In Hebrew there is a saying – מוות וחיים בייד הלשון – Death & life are in the tongue. While freedom of speech is a great privilege, how terrorizing can words be? Words are energy. Energy with intention that moves through us through the mouth, through the writing hand or the punching fist, or through lethal weapons. Words can express a knee jerk reaction to a threat we may feel, a trigger in the brain that we have no control over initially, but then, after the initial reaction, like a scream when we’re tightened, we do have choice. A choice that can only be exercised if we are conscious, connected, aware of where it’s coming from, and have done the work of investigating, understanding, and loving our terrorized selves.
A lot of our trauma has to do with a terror we felt in the past that made us doubt Love, and develop a voice that’s always trying to protect us from reliving that trauma & losing Love. This voice is based on a faulty belief that life is scary & dangerous and that Love can be taken away in a moment. This voice keeps us constantly on our tows & when feeling triggered, it can resort to attacking, mean & terrorizing words that can damage both receiver & the speaker of these words. To the extent that you have faced & embraced the voice of your inner-terror do you have choice in the matter of what to say, how & when. I have learned the hard way to stay away from people who have no control over their words, and who can hurt me so bad, that I could feel black & blue & get depressed.
Our world is undergoing an unprecedented rise of terror. Verbal terror and fear mongering is not less damaging that physical terror. It plays with psyche of people and poisons them with fear. While doing everything in our hands to protect ourselves from physical terror, we must also be vigilant about protecting ourselves from verbal terror, and face & embrace it in ourselves. I have a deep conviction that people who are happy with themselves don’t seek to make other people miserable. Neither Hitler, nor Donal Trump have faced & embraced their inner-terror. Fierce compassion 4 the global-inner-terrorized-child.
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, Voice of the BREAZE