"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." (NIV Bible, John 1:1)
Words are very powerful. Have you heard of Taylor Mali? (www.taylormali.com will bring you to his speeches.) Mali is trying to show us that we have gotten rather sloppy with our language. Our repetitive, "likes" and "you knows?" and "whatevers" he says show that we are actually uncertain about what we are saying.
Plato and Socrates talked about this issue way back when, in their Allegory of the Shadow People. We are all like the Shadow People until we garner the power of our speech-and the Bible says many, many times that our words have great power.
In fact, our words create our reality. When we act, we have already thought the thought and even perhaps told others what we plan to do. The Word always comes first.
What do you think? Do words have this great power, or not?
asked 20 Feb '11, 23:41
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Although I agree with Stingray that indubitably our thoughts do create our reality ( to the extent that our thoughts create our beliefs), my opinion differs slightly in that I also believe words can contribute to that creation.
As children words from the adults in our life are what causes us to create our beliefs so rather than just saying thoughts create our reality, I'd say that it is our beliefs that create it.
When a child is fed negative,constricting words, their beliefs will often be a reflection of those words, and their life experience will be a reflection of those beliefs. With the same token one who is fed inspiring, uplifting words will often have a reality that reflects those words.
It can also be noted that someone,in the face of adversity will turn to words of inspiration to help them through that period. Those words of inspiration will often be just what is needed to help them hold on to hope or to change their thoughts and beliefs, and thus their reality.
I watched the movie Invictus last night - just one example of someone using inspiring words in the face of adversity to create a new reality - Nelson Mandela used the power of words to help him hold on to hope, and the vision he had, whilst spending 27 years in a tiny cell.
"Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever God's may be For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance,I have not winced or cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance, My head is bloody but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears, Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years, Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gait, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."
So for me I'd have to say that words are a powerful tool that can be used to help me change my mind and thus my reality.
answered 21 Feb '11, 14:46
A terrific answer, Michaela! I loved Invictus and have that poem posted near my bed. I think you combined all the points together quite well! Thanks! Jai
(21 Feb '11, 16:17) Jaianniah
Thanks Jai, and you're very welcome - great to see you back interacting and feeling good :)
(21 Feb '11, 16:22) Michaela
If words mattered that much then babies and young children, who cannot articulate yet, are not creating their own realities...which would be a rather inconsistent idea with adults doing so, don't you think? :)
It would also imply that the language one spoke could influence the kind of reality one created. Would a less expressive language lead to a less "realistic" reality? :)
I would say it is thought that creates one's reality.
Sometimes people are able to accurately express those thoughts into language constructs such as words and then, when the physical manifestation occurs, it appears as though the words had a part to play, but they didn't...the words were just coincident with the thoughts.
And the opposite of this can be illustrated fairly clearly with those folks who claim that their words accurately reflect their vibrational offering to the universe and then complain that the Law of Attraction is not working for them.
What is happening in this case is that their words are not representative of their actual thoughts (which are doing the real creating). Instead, they are often articulating what they would like their dominant thoughts to be, rather than what they actually are. It's a bit like wearing a false smile to mask your true unhappy feelings towards someone.
So, coming back to your question, I would say that words have little part to play in reality creation other than occasionally being representative of one's thoughts and emotions.
Yes, the Bible does talk about The Word but I would suggest that this is a symbolic, mystical concept representing a prime creator thought and not a reference to something in a dictionary.
answered 21 Feb '11, 00:18
Yes, nice Stingray. You can't hide from LOA through the mask of words :)
(21 Feb '11, 00:45) Eddie
Great Answer, Sting, as usual! I like your argument. In fact, I agree- perhaps I even think that I meant word with a "capital W". Thanks. Jai
(21 Feb '11, 00:49) Jaianniah
The words used here have changed my reality and words read have also changed it.If these words were never said/written reality would be far different.
Imagine that you never used three of the most powerful words I know "I Love You". How different would your reality be?
answered 21 Feb '11, 10:51
Bingo! Yes! Absolutely! Thanks for your great answer. Blessings to you, Jaianniah
(21 Feb '11, 13:37) Jaianniah
Words are a by product of what goes on in the mind. HOWEVER many many sustained negative words can work back thru to the mind and heart and then it will change reality.
I would say the odd casual remark isnt going to change your destiny ,but the aggregate use over many years of negative language will alter your world to some extent.
Sometimes someones casual un guarded speech shows what they REALY believe and think .
answered 21 Feb '11, 07:53
graham, agreed, it is the thought preceding the word that gives the word form. negative thoughts, negative words will produce consequent adjustments.
(21 Feb '11, 14:02) fred
Words have a lot of power, example in the fifties if someone said a swear word in public it would have been quite shocking! Unfortunately society has come to a point where those words don't bring as much as a reaction as maybe a feeling that that person is crude and ignorant.
Words have been used to stir entire countries to take up arms and go into war. "The pen is mightier than the sword"-Eward Bulwer Lytton
The Constitution of the United States of America is "only words" yet millions have fought and died for those words. The Bible a book of words again, yet billions through history have fought and died to keep those words and spread those words.
It is said a myth about Isis and Ra that she gained power over Ra when she learned his name, once she gained his name she had power over him. This story is reflected in the children's story Rumpelstiltskin once the girl learned his name she had power over him.
We are told in the Bible to keep God's name sacred and not use it in vain. As I pointed out before common usage weakens the word's power as in the swear example I used earlier.
Our words are the reflection of our thought so as we choose the words we use wisely we are as well changing the thoughts those words reflect. But these words can make our thought as well or change our thought, when you are down and someone gives words of encouragement and you feel uplifted, your thought was changed by the power of words.
When you are in a war and feel you can not go on anymore you are done you give up and someone comes along and says to you, "are you going to just lay there and die? Our enemies over that hill would just love that! Why don't we all just give up. lets raise the white flag and all be taken prisoners of war to be tortured and while we at it letting our enemy win our country our forefathers fought and died to found. Yes lets let them strip our country of all it's rights, and while they are at it all our families back home could just do what ever the enemy wants when we give our country over because we just wanted to give up fighting. It doesn't matter what happens to our families back home I am sure they will understand we were tired and decided to give up! That may be good enough for you but as for me I am not giving up until I die or win, I am not giving up no matter how tired, run down or scared I do this for my family back home that I care about! Do you care about your family, your country? Alright then! Lets get them!!!"
Those were all "just words" but do you think they feel powerful, maybe inspiring to go on even when you feel you can't anymore? Our words constantly create because as I stated they reflect our belief, as we consciously choose what words to say we are consciously choosing our thought and belief as well.
It is true that the words themselves have no power after all if I spoke another language all of this would have no affect on me. But in understanding the first word is the thought and second is the spoken or written word we can see how through the law of correspondence that is works equally as well backwards.
I read someplace that as we speak something through repetition enough times even though we do not believe it we come to believe it. This also works on if we hear something through repetition enough times we come to believe it. If we read something enough times through repetition we come to believe it. This can be positive or negative, the thought and belief is a reflection of the input criterion, this is how we develop beliefs about our selves growing up, this is also how brain washing works as well.
The spoken word is also powerful in another way, it reinforces the stance one takes and gives courage and an authority over the situation, when I pray out loud it has power command authority conviction backing my belief and thought, I know my prayer will be done I expect results. When I pray in my head it does not fire me up like praying out loud, When I say jump Satan asks "How high?" Because I project that authority and confidence through my out spoken words. I command with the word and things get done.
If words had no power you would have read this entire thing and felt no reaction at all. So did anything I wrote have an affect on your thought and belief, if so my point has been proven.
answered 22 Feb '11, 07:31
@Wade excellent presentation, thoughts and ideas. I agree with them all!
(06 Jun '11, 14:29) streetsanto
Thank you Stretsanto I am glad to be a help. :-)
(07 Jun '11, 06:29) Wade Casaldi
I do believe that words have great power. As you have said, "In the begining... God said, "let there be light..." God spoke and heaven and earth were created.
Something happened when I was a kid, or maybe several things, but I remember being afraid to speak my goals, dreams, crushes, anything I liked, I was afraid to speak of it. I was afraid that if I said what my goals were, they wouldn't happen. I was afraid if I said I had a crush on someone, they wouldn't like me. As if saying these things jinxed me. I am sure I missed out on a lot by being afraid to admit I wanted certain things. It got to where my only dreams were really far out, unreasonable, like building flying machines and time travel. I have found it difficult to dream up realistic goals. Everything seems so uncertain. I guess I need to do the EFT on fear of dreaming. I have noticed that when I do know what I want and can say it, I realize it or manifest it or create it eventually.
answered 06 Jun '11, 13:48
Just a thought but if it were only words that created , then people who were born mute , would be unable to manifest anything ? Words have power , my belief is its not so much the word itself but the tone behind it that stirs emotions in us . One can giggle whilst calling a (girl ) friend a bitch and she will join in and laugh with you , say it again seriously and you have a whole different scenario on your hands :-)
answered 25 Jun '12, 11:20
yes word when spoken in truth are pretty powerfull! example: one time 2 guy came to beat up a smaller guy here is what i have said to them! you came here to beat up this guy because he said stupid things to you! i know he does that sometime but he is starting to mature! he is smaller then you if you have frustration in you punch the brick wall right there! if you want to still beat him up i will not let you! if you want to act like adult and talk with him this i will allow! but me i don't fight for no reason if i fight you will end up in the grave or in hospital for life! so the question is are you ready to meet the creator your god? i leave you the choice right now! choice 1 we fight choice 2 you act like adult and talk it out choice 3 you get back in your car and leave! well they made the right choice they talked like adult!
answered 05 Jun '11, 04:49
Thank God that in addition to your spoken words, those two guys didn't carry any guns.
(05 Jun '11, 15:20) The Traveller
guns or not it would have change nothing! they made the right choice that is what is important!
(05 Jun '11, 17:45) white tiger
here is for you the traveller how to deal with guns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNhxTDc9KQU
(05 Jun '11, 18:00) white tiger
and beside who tell you that god was not on my side? was i not just, speaking the truth and letting them use their free will!
(06 Jun '11, 02:08) white tiger
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Thanks for introducing me to Taylor Mali. had a great laugh with this youtube clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OonDPGwAyfQ
@Jai great question :) yes words are sounds and sounds are vibes: vibes open up space within your light being and get the energies flowing. It reminds me of biofield tuning that can be practiced even at a distance like reiki : "Tuning fork therapy uses calibrated metal tuning forks to apply specific vibrations to different parts of the body. This can help release tension and energy, and promote emotional balance."