Friday, April 24, 2015

The Power of Kind Words: The Rice Experiment

When I dropped off the Court Kits last week at Haven Hills, domestic violence women's shelter, I had the good fortune to share a few special words with their interim Executive Director, Ivy. She had never actually seen the kits that we donate, and I was happy to share our work and creativity. She was amazed at the care that went into creating these kits and commented on our frequent use of stickers with phrases of positive encouragement. Some messages were bold and strong: "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL," I wrote with sticker letters on the inside of mine. Some messages were positive and encouraging reminders: "You got this," "We got you." Some messages were hidden inside folders with similar colors: "You are smart. You are loved."

Ivy told me about an incredible experiment conducted on the power of words and forwarded me this email so I could share it with all of ‪#‎TeamITLT‬:

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a single word can make the difference between life and death. I recently read some fascinating news about the Malatian tribes of the Solomon Islands that proved this very point. The Solomon Islands is a small country due east of Papua New Guinea and northeast of Australia. Last month we learned about the power of fire, but the tribes of this small island nation have a ritual that displays the power of water and words in an equally dramatic way.

The ancestry of the tribes of the Solomon Islands is ancient and goes back thousands of years, similar to those of the Amazon. Because of this, they live a life that preserves many of their original customs. One of the traditions carried over from their ancient ancestors is the practice of cursing. No, it's not about swearing or putting a hex on someone. When the tribe is clearing an area in the jungle and approaches a tree that's far too big to cut down, they curse it. Everyone in the community hurls insults at the tree, speaks ill of it and calls it terrible names. This goes on for weeks. Anytime a tribe member passes by the tree, he or she makes sure to say something nasty to it. After about 30 days of this ceaseless onslaught of negativity, the tree rots from within and falls to the ground of its own accord.

This tribal custom clearly shows the power our words have for good or ill. The very words we choose and where we direct them can literally mean the difference between life and death for any living thing, including ourselves. It's been proven for years that talking to plants makes them grow much better. Why is this? Why do our words have such power over the health and well-being of living things? The answer lies in the water contained within all living creatures.

Your body is 70%-80 water. Trees and plants are full of water that they draw up through their root systems. All living things need and store water within their bodies to a very large degree. Life isn't possible without it. When we speak words, we generate sound. Sound waves travel three times faster when they come into contact with water. That's why the songs of whales can be heard miles from their location. Water accelerates and amplifies the energetic power of sound.

When we say negative things about ourselves or allow someone else to say them to us, massive amounts of negative energy are reverberating in a ripple effect through the water in every cell of our body. Our cells absorb this negative energy and begin to lose their life force. Over time, they become damaged and we get sick. The Malatian tribe's cursing ritual is similar to an experiment Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, conducted with jars of rice. Emoto placed two cups of ordinary cooked rice in two separate jars. He cooked the rice beforehand because the water content was crucial to the purpose of the experiment. He left the jars on a shelf in a third grade classroom and asked the children to bless the rice in one jar and yell at the other every morning before classes. In three weeks, the rice in the jar that received the unkind words had collapsed into a black, gelatinous mass. The rice in the other jar was as white and fluffy as the day it was made. This experiment went on for a full year. Long after the rice that was treated kindly should have molded and decomposed, it was still perfectly white. Dramatic photos of this can be found online.

This is the power our words have over our health and it's because the intention and emotion behind them is carried at warp speed to and through our cells; all because of water. It's also a lesson to become aware of the negativity we generate both externally in what we say about ourselves, as well as internally through our "self-talk" inside our heads. It's important to be mindful of how we let what others say about us affect how we feel about ourselves. Choosing to exit a verbally negative situation is one of the healthiest and most healing things we can do. Remember that healthy cells are ones that are treated kindly and that conversation begins with your choice of words.

Blessings to you,

Dr. Habib Sadeghi
The Old Soul Doctor
Be Hive of Healing Integrative Medical Center