We are shaping reality every day. However, most of the time we aren’t aware of it. The words we think and say are powerful spiritual tools.
Shamanism recognizes words as fundamental tools for shaping our future and reframing reality. Many religions use these same principles. Several practices revolve around the use of words. The esoteric philosophy of Hermetics also references the use of words of power.
Words Are Our Tools
Words have “power” that’s why they call it “spelling”. The fact is, all words are formulas or spells to a degree. The words we speak and the words we think are vehicles that create meaning in the mind. Words direct the fabric of our spiritual and physical worlds.
Most of the Mantras and Sutras available today were once closely guarded secrets. The ancient sages understood the power of words. This is why it is so important to be aware of your self-talk. Learn to direct your self-talk.
The common teaching of Shaman is that words are our tools. They use words in song and chants. They use words in Mantras. Some words were so powerful the Sages of many ancient traditions kept them secret. They did this to safeguard these phrases. This because they did not want people to misuse the words of power.
We have the power to bless or curse our path with the words we think and therefore project. Because what we think is talking with the Universe. Negative self-talk is like asking the Universe for more of what you don’t want. It’s important to learn how to monitor the words of your self-talk. It’s not enough to recognize the negative self-talk. You need to change it, to redirect the trajectory of your world.
Shaping Our Future and Reframing Reality
You can change your self-talk from negative images into positive, affirming self-talk. The “best practice” for being able to change self-talk is, first, to write the words and phrases you hear yourself repeating inside your head.
Use your spiritual journal to help you spot trends. Learn to spot the triggers prompting this self-talk, especially if these words and phrases are negative. What are the situations and emotions prompting your negative self-talk? Remember, words are our tools for shaping our future.
The more you become accustomed to this practice, the more you will be consciously aware of your self-talk. You’ll begin to understand how words are tools. This will show you how you are reframing reality. As you notice patterns, the words, and phrases you are repeating, now you decide what you want to change. If what you are saying to yourself is what you want more of, if not, change your self-talk.
The Strategy for Shaping Self-Talk
First, write the negative words and phrases you recycle in your head. Then, write the language you WANT to use to replace it. Afterward, when you catch yourself involved in negative self-talk, stop yourself. Insert the desired language into your self-talk.
An excellent practice is to write the positive words or phrases you want to use on sticky notes. Place them where you can see them. This will help you remember the desired phrase. Put them in your car, on the refrigerator, everywhere. Set up an hourly reminder on your smartphone with these desired replacement phrases.
The Shamanic Journey
Another time-tested method for addressing self-talk is the Shamanic Journey. The Shamanic Journey has undergone a rebranding effort to make it more palatable in Western culture. It’s also known as “Creative Visualization” or “Guided Meditation” to make it more palatable to the Western mind. Using the proper drum beat or sing-bowl you can reach what Michael Harner termed the “Shamanic State of Consciousness.”
We teach this process as part of the blended learning strategy we use. While in the shamanic dream state, you can replace faulty programming. This process is probably the first spiritual technology ever developed. It started the domain of spiritual exploration.
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Culture is often also a source of negative self-talk. It often creates unreasonable standards that we cannot attain. Cultural influences are more difficult but not impossible to overcome. Everything on which you place your attention shapes reality. Do what you can to stay positive. On the other hand, don’t ignore destructive things. Do what you can in your sphere of influence to effect positive change. Learn to shape reality into a more just and verdant place for everyone and everything.
One of the major things missing from formal modern education is how words are our tools for shaping our future and reframing reality. We learn about words and what the mean, but we don’t learn about their full potential.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Michael Harner, Wikipedia