How powerful are our words, thoughts, and feelings?
As a highly sensitive person I'll tell you that they are amazingly powerful.
Words of love, support, judgement, frustration, compassion, connection. They sink deep into us. We feel them. They shape us.
Through our words we can transform an experience, a person, a life.
And so I *choose my words carefully - in writing and in life - out of sensitivity for how they might effect those who read or hear them.
Sometimes I stumble. I freak out a little. And when I do I follow them with healing words meant to mend what I have broken.
Because no one is perfect. We do the best we can with the tools we have.
Even more than spoken words, our feeling also shape us.
They set the tone of our days - of our lives.
When you've been frustrated, angry, afraid you carry that energy throughout your whole day and soon everything in view is colored by your mood.
The same is true for the days when we're steeped in gratitude and joy. Blessings are everywhere. The world sparkles with magic.
The kids and I decided to do an experiment that we've heard a lot about. An experiment (woo-woo as it might be) of the power of our words and intentions.
The rice experiment.
If you know of Dr. Masaru Emoto and his work with water and intentions, you might already know about the rice.
His work inspired me to pick really positive messages for the drinking jars I had printed for my business because I figured it might have a wonderful effect on the people who used them. (Yes. Really. I'm that lady.)
We hadn't done the rice experiment yet because honestly I was afraid it wouldn't work. And I really wanted it to work.
But after a friend told me how amazingly their experiment results were I had to give it a go.
Because in my heart I believe our thoughts, our words, and our emotions are more powerful than we might understand.
And I thought this experiment - if it works - would be a great way to drive that point home for my kids. Okay, and myself.
What would happen to rice we hammered with words and feelings, day after day?
It would be changed. Just like we are. By the power of emotions.
Or that's the theory anyway.
Here is what we did.
We cooked rice and divided it between three jars. The One jar we labeled "I Love You" another with "I Hate You" and a third was left blank (our neutral).
And that's the energy - both spoken and felt - that we're sending at these jars.
When the kids were frustrated today I told them to go and put it into the "hate" jar. When they were excited the "love" jar was shared those feelings as well. The third jar was just hanging out, doing it's ignored-cold-rice-in-a-jar-thing.
And we'll wait. And see what happens.
The rice jars will be on the counter in our kitchen, out of the sun, not refrigerated, and where we'll see them everyday.
Do you think all three jars will mold at the same rate?
Time will tell.
And I was thinking. This will be fun for my family to do, but what about your own family?
Will you try it at your house, too?
Then in a couple or few weeks I'll share our experience and you can share yours as well.
Who's in? (Instructions follow.)
I love you - I hate you Rice Experiment
3 canning jars with lids (mine are 1/2 pint)
1 C rice
Tape and marker
Bring a scant 2 C water to a boil
Add 1 C white rice (mine is organic jasmine but use whatever you have)
Cook completely (15 minutes)
Meanwhile sterilize three 1/2 pint jars and their lids
Cool rice slightly then spoon into prepared jars
Rest lids on jars until cool, then tighten when rice is room temperature
Label one jar "I HATE YOU" and one jar "I LOVE YOU"
Everyday pick up the love and hate jars and give them what you've got, matching their label. This is more important that the written words - the feelings behind them.
Check your jars daily for signs of mold.
Which jar is molding first? Does the mold seem the same on all three jars?
Edited to add: After three months - and no mold in either jar - I gave up. As my son put it, "Our house is just too happy for this!" So there you go.