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The Rockaway Times
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The SpokenWord
By Kathy Pastina
The spoken word is powerful.
We’ve all been at the receiving
end of criticism, gossip, praise,
and prayer and we all know
what feels better.
Our words can inspire or
condemn. Words can be
used like a sword to wound,
hurt and offend. But they
are also used to uplift, in-
spire and raise spirits or
perhaps create miracles.
Who has not been inspired
by the beautiful words of a
poem, hymm, or song sung
to brighten our spirits?
If you’ve ever been to a
yoga class, the beginning
is sometimes started with
the powerful chant of Om, a
mantra that when repeated,
awakens the energy inside
of us, which in turn centers
and uplifts us, bringing a
feeling of peace and con-
nectedness within ourselves
and others. Much like a
prayer that is repeated, it can
give us comfort and healing.
Most of us don’t need sci-
ence to prove it, but the
power of the spoken word in
prayer or song has actually
been researched. There is a
chemical reaction that calms
our nervous system as we
chant and pray. These effects
can also be felt by others who
are at the receiving end of
our prayers.
Thirty years ago in Hawaii
there was a doctor named
Ihaleakala Hew Len, a new-
ly appointed clinical psy-
chologist who took over a
ward at a state hospital for
the criminally insane. Doc-
tors would come and quick-
ly leave this dark, dreary,
dangerous place. One day
he breezed in with a smile
and kind way. Every person
that worked there thought
here comes another doctor
that will stay long enough to
figure out that this is a hope-
less, soul sucking place and
leave after a month, like so
many others before him.
He stayed in his office
and didn’t see the mental
patients but he requested
their files. There in his of-
fice he prayed over each of
their files. His prayer was
the same for each one…I
love you, forgive me, I’m
sorry, thank you. Over and
over again he would recite
his prayer for these people
that had committed serious
crimes. Over the weeks and
months the staff saw that
there was a slow and steady
progress within the hospi-
tal. The paint that seemed
to always peel off the walls
stayed painted making the
place more palatable. After
a few months patients who
had to be shackled were al-
lowed to walk freely, and
others who were heavily
medicated were slowly com-
ing off their medications.
Some had made enough im-
provement that they were
released. The patients be-
came well enough to be al-
lowed access outdoors where
the gardens were now being
cared for and sometimes
played games with the staff.
There was less absenteeism
among staff and the turno-
ver was less, and they now
had more staff than needed.
The amazing part of the story
is that the doctor said that as
he took responsibility to heal
the broken parts of himself,
he also healed the patients
who felt his prayers on some
level. It took loving spoken
words to heal; his prayers
were somehow heard and
felt from a closed office door
within a dark, dreary place.
He transformed darkness
and brought light to others
by prayer. In short a miracle.
There is a saying that has
been traced back to the
Quakers, who were paci-
fists. Called the three gates
of speech, it goes like this :
“Before you speak, let your
words pass through three
gates.” At the first gate, ask
yourself : “Is it true?” At the
second gate ask : “Is it nec-
essary?” At the third gate
ask : ”Is it kind?”
If we try to follow this
simple instruction with our
spoken words, we may be-
come a vessel of abundant
blessings for others and
ourselves and bring light to