The topic of this post stirs me to the marrow of my bones. I feel so passionately about it that I can hardly express to you how important I believe it is. I think the evidence will speak for itself.
I recently read an article from Higher Perspective entitled “Scientific Proof that Thoughts and Intentions can Alter the Physical World Around Us.” They share the story of Dr. Masaru Emoto, a researcher and alternative healer from Japan who has challenged the way we think about the words we use. The following is a quote from the article:
Emoto “became famous when his water molecule experiments were featured in the 2004 film, What The Bleep Do We Know? His experiments demonstrate that human thoughts and intentions can alter physical reality, such as the molecular structure of water. Given that humans are comprised of at least 60% water, his discovery has far reaching implications… can anyone really afford to have negative thoughts or intentions?
The rice experiment is another famous Emoto demonstration of the power of negative thinking (and conversely, the power of positive thinking.) Dr Emoto placed portions of cooked rice into two containers. On one container he wrote “thank you” and on the other “you fool”. He then instructed school children to say the labels on the jars out loud every day when they passed them by. After 30 days, the rice in the container with positive thoughts had barely changed, while the other was moldy and rotten.”
The following videos show the experiment and a replication of that same experiment:
I did a little more investigating and found a number of examples where people repeated this experiment and confirmed Emoto’s results. So what does this tell us? OUR WORDS AND THOUGHTS HAVE POWER! We already knew that on some level, but to SEE the difference – what a clear message it sends. We can bless. We can curse. And we can ROT by ignoring. That is a strong alarm in the age of cell phones and cyber addiction! The bible says that “the tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21 That would appear to be true.
There are a number of posts on this website about the power of our words and the importance of using caution regarding what we say, resisting negative thoughts, and speaking with positive words. Today I want to go one step further. I want to challenge you to adopt A DAILY BLESSING. I want to suggest that we go past trying not to ignore those we love or speak negatively to them. Let us instead speak a deliberate and intentional BLESSING!
Here is what I propose. Think about a few words or a phrase that you can say to each loved one specifically. It can be very simple. “You are a source of Goodness to me.” “You are strong and brave.” “You bring joy to me.” Think of something to say that will meet the need of that person right now. Make it matter. Let it come from your heart.
You can also tailor a blessing to equip that person for the daily battle they face. “May you have peace in the face of this trial.” “May you have more than you need of everything you need today.” “May you accomplish more than you hope in less time than you expect.” “May you have the wisdom to know when to speak up and when to shut up.” Make it funny and poignant or short but powerful. Just decide to SPEAK INTENTIONAL LIFE over your people.
If this is awkward or strange for your family – do it anyway. Show them the rice video and tell them you want to give life to them! Look at the difference it makes in rice – HOW MUCH MORE for the HUMAN SPIRIT!
Give it a try. Be diligent a purposeful. Be consistent. See what changes you witness as you speak life over those you love!! It’s what Goodness would do.