Compassion is the language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear.
— Mata Amritanandamayi, a.k.a “Amma“
Those with deep wisdom often say much with few words. Here I believe Amma is talking about the power carried by thoughts, something intangible that both directly affects our physical reality as well as extends beyond it.
One common teaching in metaphysics is the importance of developing discipline in how thought energy is directed. As one progresses spiritually, (or put another way, as one’s vibratory rate increases), the ability to help or harm with our thoughts also increases. Though one may not initially consider this, (I didn’t), the Wiccan Rede and the Christian Golden Rule don’t simply apply to avoiding actions that harm – they advise avoiding thoughts that harm as well. Who hasn’t felt anger, hate, or jealousy at one time or another? Having spiritual maturity doesn’t mean being immune to these feelings, it means not allowing them to consume us or affect how we relate to others.
From Yogi Sri Swami Sivananda:
Those who harbour thoughts of hatred, jealousy, revenge and malice are verily very dangerous persons. They cause unrest and ill-will amongst men. Their thoughts and feelings are like wireless messages broadcast in ether, and are received by those whose minds respond to such vibrations.
Thought moves with tremendous velocity. Those who entertain sublime and pious thoughts help others, who are in their vicinity and at a distance also.
His original post can be found here.
An interesting article about how one scientist proved thoughts affect physical reality can be found here.