I have become increasingly uneasy with the prevailing conversations in the public domain. I have become increasingly uneasy with the knee jerk reactions, generalizations and simplifications.
Language is more than a means of communication. Words carry special potency. What is spoken, names what is really present. In the traditions of North American Indians, words and their sounds are born in the breath of the being from whom they proceed. Breath is a life principal - words are sacred and must be used with care and responsibility. They are enhanced by the understanding that breath comes from within in us, from within our spiritual center. Even an unspoken thought has potency and potential.
In the Christian tradition, the Gospel according to John tells us that the Word was with God. God said, let there be... and then there was. The Word was made flesh. Word is life. The languages of antiquity are rooted in passion. Over time many cultures have become disconnected from the passionate roots of their language. Perhaps we have become disconnected from our human experience.
In the traditions of the East it is widely believed that the word/sound "ohm" is the seed of the universe and the seed of all creation that can be heard reverberating in all life forms. Practically all religions, over time have come to find the sacred through sound. Whether it be with chants, calls to worships or corporate prayers the common thread has been the discovery of the sacred through spoken words.
Language usage is the reflection of our consciousness. What we say is of the utter-most importance. What we say matters. Words become solid. Become flesh. We are manifestations of our thinking patters. Harsh words can only translate into harsher realities. Sooner or later we must realize that we are liable for what and how we speak.