saying vs affirming
The Power of the Spoken Word
In our first lesson, we talked about the I AM Presence, that part of us that was made in the image and likeness of God with all of the divine qualities of the God-head. And we talked about how there is a continual flow of energy and light from the I AM Presence that sustains us, and is the energy that we continually use here in the physical world. And since we have free will, we can choose how we use this energy, setting causes into motion, and reaping the effects of those causes.
An example of this is every time we say “I AM” this or “I AM” that, we are invoking the power of our I AM Presence to create that very condition—whether it is constructive or destructive. So, again, we need to be aware of how we speak.
Let's talk about the OM, the Sanskrit word that means, “I bow, I agree, I accept.” It’s really an affirmation of our true being as we center ourselves in that point of bowing to our Higher Self—the I AM Presence—of affirming we are immortal beings and accepting our reason for being and our responsibility to BE.
Intoning of the OM releases the frequency of the Word, that same Word that went forth as the origin of creation. And it takes us back to that point of origin. And, there is the correlation of the OM with the I AM that I AM.
Yes, the OM is going within to the fiery core of our being—just like the fire that did not consume the bush when Moses was on the mount. And the I AM that I AM is the going forth with the fire of the heart—of the Divine Presence—to create.
There have been many experiments with sound and how it impacts the physical world. One great experiment we read about in the Bible when God said, “Let there be light! And there was light.”
This was the very first great experiment that was recorded, and a great key for us also. We can give that same fiat, “Let there be Light. And there will be light.”
The Bible is not the only place you find this action recorded. In the ancient Hindu Vedas we read, "In the beginning was Brahman with whom was the Word, and the Word is Brahman." Somewhat parallels the Bible, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Sufi mystics all believe that it is this Word that creates, pervades and sustains everything that exists. If this is truly the case, then the Word is the most powerful creative force in the physical universe.
And there have been contemporary experiments that have brought forth some amazing revelations about sound. Take Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments with water in the 1990s.
He performed a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayers, music and the environment on the crystalline structure of water.
He had photographers take pictures of the water after it was exposed to these various conditions and then frozen, which formed crystalline structures. And the results were quite remarkable.
Prior to the experiment, the water didn’t really have any particular structure—just sort of random shape and form. But after being exposed to various words, both positive and negative, the water took a definite form. In the case of positive words or in the case of prayer, beautiful forms resulted. When negative words or phrases were used, the water took on ugly formations that were not geometrically balanced.
Another well-known study in the 1960s is Cymatics by Dr. Hans Jenny who studied visible sound and vibration.
His experiments involved sand placed on metal plates. Then he would produce different frequencies of sound and watch the sand move into beautiful patterns, unique to each of the vibrations he would use.
And these patterns would be sustained as long as the sound was sounding, and then collapse when the sound ended. So he also demonstrated that sound does effect physical matter.
For us, we generate creative sound using our voice and the throat chakra—the spiritual center located over our throat area. How much more powerful it is to say and feel “I love you” to your spouse or child than to simply think and feel “I love you” towards someone.
Our spoken word is more powerful than we sometimes realize—whether used positively or negatively—we are creating.