Sunday, December 14, 2008
As we all know, words have power. When combined with strong intent and emotion, words become a potent tool in the vibratory arsenal used to create realities. We are often admonished to choose our words wisely and yet, old cultural habits die hard. Even the most dynamic Now Age spiritual guides use words which, if carefully scrutinized, are counter productive to the intended message.
As we enter more deeply the paradigm of the Now Age, it seems appropriate to eliminate the outdated verbal baggage that no longer serves us. It is my intent to start a list of words which would be appropriate for elimination. Some of the words are obvious but others, because of their dual or ambiguous nature, still pervade the books, lectures and visual media of the proponents of spiritual evolution and mastery. I will offer the words and a brief rational as to why they need to enter the world of, “select all and delete.” While it may be difficult not to use certain words which are useful as object lessons, the less they are used, the less power they are given.
BELIEF or BELIEVE: To believe is to accept as true or real, to suppose, to have an opinion, to have faith. A belief is the mental acceptance in the truth or validity of something. To many, these words lack the solidity of truth. People understand that there are many beliefs and in doing so, understand that some are true and some are not. If I say that, “I believe that it will rain tomorrow” I do so with a degree of uncertainty. I am not positive it will rain, but I believe that it will. The connotations of “believe and belief” leave room for doubt. However, many put forth the notion that in order to consciously manifest a desire, you must “believe” that it has happened. The fact that the term “make believe” exists further clouds the mind as to the certainty of the word. To avoid doubt, it seems to me that the word KNOW should be used whenever possible. If you know something, there is no room for doubt.
FAITH: To have faith is to have a confident “belief” in the truth of something. Faith does not rest upon logical or material proof and it is often associated with the dogma of a particular religion. If you tell someone to have faith that their desires will manifest you are instilling a level uncertainty, blind acceptance and even religious connotation into your statement. Would it not make more sense to avoid this confusion and to once again use the word know in its place?
SHOULD: People are often told what they should and should not do. The term implies a duty or obligation. As a rule, this word is a turn off and tends to generate a less than desirable reaction. People do not like to be told what to do. Perhaps saying, “It may be appropriate or in your best interest” to do something would be a better choice of words.
GOOD, BAD EVIL: It would be appropriate to strike these words from all languages. How many have died because of these words? How many have suffered from depression or other manias by being called bad or evil? Yet, in almost all talks on the use of the Law of Attraction or other tools used to consciously manifest one’s reality these terms are liberally employed. We all know that what is “bad” today may be seen as something positive tomorrow. By using these words we perpetuate the whole “good versus evil” myth and do the world a disfavor. Even using words like “positive and negative” conjure up good vs. evil. They may be a step in the right direction but perhaps words like desirable and undesirable would be more effective and proper. While the manifest world is one of duality, it is not one of opposites but rather continuums.
There are many other words and phrases that we all know are inappropriate when putting forth spiritual principles. We often rail against words and phrases such as; can’t, lack, hate, need, want, it’s going around, there’s always something, death, disease, right, wrong, judgmental, and on and on. If we use these words in our writing, lectures, workshops, teleseminars and blogs, are we not giving them credence and power? By mentioning these words are we not attracting attention to them and continuing their vibratory place in the human psyche? We know that when you tell someone “not” to do something, their mind immediately focuses on what we are telling them not to do.
In an interview that I had with Dr. John Demartini he told me something that relates to this issue of semantics. Prior to conducting workshops in the Middle East, he spent a tremendous amount of time reading and studying the Qu’ran and leaning about local customs. He knew that if did not have a fundamental understanding of their values and word meanings, his mission would end in failure. I am sure that most inspirational speakers and spiritual leaders do the same any time they are doing work in foreign nations. I am not certain that an equal amount of attention is paid to such details when operating on familiar ground. When at home the tie often comes off and formality gives way to familiarity. Since words are thought, intention and emotion set to audible and/or visual vibration, would it not be appropriate to pay closer attention to the words we use to convey higher vibrations to our listeners, friends and loved ones?
Words become things. Words of judgment become the way we are judged. What you put out, it what is returned to you. As noted in JESUS TAUGHT IT, TOO: THE EARLY ROOTS OF THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, Jesus said, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man…” We are not just talking about semantics. Words are energy expressed and they can do much damage. Choose your words carefully. Whether it is about the current economic situation, politics, health, the environment or relationships, the way you express yourself has an impact not only you, but those who hear and then repeat those words. This is why The Secret warns against ‘wars on poverty or drugs” or protesting against, rather than for something. By carefully choosing the way you express yourself, you become a force for positive change.