Thursday, October 02, 2014


Voice and Vantage Point
Voice: Developing one’s voice is critical for writers if we wish to standout as unique among a galaxy of other writers. But voice is a complex aspect of writing that is formed from many different elements—tone, style, and vantage point, to name a few. Vantage point is, arguably, the most impactful element of expression as it also helps shape tone and style.

Vantage Point: Vantage point is the position from which a writer observes, notices, and comments on something outside of him- or herself (or on something from within). In the photograph of the cardinal sitting on the fence in front of the blue post, we recognize a number of vantage points. The photographer has one vantage point, the bluejay another. The bird flying into the scene has yet another. The viewer of the photograph has still another vantage point, similar to the photographer’s, yet uniquely the viewer’s own. The voice that would emerge from each vantage point could produce a decidedly different expression of perspective on the scene.

Locus of Consciousness: Several words are often used interchangeably for what we are discussing—vantage point, perspective, and approach—yet each implies a certain locus of consciousness from which the observation is being made and should an expression of that observation or perception emerge, that particular locus of consciousness would be reflected in whatever was expressed.

Grammatical Voice: Voice does have a grammatical aspect. We categorize voice grammatically as first person, second person, or third person, and learn the appropriate pronouns in school. (I, you, he, she or it and we, you, and they.) Each of those pronouns reflects the perspective or vantage point from which the expression or comment is emerging. Pronouns, being vague, can cause us to forget that each one is reflecting a locus of consciousness.

Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas: In the Science of ConsciousnessSM, we define the locus of consciousness in terms of the Rishi—the knower or observer. What we are observing is the Chhandas value—in this case, the cardinal, or perhaps the fence postthe known. What is connecting the observer and the observed or the Rishi and the Chhandas is the Devata value—the process of knowing or observing. The three taken together create the wholeness that emerges—the Samhita of Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas.

Consciousness: These terms remind us that consciousness is underlying and generating everything we express and write. Voice is an expression of our consciousness. Our voice is our own individual mode of expression, shaped by our nervous system and the position we take in relation to what we are observing and the consciousness manifesting within us.

Developing our own personal voice in our writing is a way of celebrating our own unique connection with the consciousness underlying and generating all of creation. So, go for it. Find you voice. Celebrate who you are. 


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