“You watch your mouth young man”. A statement I heard on more than one occasion as a youngster, trying much too hard to impress my brothers who were 9 and 12 years older. If I would have understood the power of the words that I was so carelessly rolling off of my tongue, I would have taken that warning much more seriously.
Words have the power to build a man up or cut a man down. In the Bible, Proverbs 18:21 states “the tongue can bring life or death; those who love to talk will reap the consequences”.
Throughout 15, Haanel teaches that words are the first manifestation of thought … the vessels which thought is carried. He warns that we cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of language which is not identified with our welfare. If we wish abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.
Wow!! You see, for me, this way of thinking put a whole new view on “words”. I learned how words that I spoke could bring joy to other peoples lives and help them to feel great about themselves, but I also learned how selfish, unchecked and carelessly used words can bring heartache and pain and take away a persons self confidence. And the worst thing is that all to often those unchecked words are spoken to the ones we care the most about. With age, comes wisdom and I now make a conscious effort to always “watch my tongue” when talking to others. What I had not realized was the words that I was saying to me were having such an adverse effect on the outcome of my life. I have always had a great sense of humor and love to make people laugh. The problem was that a lot of my humor was talking about my faults and bad experiences in life; transmitting thoughts of lack, not abundance to my subconscious mind. As the Good Book says “words can bring life or death; we reap what we sow”; my translation.
Thank you MK for helping me to see that the way I think (talk to myself) is exactly what will eventually manifest into my life. Thank you also to all of you that are on this journey and are willing to share your Master key experiences. I can not begin to tell you what a major impact you have had on my life.
Keep loving yourself and sharing that love with all you meet.