Words that serve
Upload on 31/5/2019
Words. Spoken in many languages, exchanged in bars and coffee shops, in parliaments and battlefields, in hospitals, in remote little villages, in places of prayer, on the radio, at home, and in the street. Words whispered, shouted, cried. Spoken to comfort, to advise, to hurt, to manipulate, to question, to forgive and to heal. So many words, around us, all the time. Studying old stories, we can learn that there were times on this earth when people related with great reverence to words and were aware of the true power of speaking. These stories remind us that words, once spoken, are active powers in the outer world and thus blessings and curses cannot be easily altered. To realize this as true, just think how easy it is for us to ruin someone's day by saying an unkind word, what it takes to ask for and receive forgiveness and how much we can encourage someone with a kind, loving word.
'The words we speak become the house we live in', writes the Sufi master Hafiz (13th century). Magicians still today speak the ancient formula ABRA KADABRA originated in Hebrew: EVRA KAADABERA כאדברה - אברא meaning ' I shall create as I speak'.
Words are powers to create, preserve and destroy. As a human being, you are gifted with a voice. But what are you a voice for?
The prophet Bob Dylan (May he stay forever young) sings: You may be an ambassador to England or France You may like to gamble, you might like to dance You may be the heavyweight champion of the world You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed You’re gonna have to serve somebody Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you’re gonna have to serve somebody (from the album Slow Train Coming 1979)
So who do YOU serve with your words? WHAT IF we all asked ourselves before we utter the next word: "What would Love say"?... ...and then, used our voice, to answer.