The Spiritual Aspects of the Parts of Speech, Part I, Nouns


What follows is a two part series on a few of the main parts of speech. 

“Arg…Why?”  You might be groaning.  “This isn’t school!” 

Sure it is, and besides, I am a teacher by trade.  But don’t worry.  We will be looking into the interesting spiritual aspects of nouns, verbs, and so on. 

There are spiritual sides to these?  Of course there are.  There are spiritual sides to everything.  And how we speak is important to how we live.  Thoughts are things, and both our thoughts and words have creative powers.  A little more consciousness into such matters is always helpful.

In this entry we will cover nouns.  Next week we will look at verbs.  And then, over the next six weeks we will also cover adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, and prepositions.  Enjoy.


Nouns are the naming words in our language.  They name everything from objects like chairs to emotional qualities like love.  Everything, and I mean everything, has a name.  In Genesis, pretty much the first thing God gives Adam to do is to name the animals.  And so for hours he sits there watching the parade of creatures passing before him, and he names them, each and every one.  I can’t help but think that he knew their names because they were somehow part of him, but that’s another entry.

As babies, one of the first things we do is go around naming
everything “da,”—but we were naming nonetheless. 

Why are names important?  Emmet Fox says names, especially in sacred texts, hold the quality of the thing named.  God, for example, is called Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, etc. in the book of Isaiah.  In the thirteenth century, the original word for name, meant: one’s reputation (

What do you call things?  What do you call your loved ones?  Do you use terms of endearment?  Do you “call people names,” in the negative sense?  What names do you like for God?  What name have you secretly wished you had for yourself? 

Today, try and become conscious of the names you give things and of the names of things around you.  Explore and play with giving things new names.  Notice if there’s any resistance to the new names.  Look through various religious texts and find all of the ways God is referred to.  Notice how the people around you use—or don’t use names.  Try and call everyone you know today by their name—savor the words of their names like the gifts that they are.  Ask someone you don’t know what their name is.  If it’s a foreign name, be sure to ask them what it means.  Reflect on whether the name of someone or something fits.  Finally, give a name to your dream; your most secret desire, and treasure that.  Repeat it over and over again with love and devotion, and then watch it manifest before you.

Copyright Joseph Anthony of the Wonder Child Blog

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