I can't say that I don't curse. Maybe a foul word or two every couple of days. They usually come while I am driving, and YOU have just cut me off, or "made me" miss a light. lol More often than not, it becomes a part of the arsenal I use in conveying social injustice or my frustration with social injustice.
But I have always known the greater truth - curse words birth, cultivate and perpetuate negative energy. Even casual use.
What's the golden rule? Nothing is destroyed, its simply changes forms. This is what guides our understanding of Ancestorship. No one goes away, they just change form. Well, the same goes for words, both verbal or mentally projected. Those words add to the existing climate of things for better or worse.
As spiritualists, and more importantly as traditionalists, we should be cognizant and respectful of the power of word. We should not make excuses or pretend that the power of word begins or ends at some moment that convenient for us. All our words matter. Every last one. All our words affect change. Every last one.
Some words are more obviously sacred than others. They contain key sounds and have been borne specifically to work above and beyond what other words do. These words find their ways into prayers, incantations, ritual space and secret conversations. Some of these words will never be heard by the masses. Yes. There are words that no matter who you are, you will not gain access to them. They are that powerful, that their caretakers pass them on to a limited group of people in their cultural group each generation.
No matter what grade of 'sacred word' you have access to, you benefit from the energy or vibrational content of not only uttering that word, but also all the energy cultivated by former users before you. Words literally collect and grow in power over time.
But mundane social language has power too. Words like "wow" and "shit" have vibrational energy that is the result of all their prior uses by their prior users. When we say them, we INVOKE the energy of those prior occurrences into our life, and into our present. We invite them into our space.
For those of you that study some form of "aura" based spiritual science you are aware that everything emits energy and that energy can be cataloged by the color associated with it. We know as rational spiritualists that "wow" and "shit" do not, could not, would not and can not emit the same aura, cultivate the same energy, invoke the same spiritual vibration as one another. Using common sense, we can assume that curse words can only bring negative energy into the world, as they are not true exclamations of joy, happiness or peace. They are sarcastic, antagonistic, depressing, enraging, offensive, ambivalent and cynical. They are at their core words that represent everything that we don't like about ourselves and life in general. They are anti-thesis to the spiritual philosophy of Iwa-Pele and any other indigenous view of spiritual progress.
A curse word is not uttered in spiritual communion, it is uttered as a sign of disconnect from Self, Community, Life and/or Spirit. While these words express our frustrations, they do not help us solve those frustrations. In fact, I am sure spiritual evidence would show that they make the spiritual climate worst.
It is for these reasons, that we should do more than just be selective in when and how we use curse words, but we should be determined to wipe them from our mouths and psyche.
After all, every curse word you ever uttered is out there in the world, seeking and strengthening itself with like energy. It will not dissipate, it will not be destroyed, it will only change form. It will exist until you retract it or transform it. In light of the sheer difficulty of such a task, perhaps the best we can ask it that we just won't invoke any more negative vibrations through cursing in the future.
Perhaps the roots of cursing has already been uncovered. I am always reminded of the smug debutante that would relay to all the other kids what she learned in etiquette class, “People that curse are people with trouble expressing themselves.” (Oh, did I dislike that girl growing up!) But maybe she was on point with her observation. I have never finished an Orisa ritual and felt like cursing afterwards. I don't get up from a meditation session with a curse word on my tongue. When fully engaged and connected to Spirit, I choose not only less offensive words to express myself, I do so with great ease. So what's this mean? As spiritualists, and more importantly as traditionalists, each of us should be finding a way to bring our spiritual space into the other aspects of our lives. We should seeing every aspect of our life, whether it be our time behind the steering wheel, or at the job, or on the softball diamond at the family reunion as a spiritual experience, and routinely breathing, praying and invoking the right energy into our lives. Maybe when we do this, we naturally turn away from language that can only serve to contribute all of the counterproductive energy and reality created by people. It seems like a lot of work, but it certainly sounds worth it.
So today, let's make a commitment to use words that always cultivate positivity. Let's also cement those efforts by invoking the kind of spiritual attitude that it requires to keep that commitment.
this article is reprinted from my site: rootsandrooted.org/cursing.htm