Words of Power
Meditate with Your Words and Motivate Yourself
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Words can be powerful motivators. They can bless or curse, encourage or discourage, hearten or dishearten, embolden or frighten, exhilarate or dispirit, inspire or deprecate. Take a close look at your list of favorite words. Choose the most powerful personal words from your list and use them to help you or someone else succeed. These words of power can be used to protect you in difficult situations, support your confidence, increase your chances in competitions, and help you accomplish something. You can use them as words of inspiration and share them with others for mutual encouragement. These words are your magical words, the words of power! Remember them and you’ll always have the power of favorite words at your fingertips.
The power of words is a popular concept with thousands of books and papers written on this subject. Just google it!
M. Farouk Radwan, the author of many psychological works and a popular website called 2knowmyself.com, wrote a great series of articles devoted to the power of words. Here is an interesting question he raises and then answers:
Words charged with negative emotions can disturb the chemical processes of the brain for a few moments. Positive words have the opposite effect. But why do specific words inspire positivity for some, and not others?
Your mind doesn’t accept any external input unless it matches its own beliefs. Unless the words are perfectly aligned with the person’s beliefs the effect would be close to none. You can’t motivate anyone during difficult times unless you get to know more about what they believe in, what makes them feel better, and at minimum, what they are interested in.
This is why keeping a list of your favorite words and knowing favorite words of others is so important. When you use the right words, the words liked by the person in need of help, their effect will be that much stronger.
A word represents a whole experience. A good movie title usually triggers your memory for subject recall. The word “exam” or “math” can make school children upset, meanwhile the phrase “day off” inspires happiness. When you meet the words “bills” and “payment due,” you don’t feel so great. Most people hate the word “suspended.” The word “waiver,” alternatively, will get you in gleeful mood. The name of a certain person can bring up nice or not so nice memories.
Speaking of names, the names people choose for their children vary from simple to complex, and that decision determines (or at least influences) the outcome of those children’s lives. Psychologists Simon Laham and Peter Koval discovered that people prefer politicians with simpler names, and lawyers in American firms with fluent names rise up the legal hierarchy to partnership more quickly than their non-fluently named colleagues. The result persisted even when they focused on Anglo-American names, so it doesn’t simply boil down to xenophobic prejudice.
In 2006, two academic psychologists, Adam Alter and Daniel Oppenheimer, investigated the performance of hundreds of stocks immediately after they were listed on the financial markets between 1990 and 2004. They discovered that companies with simpler names that were easier to pronounce received a greater post-release bump than did companies with complex names.
Reality is coded by words. Words are capable of changing it—that’s a scientific fact. Russian scientists, headed by the creator of Linguistic Wave Genetics Dr. Gariaev, conducted extensive tests showing the influence of words on live DNA. One of their experiments is quite interesting.
In it, his team used a specialized tool designed to measure the effect words have on plant’s DNA. Initially, seeds of an Arabidopsis thaliana plant were told the words of curses. Afterward, radiation was measured. Post-curse and the seeds contained forty thousand R-units of radiation. From that high dose, the DNA chains of the seeds broke, the genes shredded and got mixed up. Most of the seeds died, and the ones that survived produced mutants.
It didn’t matter if the curses were whispered or shouted; the devastating effect was the same. It wasn’t the power of the sound but the actual meaning of the words that mattered. After the curses, the scientists tried the power of blessing, and the result was amazing. The seeds with broken, shredded, and mixed up DNA sprung up and started to develop normally after the words of blessing.
The genetic rules are universal for all that lives, from plants to humans. Imagine how much power words can have on your DNA!
We live among words. Words can be keyed up to a state of positive energy. They can become your allies and supporters. At all times, you stand in front of many choices, and it isn’t always easy to choose the right one. Picking the right words is choosing the right path: your destiny.
The words we use are substantial; they possess a vibrational substance and have an impact on us. It’s interesting that mathematical models of human speech and genetic code have equal geometry, which means our DNA is built by the principles of our speech or vice versa.
Pick any word from your favorite words list. Look at the word. Let the word resonate with your memory and imagination. Maybe you hear a song or remember a movie or book. Maybe you remember a person or an experience. Feel it with all five senses. How does it look? What do you hear? Can you touch it? How does it smell? What do you think that word would taste like if it had a taste? Would it be sweet and juicy or crunchy and salty? What is the hidden meaning of the word? How can you make it come alive? What is the history of that word? What wonderful secrets are behind that word?
This exercise will let you enter into the spirit of the word. You will have a whole new experience within that word and thus empower yourself with it.
How do amulets and talismans work?
They aren’t the same things, by the way: amulets protect, talismans give power. But the way they work is similar.
Our brain gets information on what the amulet or talisman can do for us and thus programs us to believe in those particular attributes. It is especially true and often happens when we are still children. Whenever something unusual happens, where we escape something bad or do something we usually couldn’t do, we might believe that it was caused by an amulet or a talisman and start to trust in its power even more. Thus, objective reality doesn’t exist for us anymore because our consciousness adapted to meet our own subjective reality. Therefore, we can do it intentionally and change our reality by ourselves.
