Ask: Do words have power?
Do words have power? Some teachers say we shouldn’t swear, be careful what we say about what we want or wish, etc. because words are powerful…
No, words do not have power. They are empty symbols that have no meaning in themselves. They only have the meaning for you that you give to them. Your unconscious and conscious beliefs are powerful. Only they affect you and your words can symbolize them or they can contradict them. Words can lie. Feelings do not lie. Your feelings reveal to you what you truly believe, no matter what you say to yourself and/or to others.
(For example, it’s very common for students of A Course in Miracles to say, “I know the world isn’t real, but…” because they’ve read in ACIM that the world is not real. But they clearly still believe that the world is real or there would be no “but” after they said it wasn’t real to them! Their words contradict what they truly believe and if they looked at their feelings they would have to acknowledge this).If you believe that a word or phrase is “wrong” or “bad” you may feel guilty for using it. But the source of your guilt would not be the words. The source of your guilt would be your belief that there is an ultimate morality decreed by a god outside of you that you violated by using that word or phrase. You may also feel guilty for the feelings that the words express when the words are in line with your feelings. But, again, the source of your guilt would not be the words but your belief that your feelings, and the beliefs that they represent, violate an ultimate morality.
Learn about the books The ACIM Mentor Articles, The Plain Language A Course in Miracles, 4 Habits for Inner Peace and Releasing Guilt for Inner Peace at www.acimmentor.com.
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