WORDS (Part 4)

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“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart”. Luke 6:45 NASB

You can always find an argument. Parents argue with teachers over education. Teachers argue with State Administrators over low wages. Republicans argue with Democrats over policy. China argues with North Korea over autonomy. Arab nations argue with Israel over sovereignty. Christians argue with Muslims over religion. It is like painting a picture of Truth on a dark night when there is no light. And you have never seen Truth, and you have never known Truth, and you have never touched colours, and you don’t know how to paint, and you don’t know how to hold a paint brush, and you don’t know how to mix colours, and you cannot see which colour is which because the night is so dark. And you go on painting. And in the morning when you can see, you say: ‘Look! This is Truth’. It is all arrogance. It is all deep ignorance.

“…and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart”.

According to the world this is truth…

“I said, It’s 3am in the morning. Put my key in the door ‘n’ bodies laying all over the floor ‘n’ I don’t remember how they got there but I guess I must’ve killed them, killed them…”

This is the truth from a popular rap musician. According to the world this is the truth we should feed our children. This is the world’s argument. Now imagine listening to these so-called truths for an hour. For a day. For a month. For a year. For a lifetime. What words would come out of your heart then? Would they defile you? You must guard your heart with all diligence from the words of others you allow over your household, i.e., the Internet and books you read, the TV and movies you watch, and especially the music you listen to. The words you allow your heart to deeply experience should encourage the life you desire.

So how do you guard your heart from the fiery darts of the enemy or when the negative energy of others is directed towards you? Knowledge is power. Knowing the power of words forewarns us and dilutes their effect. When faced with the unfortunate words of others, you can do one or two things: You can visualize yourself surrounded by a solid wall that simply cannot be penetrated by any force in the universe, and see the negative words bouncing off. Or out of the good treasure of your heart you can bring forth what is good. You can choose to change the energy field of negativity with Love.

It isn’t only the words we exchange with others that hold such power. It’s often the words we feed ourselves. We all have an ongoing inner commentary that we’re so used to we usually don’t notice. But what that commentary says really matters to your heart health. Make the effort to listen to what’s going on in your head. Is your internal conversation filled with words of anger, hatred, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness? Or are they positive, loving, gracious, encouraging and forgiving words? Each word determines how you experience life; so if they’re negative, change them. It takes effort, but it can be done.

You must choose your words carefully whenever you meditate, pray, or if you have a personal affirmation. Don’t simply repeat by rote, but know the power and energy of the every word. 

And bring forth out of the treasure of your heart what is good.

Dear God,

I surrender this session to You. I ask that my interaction with this person be used for Your purposes.

I surrender all worldly thought I would bring from my past and ask, in this moment, to be filled with Your wisdom.

May I be used as a channel for Your healing power, for by myself I can heal no one. Rather I remember that Your power within me does the work. Show me how to love this person and listen to him and counsel him as You would have me do.

May I remind him of his own magnificence that through this memory he might awaken to truth.

May I minister to him truly through Your words and Your thoughts and Your love. Amen. Prayer by Marianne Williamson

WORDS (Part 3)

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“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man”. Matthew 15:18

Say nothing in haste; once an ill-considered remark reaches its target, it can never be retracted. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can really hurt us. We eventually heal from the sticks and stones that are thrown at us throughout our lives, but hurtful words can cause wounds that never heal.

Words are heart seeds. Once spoken, they are planted in the fertile soil of the soul. Words are spiritual energy. Positive, loving words vibrate at a high frequency whereas insults and negativity vibrate at very low frequencies. The slower the frequency the more you move away from the Spirit. The higher the frequency the more you bless your own life as well as the lives of others. This cannot be emphasized enough. Every time you find yourself being negative towards another you are creating illness in your body, and contributing to war consciousness within the physical world. This is why the Holy Bible teaches us “not to let the sun go down on our anger” because a war will start in the home between the husband and wife, or between the mother and the daughter, or between the father and the son, or between you and the co-worker, or between you and your neighbor. Wars are the outcome of group consciousness. Wars are borne on the heart-side of the river of Life. Wars are started and justified by words. Wars happen every time our words invade another soul’s territory. Wars happen when negativity reaches a critical mass. Wars destroy the fragrance of God in every heart. Wars create dis-unity of the body. Wars create internal conflicts. Wars promote illness.  

Illness becomes a battleground when you must fight that which is invading the territory of the body and mind. Illness occurs when you live persistently and permanently in the lower vibrational frequencies of negativity rather than living in the realm of higher energy: positivity, insight, knowing, reason, love, joy, enlightenment, creativity and peace. This is why working, playing or living in an environment where there is constant negativity will create illness in the body.

