Today I decided to take a leave of absence from my personal social media accounts. The vitriol in posts, tweets and memes has many of us feeling raw and, quite frankly, exhausted. It’s amazing how emboldened and compassionless people can become in the throes of virtual conversations, whether computers or texts. Some try to laugh it off because the communication is “impersonal”, but the truth is all words count and no words are empty.
I believe words have tremendous power in all forms; they can harm and they can heal. Of course this extends to all of them, not just those we cast out into the abyss of the internet. And we know this from reading stories that confirm the power of prayer in healing disease or research that proves the lifelong effects of emotional abuse. This struck me quite particularly while recently reading about the energetic value of words in a section of Jan Engle-Smith’s book, Through the Rabbit Hole.
Words are Energy: Frequency of Words
Those who incessantly try to raise our own frequency would appreciate when Engle-Smith posits that words are energy and possess a frequency of vibration. If you think about it, words do evoke physical sensation and they can even make you feel nourished or depleted. We’ve all felt our bodies retreat into a state of resistance in response to low frequency words, sometimes even experiencing real physical pain where no physical contact has occurred. Simply put, energy from the words we are exposed to has an immediate energetic effect on us.
And it doesn’t stop there. Those who practice Reiki and other energy modalities rely on the fact that our intentions drive the energy we use for healing. For all of us who manifest our intention into words, we are giving those intentions form. Dr. Emoto’s research on the effect of human consciousness on water molecules is a prime example. Frozen water labeled with the words, “you disgust me” produced much different forms than the beautiful crystals in frozen water labeled with, “truth”.
Words are Actions
I’ve really been thinking on this notion of manifesting intention with words, and the power of it. Engle-Smith illustrates this with a sort of continuum when she writes: Energy follows intention; whatever you add to energy multiplies; thought followed by action (here, words) equals form; what you believe becomes.
You may not be ready to label your water just yet, but it could a fun exercise to ponder the energetic value of our most commonly used words and phrases. For example, the phrase “in love” usually means romantic love and doesn’t necessarily require mutuality. But we can be “in fellowship”, “in unison”, or “in war” with others. So to me, the image of two people mutually intending to live in the space of love is nothing short of breathtaking.
Affirmations are a great way test whether Engle-Smith’s cycle can bear fruit for you. Of course affirmations are not a tool for changing the thoughts and behavior of others. Rather, they can help us manifest the intention to change our own behavior or to act in a way that will help us reach our own goals.
The philosophy behind affirmations is absolutely worth all of us spending time researching and practicing. A piece on affirmations in the Huffington Post lists a few good examples of affirmations that pack some pretty weighty words of intent:
- My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
- I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
- My nature is divine. I am a spiritual being.
- Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase in my life.
- I acknowledge my own self-worth. My confidence is soaring.
My intent is to use my words more intentionally to help take the edge off the blossoming bitterness of late and also in hopes of creating a powerfully loving reality. Seeing as how the human body is about 65% water, just consider me a nice, cool glass of Emoto-esque research. Here’s to raising our glasses to words that raise our frequency!
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