One of the principal tenants of the Art of Ninzuwu is that emotional energy and spiritual power are transferred by the use of words and numbers. This is process is described in the poetic imagery of the Ivory Tablets of the Crow:
“These cities were indeed a sight to behold, and special care was taken to ensure that each brick was nothing less than a fiery crystal, or a precious metal, engraved with mysterious symbols that could not be touched. Every day the fiery ones labored and toiled using only their eyes and thoughts as tools. Every night the Goddesses nurtured the scorpionic-architecture of these monuments and temples in their dreams.”
The “fiery crystal and precious metal” described in the passage, cited above, are symbolic of numbers and words. The text illustrates that our reality is shaped and formed by our thoughts and words. These are the tools that carry our emotions, or receive such, and are the building blocks of our experience.
Another principle, found in the Art of Ninzuwu that coincides with this is that our “emotional state creates our reality.” Our thoughts and words are the first manifestation of our emotional state. The same is true for the words that we hear and the numbers that we see. They carry a certain vibration. This is why it is important for those who are initiated in the Art of Ninzuwu to regulate what enters the mind and heart through numbers and word. This process is described in the Ivory Tablets of the Crow:
“The mind must learn how to raise itself up and meet its reflection in the realm of light. The mere reflection of this statement caused that which is no more to stare at itself in the light. Understanding these simple things is the basis of every creation.”
The idea that numbers and words have power is a universal principle held by the Proto-Afro-Asiatic religion and its successors. In the account, Inanna’s Descent to the Netherworld, we read:
“Holy Inana said to Nincubura: “Come my faithful minister of E-ana, my minister who speaks fair words, my escort who speaks trustworthy words..”
This is just one example illustrating that a person’s character was judged by his use of words. In the Babylonian Creation epic, we are told that the “power of Anu,” the power of heaven is evident by the power of one’s words. In the accounts it says:
“She hath given him the Tablets of Destiny, on his breast she laid them, saying: ‘Thy command shall not be without avail, and the word of thy mouth shall be established.’ Now Kingu, thus exalted, having received the power of Anu,..”
In another portion of the account, we find:
“And unto Marduk,- their first-born they spake: “May thy fate, O lord, be supreme among the gods, To destroy and to create; speak thou the word, and thy command shall be fulfilled. Command now and let the garment vanish; And speak the word again and let the garment reappear! Then he spake with his mouth, and the garment vanished; Again he commanded it, and. the garment reappeared. When the gods, his fathers, beheld the fulfillment of his word,”
Marduk’s defeat of Tiamat is described as such:
“But Tiamat… , she turned not her neck, With lips that failed not she uttered rebellious words: “… thy coming as lord of the gods, From their places have they gathered, in thy place are they! ” Then the lord raised the thunderbolt, his mighty weapon, And against Tiamat, who was raging, thus he sent the word: Thou art become great, thou hast exalted thyself on high, And thy heart hath prompted thee to call to battle…. their fathers…, … their… thou hatest…Thou hast exalted Kingu to be thy spouse, Thou hast… him, that, even as Anu, he should issue decrees. thou hast followed after evil, And against the gods my fathers thou hast contrived thy wicked plan. Let then thy host be equipped, let thy weapons be girded on! Stand! I and thou, let us join battle! When Tiamat heard these words, She was like one possessed, .she lost her reason. Tiamat uttered wild, piercing cries, She trembled and shook to her very foundations.”
We can see from the information contained within the Babylonian Creation Epic, that words were considered to contain spiritual power. This was also true of the Biblical prophets. In Isaiah 55:11, we read:
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
The powers of words is main tenant of Shinto belief. Yonei Teruyoshi, is quoted in the Encyclopedia of Shinto, under the definition of the term kotodama:
“Kotodama refers to the spiritual power that is contained within words, but also refers to the conception that spiritual power can be manifested through the intonation of words. This is explained as an aspect of animism, or alternatively is explained from the perspective of its function as influencing a person’s mind. There is also the view that this way of thinking is one of the special characteristics that define Japanese culture. Especially in the world of waka poetry (thirty-one syllable poems in five lines of five, seven, five, seven, seven) it is traditional to think that words “move heaven and earth.” Kotodama was also an important concept among National Learning (kokugaku) and Shintō scholars. However, some have put forth the view that originally only spells and incantations were seen as having the force of divine power, and that historically kotodama belief arose during the period when the Man’yōshū was compiled.”
