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In the Beginning…

By Kerri Kannan

Beginning of John’s Gospel from the Book of Kells

For the past couple of years, because of some very profound experiences I have had, I have been somewhat obsessed with understanding not only the power of prayer, but also the power of our words. That obsession led me to search for books that will help me understand exactly how powerful our words are and the creative power behind them. I have had very little success in discovering anything that satisfies my curiosity on this subject, however, the bible has revealed something very interesting about God and Word.

Doing a quick Google search for the mention of “word” in the bible reveals something very interesting, and I invite you to do your own research into this. In the creation stories in Genesis as well as John, “Word” is capitalized in the same way “God” is capitalized. In fact, it seems that the two are interchangeable. Why would this be? What clues are behind the capitalization of Word and what significance does it have in our lives and the use of our words? Here are some examples of what I’m talking about:

John 1:1,

King James Bible
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

New Living Translation
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“In the origin The Word had been existing and That Word had been existing with God and That Word was himself God.”

We are taught by spiritual teachers like Florence Scovel Schinn and Don Miguel Ruiz and others that our words are powerful, but most of us feel that they are just words. If you and I are aspects of God, and God lives through and as us, wouldn’t our words be as powerful as the words that can create worlds? Wouldn’t it make sense that if my life is not going the way I would wish, my words may play a powerful part in that creation?

Through my prayer work, I have seen the power of the spoken word create miracles in people’s lives. When I believe what I am saying and know that my intentions are being backed by the consciousness of the universe, (God) I know that whatever I ask for is already being made manifest in physical reality, the moment I ask. What I didn’t realize, however, is that this is a “Secret” that has been hidden in plain view. Why else would the authors of ALL of the biblical translations capitalize the word “Word” if there was not some significant meaning behind the capitalization? There must be more to our words than what we have believed.

I don’t have the answers as to why Word and God are given equal weight in the creation stories, but I am willing to do some experimentation to explore how I might use my words to call things into creation. I invite you to do the same.


Here is a little game that we can all play with to explore the power of our own words. Set an intention for yourself to speak of things in your life that you would like to have from a point of already having received. For example, let’s say you want to have more free time. Instead of saying, “I wish I had more free time to do the things I want to do,” (which is an affirmation of not having enough time) instead say, “I am grateful and thankful that I now have lots of time to do the things that are important to me.” If you have plenty of time, take whatever you perceive may be lacking in your life, turn it around and affirm it in the positive as if it has already happened. Then, see what pops into your experience. I don’t know what will happen but if Word has as much significance as God in the creation stories, it’s at least worth playing a game with your experience to see what might show up. Who knows, this little shift to consciously use your words could be the best gift you will give or receive this holiday season.

Warmest Holiday Wishes to you and yours,