Words and Energy: Developing a Feeling For Truth


Words are powerful conveyers of energy, both the energy of their meaning and the energy of their intent or source. Yet, often the energy of meaning of common and easily recognized words and the source from which they come diverge, and it seems to us then that a person may not be speaking the truth, even though the words are the correct and desired or appropriate ones.

That this separation of meaning from intention can be true is a function of the psyche’s complex and layered motives, some part known to the speaker of words and some part hidden from conscious awareness. For example, a person may speak of love and say “I love you,” yet there may be little love present in their voice. Similarly, one may speak of sacred things, things that are of the Spirit such as ‘God’ or ‘light,’ and yet the feeling that they carry may not be one of reverence, love, and humility, but rather of ego, and sometimes even of aggression.

Words are powerful conveyers of energy, both the energy of their meaning and the energy of their intent or source. Yet, often the energy of meaning of common and easily recognized words and the source from which they come diverge, and it seems to us then that a person may not be speaking the truth, even though the words are the correct and desired or appropriate ones.

Each soul develops in their own way at their own pace through time, and so the way in which one person uses words will be different than the way that another does, corresponding to their level of development and their level of self-awareness, both of which allow inner integration to take place. That one person’s words may carry a different meaning or intent than another even while the words remain the same can be disconcerting if we do not know that energy accompanies words, and that we may be aware of the energy that words carry even though we do not register it in our conscious minds. Such awareness conveys a feeling about something rather than a thought about something. Knowing that words carry energy we can develop a ‘feeling for truth,’ the truth not only of what is being said but of the energy behind it which may or may not correspond to the content. Registering both energy and content is an important area of discernment for all who are growing in light, and all who seek the light of truth in order to make decisions about how to live.

Political rhetoric, for example, provides us with a collective vocabulary that we have become accustomed to, one which allows us to see, hear, and feel what is sometimes the separation between words that are used to persuade, and the energy that the words carry. Words such as ‘serve,’ ‘care,’ or ‘hope’ may declare a person’s outer intentions, the intentions they wish to convey, and yet the feeling behind the words may be that they are self-serving, that there is more ego or self-interest involved than is being acknowledged.

It is similar with spiritual language. Words describing one’s spiritual life, beliefs, and experiences can be spoken in a way that conveys a depth of spiritual truth, or the same words can be spoken in a way that causes doubt to arise in us concerning the veracity of the one speaking. This may be particularly true of words of love or devotion, where strong positive expressions may be used to suggest feeling, and yet no positive feeling can be felt by us. When we register within ourselves that even in the presence of words of love we do not feel love, we may conclude as a possibility that we are perceiving the gap between the meaning of words and the energy they carry.

As we grow in understanding we learn to listen. We learn to hear correctly. We also learn to trust our senses more so that we believe and validate what our sensory impressions tell us. We develop a ‘feeling for truth.’ In this area, our own inner Guide must be the teacher, for no two people hear things exactly alike, and we must learn to trust and believe our own perceptions.

How do we do this?

We do this by becoming clear and by practicing clarity. By learning to witness and to separate from our own emotions, judgments, and projections, we develop clarity of mind and of heart. By entering a space that is both non-judgmental and open, we allow ourselves to meet words with an intuition of their meaning and purpose. First, we must be clear. Second, we must seek the energy behind the words, knowing that it is always there and that it is a unique property of the speaker and the emotional/mental/spiritual circumstances that are giving rise to words.

Over time, we learn to affirm our own truth. This, however, does not tell us what ‘to do’ about our perceptions. What we ‘do’ about what we hear is a function of our soul-purpose, individual circumstances, inner guidance, and of our love. For love guarantees more than any other feeling that how we respond to words used by others will be understanding rather than accusatory, compassionate rather than blaming. This does not mean that we allow ourselves to be deceived or to let go of our intuitive perceptions. We can continue to be discerning and steadfast in relation to the truth that we feel, and at the same time extend love to the soul within, rather than to the words that feel false or misleading. In some instances we remain silent. In others, we are guided from within to participate in a more active way in a healing relationship with individuals, with groups, or with the world as a whole.

Each of us is gifted with the ability to perceive truth. When we become clear enough, when we listen deeply enough, when we attune to the energy that is present within all of life, then words convey to us a deeper understanding of who we are with and how life is being conducted. This is a task for those who seek to serve life. It is the responsibility to discern the highest motives that operate in any situation — motives linked with love for all, to reject lower motives, and to follow the higher to the best of our ability. This is the path of light and it is open to all beings as a property of the soul within. It is up to each one to determine how to travel on this path, this path that is also the journey Home.


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