Are the words you speak all that important? Does what you say throughout the day, either to yourself or another, really impact you (or others) as much as “they” say it does? What if I said, “Absolutely. It does!” Would you believe me? If you’re shaking your head from side to side, then this blog is going to be an eye opener for you. And even if you’re in agreement with me as to the importance of the spoken word, this will probably still be an eye opener for you too.
If you haven’t heard of the rice (or water) experiment yet, you should do some research on it. You could even try it out for yourself, like I did. Here’s the short cliff notes version of what it was and why it had such a positive impact on society at large. A Japanese scientist by the name of Dr. Masaru Emoto did some very extensive studies on water molecules. He put a small amount of water on hundreds of petri dishes and then assigned each one its “fate,” whether it be good or bad. For the “good” ones, every day he would say nice, encouraging, and loving things to them. For those that were labeled “bad” every day he would say mean, cruel, and vicious things to them. He would keep them all separate, so as not to cause any “cross-contamination.” After 30 days of doing this, the results were so unmistakably extraordinary, that Dr. Emoto and his experiments gained international notoriety. As he froze the water that he had said such negative things to, he noticed that they did not crystallize in quite the same way as they normally would. They would be deformed and much less aesthetically appealing than those that he said kind, loving words to. This led him to try the same thing with white rice, since rice contains so much water. The results were incredible…
I have always believed in the power of words, whether they be spoken aloud, or only heard inside your head. Of course they are popular as one of the biggest and easiest ways to convey a message or feeling to another human being. But they are also catalysts or multipliers if you will. They are what give your thoughts more energy to get the process of creation flowing with added momentum. It’s the same reason why when you read aloud, your reading comprehension, or ability to understand and retain what you read, increases dramatically. And if you’re religious or spiritual, you might remember that before God created anything and everything in Genesis 1, it reads, “And God said, ‘Let there be…'” Proverbs 18:21 also says, “Life and death proceedeth from the mouth.” In James 3:4-5, he says “Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.“
Estimates from studies indicate that we have anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 (or more) thoughts a day. I’ve read that about 80% of what we say, we say to ourselves, whether it be internal or external. Now I’m no “rocket surgeon” or “brain scientist,” but to me that seems like a lot. To take it even further, I’ve also read that of all of those thoughts and words we say to ourselves, more than 50% of those are judgmental, pessimistic, limiting, and just overall negative. Again, I’m still no “rocket surgeon,” but if you did the math, you would end up with a pretty big number. More than you can count while using all the fingers and toes on both your hands and feet (Pause for smile). I paused while writing this, so you could have enough time to smile before I went on to the next paragraph. No really, I did. 🙂
As you can see, I’ve added some pictures from the end of my very own “Rice Experiment.” I did it the exact same way Dr. Emoto did. After cooking some rice, I put an equal amount in each jar. Every morning I would grab each one of them and say to the “good” rice nothing but good things, and would tell the “bad” rice nothing but bad or negative things to it. I did this for 30 days straight, without missing a day. I kept them separate, and never opened either of the jars once the experiment began. As you can easily tell, the results were exactly the same results Dr. Emoto saw when he did his experiments. Isn’t it amazing the difference between them? The “good” rice still looked good enough to eat. However the “bad” rice, I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to eat (Pause for gagging).
So where does this leave you? Does this help you understand and truly believe how vital it is to watch what you think and say? It does me. One of the problems lie in the fact that a lot of what we say is practically automatic. When you do something enough times, it becomes a habit. And a habit of negative “self-talk” is such a destructive force. I’m not just talking about it affecting your mood for a little while. Negative thoughts and words can affect your mood, abilities/talents, health, stress level, and mental stability. It can make all the difference in the world between you having a good or bad day, in you getting that job or not, in keeping that relationship in good standing or not, and so much more. It’s really something to take notice of and begin to try and correct.
So what’s the first step in change? Identifying the problem. You can’t fix something if you don’t know what is wrong. You have to try and be more cognizant of the things you think and say. I am also a firm believer in daily “affirmations.” These are short sentences that are positive, empowering, and hopeful. I believe one of the most powerful phrases you can use when reprogramming yourself, or replacing the negative thoughts, words, and beliefs you hold with good (and true) ones, is the statement “I am….” The affirmations I use are all “I am” statements. For example, a few that I like are “I am happy,” and “I am healthy.” They’re short, sweet, to the point, and are a bold declaration to yourself and the universe as to who you are.
If you only take one thing from this blog, I hope it’s how significant and powerful these little things called words truly are. If you believe this, then I guess we’ll have to stop believing that old adage we learned in elementary school that said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s apparent now that words can hurt you, a lot. Especially the negative ones you say to yourself on a daily basis, that you might not be aware of.