Say what you mean, mean what you say

Say what you mean, mean what you say




Hey, bro, you know what I am saying?” —The Urban Dictionary

In January 2011, Maya Angelou, who passed away in May of this year, was a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Master Class.” During this life class, Maya Angelou said, “I believe in the power of words. Words can uplift us and words can tear us apart.” Many of us are familiar with the nursery rhyme: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.” This rhyme fits in with points Maya Angelou made regarding the power of words and brings us to the first important point: We need to know what we are saying!

Between the ages of 3 months and 3 years, most children have begun developing a large vocabulary of words. When studying human growth and development, psychotherapists learn a lot about how powerful a child’s environment is while going through his or her initial developmental years. Birth to 3 is a critical time for children as their brains are developing and much of their personality is becoming established. Words used directly or indirectly are very influential when used around children. They learn by mimicking what their primary caregivers and others around them are saying and doing.

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.” —Confucius

Of course, this is how we all got our start in life and this holds true anywhere in the world.

Within the Judeo-Christian Bible, there are several passages that link supernatural power to words. For example, the Christian New Testament says that “the Word is God” and that “the Word was made flesh.”

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., a stem cell biologist, taught at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine. He performed pioneering studies at Stanford University, and authored and co-authored numerous books. In one of his books, “The Biology of Belief,” Dr. Lipton and fellow researchers cite what they feel are relevant points in which quantum physics and spirituality cross paths:

  1. Atoms appear out of thin air.
  2. The universe is not material, but rather mental and spiritual.
  3. Thoughts (silent words) can activate or inhibit the cell’s function-producing proteins.
  4. Harnessing the power of your mind (words) can be more effective than drugs.
  5. Each of your 50 trillion-plus cells must acquiesce control to the brain.
  6. Biological behavior can be controlled by invisible forces, including thoughts or words.

In other words, the biblical concepts and scientific theory mirror the second important point: The “word” is living in and around us, whether found within the concepts of spirituality or science.

“When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought.”

—Eckhart Tolle, “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”

And finally the third important point: There is action that manifests from our words.

Returning to theories of quantum physics, our thoughts create a physical reality bound up in space and time. Our thoughts are like invisible words. So whether we think them or speak them, they have a great deal of power and therefore we need to find ways to become more conscious of them.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.” —Buddha

When I work with clients either in holistic psychotherapy or coaching, I am always reiterating how relevant thoughts and words are when wanting to manifest anything. Most people subconsciously manifest their realities without even realizing it. Therefore, we need to be mindful that we can create our realities from a healthy, conscious place within us versus an unhealthy, unconscious one. All of us have the power to create the best reality for ourselves and for our world.

Jill E. Greinke, MSW, LCSW, SAC, is a holistic psychotherapist and transformational consultant specializing in transformational counseling and coaching, group coaching, workshops, teleconferences, presentations, speaking engagements and consultations. To get her free report, “Five Steps to Miraculous Living,” visit

Reference: “Quantum Physics Meets the Words of God (Part III).”


This article originally posted Natures Pathways August 2014


  1. I so agree with you, Jill. Words are far more powerful than we give credit! Imagine how much change would occur in the world if everyone, even just for a day, changed all negativity to positive, charitable, supportive thoughts…wow.

  2. As a transformational language artist, I agree with Maya Angelou. I believe in the power of words! ~ They can be expressed in a multitude of ways and through a variety of channels – and the more clear they are energetically, the better we connect with others. ~ The same is true for self-communication. As you pointed out, many people subconsciously manifest their realities without even realizing it. We are what we think we are! ~ Creative self-expression from a healthy, conscious place is definitely key in the manifestation process.

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