Binding Words

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The power of words, of rhyme and repetition, of simple wishes written by hand in a journal, or spoken aloud, or prayed in the heart over and over . . . these words are my wish, my spell, my prayer, my mantra:

Dance the old ways
Trust the knowing
Mend and heal
Energy flowing

I wrote this wish in the declarative, not asking or entreating, but using the language of positive affirmation. It will be so. It will be so. So mote it be. Amen.

It takes courage to make a wish, and even more to make it known. Couer, from Latin cor, for the heart, and rage, from the root rabere, for fury, madness: Rage of the Heart. To write it binds it, to say it aloud binds it, to repeat it gives it power, and to share it strengthens it. Be careful what you wish for, because words have power.

This post is a reflection on Denis Brown’s appeal to his Facebook readers for more wishes to incorporate into his work. The ensuing wishes and dialogue revealed much about audacity, shame, pain, revealing and concealing, and even gender. I noticed that the women went first with the most raw and painful revelations. Women are like that sometimes: emotionally brave. Thanks to everyone who contributed to that thought-provoking discussion, and especially to Annie, one of the most courageous women I know.

The spell above I wrote in my journal with black ink, some red flourishes for luck, a spritz of water to mix up the energy. A couple of months ago I wrote it on my spell candle, to burn whenever I want to increase the magic of the words. But even without the candle or the journal, I can memorize my wish because it rhymes and repeat it to myself often. This is the nature of a spell, in the old sense, telling a story to myself. And after a while, it will be true.

I share it with you, send it out into the world. It came out of my pen, but I use my keyboard to send it to you. These are just tools to capture the words. To bind them which is a magical act all in itself.

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  • Suzi Smith 05/12/2009, 7:59 pm

    can feel the energy of your words cari… will pass it on… Love “spelling words”. Interesting how the meaning has changed.

  • Suzi Smith 05/21/2009, 3:58 pm

    Hi Cari… your words have inspired me & have done a piece of work with them. Do you mind if I offer it for sale? Sorry i cant get the email link (problem my end, not yours). If you want a look & my email is in the side bar.
    Thanks for the inspiration

  • Leanne 05/24/2009, 6:21 am

    I can see why these words inspired Suzi (above) they are really powerful, I felt that power as i read them also.

    leanne x

  • Cari 05/25/2009, 3:52 pm

    Suzi has written another post on her second blog “Healing Whispers” about the healing power of this spell and unseen but felt energy which heals and flows. If these words go out into the world and help others, I am so pleased!

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