UPLIFT: The Power of Words
by Cinnamon Lynn
Words... Words??? Words!!!
We’ve been lied to with this childhood rhyme: “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me?” In reality it’s the words that have the power to break or the power to heal.
If asked to remember a time of great hurt or a time of great joy, what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Nine out of ten times it’s the words that have been spoken to us that coincide with memories.
Throughout history it has been recorded how the power of words can either build or destroy.
· Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life or death.”
· The apostle Paul, when writing about the Armor of God, metaphorically uses the most powerful tool of a warrior’s armor, the sword, to represent the 'word' of God.
· Socrates stated: “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil."
· Author Yehuda Berg wrote: “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble." http://www.yehudaberg.co/
One evening I had a house full of pre-teens. In the process of the endless chatter, I over heard a hint of negative gossip and a word of profanity. Knowing that correcting words of a mother can often be dismissed, therefore a visual, hands-on learning module may be what this moment needed. (So I’m a bit over zealous) My teaching skills kicked in and these teens were in for a lesson they would never forget.
A few years earlier I read a book by Dr. Masaru Emoto, “The Hidden Messages in Water." Dr. Emoto is a scientist who conducted research on the measurements of wave fluctuations in water, more so showing results in water crystals. His photographs of water crystals demonstrated that water spoken to or shown positive or negative words, such as “love” or “idiot," reacts by either forming a symmetrical beautiful crystal or not forming a crystal at all. http://www.masaru-emoto.net/
I put on my goggles, buttoned up my lab coat and asked the kids to join me in the kitchen. Avoiding boredom, I blurted out that we were going to do an experiment. They were intrigued.
The base of the experiment, using Dr. Emoto’s model, was to demonstrate how hurtful negative, and profane words could be to one another. Our bodies are made up of around 80% water, therefore very able to be affected and changed by words. I chose to use cooked rice as a simulation to the human body as it absorbs a high percentage of water.
1. The kids cooked up a pan of rice dividing it into three separate bowls: one being the control variable, second the positive word factor and the third being the negative word factor.
2. The control was left alone; nothing was done to it during this 12-hour period.
3. I instructed that they speak negative hateful words and play hardcore heavy metal music to bowl number three and that they speak loving caring words along with playing lovely tender music to the second bowl of rice.
It was a hit! They loved the fact I allowed profanity for the use of the experiment. After hours of encouragement and humiliation, they fell asleep. I started to doubt and wonder if this experiment would really work. Would Dr. Emoto’s research let me down?
The next morning I woke up eager to see how the words affected the water in rice. I walked over to the control variable bowl and noticed it started to turn brown and had yellowing effects on the edges of the white rice. The rice in bowl number three, which was yelled at with many degrading words, had turned BLACK! I was surprised and pleased with myself, but still one more bowl needed to be viewed.
As I walked back to the bowl of rice that was so tenderly loved through the evening, my eyes widened, to my joy, the rice was still perfectly WHITE! No yellowing or browning occurred as it did on the other two bowls.
Not able to control my excitement of this tiny miracle, I woke everyone up to show them our outcome. The excitement continued throughout the day as each teen brought their parents in to show them the rice and explain how powerful words can be.
I encourage you to do this experiment on your own.
Maybe the next time a disappointment comes your way or you are frustrated at a colleague, spouse or child, remember the power of your words can transform that individual's entire makeup of their body.
I hope you choose to Heal not hurt…Encourage not humiliate… Love not hate!