How many times a day you use the word “hell”?
I don’t know about you, but when I actually started paying attention, it is more times than I care to admit.
Do you ever pause to ask yourself if hell is a bad word and if it’s appropriate to use it as freely as we do?
Before we can answer the question is hell a bad word, we must first define the word hell. According to Wikipedia, hell is an after-life location in which evil souls are subject to punitive suffering, often torture, as eternal punishment and death.
We must also define bad word, before we can proceed to answer our question. According to Urban Dictionary, bad words are the things your mom won’t let you say because they are disrespectful and she carried you and that means you have to be nice.
Well, one cannot argue with that definition of a bad word, however I see it somewhat differently.
Words Carry Energy
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” –Rumi
According to DailyOm.com, each word we speak has a life of its own, a vibratory signature that creates waves into the expanse of the universe. Words carry meaning but they also carry energy. Some people instinctively know that but others are unaware of this fact. Whether we are speaking the words out, talking in our heads, writing them down, whispering them to someone, the words we use carry an energetic signature that makes a big difference in how they are received.
Don’t believe me?
Let’s try this.
- Close your eyes and say ten negative words in your head (for example, hate, devil, disappointment, horror, pain, fear, resentment suffering, etc.)
- Feel the words
- How do they feel?
- Next, keep your eyes closed and say ten beautiful words in your head ( for example, joy, happiness, beauty, bliss, love, wonder, delight, appreciation, passion, etc.)
- Feel the words
- How do they feel?
Were you able to detect the difference in how the bad words versus the good words felt?
We live terribly busy lives; we are not in the habit of pausing and asking ourselves how certain words make us feel. But that does not mean that they do not have any effects on you and the people you are communicating with. In fact, you do know that they do. When people say bad things to you, you are aware that they do not feel good. However, our analysis does not go deep enough. We assume it is just the meaning of the words, we do not realize it’s the energy that the words carry that make us feel certain way.
Most of us had a situation where the words spoken were not considered bad words, but somehow, they made us feel not good. Did we consider the energy or vibration carrier by the word spoken to us?
If we want to be carriers of positive energy and make other people feel good in our presence or when communicating with them, we should first become aware of the unspoken vibration that the words we choose send, and secondly, consciously pick good feeling words.
Now, let’s get back to our original question, is hell a bad word?
Is Hell A Bad Word?
We have already established that words carry energy. We now need to distinguish between the sender and the receiver(s). As the sender, the person that uses the word to communicate a message, we need to decide for ourselves what type of energy is associated with this word for us personally. If we grew up in a catholic household, chances are this word has a negative association whether you believe in the church teachings or not. You have probably heard enough times the threats of being thrown into ever burning fires of hell. In that case, hell is probably a bad word for you and you should avoid using it if the message that you are hoping to send is positive and hopeful.
If, on the other hand, the word does not have any meaning associated with your religious or folklore beliefs and views, it might be a neutral word to you and there is not much harm done to you when you use it.
Next, we need to consider the other end, the receiver or receivers of your message. This part gets challenging because, for the most part, you will not know how the recipients feel about that word. Given this unknown, it’s probably better to stay away from that word so that you do not send any unintended messaged encoded in the energy of the word.
A Better Question – Is The Word Hell Appropriate?
“Your words have power. Speak words that are kind, loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving.” -Unknown
Most people do not consider the word hell a swear word. Some might consider it a mild cuss word, however we should look at whether the word is appropriate. To answer the question, again you need to be aware of the many negative associations people might have with this word. Hell is often considered in terms of death, damnation, devil, eternal punishment, and judgment.
If you are considered of the receiver, it is probably wise to stay away from this word. There are many other ways to convey your message without the use of this specific word. Why risk sending the wrong message by inappropriate use of the word?
My personal definition of a bad word is as follows. Everything is energy. Words are energy too. If the words that I’m saying carry good energy as felt by me, then they are good words. If the words I’m choosing to use, carry bad energy in my opinion, they are bad words and I should avoid using them.
According to the New World Encyclopedia, The origin of the English word “hell” comes from the Germanic language. Originally, “hel” meant “to cover.” This seems fairly innocent, but that hardly matters when it comes to the vibration that the word carries today. The energy associated with the word is highly personal and it depends on one’s perspective of the word. Although, the word originally seems neutral, one must be conscious of what it means today to other people for the message to achieve the intended result.
How often have we heard people say “go to hell”. I don’t think there is a scenario where this phrase can have a positive association, however how it affects individual people is highly based on people’s perspective of the word hell.
To answer our new question, given the highly sensitive nature of the word and the many negative associations with it, I argue that the use of the word hell is inappropriate. Unless you know your audience very well, and you are fairly sure that the word hell has a neutral meaning, you might consider the word inappropriate to use.
“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg
I hope you have enjoyed my spin on the question is hell a bad word? I would love to hear your questions, comments, and opinions on it. Please leave them below and I will respond to every question/comment.