The Power of Words

When you hear the word Power what do you think of immediately?  Often people visual physical power like superheroes like Superman or Spiderman or having the ability to do something.  There is however another kind of power, the kind that we look at when we study the Twelve Powers and that is the Power of the spoken word.

Anyone who has ever been called names as a child or an adult can attest to the fact that words can hurt as much as physical force.  Words have the ability for good and bad.  They can stir up people to do great things as well as horrific things.

How much attention do you to give the words you speak?  Every word we speak – not just to others – but also the ones we tell ourselves, can help to keep us down or to allow us to soar.

Here are three questions to ask yourself before you speak that are attributed to Socrates.

Is it true?

Is it necessary?

Is it kind?

Ask yourself these simple questions, not just about what you say to others, but also the words we say to ourselves.

Quote of the Week

“Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” 

Yehuda Berg

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Power!

What do you think of when you hear the word, POWER?

There are people who spend a lifetime looking for fame and fortune in order to obtain the power to control their world. But power that comes from sheer will and force never lasts. That’s because it is based on external conditions such as the amount of money one possesses, political standing, fame, or physical prowess – but these are all fleeting.

True Power comes from within and is based on Spirit. It is the Power that allows people to rise above their external circumstances. It allows someone to make positive changes in the world which endure long after they are gone. People with this kind of Power are ones whose names we respect because they have made changes for the better, not just for themselves, but for all of humankind.

When I think of Power, Mahatma Gandhi comes to mind. This man of slight build, who had no big political title and did not make huge sums of money, not only changed his own country, India, but also influenced such people as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. He showed the world how peace is more powerful than violence, and his example has made a difference in millions of lives.

So how do we find the power we need to overcome the challenges in our own lives? We tap into a Power greater than ourselves through prayer and meditation when we feel too weak or powerless to do what is ours to do. Remember, it is not the “little I” but the “I AM” within us, that makes a difference, in our lives, and in the world.

Quote of the Week

“The day the power of Love overrules the love of power, the world {and ourselves} will know peace.” Mahatma Gandhi

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