The question is - what is the position of words, spoken and read, in our inner realm. Why do they acquire a special significance, or even, how do they have the power to affect us more deeply than even the things we see, objects. All words are constructed with individual sounds but connect as though to our minds in a particular and special way, uncovering the dross.
All our learning, development of our minds has been through written or spoken words, so we could say the knowledge we prize in ourselves has so come about.
What is the significance of this, how does it come to be this way. Something very basic in our minds must have some similar constitution, which is not sound in itself, yet keeps our mind stabilized in some inner knowledge.
There are two ways in which words are real - as written and spoken. What they convey comes also from what precedes and follows them but the existence of written and spoken words is different from those which come to our mind with our ideas. These become a part of the real world, though spoken words are still less permanent than written ones.
What is the significance of sounds in general that surround us. We swim in them as a part of our atmosphere and some are definitely assuring depending on where we are. How disconcerting it would be if we were to hear only 'silence' on a crowded street.
Sounds happen and we attend to them, to first understand their context, what could this sound being there at all mean. Does it fit. I expect a person sitting next to me to create sounds, most likely words, but not like those that can come from vehicles, or an animal. I notice a certain alertness for this in myself, like creatures in the wild have for prey or danger. It has an instinctive quality and for that reason is on the surface.
Past this boundary we admit sounds into an inner sense, those we want to feel with greater sensitivity, as though mixing them with our own thoughts to understand them. A word, an idea or sentence is introduced into a living sea of our mind that works with an intelligence forming structures with this entrant. Sometimes it is happy to discover that it is outside its ability to make it a part of itself, and is still intrigued by it.
To identify a sound in a myriad of many, the mind sifts through its own structures, finding one which relates to the one holding our attention. Till that happens we exert at holding the mind in that state of awareness. We may also become aware at this time of other unresolved things on our mind.
We try to hold just the sound of this unfamiliar word, but seek something to make it easier to hold on to it with, a meaning, to strengthen our grasp. What if there is very little we find in our repertoire, anything similar, how would our mind behave in that situation.
We reach a deeper layer of purpose in our mind which determines our resolve to grasp this unfamiliar sound. We say to ourselves this has to be. If the meaning lay outside of us, it's almost as though we force the outside to let us have it, a need as though to expand our mind.