Notes on the Journey

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Power of the Word

From "Sarah:  Woman of Genesis" by Orson Scott Card; Sarai's impression of Abram after their first meeting:  "For as of this day, she was no longer sure of anything.  Except this:  Abram said he would be back to marry her, and somehow it would happen, for today she had seen for the first time in her life the true power of a king.  It was the word of power:  To speak, knowing that the thing spoken would come true." speak, knowing that the thing spoken would come true.  Yes.  The power of the word is in the power of in the conviction with which the words are in the confidence of the speaker.  And, there was the word, and the word was God.

Words filled with Life.  Words filled with knowing.  Words said with power.  Words without doubt.  Words of clarity.  We call things into being with our words, whether we realize it or not.  We speak them out into Life and they come back manifest.

They can come back manifest as what we want or what we don't want, it's up to us and the emotion behind them.  If we give power to the things we fear, the things we don't want, they will manifest as strongly as the things we want, and sometimes more so.  Fear is a very strong emotion and fills our words with uncommon power.  If we could focus as strongly on the things we want as we do on the things we don't want, then that would be what we would bring into being.  We are so much more powerful than we normally give ourselves credit for being.

If we're lucky, we've been around and listened to people who speak with authority.  Who, when they say something, leave no doubt that it will happen.  Who speak with such intensity of energy that Life has no choice but to respond and fulfill the commandment.  I haven't met many of them though.  Most of us don't believe ourselves to that extent.

And, it's not only saying the words, it's maintaining the power behind them even after they've been spoken.  We might say something from a place of power, but then frighten ourselves and withdraw our energy.  The thing went out, but couldn't be sustained.  So, there's an energetic follow through to what we say that has to be present.  The conviction needs to stay behind the intention of the words.

As long as we have time as a teacher, we get the chance to see what gets in the way of our desires for manifestation.  We send something out but it doesn't come back.  Why?  Where did we disconnect?  Why did we pull our energy back?  Where did the fear come in?  What was the resistance behind the intention?  Were the words and the desire from our heart, our larger Self?  Or were the words and the desire from our ego, our smaller self?  Did we really believe the words we were speaking?

If you haven't read any of Orson Scott Card's books, I would highly recommend them.  They are mostly science fiction, but there are a few on some of the women of the bible.  They are about love and authenticity and truth and integrity.  They pose ideas that you will ponder for a long time and that will trigger your own awareness of truth.  Do yourself a favor.

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