God has blessed us, as humans, with the unique ability to speak. He has graced us with the aptitude to form words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs -- entire languages. With this capability we can exclaim, question, enlighten, inform, converse, communicate. We can also misuse this precious gift to spread turbulent waves of negativity and inflict immeasurable pain. The expression, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me" couldn't be farther from the truth. Words, when hurled like daggers that pierce our hearts, can be weapons that not only wound, but that can cause permanent scarring of our soul and psyche.
God wants us to love one another, and he's bestowed upon us the free will to choose how we do -- or don't -- express that love through our speech. Words, either spoken intentionally or inadvertently, carry their own vibration, that reverberates through the powerful, holy energy field that surrounds us. Like a rock hurled into a lake, causing far-reaching ripples, our words can spread immense damage both near and far.
According to Gregg Braden, scientist and bestselling author of "Deep Truth," "What happens in the oceans has meaning for the climate of the mountains. The choices that you and I make as we express our beliefs in our living rooms have meaning for the people in our immediate lives, as well as for those living halfway around the world."
Since the human body is composed of more than 60 percent water, it reacts to hostile words in much the same way that the lake responded to the stone thrown into it. The negative vibrations of negative words spread ripples of equally negative vibrations, which assault our bodies, as well as our minds. The calm waters of our bodies turn into stormy seas. "Good vibrations" is more than just a slang phrase -- good vibrations literally permeate our bodies when delivered through kind, positive words.
This also applies to the way we speak about ourselves. If we slander ourselves through pessimistic comments about our height, our weight, our appearance, our personality or any other aspect of our mind or body, we'll feel the repercussions through the negative vibrations emanating through us. And when we do this, we're also casting doubt upon God's ability to create, "for we are His workmanship." [Ephesians 2:10]
Dr. Masaru Emoto further proved the point that negativity and positivity both profoundly affect the water coursing through our bodies' cells. Filling jars with water, certain jars had callous words directed at them, while other jars were spoken to gently and kindly. When examined under a high-powered microscope, the water crystals subjected to negativity were broken and fragmented, while the water crystals receiving the opposite treatment were beautiful and symmetrical. In his book, "The Miracle of Water," Dr. Emoto says, "When water is exposed to good words, good crystals result. So if you make it a habit to use positive words, then the water within your body will become beautiful and clean, and health and wellbeing will result." Our self-talk is just as crucial as the way we speak to others.
Words are energy -- how we speak powerfully affects us. What words do you use to describe events in your life? Were you "totally devastated" or "slightly disturbed?" Do you have "horrendous problems" or "a few challenges?" Did they "completely ridicule you" or did you "discover that they weren't in alignment with you, and you're thankful to see that clearly now?"
Add words to your conversations and self-talk that inspire you, such as "beautiful," "incredible," "liberating," "joyous," "hopeful," "peaceful," "serene," "courageous," "caring" -- and move away from those that don't. You can create miraculous realities simply through your choice of words. If you don't use words that shift you into greater states of being, into feeling connected to God, how can you expect to see miraculous new realities coming into your life? You can become aware of your conversations, and choose to have a different conversation -- with others, as well as with yourself. It's about being conscious and making decisions. Speak the conversation of someone who is in alignment with God. Ultimately, you want to strive to get to a place where the sound of words that aren't in alignment with this goal aren't comfortable for you to speak anymore. What you choose to speak will either limit you or expand you -- and those around you.
I remember when I used to use profanity all the time. And a friend said, "Why do you talk like that? That's not who you are." I began to look at what she said, and she was right -- it wasn't me. And each day after that I became more conscious of what I spoke, until I wasn't comfortable with the sound of harsh, destructive words coming out of my mouth anymore. And most importantly, I realized it had strained my connection with the Divine.
Words are powerful, and they can powerfully affect us. Words can make us feel horrible about ourselves and others, or fantastic. Words can strengthen a relationship or they can demolish it. Words can give us peace of mind, or they can pull us into the swirling drama and chaos of life. Words can create our reality. Words can connect us with God, or they can make us feel quite distant from Him.
With speech, God has not only provided us with an extraordinary ability, but also a responsibility. And that responsibility is to treat each other, and ourselves, with dignity and respect conveyed by what we choose to say -- and the discernment to choose what to omit. Sometimes we push so hard to have our own way that we leave a trail of damage in our wake. Would you rather be right, or have peace? There are times when we must swallow our pride and relent, leading to a much smoother, and ultimately happier and more peaceful existence.