There is a saying that goes, “Mind your words.” How and why that saying came about is debatable, but one revelation that comes from it is that words have power.

Yvonne Oswald, author of “Switch on Your Language and Turn on Your Life,” explains that language is a powerful tool in dictating the direction and outcomes of life. She speaks of clearing “low-energy” words from thoughts and conversation in order to tap into “high-energy” words. Low-energy words are language that feeds into a low standard of life.

“Low-energy words accompany low-energy thoughts and emotions–usually these are unconscious beliefs and models we hold for ourselves and the world that are less than supportive and keep us from being as successful as we would like to be,” Oswald writes.

She also says high-energy words contribute to better outcomes in life, more success, and a higher level of consciousness.

“High-energy words accompany high-energy thoughts, and unlike low-energy words, we can practice using high-energy words until our thoughts and emotions adjust in kind,” she writes.

“Then our life becomes quite simply and profoundly a positive, high-energy experience, with minimal stretch required.”

Eleanor Harris, author of “Ancient Egyptian Divination and Magic,” agrees that words have power, the power to invoke certain emotions or summon the power of the unknown.

“In Egypt, [words] acted as the magician’s armor. They act as channels through which thought forms, motives, ideas, energy, emotions, and courses of action could manifest in reality and be directed,” she writes. “Words are a map of the will, organizing and activating the desire of the will into the physical plane and planes beyond.”

The writer adds that words channel energy to eventually manifest itself into existence. In using magicians as an example, Harris demonstrates that ancient Africans understood words written or said had power enough to spring forth an action such as a spell.

Another common saying, “Be careful what you wish for,” has resonating power in life, Nannette Jodar, an author, explains.

In a parable, she suggests that instead of speaking or thinking what you fear could happen, speak and think of what you want or should happen.

“As you think, so shall it be! As you speak, so shall it be! As you visualize, meditate, and pray, so shall it be! But be cautious of what you ask for!!” Jodar writes in “Being Held by God: How I Caused My Own Miracle and How You can Too!”

She continues, explaining that words must accompany belief, faith and security. Doubt cannot be a part of the equation.

Using negative confessions or grammatical statements such as, “I hope I don’t hit a deer,” defeat the purpose of manifesting something positive, she says. Somehow the mind converts the “don’t” into an affirmative statement, putting forth the exact opposite energy you are asking for.

“The word ‘don’t’ is the negative word which your subconscious is not able to understand. Your conscious mind has to convert it into an immediate comprehensive thought or statement,” she says. “Take ‘don’t’ out of the sentence or thought, your sentence or thought now becomes, ‘I hope I hit a deer.’ That now becomes an affirmation, your prayer, or your desire, because your subconscious only recognizes positive types of words, absolute types of words, and will work on creating this for you without any additional conscious effort on your part.”

Dr. Joel Akande, a psychiatrist and author of “Flourish with the Power of Your Words, Prayers, and Works,” also agrees that words have power. In fact, he personifies them and says, “Words, as living things, have ‘ears to hear,’ though one may not physically see these ears or the sensory organs of the words.”

He writes that words are like children in the sense that they obey your desires, your commands, your thoughts, and therefore act accordingly; they manifest accordingly.

“Looking and expanding … Jesus’ quotation, ‘… And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life,’ one can put it this way: ‘the energy, emotions, creative force, event-changing power that I release from my body or instruct to act according to the way I command it, are active and are life-giving and circumstance changing.”

He continues, affirming that it is important to guard your words and only speak and think what your will be done. He encourages individuals to only speak when they have positive words to say, if the words will enhance self or another.

Finally, a compelling study conducted by Masaru Emoto, Ph.D., a scientist, found that words have a visible effect on physical structures.

He produced containers of water (because every life form on the planet is made of mostly water) and attached papers with typed words to the bottles and found that words spoken near the water created vibrations and altered the water’s structure, essentially creating beautiful crystals when positive words were spoken, and just the opposite when negative words were spoken.

The scientist also found that deep prayer and meditation, even spoken from afar, had power to heal polluted water and retain the positive, beneficial properties of the water.

He concluded in his findings, “Messages From Water,” that both positive energy and words can be seen clearly, not only in water but also in all living things.

However, critics raise questions about his findings, saying there is not enough information to conclude such findings.

Overall, the saying, “Mind your words,” can be a testament to life’s outcomes, as researchers and spiritualists suggest.