In the early 1980s I was attending a chiropractic seminar in Dallas, Texas and one of the speakers Major Bertrand De Jarnette made a profound statement that really set me thinking. He said… “Words kill more people than bullets”.
He went on to explain that words are real forces and can have either a solid positive and supportive effect on the receiver or words can have a dramatically disastrous negative effect on the receiver.
A child who is continually told by a parent or another influential person in their life, “you are an idiot, you’ll never make anything of yourself in life”, may believe these repeated statements and live a stressed, miserable and very unhappy life.
The experts tell us that words account for 7%, tonality 39% and physiology or body language 54% of our communication. Although words are only a small percentage of the communication count, they are extremely powerful in producing either a positive or negative outcome for the receiver.
Between 2007 and 2010 I was fortunate to be a speaker at numerous Mastery Conferences run by The Reconnection in the US and Europe. The speakers engaged in these conferences came from the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sides of science.
At each of these conferences I spoke at a Japanese researcher and alternative healer Dr Masaru Emoto was also a presenter. Emoto explained with physical proof that our thoughts, intensions and words affect our physical world.
Dr Emoto explained …”words are the vibrations of nature. Therefore, beautiful words create beautiful nature. Ugly words create ugly nature. This is the root of the universe.”
The most famous work of Dr. Emoto was published in 1999 and is called ‘Messages from Water,’ which has sold millions of copies all over the world. In the book, Dr. Emoto explains in detail that what we say, feel, and what we listen to has an effect on water. The research clearly shows how the power of positivity can transform anything in our physical reality. He uses water as an example. Since human beings are made up primarily of water (60-75% depending on the source), water has a direct effect on us.
The ‘Rice Experiment’
Dr. Emoto placed rice into three glass beakers and filled the beakers with enough water to submerge the rice. To the first beaker, he states the phrase (in Japanese): “Thank you,” “You’re an idiot” to the second, and ignores the third beaker.
A month later, the rice that was thanked fermented and gave a pleasant smell. The rice that was affronted turned black. Finally, the rice that was ignored began to rot. These depictions of the rice are clear in the video he made of the experiment.
In the end, Dr. Emoto is pictured explaining that how we treat children is especially important. According to Emoto, we should take special care in how we interact with them and ensure that attention is given. The video ends explaining that indifference does the greatest amount of harm, as demonstrated by the third beaker of rice in the video. It’s amazing how the jar with positive words was still white and fresh, when in our reality we would at least believe that it would definitely start to go bad. Amazing! That’s the power of positivity at work.