Plant Your Words With Loving Care
“In the beginning was the Word . . . .” – John 1:1
Dear Beloved Community,
Remember this old playground chant: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Some of us used to say this in reply to a taunt or tease we didn’t want to let into our consciousness. And while it may sound fine in theory, over the years, I’ve come to doubt its Truth. Because, sometimes words hurt us more than any stick or stone could. If we break a bone, we can rush to the Emergency Room for mending and healing, but where’s the Emergency Room which mends devastated spirits and broken hearts?
Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, founder of the Center for Non-Violent [Compassionate] Communications, says, “While we may not consider the way we talk [or write] to be ‘violent,’ our words often lead to hurt and pain, whether for others or for ourselves.” When we dump or hurl our emotional garbage on other people—or ourselves—everyone suffers, because that garbage is full of thorns and barbs meant to hurt, not to uplift.
And when we stick those barbs into ourselves, we often plant them deep, down inside us. We let them take root and grow. We nourish them by saying things such as “I’m too fat, thin, stupid, short, tall, poor, sick, tired, hurt, weak, old, young. . . .” On and on it goes. We fertilize those thoughts daily with beliefs of blame, pain, upset, anger and resentment. Is it any wonder, then, that some of us feel tired, sick, or unhappy? Is that the kind of crop we truly wish to harvest?
As Unity Truth students, we can grow to understand that in life, we get to choose our feelings—and our words, as well. By using denials and affirmations, we can continue weeding out negative beliefs and make way for positive growth. So, this year, I invite you to plant a generous crop of new vocabulary -- harmony, joy, energy, abundance, fun, peace, laughter, exuberance, trust, ease, love, compassion -- into your consciousness. Fertilize daily with prayer and meditation. Refresh and renew on Sunday mornings and at a variety of classes during the week.
Know that you are a divine creation of the One Presence and One Power, God the Good, Everywhere Present. Make way for that glory you are to blossom in ever more radiant ways, and let the words you speak be words of Truth. I behold the Truth, the Spirit, the Christ of you!
In Peace and Love,