The following points were made in a lecture a decade ago by historian and academic Earle de Motte, author of Egyptian Religion and Mysteries and The Grail: a search for transcendence. His topic was ‘The Power of the Word’, meaning the Logos, regarded by mystics as the primordial vibration, the source of all creation.
De Motte’s thoughts are worth repeating here. Ancient Egyptian philosophy permeated Greek and European thought and is found in holy books worldwide. Its classic tenets have eternal relevance to human nature, especially now as we think and speak about the possibility of religious fundamentalist action.
Words are the verbal expression of thoughts, and the agency of communication between individuals. One of the aims of mysticism is to develop the aptitude of mentally communicating with others.
Words were originally used to express an emotional state, before they were used to transmit an idea. With the passing of time, language passed from its most primitive form to more refined speech using words that expressed both an emotional and mental state.
Language also has a creative influence. Mystics have attributed a creative power to words. However, this influence can be positive or negative, constructive or destructive. Words are charged with the emotional or mental state of the persons who utter them. We can therefore serve good or evil in our thoughts, speech and action.
The best example of the creative power of words is the chanting of mantras and vowel sounds to neutralise pathological conditions in the body or to awaken latent psychic faculties.
In the ontology of the western mystery school tradition, such as the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, the Lost Word was conceived in divine thought and projected into material existence.
From Mephis, Egypt, comes the quotation, “Ptah, the Mighty, is the Thought and Language of the gods. It is Thought that makes possible every manifestation. From Ptah truly proceeds the power of Thought and Language.”
And from the Holy Bible, “In the beginning was the Word.”
Among the Greeks, the Logos was the creative word, the living expression of divine thought, from which emanated the universe.
Like modern mystics, ancient philosophers tried to purify their manner of speaking, employing words with the aim of achieving something useful and constructive. If we do not do this, we contribute to the creation of thought forms destructive to the physical, psychic and spiritual wellbeing of humanity. Sometimes, if it is not possible to say something positive, silence speaks louder than words.
“Hear, hear!” I say. Fiat lux! Let there be Light.
Earle de Motte is a life member of the international Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC).