Name Game

I find men fascinating.  As I am watching my son grow up, and become a man, the same trends are happening, that most men exhibit.  One of these fascinations is their need to call other people in their peer group or sporting community by another name other than their birth name.  Since my son has been born, he has gained quite a few names over the last 15 years.  Lately, his names have ranged from the long lasting “G” to “Make-A-Wish” since he was very sick this past year and lost weight that he didn’t have to lose.

One day, I also stumbled across a name pronounced Oh-she-yah.  It was spelt Oshea and it was referred to as a Biblical name.  I never recognized it as being a biblical name, so I researched it under and this is what I learned, “o-she’-a, o’-she-a (the Revised Version (British and American) “Hoshea” (Numbers 13:8,16)): The original name of Joshua, the son of Nun, changed by Moses (Numbers 13:16) from Hoshea (hoshea`, “help”) to Joshua (yehoshua`, “help of Yahweh”).”  I was familiar with the Hoshea, but not Oshea version.

As my day went on, I sat down to get my weekly dose of “Swedenborg and Life” and on this particular episode I was watching titled, “10 Questions: Psychopaths, Miracles, and Effective Prayer,” a viewer sent in the question, “Was Swedenborg a follower of Jesus Christ?  He refers to the Lord, but I wonder how he viewed Christ?”

I was surprised to hear during C. Richard Bell’s explanation of this, that if we look at the name Jesus Christ, it’s a Greek translation of the Hebrew name Joshua pronounced yehosua, or Joshua. When we take this into consideration Jesus has many names as well.  In Hebrew they called him Joshua or Yehosua, then the Greeks translated it to something else that we now use.

Could this be true about other names in this world we live in?  Just like my son Gehrig who has multiple names within his community of friends and teammates.  C. Richard Bell just explained how Jesus really had different names as well.  Couldn’t God have multiple names too?  If there is only one God, one universal life force, who cares what we call it?  As long as we know that there is a superior force that controls the Universe and we live a loving and grace filled life?  We can call it soul, consciousness, God, the Divine, Buddah, Allah or the Tao.  As Allan Watt said, “You can’t get wet by the word water.”  It’s not what we title something that gives its substance, it’s its power that makes it real.

Why do we even have to give it a name at all?  I love the very first verse of the Tao written 500 years before the birth of Jesus by Lao-tzu.  It says, “The Tao that can be told, is not the eternal Tao.  The name that can be named; is not the eternal name.  The Tao is both named and nameless.  As nameless it is the origin of all things; as named it is the Mother of 10,000 things.  Ever desireless, one can see the mystery; ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations.  And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding.

Much of the Tao teaching is trying to teach people to let go.  The Tao which means “The Way” is trying to get us to stop naming and labeling thing and just become one with the Universe.  Let go of the need to name things in this world.  When we name things, then we classify them and then form beliefs around them.  Suddenly, we have this human desire to prove that our beliefs are the right beliefs.  Our egos kick in and we need to prove that we are right. But if you didn’t name these beliefs than you wouldn’t have the need to prove yourself right.

I’m trying to let go of this need to classify and name everything.  I just want to exhibit love, patience, kindness, joy, grace, compassion, generosity, and be all that is good to everyone.

My favorite quote that I’ve heard lately from the late Dr. Wayne Dyer really sums up this name game.  “You can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego.  It’s your call!”