The Power of Words is part of an ongoing series.
We all know the importance of self-love, including the influence words have on our confidence level and how we feel about ourselves, but the power of words expands far beyond self-perception and self-acceptance.
Words have meaning and energy, and the words we say (and even think), along with the intent of those words, may just reverberate in the world around us. Hearing this, initially, may sound ridiculous. However, when you consider your own experience, you may know this to be true from interactions with a negative coworker or neighbor. No matter how upbeat you may attempt to be, they have the ability to leave you exhausted when you're finished talking with them. It's like they have sucked the energy right out of you. For me, these negative attitudes are the most challenging to interact with, because the suggestions, answers, insights, and compliments I give never seem to change a thing. The attitude persists and as long as I'm there, I'll be subject to those words.
Conversely, when you share special, meaningful words or feelings with someone else, they can uplift, comfort, or heal. Positive words can help you to feel not only more confident, but also more grounded or recharged.
To examine the influence words have on the world around us, Dr. Masaru Emoto, a doctor of alternative medicine and researcher, conducted a water crystal experiment, which began in 1994. In the experiment, his team began by sharing letters and words, music, pictures, and prayers with water and observing the crystals produced when frozen. Below is a picture of a water crystal, blessed with "Love and Gratitude," according to Dr. Emoto, from What the Bleep, a film featuring the experiment.
(As you might expect, there are many who doubt the validity of these experiments, categorizing it all as new age surfer-type pseudo-science, and you might agree, but you can examine his findings and make conclusions for yourself.)
Dr. Emoto's website, concerning the initial experiment, says, "The result was that we always observed beautiful crystals after giving good words, playing good music, and showing, playing, or offering pure prayer to water. On the other hand, we observed disfigured crystals in the opposite situation. Moreover, we never observed identical crystals."
Whether these experiments can/ will be duplicated or not, the idea behind them is an important one. How often do we forget the power of our words? How often do we diminish how our words affect the world around us? They might not only affect people, but perhaps water or even plants.
In January, I heard a segment on NPR's Science Friday regarding exciting research on the possibility of plant thought. In December, the guest from Science Friday wrote an article for The New Yorker entitled "The Intelligent Plant." Both pieces suggest that plants may be capable of thoughts (or even feelings)--actually aware of their surroundings--much more than most ever dreamed. Clearly plant intelligence, like the sensitivity of water, is another controversial topic. Again, check these resources out and conclude for yourself.
I am obviously no scientist, but I wanted to share a few things I've come across to begin some reflection. The actual results and validity of the experiments are not entirely important for our purposes. More important, in my opinion, is if these topics get us thinking about what our life experience tells us about the power of our words (thoughts, intentions, feelings) and their influence on the world around us.
Today's challenge, make time to contemplate how you use your words and whether the words you say, how you speak and interact with your surroundings, and what you think negatively or positively affect your world.
Labels: Mind & Body, The Power of Words