I have heard of a Japanese man who talks to water. He talks to all sorts of water. Distilled water, spring
water, polluted water drawn from some of the rivers that run through Japan’s industrial areas. And the
water responds.

It doesn’t talk back to him. It is energized and transforms. It changes.

When water freezes, it forms crystalline structures. Many of us know this from our experience with
snow flakes. We have seen the generic images of snowflakes and their geometric designs, maybe we
have even caught snowflakes on our fingertips and studied them. Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese re-
searcher, did the same thing. He flash froze water and studied it. He found that spring water formed
beautiful designs, and polluted water formed chaotic designs. If he spoke kind, loving words to the pol-
luted water and froze it, he found it had changed. The designs were beautiful. When he spoke harsh
words to clean distilled water, it too changed, but became chaotic in design.

Words have power.

In the beginning, God spoke creation into being. He didn’t wave his hands, his Harry Potter magic wand
or imagine it in his head. Repeatedly, “God said” and existence came into being, light was separated
from darkness, the sea from land. Words have creative power, and it doesn’t stop with God.

I often go through my day without realizing the power of my words. I say harsh things. I get angry. I
yell. I say things that I later think back on and regret, “why did I say that? That was pretty careless and
stupid.” I don’t realize that I am changing not only the way I see the world, but how the world responds
to me.

Anytime I feel I have been wronged, whether I feel I was sold a shoddy product or got poor service, I
can get real pushy on the phone or waiting in line. I raise my voice and become accusatory. I start to
take it out on the customer service representative and they respond in kind. They edge back from me, get
a defensive voice, start to frown and may even argue back. And I often lose the argument, which can put
me in a real bad mood for quite a while.

The opposite is true too though. When someone looks me in the eye and tells me, “You’re pretty cool.
You’ve got a good head on your shoulders. I like how you did that thing. You’re smart, intelligent,
handsome,” then I feel good. Something inside me rises up and I can’t keep the smile from my face. Try
it. Tell a woman she is beautiful and see if something doesn’t happen in her eyes and in her cheeks. If
you can see it there, then imagine what it is doing in her heart and in her mind.

We have all probably heard a good rousing speech at one time or another. I think of William Wallace’s
speech in Braveheart, right before his Scottish warriors descend on England’s armies. I think of Al
Pacino’s halftime speech in Any Given Sunday. Those rousing speeches raised the spirits of the Scottish
warriors, of the football players so that they succeeded on the field. Those speeches changed the minds
of the participants, brought belief and hope and the greater sense of possible success to those that heard.

Sure those are movies, but they are still good examples. But also look at wedding speeches and how
hearts are moved. When people talk of love and hope and a future together, people get misty eyed, they
yearn for the same. Someone once said, “Well Seth, that is just because of the wedding, the situation.” I
told him, “No. If the best man got up there and talked about how much peas and carrots cost at the gro-
cery store and how bad gasoline smelled, people wouldn’t be feeling all lovey dovey.” No, people re-
spond to the words, what they evoke inside them. Beauty, love, and hope are stimulants.

Listen to music. It is more than the notes and tunes that inspire people. It is the words. How many chart
toppers do you know that are just instrumental? How often have you listened to a good song where the
words were taken out. It felt like something was missing, and the song probably seemed a little lacklus-
ter. Music is certainly important, but it is the words that have the power of creation and imagination. The
music just prepares the spirit for the power of the words.

If words do all of this, then we must be careful what we say. Words are the fruit of the heart. Look at a
tree. A good tree doesn’t bear bad fruit, and a diseased tree won’t bear good fruit. Our words flow out of
our heart’s condition. But they can also affect that condition. Like the water in Dr. Emoto’s studies, if
we begin to say good things, if we begin to say what we want for our life, our hearts and our minds will
begin to respond and reflect those words.

I’m going to remember the power of words the next time I open my mouth.

© Seth Crossman