Freedom of speech, as stated in the 1st and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States means to express information, ideas and opinions free of government restrictions based on content. Which in my humble ‘world view’ is sort of like receiving permission to reveal intimate parts of ourselves while remaining blind to the brilliant manipulation at work. We are liberated to speak up and speak out, but does that make us free? When you unveil your thoughts, you’re giving away pieces of who you are, which in the wrong hands can make you vulnerable to judgment and categorization. I believe it is wiser to choose your battles; to speak vehemently for the greater good of humanity with the intent to spread “white magic”.
Let’s take a stroll back in time to examine the polar affect of words and how it can be used to cast white magic vs. black magic. In 1889 a baby boy was born in Austria-Hungary; he was the fourth of six children. As a young adult his academic skills were subpar, but his dreams of becoming an artist burned deeply. Later in his adult life, he would go on to become famously known as the deadliest persuasive speakers of all time – Adolf Hitler. His use of words resulted in the death of at least 5.5 million Jews. On the other side of the spectrum, a baby boy named Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA to a Christian minister in 1929. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent activism, King Jr. went on to facilitate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, inspiring peace and equality. His hand written words in “I Have a Dream” is regarded as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory.
The concept for casting white magic and black magic with words is described in “The Four Agreements,” by Don Miguel Ruiz. “All the magic you possess is based on your word. Your word is pure magic, and misuse of your word is black magic”, said Ruiz. We are all essentially magicians with the power to put spells on each other. With words, we can either put a spell on someone or we can release them from one. Sometimes we cast this spell upon ourselves with the way we think and talk about ourselves. When we consciously decide to change our approach to speaking, we change everything around us. It is then we are truly free; that is the power of the word. Freedom of speech comes with a small print disclosure that says words can imprison or set you free.
The word can poison or make whole; destroy or repair; renew or deplete; inspire or deject. The importance of using positive words is just as important as breathing fresh air because it is the difference between living heaven or hell on earth. It contains power beyond thought. Words create, so speak well.