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The power of the spoken word

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Image copyright ccsai.ca

Preparing other people to speak publicly has always been a part of my job but because doing it myself is, I believe, going to become a more frequent thing, I decided to write about that with Jy, my spirit guide.  As ever, he brought a new perspective to that old phrase ‘the power of words’ – not only in terms of public speaking but of the words all of us casually emit every day! Below are the excerpts that apply to us all.

 

Speaking – with Jy – January 2015

Speaking is an ability acquired by humans as soon as they are born. Even before a baby can formulate recognisable words, it is increasingly capable of understanding what its parents say, is increasingly capable of making noises of which it understands the purpose, even if it takes a short while for the parents’ understanding to catch up. Thus a baby’s “babble” becomes its language – its method of speaking – and soon, from listening to its parents and siblings make the sound of words, it becomes a mimic, translating its babble into meaningful sounds. That is, sounds that are meaningful to others, rather than just to itself. Because the baby has always known, in every sense, what it was saying. Even in the womb.

Speaking is the verbalisation of your thoughts, in a manner that can be understood by others. It may also be the verbalisation of others’ thoughts – perhaps political or religious ideologies, or a favourite fairy tale. Sometimes humans express others’ thoughts when acting as teachers or preachers. Oftentimes you express your own thoughts when you wish to take part in a conversation about a particular topic, to express your own opinion, or your feelings for another person.

Thus, as an ability learned early and used frequently, speaking is often practiced without much consideration.

The connection between the thought and the verbalisation of it is crucial. Too much of one and too little of the other can heavily influence both the tone and the content of the information or ideas you are expressing. If you are speaking about another’s ideas, you must make plain whether you are simply conveying another’s thoughts – in which case you have a responsibility to convey them clearly and accurately – or whether you are giving your opinion on that other person’s thoughts. In the latter case you have a responsibility to make clear that what you are conveying is simply your opinion – nothing more and nothing less.

You will see, therefore, that speaking, although something even a baby can do, is rather more complex in nature than simply opening your mouth and letting sounds come out! There are responsibilities involved.

Why? Because words have power.

Because what you think and how you express it helps shape your world. Because passionate opinion helps shape other people’s perception of your world. Words do not only have power, they are power. Words, both written and spoken, fuel society. They fuel ideas and ideologies. They fuel action and inertia. They fuel change and stagnation. They fuel tolerance and ignorance. They fuel hate and compassion.

Because humans are a social species, they speak words all the time but there is no such thing as idle chatter, as harmless gossip. Every single word you speak is like a volt of electricity entering the circuits of your society, of your world. Every word has power, has an effect, however subtle.

Too many people speak without thinking. They do not make the necessary connection between what they think, how they express that out loud and what happens in their world. They do not make the connection between the volt they emitted and the light switching on. And they do not take the responsibility.

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Being the social animals that you are, the spoken word is hugely important to humans. Indeed, even before any sort of written language was created, man shared information in spoken form. Knowledge was passed from generation to generation verbally and in certain parts of your world this is still so. In addition, the spoken word can often have even greater power than the written because of its immediacy and its ability to engage more of your senses.

The storyteller, speaking aloud, uses the power and tone of the human voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language to enhance their tale – to infuse it with more power than words on a page can possess. The storyteller adds weight to the drama of his words. The magic woven around spoken tales is tangible in the air – an audience held captive and receptive to the full voltage of every word.

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Remember you are here to share, not to preach; to offer, not to press. There will be many who listen and many who do not. That is free will. Do not take criticism personally when some who listen disagree. Accept their right to do so, offer kindness and move on.

There will never be a situation where everyone believes the same thing. How could you hope to create that and why would you want to? But (by speaking your truth) you can be a part of creating a world where more people understand the eternal nature of life and love. You can be a small but essential cog in the machine of love and compassion.

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Speak from your heart, from your soul. Speak joyfully, speak truthfully, speak responsibly – and all will be well.

