Your Words Have Power
August 10, 2023
The power of the word has been written about throughout the ages. The saying is that words are like boomerangs. They are released into the ether and will return to you with timely precision. Once you become aware of this truth, you will be very careful about the words you speak.
Luckily, not every word returns to us like a boomerang. It's more about words repeated with feeling that gets results...both good and bad. For example, if you repeatedly say to others "I never get a break," well, if you truly believe that and repeatedly say it you'll never get a break!
In the book The Power Of The Spoken Word (link is in PDF format) by the late metaphysician Florence Scovill Shinn, she brilliantly articulates the outcomes of our spoken words and how those words can influence our lives for both good and evil.
Below is an audio of her book The Power Of The Spoken Word which I found to be synonymous with the original writings of the book I purchased decades ago.
When we are careful with our words and understand their importance and how they affect ourselves and others, we begin to grow in consciousness. By becoming more "mindful" of our words, we realize that just like our Creator we have the ability to create through the spoken word. Why not use this great power for good?
Yes sometimes it's hard to "hold your tongue." Nonetheless, through steady discipline you will eventually become more heedful of your words. It doesn't mean that you "go along just to get along." Sometimes what we need to say may not be very pleasant; however, there's a right time for everything under the sun. I'm sure you've heard the saying "it's not what you say but HOW you say it."
Your words should be gentle coupled with discernment. At this level you comprehend the fallibleness of others (including yourself). Therefore, criticism and unappealing words are used sparingly. As one great saint said "when you look at others through the eyes of wisdom, we all come up short." Criticisms should be used to help not hinder and should be spoken with thoughtfulness and kindness.
I have found that in sensitive situations, it's best to begin with a question. For example, you could ask "do you think it's wise to start your business now?" By beginning with a question, you allow the person to think and most likely ask "your opinion" without it seeming as though you are meddling.
If you disagree with their reply, don't argue with them. If through your higher wisdom you intuitively see that this move could be a mistake (especially if you and this individual are tied together financially), it would be wise to ask God for additional guidance. He will let you know what, when, and how to say what needs to be said.
I know that I have been at a loss for words and was intuitively guided to say the right thing and the situation was immediately resolved. Intuition is one of God's ways of speaking directly to you and it's never wrong!
Vindictive words enhanced by negative feelings with the sole intention to hurt is a sign of ignorance. Remember both positive and negative words (intended to harm) charged with feeling will come back to you. So be careful of what you speak!
Sometimes by remaining quiet your words can be felt. Silence has its own language. With increased knowingness of the power of the word, you will intuitively comprehend when and how to speak. And as you become closer to the Creator, increasingly your words will be guided by wisdom.