October 16- Magic Words
“Through the word you express your creative power. All the magic you possess is based on your word- The word is like a seed.” The Four Agreements
In 1997, Don Miguel Ruiz published a book of wisdom based on his Toltec heritage. The Four Agreements was a sensation, as Ruiz outlined four simple rules for daily living. The first agreement is to be impeccable with your word. Ruiz reminded us to “speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.” He cautioned about using the word against ourselves or to gossip against others.
Songwriters are wordsmiths to the highest degree. Poets and writers abound, but it is the songwriter who harmonizes words and music. Our words can be powerful catalysts to change or empty rhyming phrases lacking depth. In extreme instances, the words to a song can condone illicit behavior, violence and anger. At the opposite end of the spectrum, words can lift spirits and soothe souls.
As creative humans plying the craft of songwriting, consider your words and the impact they may have on others. Carefully craft your phrases to convey images that serve to enlighten and inspire rather than antagonize. Through words and music, we have the ability to affect great change.
“One fear or doubt planted in our minds can create an endless drama of events. One word is like a spell and humans use the word like black magic. In the beginning there was the word and the was with God and the word was God.”- says Ruiz.
Think about using your gifts and your words in a direction of truth and love as Ruiz suggests in The Four Agreements. Remember you are a conduit between spirit and the earthly realm. Use your gifts for the greatest good of all concerned.