Travels in space and time

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By August 2000 a group of us had gathered into what I now know was a development circle. None of us realised that, though – we were just a small group of friends and colleagues, exploring the various ways we seemed to be able to connect to spirit. It was an amazing adventure and we threw ourselves into it headlong. How fortunate that we had wise guides looking after us!

One of the things I discovered I could sometimes do, aside from the writing, was to let spirit speak through me – and they often overshadowed me while I was doing it. The others in the group would see my appearance change, depending on which of our guides was coming through.

Here’s an excerpt from one of those early sessions. One of the other participants had just been talking about experiences he occasionally had in meditation and in dreams, where he seemed to travel through space. He’d also just witnessed, for the first time, my features change, morphing from one appearance to another and then to pure light rather than a face. (I’ve used P1/P2 to protect participants’ privacy. The names mentioned are those of two of my spirit guides.)

 Travels in space and time – excerpt from a group session 24 August 2000

Tybran/Louise: P1 is ready to understand. How you and I – how we all –  appear is transient. We can all travel to many places. Places where we are, where we have been, where we will be. P1 has done this before but only to visit people he has known or known of. But this is unlimited. You need only trust yourselves. Trust that the way you seem to travel is real. People who die do not stay in some twilight world. They move on. The places they move on to are as real as where they were and where you are now. You have to understand there is no now. Everything, everyone you are, you have been, you will ever be, is now. If you let go of the ties to how you think and feel in the now, you can be everywhere, in all the worlds you perceive. You can use the knowledge you have of the past and the future. P1 wonders where he may travel, yet he has travelled there already – a thousand times. He needs only recall the memory, to recall it as a present truth.

P1: What is my purpose?

Tybran/Louise: A very big question. You are a part of a much greater you. You are not aware of them. You need only know that if you follow your heart, you will be as you were meant to be this time. It is not prohibited to be happy. In doing what you heart draws you to do, you can also achieve your purpose, in this life, in this moment. There is no bigger quest than to be true to yourself.

P1: Where (should I travel to) next?

Tybran/Louise: To your heart, to where you dreamed you would be. To where you once believed you dared not go. If you live your lives as they were meant to be lived – not idly, not with constraint, but with joy, with purpose, with self-belief – you can fly; you can spiral upward, until you leave behind what you have thought of as home. Free yourself of these constraints and you will begin to see what we are capable of together. You are not alone. You have never been alone. And now that you know that we are here, you will never be alone again. We are here when you need us.

P1: What advice would you give me about the chastisement my (late) grandmother has given me?

Soledad/Louise: We are not only Tybran. We are Soledad, too. Your grandmother – she is close to you. She means well. She wishes to help you. She is passing through one of the many layers we all pass through. She lingers, wishing to help you, not wishing to embark on another life until she fulfils her purpose to help you. This is fine. It is not hurting her or you. It is transitory. You will move on; she will move on. Listen and talk to her – as much for her as for you. Never forget, those who move beyond the veil need your help as much as you need theirs. Listen to your grandmother. You will both move on when the time comes.

P2: What should the group of us be embarking on?

Soledad/Louise: The group will have energies the individuals do not possess. This power should be used for the greater good. Bring negativity and you create evil.  Bring positivity and you create love. Love is undervalued and underestimated. If you do not believe you have the power, you will always be afraid. Come when you are ready, when you are positive, and the power is yours. We will help and advise you. We will not let you over-extend your abilities, either through ignorance or force of will. We are stronger and wiser than you but only through practice. We are the same but we have travelled further. Listen, believe – we are the same.

Work but do not toil. When you feel there is an energy behind everything you do, everything you dream of, this is work but not toil. Discipline, yes – toil, no. Action must be taken, beliefs must be upheld. Be ready: listen, observe, prepare, know yourself. Then you will be ready. Know that you are not alone, in your world or in ours. None of you is alone.