“We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through us a creative something… call it what you will.”
“I could go for such conceptions as Creative Intelligence, Universal Mind or Spirit of Nature, but I resisted the thought of a Czar of the Heavens.
~Bill Wilson, Bill’s Story
Word to the Wise
I love words. But words, once uttered, will often diminish the meaning of certain things – those indescribable, intangible things. Things I experience in my mind differently than you do. Similar to why movies (in my opinion) always fall short of books – the characters inevitably look different on the screen in the theater than on the screen of my mind.
Since catching wind of this, I am much more selective with my words, spoken and unspoken. In the past, words tumbled mindlessly around in my head stirring up emotions, frequently negative, that could spontaneously combust into a tirade or a tantrum, or simmer as internal gloom, doom, and fear.
I simply wasn’t paying attention. Unbeknownst to me that this was happening, let alone that I had the power to do anything differently, it hadn’t occurred to me yet that many of my reactions or emotions about myself and the world at large were programmed into my subconscious as false beliefs. This was through no fault of my own––or anyone else’s really––that’s how the mind works.
One of the first New Thought centers I visited years ago offered me something to grab on to instantly. The gist was if I don’t like the word God or Jesus or church or prayer or blessing or anything at all, then substitute a different word. Don’t miss the experience or the potential for life changing growth and development because a word conjures up a certain memory, emotion, or energy.
Words are symbols comprised of a bunch of letters or sounds, but it’s the feelings they trigger based on the meanings I give them that hold all the power. If I’m tuned in to that, I can simply substitute a different phase that won’t cause a subconscious knee jerk reaction. In flows the good.
Bill Wilson, the founder and daddy of AA, did this. Skeptical of and resistant to religious verbiage, his life changed when he learned to construct and verbalize his own image of what his Higher Power is. His very own Spiritual Experience.
Words like alcoholism and addiction once held hidden currents for me, and still do fpr some in our culture. I prefer recovery and obsessive pattern. Even a run-of-the-mill word like “family” can evoke an array of emotions in people, from warm and loving to painful and heartbreakingly tragic––and everything in between.
Whether pondering the day-to-day blasé events, or the bigger-picture miracles, when I stay mindful of my words, I can manipulate myself right into a different experience. Once I recognize in the present moment an outdated, no-longer-useful reaction embedded in my subconscious, I can consciously override it and input new, improved, favorable stuff. Systematically and mindfully.
With this awareness, I actively reprogram all the time, choosing words and thoughts to empower myself; stretching, and re-configuring how I approach life.
Do you catch yourself retracting / recoiling from certain words?
Are you aware that certain words hold you hostage?
Have you had success substituting more “friendly” words for treacherous ones?
In gratitude, harmony, and support,