argued why Love can only be good and only good.  For nothing else makes sense to me at least.

Ultimately if you happen to disagree, and wish to believe that Love can be anything but good, that is your opinion and I would respectfully disagree, and that would be okay.  I simply share my point of view to stoke the embers of thought for consideration of how often Love gets blamed for actions born out of fear, the ego, hatred, and so on, which conveniently all get left out when things go awry in matters of the heart and human interactions in general.

[5] Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art Of Communicating, pg. 139.
[6] Ibid., p. 3.
[7] Ibid., p. 9.

About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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