“Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, an energy that showers blessings upon the world.”
Lawrence G. Lovasik
Just as with everything else in the universe, words and thoughts are energetic in nature. When we think a thought or say a word, it goes out into the world as energy, just as does any other action. Thinking and speaking kind words adds to the positive, optimistic energy of the planet, and harsh words and thoughts do the opposite.
I am thinking a lot these days about how I speak myself, and how it affects other people. It's a lot to think about. On the one hand, I want to be honest and authentic in expressing myself. But on the other, my words can, and do, wound. Our sense of humor comes from the side of us that has some darkness to it, and many an unkind truth is said in jest. We can be funny, and at the same time, mean-spirited. For instance, what makes Saturday Night Live skits—and most other comedy—funny is the way that they poke fun at the absurdities of life—they take a serious situation and exaggerate it and we experience it as hilarious. Remember how Phyllis Diller spoke of her husband as “Fang,” or how Tina Fey portrayed a ditsy Sarah Palin—those were very funny, but funny at the expense of others. We don't want lose the ability to laugh at ourselves, but we also don't want to cause pain, especially to the people we care about. It's a fine line to walk.
Dr. David Simon gives three suggestions for consideration before we say anything to another person. He calls them gateways.
- Is what I am about to say true?
- Is what I am about to say necessary?
- Is what I am about to say kind?
Learning to use the energy of the fifth chakra in a positive way takes some work. It helps to think of it in terms of its element, which is ether; in other words, air. Being open and expansive in the way you speak requires breath, and breath is another word for spirit. When we elevate our speech, we speak more from our true spirit. It's a work in progress for me—and I hope for you, too.
In the Spirit,