What is in a Word?

Words are fascinating.

Delivered in a soft and loving tone the words, “I love you” can make you weak in the knees yet if delivered in a possessive tone,  you may feel like running at cheetah speed off into the great beyond.

Descriptive words can be vague or crystal clear as they paint either a Monet or a Salvador Dali.

Then there are heteronyms, words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have completely different meanings, like the words wound, delegate, refuse, wind or resume.ACIM_sin_HB2015

Then there is that heavy word, sin. In this day and age it feels religious, irrelevant and judgemental. Like it or not, everyone who hears it is familiar with its flavour. It’s bitter taste makes me want to spit it back out before it settles into my taste buds.

When is the last time you used the word sin? I certainly can’t recall when the last time I used it other than in deciphering big blue.

I was listening to Caroline Myss speak during the Hay House World Summit and she spoke about how we don’t use the word sin any more. How this word is powerful, concise and comes with consequences but in modern day conversation we replace it with phrases that do not.

Clearly, this made me think about what words that would have a parallel impact.

My oldest daughter loves this book series on animals, Who Would Win? by Jerry Pallotta. Forget Disney Princess and bring on the dangerous predators!  It is an engaging format that educates kids on many of the characteristics of two animals and in the end, there is a battle followed by  a review of their features.

All this talk about sin makes me want to lighten up and have some fun and interactive. I am going to create a few sentences with words I feel are commonly used to communicate feelings when a moral wrong doing has occurred in North American society.

You decide if the modern day communication or the word sin is more impactful. Each sentence is a response to a moral wrong doing that has occurred, I will give you the liberty to pick your own transgression.

Who Would Win:

What you did was a sin. OR That was a bad thing you did.
There are consequences for sinful behaviour. OR I am really not okay with that.
That is sinful. OR Dude, that sucks.
That is a sin. OR Ah man, you shouldn’t have done that.

So, which sentences pack more punch in your mind. Which ones communicate your feelings more clearly?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about communication the last few weeks. I have developed a new series of modules for my life coaching practice, Mastering Your Life. We need to be able to communicate proficiently with ourselves, in our day to day lives and in our jobs. And not just the easy conversations that feel like popsicles and ice cream at the beach on a hot sunny day.
When someone has done something morally corrupt to you, how do you communicate that? Does it even feel like a right to speak honestly and from the heart? Are you comfortable doing so and are the words you use impactful?
Being able to say what hurts from a place of love and grace is an absolute must if we are going to bring society back to a place of integrity. The freedom to express ourselves is what allows us to love wholly and completely as extensions of source.love_CarolineMyss_HB2015

As someone who has never used this word, I am certainly not suggesting we start a movement to bring it back into popularity. My intention is to ignite a spark in your mind around the words we do use and the lack of clarity and power they can have.

The word sin comes up regularly in A Course in Miracles with a 10 lesson section dedicated to it in the work book.

From Part 2, 4. What Is Sin?,

…Sin is the home of all illusions, which but stand for things imagined, issuing from thoughts that are untrue.

The lessons in this part do not focus on low energies but rather uplifting truths such as:

  • the ego mind creates illusion
  • our true identity is oneness with source
  • to remember we always have a choice to be at peace
  • forgiveness is the key to happiness
  • that we are enough just as we are
  • to not be afraid to loveACIM_HB2015_afraidlove

If the concepts around the word sin are of a further interest to you, Julie blogged about Original Sin, click here if you would like to read her post.

Live life in FULL bloom, Namaste. Lisa

Blazing Light of Glory, A Study in A Course in Miracles is a co-created and cooperative writing, studying, and teaching effort of Lisa of BloomLisa and Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes.


About Lisa van Reeuwyk

I show heart-centred people how to find clarity, live with confidence and create killer cashflows. Vancouver based mom of two beautiful girls and wife to one hunk of love. I read anytime I can, have a sacred love of nature, took my first yoga class was in 1993, constantly taking online courses, I read oracle cards and am inconveniently allergic to garlic.

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