Our thoughts and words are powerful tools for shaping reality. Shamanic tradition recognizes words as tools for shaping our world. You can learn to use them to shape your world.
Words Shape Reality
All words are formulas or spells of some degree. The words we speak and the words we 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.
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.
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 the words of 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.
Change Your Self-Talk
- 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 words 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 words and phrases are negative. What are the situations and emotions that cause negative self-talk?
- Change your self-talk from negative to positive, affirming self-talk. 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 words or 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.
- 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, change your self-talk.
- Use affirmations as a reminder and to change your attitude. You can think the right words, 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 that ARE being said inside your head, 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.
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.
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 re-direct 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 the words we think and say. Our words shape reality. Make sure the reality you are shaping is positive. 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