We’ve all had the experience of hearing angry or hateful words from someone we loved and trusted. Do you recall how your body reacted? Did you feel pain in your chest? Did you think it was just your imagination? 

Even now, thinking back on that event, you likely still feel a bit of energy running through you. Can you believe that just the memory of that event still has the power to impact you on a physical level? 

When I was in college, my mom and I didn’t get along very well. The distance was good for both of us. After one particularly acrimonious phone call, I received a letter from my mom. I held it in my hands, not sure that I wanted to open it. Finally, curiosity got the better of me and I did. From the very first sentence, I felt the words as physical blows. Spurts of energy and adrenaline coursed through my body as I read her letter. My entire body was affected. For hours afterward, I continued to feel the pain her words caused me. 

The following day, I received yet another letter from my mom. This time I very nearly threw it away without opening it, but as I stood there that holding the envelope, I felt something different. Perhaps it was wishful thinking. Perhaps it was the moment when I opened myself up to the concept of word energy. 

Because of my feelings the previous day, I cautiously opened the envelope and took just the briefest of looks at the opening of the letter. If it had the same message as the one the day before, I planned to burn it. 

Instead, I felt the greatest flow of pleasure course through me. “My darling daughter,” I read. “Please forgive me.” The rest of the letter outlined her frustration that our relationship had soured. That she had the highest hopes and dreams for me. The words it contained mattered. They soothed my damaged self. 

Since that day, I’ve paid attention to words, and the power they appear to have over us. It has been proven since, that words do have energy. Not all words create an emotional response, but we still feel a difference between two words, perhaps both even describing distance. Think “inch” and then think “mile.” Did you feel an energy difference there? Think of any set of antonyms you can. Light vs. dark. Big vs. small. Hard vs. soft. 

Depending on our own personal experiences, we may have either a positive or negative reaction to certain words. As with the letters from my mother, certain words still hurt, that I have a negative reaction to them. And still, others make me glow with pleasure. Such words actually color our world and how we experience it. 

To that end, consider words you use on yourself. Do you say kind things, or do you berate yourself on a regular basis?  The energy of those words reaches us on a cellular level.  According to energy healers, it’s not the words themselves that do the harm. It’s the resonance and vibration behind those words. 

Did you know that in nature, a bee buzzing around a particular plant hits a resonant note with its buzzing that communicates to the plant to open itself and allow the bee to collect the nectar within? Kind words and thoughts heal our bodies.