Our thoughts and words are powerful tools for shaping reality. Shamanic tradition recognizes this powerful truth and uses it for the good of humanity. You can too.
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. This was out of fear people would misuse them.
This is one of the key elements of the Law of Attraction. If you can get your head around this idea, then you will see results.
Words shape reality, and you want to be sure you are creating something positive, healthy, and good for everyone and everything. Therefore, it is important to be cognizant 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 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 Your 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. This reinforces the words that shape reality.
- Use your spiritual journal to help you spot trends.
- Learn to spot the triggers that are prompting 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 that will give you the result you desire. Write the words or phrases you want to use on sticky notes where you can “see” and remember the new phrase. 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 attitude will negatively affect all of your positive words.
- 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 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. 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, then 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