words are tools that shape reality

Words are Tools which Shape Reality

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.  Find out how to better manage your words.

The oldest traditions of Shamanism recognize words as fundamental tools we use to shape our reality.  So, do many later religions. Many mystical practices revolve around the use of words.   The esoteric philosophy of Hermetics also references the use of words of power.

Words Are 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 directing the fabric of our spiritual and physical worlds.

Most of the Mantras and Sutras available today were once closely guarded secrets. Moreover, this is why it is so important to be cognizant of our self-talk.  Learn to direct your self-talk.  

The common teaching of Shaman is that words are 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 words of power to be misused.

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.

Change Self-Talk and Shape 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 down 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?

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.  As you become aware of 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.  Remember, your words shape reality.  

Redirecting the Trajectory of Your Life

First, write down the negative words and phrases you constantly recycle in your head.  Then, write down the language you WANT to use to replace it. Afterward, when you catch yourself involved in negative self-talk, stop yourself. Insert the NEW language into your self-talk. 

A good practice is to write down 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 employ.  While in the”shamanic dream state” you can visually and verbally replace the programming.  This process is probably the first spiritual technology ever developed.  It started the domain of spiritual exploration.

Find Like-Minded Partners

The culture is often also a source of negative self-talk.  It often creates unreasonable standards that cannot be attained.  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.

This state can also illuminate the “source” of any negative programming.  In this way, you can mitigate any future negative influences from re-installing the negative self-talk.  This negative programming can come from a variety of sources, which unfortunately may be family members or close friends.  These people can then be recruited to help re-direct your self-talk by changing their negative input.  If they can’t or won’t help you then you can at least recognize the source and employ your positive self-talk to prevent them from you by stopping their negative influences.

In Conclusion

One of the major things missing from formal modern education is how words are tools which shape 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

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