But beyond dis-ease, negativity also causes us to have great voids in virtually all areas of our lives. These voids allow the lower frequencies of problems to enter, and do just as much damage to our relationships, our families, and our livelihoods as they do in destroying our health.

When you rely on the material world [low word frequencies] as your source of life energy and conversation they will eventually contaminate the source which is the heart. And it is what proceeds out of the heart of man that defiles him.

To be continued…

WORDS (Part 2)

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Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 American Standard Bible

Words have the power to create or destroy. So much so that even the slightest whisper can permanently change a reality. Words of encouragement or praise can inspire a lifetime’s journey, while the slightest unconsidered criticism may consign human potential to the gigantic stockpile of what might have been. We seldom realize that our words can have a greater effect on a life than any material thing.

Words can make the day of another. A simple “good morning” can literally make the difference between someone choosing to live or die. Just think how much better you feel when someone takes the time to acknowledge your existence. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times students have come to me privately to thank me for saving their lives simply through the validating and binding power of acknowledgment.

I’m reminded of a student who was sent to my office for disciplinary action. According to the report, she had physically assaulted another student on campus and consequently was being sent home. Naturally, her attitude was extremely combative and she had completely lost her ability to communicate without using profanity. Her words were curse words. Their intent was to indifferently impart pain. Their intent was to change the temperature of the room. Their intent was to beat back the light. So instead of reprimanding her (or reminding her who was in charge), I chose to sit in utter silence. I chose to reclaim the peace. Nearly an hour passed before she stopped fighting the world; until she closed the outlet to her personal demons. Now shame caused her to divert her eyes, but forgiveness inspired an apology nonetheless. I said nothing. Simply nodded. Fully acknowledged her presence. I dropped my armour completely.

Another twenty minutes passed before she could muster enough trust to tell me what was actually bothering her. Several days prior, her mother had kicked her out of the house because she allegedly attempted to seduce her mothers twenty-something year old boyfriend. It was the middle of the night, rainy, and cold outside. In order to stay warm she rode the bus most of the night. Nobody, absolutely nobody could understand what was going on inside of her mind as she eventually succumbed to the hunger pangs of the body, and performed sexual favors for money. She arrived to school on a Monday with the same clothes as yesterday and the day before. Nobody could recognize how fragile she was. So by the time a group of students began making fun of her, she snapped. She was so full of shame. So embarrassed. So hurt. She had already decided that morning she was going to take her own life. Nobody could know what was going on inside. She was angry. She was confused and she wanted to end the pain.

Now what?

What cosmic music could you play now? What scripture could you find that she would be willing to hear? When I asked her why she didn’t take her life: she said,’it was because you didn’t fight with me like my mom, or lecture me like most adults. You let me say what I wanted to say. You didn’t try to change me… and didn’t judge me. And though, I was cursing up a storm when I walked in your office… you said, “Good morning”. That’s when I knew somebody cared.’

We have the power to give life, and it costs nothing more than a few seconds of unconditional acknowledgement.

To be continued…

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Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it flows the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

For as the heart is either pure or corrupt, so is the whole course of man’s life. Proverbs 4:23 Geneva Study Bible

Look at the image of the water you are seeing. Notice the thoughts you are thinking. Notice the emotions you are feeling. Can you sense the peace? Can you see yourself on the beach? Can you feel the wet sand underneath your feet? Can you hear the ebb and flow of the water? Can you smell the scent of the ocean? Can you feel the soft summer breeze? Our minds are powerful. 

Quantum physics teach us that our minds keep meticulous records of every occurrence we have ever experienced from birth to the present. Every thought. Every sound. Every emotion. Every image is recorded in detail and purposefully stored in each and every cell. Which means every cell in your body is a biographical sketch of your life. And it is from this cellular autobiography that the issues of life flow. 

For as the heart is either pure or corrupt, so is the whole course of man’s life. Proverbs 4:23

There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the body and soul. Guard thy heart with all diligence. To guard your heart with all diligence literally means it is your responsibility to set strict boundaries around the gateways to your soul. It also indicates that you must keep your heart from doing hurt, and from getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out of it flows the issues of life.

Your five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch are gateways to the soul. They are your Global Positioning system as well as the Communication system which helps you navigate the physical world. They do not prevent anything. They do not change anything. They simply record everything. Every moment of joy. Every moment of pain. Every smile. Every tear. Every dream. Every conversation. Every word is recorded.  

In essence, your words create the whole course for your life. They are either pure or corrupt. They either build or tear down. They either bless or curse. You must always be careful about the words you speak to yourself and others. You must guard against the words you permit to touch your soul. You must guard your soul with diligence.

But why are so many words needed? Why are you allowing the words of others to paint your sky blue? What words have been written on the walls of your heart since childhood? What words have entered the door to your soul? Why can’t you see the beauty without speaking them? 

To be continued…