Each day the chaplain in our facility opens the morning meeting with a teaching from the Bible and a prayer/meditation. This week the topic centered around the words of our mouths. One of the scripture references he used was Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (New International Version) Through the years I have heard several interpretations of seasoning our speech with salt, usually related to wounds. In other words, sometimes we need to say the hard things that sting, like sprinkling salt into a wound. And, while that may be true, there are other interpretations for seasoning our conversations with salt.
We know salt has healing properties and when sprinkled into wounds cleanses wounds and promotes healing. Salt in wound care, besides inhibiting bacteria, helps the wound to dry out thereby reducing inflammation. Less inflammation means less pain. Medically speaking, our bodies need salt, more specifically sodium and sodium chloride. Sodium chloride helps balance the body’s fluids, and sodium by itself is involved in the electrical impulses of the nervous system. Too much or too little and our bodies won’t function well.
But, salt also has spiritual healing properties. Salt neutralizes negative spiritual energies. Salt cleanses, heals, and balances energetically, repelling negative vibrations. Spiritual metaphysicians encourage the use of salt to cleanse chakras, our energy centers, to promote peace and induce calm feelings. Salt lamps have become popular, many believe they relieve allergy symptoms, but salt lamps actually serve a purpose more important to our mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Himalayan salt lamps attract moisture from the air and the light source within, a candle or light bulb, warms the molecules, releasing negative ions. The negative ions neutralize accumulated positive ions, cleansing the atmosphere around us. In this age of electronic technology, the devices we use regularly emit positive ions that over time will sap our energy and contribute to depression. Whether salt lamps emit enough negative ions to combat accumulated positive ions is up for debate, but researchers agree the soft glow and colors are natural mood enhancers. It may not be a bad idea for those of us chained to our computers eight hours a day to invest in a Himalayan salt lamp. Couldn’t hurt, might help.
How can the properties of salt to cleanse, balance, reduce inflammation, and promote peace apply to Colossians 4:6? We can remember conversations that are out of balance do not bring about peace. Inflammatory, negative words do not cleanse. People cannot hear our answers if we are not calm, listening to the voice of Divine Love within.
As we go about our daily lives, may all of our conversations be full of grace, seasoned with salt to cleanse the atmosphere of negative energies, so that others can hear and benefit from the wisdom of Divine Love within…..