Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Words

Wednesday’s Wondrous World

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”  – Rudyard Kipling

Unlike the other animals of this world, we alone have developed words.  Words have some of the most incredible, immense power anyone can possibly imagine.

As you read the words I put to the screen here, they may or may not evoke emotions.  Certain words stand out, grab our attention.  Some words speak to you.  And the same word can produce a different emotion in one person than in another.

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Take Power, for example.  Some people see the word power, and they think about the literal notion – electricity, batteries, petroleum.  Some people see Power, and their thoughts turn to images Amazons shooting arrows, or Atlas holding up the globe.  Some people see Power, and they feel stronger, they feel energized.

Power means a lot of different things.  It can stir positive emotions, when we think about power letting us read these lines on the screen, or when we think about a powerful individual like Gandhi doing good in this world.  Of course, on the opposite side of the same coin, it can stir negative emotions, like when we think of power corrupting, or people in power abusing that power like any given despot exploiting his or her people.

Power – a very simple, five letter word, capable of stirring emotions, creating ideas, inspiring happiness or anger.  Just a word, but a word that can take on numerous shapes, forms, and places in the heart and mind.

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Words are incredible.  “There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure, ‘cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.”  – Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven.  Words have far more than two meanings, but they can be so powerful they can bring about the rise of a star, or topple the great from their lofty places.

Sometimes words can take extremely different meanings.  For example, in Chinese, the word for Crisis is the same as the word for Opportunity.

The definition of a given word can be expanded FAR beyond its original intent.  Occasionally we can take a word and give to it a depth and character that can be playful and unexpected.  “Wash:  This landing could get pretty interesting.  Mal: Define ‘interesting’?  Wash: Oh god, oh god, we’re all gonna die?” – Joss Whedon, Serenity.

Words are quite the wonder.  They can make us see images in our head, they can spawn ideas great and small, they can spark emotions good and bad.  Words can make and break relationships.  Words direct and misdirect our world in hard-to-imagine ways.

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We wrapped our dreams in words and patterned the words so that they would live forever, unforgettable.” – Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things.

We seldom pause to give this much thought.  Words are something we use every day, whether we speak them, think them, read them – here they are.  Words are everywhere in our lives, and far more wonderful and terrible than we usually acknowledge.

Words – an incredible, immensely powerful wonder of our world.

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napoleon Hill.

MJ Blehart (Titaniumdon)

I am MJ Blehart, your wise, weird, wandering, wily, wacky, wistful “Wednesday’s Wondrous World” wordsmith.  Every week I will be sharing a wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!  And (please indulge my shameless self promotion) check out my blog, The Ramblings of a Titanium Don, for more of my philosophical and topical opinions.

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Meditation Monday: The Power of Mantra

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Words are powerful. Every word carries a specific wordsvibration and frequency. When we allow the vibration of words to penetrate our hearts, they literally change the way we feel and think and perceive, by changing our very frequencies to match that of the words (or the emotions behind the words) we are allowing within our hearts. In doing this, we become a match for more of those feelings to enter our auric field.

It’s the same idea with thoughts, but unlike most thoughts, words have the added potency of carrying a sound vibration. In the book of Genesis, it is said that there was darkness, a void over the face of the earth and when God spoke, creation came into Being.

Words are also used in spells and incantations for the very same reason – the sound vibration of words have the _words_can_hurt_or_heal_smallpower to create. Even inaudible words or subliminal messages have this effect on our energetic and emotional bodies – it occurs even without our conscious awareness. It is critical to be mindful of the words we use and expose ourselves to. Our emotional and spiritual health depends on it.

Just as abusive words can have a negative effect on the body’s overall energetic field, so can positive words and specific sounds can raise our frequencies, opening of channels for healing, and smooth out our auric field.

One of my favorite ways to connect to the power of words is through mantra. Wikipedia’s definition of a mantra is “a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of ‘creating transformation.’”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Mantra does just that – The Power of Words-marca águacreates transformation. When repeated several times out loud over a period of time (especially when this is your daily practice), mantras have the power of rewiring the brain by firing new waves and creating new neuropath ways. It’s phenomenal.

To really get specific about the etymology and history of the word mantra (and its link to practices in India and all different forms of yoga) would be another article entirely. The purpose of this post is to simply introduce you to a few mantras that I use to help me start my day feeling in total alignment with Source.

Sit in a comfortable position (preferably with your spine Shanti mantrastraight and upright). Take several, conscious, deep breaths and repeat the following mantras as many times as necessary. The idea is to repeat the mantra until you truly “feel” the power of them within you. For me, I know when they have deeply penetrated my heart when I can’t stop smiling, or suddenly feel tears of joy on my face. It’s a powerful experience.

A couple things to remember about mantras (or words in general):

  • what you put out, you get back
  • find mantras to use that make you feel good

You can create your own mantras. Just find something positive that resonates with you and doesn’t carry a negative intent to hurt others.

Here are some mantras that I’ve crafted for myself (each Mantrasentence can be its own mantra, or you can combine them all together to be one mantra):

“I Am connected to the Source of Love. I Am giving and receiving Love. I Am following the path of Love. I Am Love.”

“I Am always guided and protected by Love. I Am using my experiences in this world to grow and expand Love. I Am full of the power of Love.”

“I Am connected and transformed by the Light. I Am restored by the Light. I Am ready for wisdom. I am ready for Love.”

I think it is important to connect with the Source of Love daily. Know it intimately. Make sure that your own love energy is always in a healthy, powerful state. This is your only true power, because ultimately, Love is all there is. When you are full of love, you have everything you could ever need to thrive in this world.

Namaste.