Approximately 16,000 words slip through our mouths every day. Like our thoughts, they have great power. In the words of Charles Fillmore, our mouths are the “… open door between the formless and the formed worlds of vibrations …” Our words can generate harmony or discord according their nature. This is what David writes about in Psalm 19 when he asks God to “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Oh Lord…”
To be acceptable is to be pleasing or in harmony. David, a musician, was called to sooth the ever-anxious King Saul with his music. David loved God with all his heart and wished to always remain in the harmonious flow of God’s unconditional love. He recognized that the ability to stay in that flow was affected by the thoughts and words he used. David, whose name means love, symbolizes the harmonizing of words through the power of Love.
Words in harmony with God, build up, empower and promote oneness. Words not aligned with God often tear down and promote a sense of separation. With 16,000 words a day slipping through our lips, it is understandable that not all of them would be aligned with God. Looking at AutoCorrect on our cell phones we can see that often our words are not even aligned with their intention let alone with God or the Power of Love.
Several spiritual teachings include an inner AutoCorrect system for aligning our words with Love, such as the Three Gates of Speech. This three-part proofing system includes the questions: “Is it true? Is it kind? And, is it necessary?” Together they provide a check-point for aligning our thoughts and words with the power of love.
Is it true? This question encourages us to recognize that our personal truth may not be the same as another’s truth or a greater Truth of oneness with God.
Is it kind? Here we must define what “kind” is. What we must say may be kind on a soul level but may not be perceived as kind. Kindness reminds us to use words that empower others rather than judgmental words. Judgment creates walls. When the walls go up, communication is blocked and separation is reinforced. Kindness can lift both parties to a higher experience.
Is it necessary? Reflecting on necessity we might ask, is it mine to say? Will it protect someone from harm? Will it promote a healthy relationship? Will it achieve a desired result? Will it provide an opportunity for growth, or a greater experience of Truth?
Three simple questions offer so much more to ponder. The words we speak to ourselves, to others and about others have tremendous power. Aligning them with God is to filter them with love, for God is Love. And love is patient, kind, and empowering. Choose your words with love and you will create great harmony in your life and the world.
© 2016. Rev. Eileen Patra