Connecting To Life and Love With Your Words
“Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. – Don Miguel Ruiz
I am touched by your comments on this series on the power of your word and how it is reminding you of the importance of your day to day practices .
I am hoping this post will incite you as researching it has me, to be even more aware and diligent regarding your thoughts and words. In this climate of extreme negativity let’s remember now is the time, perhaps more than ever to be mindful of our inner power to mitigate, neutralize, and transcend unwanted negativity. Let’s set and reset our intention to be ambassadors of love, kindness and goodwill. If not us…who? If not now… When?
I am including inspiring excerpts on the power of words to evoke connection, love, and unity, from two different perspectives. If you would like to get right to them, scroll down to the first one beginning with Luther Burbank’s story.
Otherwise, let me share a personal experience of the energetic power that words have.
Back in the day, I used to affirm that I couldn’t grow plants. I would say, “Even cactus die under my care.”
One day in my discouragement over another plant that hadn’t survived under my care, I had an aha moment. I began to question if my words and beliefs were self-fulfilling prophecies. I reframed my underlying belief about my creative abilities and mindset. I began talking to plants, declaring my willingness to learn what they needed in order for them to grow and thrive. Overtime, they began to grow into beautiful plush plants.
Of course, my experiment wasn’t scientific, but upon reflection it became apparent how changing my thoughts and language shifted my belief to expect a more positive outcome.
Luther Burbank’s Experiment
Now on to the amazing story of a scientific approach: Luther Burbank, botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agriculture science, over his 55-year career with plants, also, referred to humanity as a human plant needing love.
Here are excerpts of Burbanks’ experiment with creating thornless cactus:
“The famous botanist, Luther Burbank, conducted a very interesting experiment. He developed many different species of plants and one of his goals was an attempt to develop a spineless cactus. He would take a cactus and remove its spines, to see if it would live and then be reproduced as a spineless cactus. Each time he did that, the plant would die. He replicated the experiment several times without success.”
The Power of a Caring, Kind Word
“Then one day, being an energy-minded person himself, he had a thought – he would talk to his plant. He assured the cactus that here in his laboratory there would be no harm. He would take very good care of the plant. That there would be no animals or any other creatures that could come in to harm the cactus, even without its spines, and that the plant would be completely safe in his laboratory. And with that, he removed the spines from the cactus. Burbank was able to reproduce spineless cacti. ANDThis time the cactus lived!
Burbank is quoted as saying, “The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.” While I was conducting experiments to make ‘spineless’ cacti,” he continued, “I often talked to the plants to create a vibration of love. ‘You have nothing to fear,’ I would tell them. ‘You don’t need your defensive thorns. I will protect you.’ Gradually the useful plant of the desert emerged in a thornless variety.”
Burbank also saw and spoke of humanity as one vast plant, needing for it’s highest fulfillments only love, and he is noted to have said, “I have observed such wondrous progress in plant evolution that I look forward optimistically to a healthy, happy world as soon as its
children are taught the principles of simple and rational living. We must return to nature and nature’s God.”
Alicia Hinton’s Inspiring Call To Action
My friend Alicia Hinton, solo practitioner at her Law Office, A.L. Hinton, recently posted on Face Book a passionate plea asking FB readers to transcend the current negative political climate with words that inspire connection and unity.
Both Hinton and Burbank, as you will notice are dissimilar in their life span and their professions. At the same time, I am hoping the similarity of their messages of love strike a vibratory cord not only on FB, but in the global collective conscious- ness. At the very least, my hope is that it moves us to a more thoughtful use of our conversations.
I have reformatted for emphasis Hinton’s Face Book post, but have not changed the wording:
“…What I care about is how we can stop focusing on separation and focus on common ground.
“Let’s talk about our willingness to dig for a common understanding, for a shared perspective, for a single thought or idea that brings us together.
Let’s not get distracted by candidates.
Let’s be stronger than the media.
Let’s be strong in our own integrity to justice, to a value system that is grounded in equality.
Let’s demand that a common voice be heard above arguments, power trips, and political wrangling.
if we can’t yet find the right words to inspire unity, perhaps because our role models don’t use words of unity, then….
[L]et’s post pictures of nature,of animals, of innocent children, of things that make us feel connected to each other.
Wow! I know it’s not lost on you the similarity between how Hinton and Burbank end their thought provoking messages with love, children and nature.
Hinton concludes her post with this fervent admonition, “It takes more
strength, more character, more compassion, more faith, more respect, more grace, to seek common ground than to repost criticism. Be a voice far beyond the political debate. Seek common ground.”
Invitation To Play
Instead of my usual offering of suggested techniques, steps or key strategies to support you in applying what resonates with you, I am inviting you to consider joining me in playing a game of gardening humanity over the next 5 days from a childlike point of view.
What if in your childlike state of mind you were told and believed that humanity is a plant that required your care? AND
What if in order for this human plant to survive and flourish (become it’s true divine self), was through your super power of loving care? AND
What if Hinton’s ‘Let us” (above) admonitions are the gardening tools necessary for this plant to flourish?.
Assuming you say yes to playing the game, what will that look like for you over the next 5 days?
Using your childlike imagination to implement the “Let us” admonitions for caring for this human plant with words, pictures of nature, animals and/or innocent children—of whom you are a part—what practices/tools will you use to support your heightened conversation awareness?
What lifts, inspires activates your creative juices? Journaling? Adult coloring book? Vision board? Photography? Meditation? Music? Dancing? Healthy Eating? Exercising? Affirmations? Likeminded Friends/Community? Etc.
I am inspired to create a vision poster, of which I will take a photo and include in my next post. Your comment or photo may be highlighted as well.
If playing the game doesn’t resonate with you, and you prefer not to play, of course that is perfectly fine. However, would you be willing to comment in the comment box below, on your current practice and state of mind? And how it is serving your soul’s longing to connect with Life and Love? I promise to read them all.
The main thing is REMEMBER TO VOTE!
Meanwhile here are some scriptures that I trust you will find useful to meditate on as we move closer to election day.
James 3:2 – “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body”
Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Ecclesiastes 10:12 – “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.”
As we know, we are what we think all day long. Let’s align ourselves with the Infinite Source of Life and let Life flow through us as right action and true expression.
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