“Be impeccable with your Word. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
“Since our word creates always, it stands to reason that we have got to be very careful in sowing the seed.” ~ Ernest Holmes
“The word you speak becomes the house you live in.” ~ Hafiz
Fridays are normally catch-up days for me – tasks, errands, correspondence – but with so much happening in our world I have also been keeping an eye on the headlines and various media reporting of global events, and also on Facebook, which gives me a running commentary of various opinions and positions. It’s like a finger on the pulse of my world.
I saw the Hafiz quote online this morning, and it got me thinking, noticing, again.
I am aware today of how the media speaks about world events, how common blame and judgement and criticism and condemnation have become, how separation and dislike and even hatred seem to have become acceptable in our culture, and in our language. I am aware today of how unbeautiful our words can be, and am noticing how almost unconsciously easy it seems to be drawn in to echoing that language, whether or not it is an accurate reflection of our individual beliefs, or values.
Our word, with the power to hurt or to heal, to sooth or to inflame, is perhaps more powerful now than it has ever been. One person can spread their word to thousands of people in minutes, and have a profound affect. At the click of a button. Our word has never been more powerful than it is today.
There are two parts to verbal communication that it serves us to be aware of; encoding, and decoding. Since we are more diverse as a global community than ever before in the history of our planet, there are more decoding keys than there have ever been. Everybody has one. And they are all different. These keys are crafted over the period of a lifetime, and are influenced and molded in a thousand different ways, starting with family and culture and geography and religion of origin, then by our life experience, wounds, fears, frustrations and countless other variables.
An assumption that gets us into trouble is that your decoding key matches my encoding key – that we are all speaking exactly the same language. We’re not. No two people speak exactly the same language. Well, maybe that couple that has been married for 53 years and wears the same shirts. Maybe them. But no one else.
Which leads to my other point, the other side of the coin; the encoding. In order to fully utilize the power for good that is inherent within the word, and to express accurately and mindfully in a way that can be successfully decoded by a thousand different keys, we are being invited to become wordsmiths – artists with verbal expression. And not only with the packaging – the words themselves – but also with the ingredients – what those words are crafted from. Because make no mistake, every single word that we utter is infused with an energy, an intention, an impulsion. They have a flavor, a feel, not just a look. The very same word infused with two different energies can be experienced – decoded – in two very different ways.
As wordsmiths, we are being invited to infuse each word with the energy and the consciousness of our highest beliefs and values and desires. We are being invited to step into the power and the stewardship of our word as never before, to recognize and to utilize them with the highest possible level of mindfulness and awareness.
We are being invited to remember that each and every word is made of something, like wet clay to be molded; into something beautiful, or into something not so beautiful, into something that contributes to the healing of our world, or something that doesn’t. We are being invited, at a deeper level than ever before, to remember that the power of our word is the power of creation itself.
I don’t know anyone yet who is immaculate with their word. I am not. With the best of all possible intentions, we’re still liable to step in it, to bump into each other once in a while. With so many vocabularies and so many keys it’s inevitable.
To be a wordsmith is not to be immaculate. To be a wordsmith is simply to be inspired by a vision of beauty and a desire to bring that beauty forth, to know that each word is something of immense power to be mindfully molded, and to remember that with each word, we are, in fact, crafting our lives, and our world.