Another example, illustrating the power of words, is found in the Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan. The book relates an ancient Ainu myth known as the Wicked Sorcerer. The myth explains how a well-known sorcerer of the village was put to death by one of the Kami, due to his deceptive words.
The Use of Negative Language is a Sign of Mental and Spiritual Illness
Coprolalia is involuntary swearing or the involuntary utterance of obscene words,” as defined by a Wikipedia article under the said title. Coprolalia is often associated with various forms of mental disorders. However, the reader may wonder about the power of such words, since Time Magazine recently reported the following in the article Why Swearing Helps Ease Pain:
“According to a new study by British researchers, saying the F word or any other commonly used expletive can work to reduce physical pain.”
What many fail to observe in studies, like the one cited in the Time Magazine article, is that verbal pain can be use to fight physical pain. It’s not that foul language is a useful way of alleviating pain as ignorantly reported by some. But, pain ins a living entity like every other emotion, and the use of profanity during a period of pain actually causes the pain to ease because this practice is the same as a priest performing an exorcism. The ancient sorcerers would use demons as an effective means of getting rid of other demons. In the case of the ancient people of Mesopotamia, the demon Pazuzu was used for protection against evil spirits. Interestingly, the ancient Mesopotamians viewed disease and pain as originating from demons or by the wrath of the gods. In this case modern science is just proving what ancient people knew all along. Evil can be use to fight evil. This is the only way that foul language can be used for a “health benefit,” if it can be called such.
Research on the use of swear words and its effects on our psychology, is rare. However, we do know that many people who use such words, do so, in their verbal abuse of others or their bipolar behavior. This behavior involves more than the use of foul language, but attitude and emotion. There is one form of mental illness that is on the rise heavily and has much to do with the improper use of speech.
It has long been known that our emotions and thoughts are physical actions. There are many people in the world today, who feel it necessary to engage in conversation where they tall a long story, related to an actual personal experience. as the person relates the story, there is a strong need to make themselves out to be the “hero” of the experience. This in itself is a form of mental-illness and an inappropriate form of self-glorification. it is ironic that such things seep into the circles of pseudo-spirituality. Dr. Maurice Doreal, in the book Material Inharmony and How To Overcome It, wrote:
“Do you not realize that every time that you accept or express a negative thought about someone else that you have created the potentiality of a like condition, happening in your own life? It is all of these little things that create a vibration of inharmony, that keep your life in a constant condition of inharmony.”
Florence Shovel Shinn expands on this thought even further in her own work. She once wrote:
“A person knowing the power of the word, becomes very careful of his conversation. He has only to watch the reaction of his words to know that they do ‘not return void.’ Through his spoken word, man is continually making laws for himself.”
Most people, regardless of their religious belief, prove themselves to exist in the same spiritual state based on the language that they use. When people use words for acts of self-glorification, or to talk badly of others, and other forms of negative thinking, they are creating for themselves a life of aging and disease. Words can create harmony or chaos in our lives. We are here speaking not only about the words said through the mouth but those spoken about in the mind also. In the Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan, we read:
“A lie is when a Fool relates an account in history that did exist, but the discussion over these things produces a bad emotion in the man who listens to such. This is the lie. The Fool has two tongues, for he speaks accurately of a history, but the meaning of such speeches brings a dark cloud into the heart of the listener, even though the history being taught by the Fool did occur. This is a lie, for it has bred an evil emotion in the heart of the listener. And the Fool will continue to promote his truth as a truth among the Common-folk who will accept it as such. The truth of the Fool is a lie in the Court of Heaven and a means of spiritual attack on the unwary.”
To think bad or to say bad things, the use of bad language in such circumstances, creates disharmony in our experience. The way we would imagine a divine power considering us, forgiving us, favoring us, in the way we should regard our fellow-man. The less negative thoughts we entertain, the better our lives will become. The action of talking about other people in a subtle effort to defend our position in life is a form of mental illness and indicates that we are spiritually sick, and in little time at all this will take the form of physical sickness. Dr. Maurice Doreal continues:
“…we must reject and refuse to accept negative consciousness and negative things which come to us in life originate, not from acts on our part, but from thoughts and words which we have said about other persons and their negative happenings.”
Let us ever seek to remain strong in our resolve to implement the practice of “taking what is not useful and planting it is a good place,” as mentioned in the Ivory Tablets of the Crow. his means that we are to take the time spent on bad habit and replace them with useful activities. We can do the same with how we communicate with others and the words we entertain in our minds. Stay blessed.