In the beginning was the Word.
And God said, “Let there be light and there was light.” Gen 1:3
The word is creative energy. The word is like a seed planted in the fertile ground of consciousness that grows as it is nourished and attended to.
But how words grow into our experience is a mystery that no one understands. Each word contains a feeling tone that directs its manifestation.
Words can kill and words can heal.
Words can inspire or they can crush.
Words cause wars. Words restore peace.
We do our best to define words, but each person has a slightly different view of what they actually mean.
We mistakenly assume that we know what the other person is saying by their words, causing so many relationship difficulties and heartaches.
No one knows the real meaning and power of a word, for each word is filled with a deeper mystery that can only be felt intuitively by the person who is speaking.
The “word” derives from logos which is an undefinable, intrinsic energy “…thought of as constituting the controlling principle of the universe and as being manifested by speech.” (Webster)
Our words, thoughts and deeds not only create our relationships but they become our karma.
Karma is that which returns to us (from our actions) as our moment by moment life experience.
Therefore it is imperative to notice what words we speak and think—for we have an inner dialogue taking place all the time.
For instance, notice what words you are speaking inside yourself right now as you read this. What is the feeling tone within you? For words include both thoughts and feelings.
What are some of the thoughts you have harbored today?
Please know that your words are seeding your life. And you can choose new ones any and every moment, for you are the creative artist of you own life.
Seeds carry the mystery of growth. The essence of each word will, in due time, blossom forth in happiness—or in suffering.
Are your words growing kindness and compassion?
What does your soul really value? That which matters most is what you speak about, and will become your garden of life.
Are you chasing after something right now? Wanting and feeling some kind of torture within, as if your life isn’t complete without it?
Or are you satisfied that your life is just what it needs to be this moment, and that it will change?
Are you breathing consciously right now, knowing that your words are growing your life, and that you can choose them?
What kind of a garden do you want? That which lasts by reseeding itself, or one that you need to keep toiling in forever, attempting to get it to look just the way you want—and then make it stay that way?
We nurture our garden by noticing our thoughts and attitudes, by paying attention to the seeds we are planting.
Planting words of lovingkindess and compassion is a noble work, one that requires a patient, forbearing attitude.
Our intentions need to be clarified. We notice the “weed thoughts” that choke the newly planted seeds and keep the new life from flourishing.
Are we living for ourselves and our ambitions, or are we living in an all-inclusive way in which other people and life forms matter?
We can speak words of kindness silently or audibly.
The times you wait each day can be used effectively to plant seeds of kindness, for you are not engaged in anything else. This is fertile ground that often is used in ways that harm. We even say, “I had time to kill.”
Every moment is important. Let’s use these waiting times to plant a life of beauty and ease.
We wait in traffic. Especially when it shows up as gridlock! Do we find ourselves grumbling and complaining? Those words are not without effect—not pleasant ones, however.
Note what is going on in the mind when we wait for our computer to respond, or for a text or phone message, or to meet someone.
What thoughts we are thinking when we wait for sleep to come? What is our attitude?
Using restraint in the words we think and speak is a noble work and needs practice. But it will save so much heartache.
Therefore each of us has a worthy and purposeful task set before us each day—to seed our hearts and minds with truthful, non-harming, non-defensive words.
This is our domain, our power, and it’s not small!
Here is a suggestion. A simple way to bring us into serenity and happiness is to use phrases of lovingkindness (Metta) that the Buddha taught his followers so many centuries ago.
These four phrases are a spiritual compass, and when practiced steadfastly they harvest a field of joy.
“May I be safe. May I feel safe.
May I be happy. May I flourish right where I am.
May I be well. May I be filled with courage.
May I be at ease on my life journey.”
The phrase “may I” does not request permission. Rather “may I” is setting an intention. “May I” gently points us towards happiness and relief from suffering.
You can be creative in your wording. These are not commandments that must be phrased in a certain way. They are offerings, suggestions.
And so, my offering to you is that you may plant seeds that become a harvest of happiness in your life.