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, which shape reality and determine the trajectory of our thinking. Many religions use these same principles. Several practices revolve around the use of language. The esoteric philosophy of Hermetics also references the use of words of power.
Words Are Tools Of Creation
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 within 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. And this is why it is so important to be aware of your self-talk. Learn to direct your self-talk.
The Shaman teaches us that words are tools. They use words and mantras in songs and chants. Some terms and phrases were so powerful the Sages of many ancient traditions kept them secret. They did this to safeguard these phrases 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. What and how we think creates a chain reaction. Thinking is the projection of energy into the Universe. Speaking them increases the intensity. Negative self-talk is like asking the Universe for more of what you don’t want. It’s essential to learn how to monitor your self-talk. It’s not enough to recognize negative self-talk.
Words Shape Reality
You can change your self-talk from negative images into positive, affirming self-talk. The “best practice” for changing self-talk is, first, to write the 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 any negative phrases. Look for the connections between memories and emotions that drive your negative self-talk. Remember, words are tools that shape our emotional frame of mind.
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 these phrases affect your thinking and mood, and this will show you how you are reframing reality. As you notice patterns, the words, and phrases you are repeating, you decide what you want to change. If what you are saying to yourself is what you want more of, if not, alter your self-talk.
The Strategy for Changing 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 and help you remember the desired expression. Please put them in your car, on the refrigerator, everywhere. Set up an hourly reminder on your smartphone with these selected replacement phrases.
Positive words shape reality, which starts in the landscape of our minds. Using positive affirmations can also help change the course of your self-talk. But, you must remove all harmful thought scripts first.
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 (1) 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.
Find Like-Minded Partners
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.
Act within your sphere of influence to effect positive change. Learn what you can do to shape reality into a more just and verdant place for everyone and everything. Identify and remove any negative programming. In this way, you can mitigate future negative influences. You don’t want to re-install the negative self-talk. Words shape reality, whether we recognize it or not.
Remember, negative programming comes from several sources, which, unfortunately, might be family members or close friends. Recruit those that share your positive self-talk. Minimize your contact with those who do not support your goal of positive change. Eliminate your exposure to religious programming because it is the primary source of bias and prejudice.
One of the major things missing from modern education is how words are tools of the mind. Words shape reality and reframe our future. We learn about words and what they mean, but we don’t know about their full potential.
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(1) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia