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Talking is the expression of thought. It magnifies the energy of a thought thousands of times, creating a reality for the speaker. In the past/future orientation of ordinary consciousness, talking is one of the most dangerous activities you can perform. If you discuss the past, you relive it. You relive it emotionally, which is to say you relive it physically. Emotion is the body’s physical reaction to thought.

Since the mind, on its own, tends to be negatively focused, the past it discusses frequently is the regurgitation of negative experience. Shakespeare said it in a sonnet with these words:

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought,
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste

When the mind looks into the future, it frequently is with dread, using speech to express its worst fears, which produces an unpleasant emotional reaction.

Ever have the experience of chatting pleasantly with your mate and find your mind associating onto some hurtful thing they did in the past? What happens to the conversation? It goes South, does it not? The emotional encounter that ensues becomes hurtful and destructive.

In The Fourth Way, a system for the development of Consciousness, unnecessary talking was considered an obstacle to present-moment awareness. Notice how your topic of conversation can remove you from the moment and plunge you into Hell (Hell is anywhere outside the Moment).

We must constantly be mindful of what comes out of our mouth.