Our thoughts and words are powerful tools for shaping reality. Shamanic tradition recognizes words as tools for shaping our world. If words can change the world, why isn’t the world a just and equal place for everyone and everything?
A Hex or Charm — A Curious Paradox
All words are spells or formulas to some degree. They create thoughts and pictures within the mind. What we speak and think are vehicles directing the fabric of our spiritual and physical worlds.
The Sages of ancient traditions hid words and phrases of power. They feared people would misuse them. So, they kept the most powerful words and phrases secret. They understood that words can change the world. The mantras and sutras of India were not public knowledge in the West until the 1950s. However, their correct usage is still up for debate. The Siddhis of Patanjali is an excellent example of this.
“Paradox is the sharpest scalpel in the satchel of science. Nothing concentrates the mind as effectively, regardless of whether it pits two competing theories against each other, or theory against observation or a compelling mathematical deduction against ordinary common sense.” ― Hans Christian von Baeyer
The power of words underlies the Law of Attraction. If you can get your head around this idea, you will understand the power of your thoughts.
“The law of attraction is always working whether you believe it or understand it or not.” ― Bob Proctor
Words shape reality, and you want to be sure you are creating something positive, healthy, and good for everyone and everything. Therefore, it is essential to be mindful of our self-talk. We have the power to bless or curse our path with the words we project.
Negative self-talk is just like asking the Universe for more of what you don’t want. It’s essential to learn how to monitor your self-talk. But, it’s not enough to recognize the negative self-talk. You’ll need to learn how to change it to redirect the trajectory of your world.
The hex or charm curious paradox presents an ethical dilemma. If all words have power, what are the repercussions to the person who thinks or speaks them? If I speak positive words, will they come back to me in the form of good karma? If that is true, then when I say negative comments, they will come back to me somehow. If all words can change the world, should I be silent?
Words Are Spells – Words Shape Reality
“Who does not understand should either learn or be silent.” ― John Dee, The Hieroglyphic Monad
Well, that is one great strategy to keep from saying the wrong thing. If all theologians took this rule to heart, there wouldn’t be another sermon.
John Dee (1527 – 1609) was an advisor to Queen Elizabeth as a mathematician and astronomer with an avid interest in the occult. He is known to have spent considerable effort investigating divination and Hermetic philosophy.
Mr. Dee lived when science was emerging and disconnecting from the mysticism of magic and the occult. He was a math genius, and in his twenties, lectured algebra at the University of Paris. He was asked to train those involved in voyages of discovery worldwide because of his interest in finding the Northwest Passage.
While involved in the above scientific research, he also investigated magic and Hermetics. He took part in the circuit of people conducting seances to contact angels and famous people of the past. He was trying to find the universal language before the pre-apocalyptic unity of humankind at the Tower of Bable. He is said to consider his interests in science and the occult facets of the same quest.” A search for a transcendent understanding of the divine forms which underlie the visible world.” Mr. Dee was a curious paradox.
Sadly, he didn’t spend his time in archeology. He could have helped in the attempts to decipher some of the languages being uncovered in Egypt, Iraq, and Iran.
Your Words Can Change the World
The best way to change the world is to change your words. You change your words by changing your self-talk. Try saying that fast.
- The “best practice” for changing self-talk is, first, to write the words and phrases you hear yourself repeating inside your head. It reinforces the ideas that shape reality.
- Use your spiritual journal to help you spot trends.
- Learn to spot the triggers that prompt this self-talk, especially if these terms and phrases are negative. What are the situations and emotions that cause negative self-talk? Sometimes these triggers won’t be immediately evident. They appear as a curious paradox, like loving and hating the same thing.
- Change your self-talk from negative to positive, using positive affirmations. For instance, use a repeating positive mantra, like “my words are shaping my reality, and I am creating _____________.” Insert and language into your self-talk to give you the result you desire. Write the phrases you want to use on sticky notes to “see” and remember the new expression. Please put them in your car, on the refrigerator door, everywhere. Set up an hourly reminder on your smartphone with these desired replacement phrases.
“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily” ― Tia Walker
- The more you become accustomed to this practice, the more you will be consciously aware of your self-talk. As you become aware of patterns, the words, and the phrases you are repeating. Then 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.
- Use affirmations as a reminder and to change your attitude. You can think the right things, but your attitude is the fuel. A negative mindset will negatively affect all of your positive comments.
- After you’ve written the words and phrases you find in your self-talk, then write the language you WANT to change. When you catch yourself involved in negative self-talk, stop yourself.
The above best practices will help you change your self-talk. It will help you reinforce positive thinking.
Another time-tested method for addressing self-talk is the Shamanic Journey. Shamanic tradition recognizes that words shape reality. We also know the Shamanic Journey as “Creative Visualization” or “Guided Meditation.” This modern rebranding makes it more palatable and marketable.
Many shamanic traditions teach that all words are tools; words are spells. So we need to think and use them wisely. They understand that words can change the world.
Using the proper drum beat or singing bowl, you can reach what Michael Harner (1) termed the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SCC). While in SCC, you can visually and verbally replace the programming. SCC can also illuminate the “source” of any negative programming. In this way, you can mitigate future negative influences by re-installing the negative self-talk.
“Shamanism, on the other hand, is this worldwide, since Paleolithic-times, tradition which says that you must make your own experience the centerpiece of any model of the world that you build. ― Terence McKenna
This negative programming can come from various sources, which, unfortunately, maybe family members or close friends. The people you are around the most can help by changing their negative input. That is if you can recruit them to help redirect your self-talk. If they can’t or won’t help you, then you can at least recognize the source. If this latter is the case, you must try other tactics to minimize their influence.
Culture is often also a source of negative self-talk. It often creates unreasonable standards that are impossible to attain. Cultural influences are more difficult but not impossible to overcome.
Above all, we are people who create reality out of our thoughts. We must learn to be mindful of what we think and say. Our words shape reality. Make sure the reality you are shaping is positive. Learn to change your self-talk to match the life you want to create. After all, everyone is living in the same place.
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(1) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia