In today’s society, so many people become tired of being single, rush to be divorced and end up even more disassociated with who they truly are. The irony, people dream of being married, but many never embrace the pursuit of happiness.


I'm sure we've all heard that term in relation to ourselves or the people around us, but how many of us have actually taken the time to let this age old phrase marinate within?

Today, we're looking at the spirit within the word "single".  Seems like a simple word (actually, it literally is simple as a word), yet the majority of people peculiarly look at this amazing word in a negative light or some in popular culture will take the word and run with {it}; morphing a word with a spirit of wholeness and clarity into a trigger that produces division and scorn.  "Single Ladies" comes to mind.

Let's begin.

From Middle English: sengle, from Old French: sengle, from Latin: singulus a diminutive from the root in simplex ‎(“simple”)

Simplex (Simple)


From the same root as semelplicō ‎(“I fold”).

"characterized by a single part," 1590s, from Latin: simplex "single, simple, plain, unmixed, uncompounded," literally "one fold," from Proto-Indo-European root: *sem- "one, together" (cf. Latin: semper "always," literally "once for all"; Sanskrit: sam "together") + *plac- "-fold", from Proto-Indo-European: *plek- "to plait"

The root *sem- is similar to semes/shemesh, the Hebrew word for the Sun, but we won't get into that right now (laughing out loud).

Semel + Plico

Adverb + Verb

From Proto-Indo-European: *sḗm ‎(“one”), cognate with semper, similis, simītū, simplex, simplus, simul and singulī, with Ancient Greek: ὁμός ‎(homós), English: same, Czech: sám,samý, etc.

From Proto-Indo-European: *pleḱ- ‎(“to plait, to weave, twine, twist, braid”)



From Middle English: braiden, breiden, bræiden, from Old English: breġdan ‎(“to move quickly, pull, shake, swing, throw (wrestling), draw (sword), drag; bend, weave, braid, knit, join together; change color, vary, be transformed; bind, knot; move, be pulled; flash”), from Proto-Germanic: *bregdaną ‎(“to flicker, flutter, jerk, tug, twitch, flinch, move, swing”), from Proto-Indo-European: *bʰrēḱ-, *bʰrēǵ- ‎(“to shine, shimmer”). Cognate with Scots: brade, braid ‎(“to move quickly or suddenly”), West Frisian: breidzje, Dutch: breien ‎(“to knit”), Low German: breiden, Bavarian: bretten ‎(“to move quickly, twitch”), Icelandic: bregða ‎(“to move quickly, jerk”).

As you can see, single means "one braid".  You might be wondering, "well, what does that even mean?"  More than likely, when most of us think of a braid(s), you automatically think of hair.  A braid in the physical sense, is strands of hair combined or transformed into one single braid or sets/rows of braids.  Now, instead of thinking of hair, let's relate a braid to an heir.  An heir is a person who inherits an estate or the property of another.  The estate we're referring to is immortality/eternal life/the kingdom of Heaven.  In this physical realm, all potential heirs have three bodies: mental, physical and spiritual.  We can look at these three as the strands of hair on the same head.  In order to become legitimate heir, one must straighten out/balance/master each body to become the best being they can be.  I remember watching my Mother combing out the knots in my Sister's hair as she put it in braids.  Same concept, different view point.  Additionally, we can use the twelve zodiac signs as an analogy.  Each sign represents a part of our physical bodies and we must master all aspects of the twelve in order to become the master of ourselves.  The mastery of the twelve results in one becoming the 13th sign or one complete being, as 13 is the representation of many into one and death of the old/rebirth of the new; braids are truly strands/bodies of energy (hair/an heir) that spiral up together like the number 9.  All in all, the mental, physical and spiritual bodies come together to form one complete universal being that shines on the daily.

Notice how single derives from simple and simple derives from simplex.  Furthermore, take note on how simplex has an attributed meaning of "unmixed".  This is also another way to say pure or mere (click the link for the etymology).  Pure or mere are synonyms of "clear".  Clear is unmistakably clarity.  Clarity is a noun one can use when looking for something else to call the sun or stars; as the sun shines daily and the stars light up the night sky, being whole bodies of energy without any leaks or holes (there goes that whole word again).

Quite frankly, people need to be still and become single instead of being in a rush to find that "special somebody".  Too many times people get in relationships with others that are also incomplete and down the line every relationship crumbles from the inside out because neither one of them was clear within (whole as love as the Sun).  Divorce rates and unmarried couples with children are through the roof because no one innerstands the true meaning of single.  Remember that "Merry/Meri" means love too.  So, how can one commune in love with a significant other if they themselves are not love?  A maxim of the universe is balance.  When it comes to mates and consorts, we attract who and what we are.  If you are love, you'll be pair bonded with love.  If you're full of drama, you'll find yourself running in that same cycle of dysfunction with your mate.  When two complete and righteous beings pair bond together, nothing but love, life and light is created from that union.  Improve yourself, improve the world.  Change starts from within.  Once you get right, everything right will come to you.

Do yourself a favor and embrace the single life.  Keep your focus, the good life is simple.

Love yourself.  forgive yourself.

Forever Out Here™

Clarity Daily®

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