Our third text:
The letters are the body, and the vowel points are the spirit. (Zohar)
In shorthand there are no vowels. So too with a short temper. Words are clipped and sharp.
Long hand, however, is as full of vowels as the everlastingly patient are with goodness.
“Everlasting patience results in much understanding while the portion of short-temperedness is folly.” (Proverbs 15:29)
Vowels are all open-mouthed and trusting. How much love spirit brims over the two gentle consonants in an enthusiastic “I loooooove yoooouuuuu!”
No text comes alive, no story becomes animate, without you breathing into it. Communication too, the heart of all relationship, needs a squall of that innermost sigh, else, like a boat whose sail is limp, it grows barnacles, its potential for adventure, discovery and wonder marooned.
Vowels are pure breath and the letters are their garments. The one fills out the other and the other fleshes out the One.
An exercise for you: say your full name without the consonants. Familiarize yourself with this strange sound by repeating it again and again. Through this, you may learn how the name of your spirit is linked to the ineffable Name
Y a h w e h
Our bodies are the letters, and the vowel points are God’s presence.