Do not create ugly forms with your words


Every single time we open our mouths, we are making a choice: to help or to harm. Jesus explained that our words are of ultimate import when he said, “By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (judged).”

That’s because our words come from our power centre and therefore have incredible impact. When we think back to the moments in our life that were the most traumatic and the most meaningful, they often involve what someone said to or is about us.

Theosophist C W Leadbeater says that at energetic levels our words, even in casual speech, are much more potent than we realize. “Many people think that in daily life it is not necessary to take the trouble to speak clearly,” he writes. “It matters much more than they think, because we are all the time building our own surroundings, and these react upon us.”

He explains that if someone becomes depressed, his room “becomes charged with that quality, and any sensitive person coming into it becomes conscious of a certain lowering of vitality, a loss of tone.” In the same way, “the man who surrounds himself with unpleasant sound-forms by careless and uncultured speech produces an atmosphere in which these forms constantly react upon him.”

In fact, says Leadbeater, “each word as it is uttered makes a little form in etheric matter, just as a thought does in mental matter.” He says the word hate, for instance, produces a horrible form, so much so that, having seen its shape, I never use the word. We may say that we dislike a thing, or that we do not care about it, but we should never use the word ‘hate’ more than we can help, for merely to see the form that it makes gives a feeling of acute discomfort. …It is surely better that we should surround ourselves with beauty than with ugliness, even though it be in etheric matter.”

Leadbeater wrote this in 1925 and said that someday he believed “all this might be worked out scientifically.” Until that day, he said that as a general rule of thumb, words connected with desirable qualities produce pleasant forms, and those associated with negative qualities produce ugly forms.


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