Kind words have a direct effect on us

The kind words spoken to us have a direct effect on us, just as color affects our eyes directly. The love living in the other’s soul is borne into your soul on the wings of the words. This is direct perception; there can be no question here of interpretation. […] We live with the souls of others just as we live with colors and sounds. Anyone who does not realize this knows absolutely nothing of our inner life. It is very important to understand these things.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 169 – Toward Imagination: Lecture 3: The Twelve Human Senses – Berlin, 20th June 1916

Translated by Sabine H. Seiler