The Power Of The Word
I recently did a lesson in my Law of Attraction Meetup group about Affirmations and how they can change your life and make dreams come true. I had such a good response, I couldn't help but share it here. First and foremost, I need to preference this by saying, everything I teach I do, whole heartedly and with 110% effort. In fact my house is filled with affirmations including in front of my sink, since I seem to spend a lot of time doing dishes! I have them on my bathroom mirror, my refrigerator, in my meditation room and in front of my couch, which is where I spend a good amount of time writing these. So, I feel like I can say without a doubt that they work. But in case you don't want to believe me, let me first bring up some scientific data.
There is a Japanese Doctor by the name of Dr. Masaru Emoto. He did multiple experiments where he took jars of water, placed positive or negative sayings on the jar, let them sit overnight and then freeze them so he could see what kind of crystals would form. What he found was astounding! The jar that had "Thank you" and "Love and Appreciation" had formed beautiful crystals, each different, yet each clearly beautiful. Then he placed "I hate you, I will kill you" on another jar and the crystals formed were deformed and ugly (note picture above). This experiment only confirms what I have already been feeling in my body, which too is sensitive to words.
You know the saying "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? Who on earth came up with this!! Perhaps its a kind of fairy tale that protects us from dealing with harsh emotions by shoving it down by saying "Its okay that that mean kid on the playground called me every mean name in the book. I will go about my life as if nothing happened and only when I'm an adult will these feelings of unworthiness come to surface and then I'll have gone through a divorce or two, hit the bottle or even drugs, passed these bad habits of denial on to my kids and in the end spent way too much on therapy... all because of what that kid said in the school yard." Words do hurt! But they also have the power to heal. We just need to learn to change the wording around a little bit... or a lot.
Here is another example of the power of words on our bodies. I work with a guy, who we often joke we are like brother and sister, having worked closely for over eight years and have gotten through a lot of hard shifts together. We are also very different, kind of the ying and yang. Me being exceedingly positive and he being, what I like to call him to his face, because he hates it... "Grumpy pants." So this one particular night, we had a very busy load with patients pulling us from all directions. We were barely keeping a float and all my friend wanted to do is to complain to me about staffing and how we shouldn't have to work in this environment. I chose the high road and ignored him and basically shut the emotional door on him, just so I could stay on task and not get dragged down by his negative speech.
Once things calmed down and we both agreed to disagree about the situation, I asked him to do an experiment with me, where he relayed what was making him angry at work, all the while feeling his physical sensations in his body while he said it. He agreed that his body felt tense, his breathing was labored and his chest was tight. I pointed out that not only did he feel this way, but I did too when he came at me with this stance. It was a very powerful lesson on how others negative speech can effect our physical well being. So, again, words do hurt. Now how do we turn them around?
Affirmations! You can write your own, which is a great way of turning any negative belief around, just by changing the wording around. Or you can get your hands on a plethora of good books out there on this subject. My favorite and one most people are familiar with is Louise Hay. She is the "Queen of affirmations" and has written several books, made affirmation cards and has youtube videos and even movies now. She is a great resource and I highly recommend her stuff.
Words are our greatest resource and are worst allies. We all have a choice on what we do with them. Nobody can force us to think something. We ourselves have power over that. So today and everyday, make an effort to speak only loving words and most importantly, say them to yourself. Once you do, your life will blossom to such great heights, you will truly feel like you are living in heaven on earth.