“No one particular religion has been able to secure the exclusive rights for the power of prayer. No matter who you are, we all have the ability to take advantage of this amazing and wonderful power. Once you realize this, you will then be filled with the desire to help others realize this as well. More and more people are resonating with this understanding, and this could result in a more wonderful future for mankind.”
– Dr. Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water
What does the word prayer mean to you? Is it something you say once a week at your place of spiritual worship? It is something you recite before every meal? Does it mean meditating or simply observing your breath? Is it setting an intention? Chanting affirmations? A form of dance?
Prayer has many different forms. Jewish prayer sometimes involves swaying back and forth and bowing. And while some Christians bow their head and fold their hands in prayer, Native Americans regard dancing as a form of prayer. Hindus chant mantras. Quakers keep silent. Muslims kneel and prostrate.
Prayer has many different forms but one sole purpose: prayer is the life force we give to our words.
Our words are prayer. The moment we voice our thoughts or feelings, is the moment our thoughts become things. We give life to our thoughts through our words and those words, whether positive or negative, create the reality in which we exist. The only question is, “What are you praying for? To what are you giving life? Are you praying for what you want or what you don’t want?”
Dr. Masaru Emoto is a Japanese researcher and alternative healer who is famous for his Water Molecule Experiments on the power of positive thinking. I found his most recent Rice Experiment of great interest as it exemplifies not only the power of positive thinking but the detrimental results of negative thinking. In his experiment, Dr. Emoto placed portions of cooked rice into three containers. On one container he wrote, “Thank you,” the second one he left intentionally blank and on the third container he wrote, “You’re an idiot.” Every day for thirty days, he said Thank you out loud to the first container and You’re an idiot to the second, while the third he simply ignored. After one month, the rice that had been thanked, began to ferment. However, the rice in the third container that had been talked to negatively turned black, while the container that was ignored began to rot. You can click HERE to watch a short one-minute clip of Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment or you can search YouTube and see how others have tried this experiment out for themselves. The bottom line is this: Our words are THAT powerful. Our words are prayer and create the reality in which we exist. The words, thank you caused one container of rice to grow and ferment. Positivity and gratitude are that powerful. But, negativity is equally powerfully: the container that was ignored and the container reading, you’re an idiot, created a drastically different, toxic environment.
The power of words and its effects are not limited to containers of rice. We have the ability to be a powerful force for positive change simply by upgrading the language we use toward ourselves and others. How often do you say, “God, I can’t believe I was so stupid for making that mistake,” when you could say, “I am grateful for the challenge and lesson I learned”? Instead of, “I can’t believe you are five minutes late,” saying, “I am so grateful to spend time with you.”When we shift our words, we shift our focus. We shift the focus from what is wrong to what is right and when we focus on what is right, we put ourselves in a state of gratitude, a state that enables us to give and receive and to grow. If we wish to receive more love, we must use our words lovingly. If we desire success, we must use our words to uplift others and help them achieve success. Whatever we wish to have or become, we must use our words as prayer for that thing by being the change we wish to see.
The month of February is a month dedicated to being of service. It’s a month of harnessing the power of our words to serve others. intenSati is a practice built upon the power of our words. But this practice is more than showing up and repeating affirmations once or twice a week. It’s about putting words into action. Giving life to what we say. Showing UP in the world and being that powerful force for positive change. Instead of chanting, “I am here to serve,”using our words to serve: sharing kind words, refraining from gossiping, building someone’s confidence. Instead of saying, “I am here to uplift,” to be the one who uplifts.
Take IT On:
I AM Making a PROMISE: Interested in joining a community of Warriors dedicated to BE-ing the change? Join the #promisechallenge today and get yourself in action. Commit. Share. Win.
I AM Here to SERVE: Interested in BE-ing of service? Check out I AM Here to Serve, a list of 36 acts of kindness. Do one a week. Do one a day. Do them all. It’s always a choice and that choice is yours.
I AM BE-ing of SERVICE: Stay tuned for how YOU can show UP and BE the difference… quite literally. I’m organizing a service project in Philly and would love to have YOU there. BE the change. BE of service.
May you recognize the astonishing light of your BE-ing. May you shine your light so others can see. May your light uplift another and may you receive the same.