Updated: Mar 19
We've all been the receiver and giver of negative words. But if you want a revelation about their invisible power being flung into the atmosphere, read on!
Words have actual power! Scripture tells us that the power of life and death are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). We all know from personal experience how we feel when someone throws negative words our way. The words affect our physical being, as well as our emotions. They can wound us to the soul and the effects can last a lifetime.
But did you know that the effects of our words can actually be seen? Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto performed some fascinating experiments to make the invisible visible. In one experiment he placed two cups of white rice into two separate mason jars. One was labeled "Thank You" and one was labeled "You Fool." The jars were left in an elementary classroom and the students were instructed to say the words to the jars twice a day. After 30 days, the "insulted" jar of rice turned into a black, gelatinous mess. The rice in the jar that was thanked stayed white and fluffy. (https://goop.com/wellness/mindfulness/the-scary-power-of-negative-words/)
Emoto also conducted experiments with water, which were equally fascinating ("The Hidden Messages of Water"; "Messages from Water and the Universe" by Masaru Emoto, Amazon). Did you know that sound vibration travels four times faster through water? And our bodies have a high content of water - our brains and hearts: 73% and our lungs: 83%. Words will resonate throughout our bodies quickly. After hearing words repetitively, we begin to believe them. Neural highways are created in our brains with repetitive thoughts. When negative thoughts are delivered regularly to our brains, "black trees" begin to form that are toxic (see www.drleaf.com). These negative toxic neural highways can cause the immune system to break down, paving the way for disease.
Whether you're correcting and training your child, or you're communicating with a family member or friend, remember that your words hold power. Choose your words wisely! Hand them out like "apples of gold in pitchers of silver" (Proverbs 25:11). Are your words polluting the world or creating an atmosphere of love and shalom peace?