An Additional Etymosophy of 'Contemplation'

  • For 'Ignotus'
  • Title: Contemplations, An Additional Etymosophy of 'Contemplation'.
  • Author: Arvindus.
  • Publisher: Arvindus.
  • Copyright: Arvindus, 2020, all rights reserved.
  • Index: 202009221.
  • Edition: html, first edition.


In 'Contemplations, An Elucidated Etymology of 'Contemplation'' a contemplative etymology of 'contemplation' was given.1 Consisting of the roots 'con' and 'templum' it was found that 'con' indicates a joint action and 'templum' a sacred space. Contemplation was thus found to be a joint action of man and god(s) on a subject within the sacred space of the heart.2 'Con' however can also be said to indicate a simultaneity.3 And 'templation' does not necessarily need to be traced back etymosophically to 'templum'. For it can also be considered to consist of the two Latin roots of 'tempus', indicating time (or a time period),4 and 'lateō', indicating a concealment.5 'Contemplation' then etymosophically comes to refer to a concealed simultaneity in time.

Now a Greek prefix that conveys similar meanings as the Latin prefix 'con' is 'sún',6 and a Greek word that has similar meanings as the Latin word 'tempus' is 'chrónos'.7 Now together these Greek words indicate a simultaneity in time. And together they also form the root of the English word 'synchronous', indicating the same.8 This latter word was later bent by the psychologist C.G. Jung (1875–1961) to the word 'synchronicity' to indicate "the phenomenon of events which coincide in time and appear meaningfully related but have no discoverable causal connection".9 It is a word that has become much in use, especially also by new age thinkers and contemplators.

Contemplation then can be considered as containing the element of synchronicity but adding to it that of concealment. Contemplation contains synchronicity because in it man, god(s) and subject(s) of contemplation are brought together, not only in the same sacred space of the heart, but also in the same time period. One could say that in contemplation man, god(s) and subject(s) are thus synchronized. The hidden element that contemplation adds to synchronicity is that in contemplation the latter occurs only on the subjective planes and not on the objective planes. Contemplative synchronicity stays concealed from sense perception while non-contemplative synchronicity may also apply to synchronic objective and sensed events.

It may be noticed that although above another etymological line was followed than in 'An Elucidated Etymology of 'Contemplation'' the outcomes do not contradict each other but that they are, in the contrary, complementary. This is because in these contemplations not academic etymology is applied, wherein the divisive concrete mind is only used, but rather contemplative etymology or etymosophy is attempted to be applied, wherein the unifying faculties of the soul, such as abstract thought and the intuition, are used.10 The conclusions of both etymosophies are valid. Contemplation is the joint action of man and god(s) on a subject or on subjects in the temple of the heart but is also the concealed synchronicity of man, god(s) and subject(s).