Many of the passages in this week’s Mastermind Alliance lesson dealt with the power of words.
Part 15-12 “The first form which thought will find is language, or words; this determines the importance of words; they are the first manifestation of thought — the vessels in which thought is carried. They take hold of the ether and by setting it in motion reproduce the thought to others in the form of sound.”
Part 15-14 “… if we wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.
Part 15-15 “We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of language which is not identified with our welfare.”
Part 15-17 “It is with words that we must express our thoughts, and if we are to make use of higher forms of truth, we may use only such material as has been carefully and intelligently selected with this purpose in view.”
Part 15-18 “This wonderful power of clothing thoughts in the form of words is what differentiates man from the rest of the animal kingdom; by the use of the written word he has been enabled to look back over the centuries and see the stirring scenes by which he has come into his present inheritance.”
Part 15-19 “He has been enabled to come into communion with the greatest writers and thinkers of all time, and the combined record which we possess today is therefore the expression of Universal Thought as it has been seeking to take form in the mind of Man.”
Part 15-20 “We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”
Part 15-21 “Words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form they are given.”
Part 15-22 “Words may become mental places that will live forever, or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away. They may delight the eye as well as the ear; they may contain all knowledge; in them we find the history of the past as well as the hope of the future; they are living messengers from which every human and superhuman activity is born.”
Part 15-23 “The beauty of the word consists in the beauty of the thought; the power of the word consists in the power of the thought, and the power of the thought consists in its vitality.”
Words, language, allow us to share our innermost thoughts with others.
We should be mindful of the words we choose. Words may carry unwanted connotations with them based upon our, or our audience’s, previous life experiences.
Haanel tells us to be sure to use the exact words to express our exact desires since they so powerfully affect our lives.
Now we understand why our guides had us think and rethink the words we chose to relate our DMP’s.
The pen, and the words formed by the pen, are indeed mightier than the sword!
Words used to express our thoughts, when harmonious with our dharma, and causing no harm to others can change our lives, and our world.