Your word is one of the great powers that you possess, along with imagination, intuition, thinking, and memory. You are your word – how you use language and how aligned you are with your word.
In the Judeo-Christian holy book there are numerous references and illustrations of the sanctity and power of the word. I will cite one of the most famous passages and then rewrite the text to make it relevant and palpable.
John 1:1-5, 14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
In the beginning is the word, the word is with God/Creator/Source/Power, and the word is God/Creator/Source/Power.
It is with God/Creator/Source/Power in the beginning.
Through it all things are made; without it nothing is made that has been made.
In it is Life, and that Life is the light of Humanity.
The light shines in the darkness/void/ignorance, and the darkness/void/ignorance has not overcome it.
The word becomes reality and makes its dwelling among/in/with us.
If you are a Christian in your beliefs, or an Atheist, or whatever identity you assign to yourself, I invite you to just sit with this material and allow your mind to think through and handle (and grapple if you must) it before hastily reaching a conclusion that dismisses or accepts what is being shared.
I titled this post, The Word Becomes Flesh, because I believe it is totally dis-empowering to read the text above, or any other sacred text, as historical and literal. Without realizing it, the result of reading it as literal history is a loss of power because it becomes about someone else (Jesus, Jacob, Moses, etc.) and not about you. It becomes someone else’s history, not yours; someone else’s power, not yours; someone else’s triumph, not yours. The impact on you, then, is that you are ultimately debilitated, disabled, and defeated in your thought, word, and life because the reading is impersonal and distant (in space and time), not personal and immediate.
So, to read the text in the present tense is an important step to regaining, or reclaiming, your Power (and we are richly powerful Beings!).
Ok, now to the original text.
Let me ask you this, how does the original rendering occur to you? What thoughts or feelings arise as you read it or after you’ve read it? Do you feel inspired, enabled, empowered? Does the text speak to YOU personally? Does the text speak about YOU personally? Or does it speak about someone else?
(There is NO RIGHT OR WRONG TO YOUR ANSWER. I know that what I say here is tantamount to blasphemy in the mind of many Christians….I got that. I was a devout Christian for many years, and I understand perfectly where that belief comes from and how it comes. I do.)
Now to the rewrite.
How does the rewrite occur to you? What thoughts or feelings arise as you read it or after you’ve read it? Do you feel inspired, enabled, empowered? Does the text speak to YOU personally? Does the text speak about YOU personally? Or does it speak about someone else?
The point to my questions, and to my rewrite, is NOT the rewrite. The point is that there are alternate ways to read it, to approach it, and consider it so that you get the most out of your reading and make it truly relevant and impacting.
And this goes for anything you read. Glean the meaning and the lessons not according to what the writer intended (which becomes a guessing game and a sore subject for much debate and discord), but according to how you see and how it can serve you in an immediate,empowering way so as to make it come alive in your life.
My next post will cover the power of your word, how the word becomes reality (flesh), and how to align with your word so that you can create what you want – effectively, consistently, powerfully, and with integrity.