For example, did you know that our eyes see all objects in 2D and our brain transforms them into 3D for us? If we could see in three dimensions then we could see the back sides of the objects as well. We only understand 3D because of different hints like shadows, sizes, colors, movements, and more, and our brain puts it all together for us. Now, how objective is reality and how much does the subjective vision make it real?
A certain parable explains this pretty well, where blind men were asked to touch and feel an elephant and, depending upon where they touch it, they believe the elephant to be a water spout (trunk), a fan (ear), a pillar (leg), and a throne (back.) They could not see the whole picture; they could not understand what an elephant was. As Rumi, the 13th Century Persian poet and teacher of Sufism, explains, “The sensual eye is just like the palm of the hand. The palm has not the means of covering the whole of the beast.” Rumi ends his statement with this: “If each had a candle and they went in together the differences would disappear.” In my opinion, words are those candles, and words help us combine our experiences and know our realities.
At the same time, most things are still different for all of us. There is a game of word-associations you can play with your friends to see proof of how diverse reality can be. Give them words and ask them to answer with one word associations. For example, the word Paris: some people would answer with “love,” some would say “France,” some would say “fashion,” some might even say “frogs,” and that’s what Paris is for them. It’s different. Each has their own vision; they’ve created that vision for themselves and they can change that, too. Those who think that French people eat frogs all day long can understand that it’s not really so. Likewise the Eiffel Tower is not seen from just any window in Paris, nor do all people talk about only love and women. France is as diverse as most other countries. But who sees the whole picture? Nobody does.
We don’t know the reality; we only can guess about it. We live in our own unique worlds. Our brains get information from the outside and filter it all out through three filters: neuro-physical, social, and personal. Some of the information gets rejected, some gets distorted, and some generalizes. In result, a small portion reaches our consciousness as it was received. Hence, there is a big difference between our understanding of the world and what it really is. Conversely, we are able to build a reality from our inner understanding of it, particularly when we all do it together.
Most of us think with words. If you want to be more powerful in your thinking and emotions, your every word should have a “colorful” and strong image and association. When your words are more powerful, you in turn become stronger, and your life gets to the next level.
Imagine a far, far future. The 144th world war has begun in the galaxy. Each human is a warrior and their only weapons are words. Depending on the meaning of those words, you can find a way to defeat enemies and get more people embracing your cause. Which words will you choose to be your weapons? Which words will be written on your banners? Which words will you choose to lead your all-out attacks? Which words will heal the wounds of your soldiers and close friends? Think about it and make a list of these words. Then think about each of your selected words and try to explain yourself why you have chosen them.
Congratulations! You’ve just made a list of your most powerful words.
Every human has these magic wands also known as “words.” We all use them. Some of us transfigure our lives and help others. Some of us create problems for ourselves and others. Who do you prefer to be and how do you want to use your magic wands? I am confident in your desire to use the words for good causes and reasons. Only your favorite words are capable of that.
Certain words have special meanings known only by you or your other half or best friend. Close childhood friends, brothers and sisters, married couples, families, colleagues, and other people often share secret words, which may serve as passwords in devotion ceremonies and during the entire time of those close and cherished relationships. These secret words can also help in tough situations to raise a red flag or, in the opposite, to appease panic.
Our brain likes to repeat things over and over again. It probably helps itself to remember things that way. You can notice this phenomenon when some song or melody is stuck in your head and you just can’t get rid of it. But this can be used in your favor. Let your mind repeat something useful instead, some useful words. You can repeat your favorite words or listen to them continuously. And some wise people are already doing it for hundreds or thousands of years. These repeated words, the words of power, are called mantras.
Mantras are popular among successful people in Oriental cultures, and they are becoming popular in the Western world as well. They have strong effects on your mind and emotions. Hinduism representatives believe that mantras can change the material world as well.
Favorite words can be used as your daily mantras as well. Repeat your favorite words, know what world is there for you behind each word, and in no time you will notice a positive difference in your life. You can meditate with your favorite words. Pick a word and devote your meditation to it. Then try another one. This works like magic.
Here is how it works: Once you think of something, it is very difficult to eradicate that idea from your mind. The late social psychologist Dan Wegner described this stubbornness of thought as the great irony of mental control: to ensure that you aren’t thinking about an unwanted idea, you have to continually turn your mind to that very idea.
Deepak Chopra, M.D, the author of more than 65 books including numerous New York Times bestsellers, says “The word mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. Silently repeating a mantra as you meditate is a powerful way to enter the silence of the mind. As you repeat the mantra, it creates a mental vibration that allows the mind to experience deeper levels of awareness.”
Many different mantras exist, but you can also create your own. Use your favorite words for that. Each word has a special meaning to you and you can use it as a mantra to achieve whatever you want by encoding it into this word. Love, harmony, success, home, freedom, victory, money, family, vacation—any of your words can become the words of power for you. Famous people use mantras often, and that’s one pillar behind their success.
You can simply repeat your selected favorite words in different intonations and think about them. Whatever comes to mind that is relevant to this word is great. Just avoid thoughts that aren’t related, or if you have them, move to thoughts and ideas more relevant again.
Repeat your mantras gently below your breath when you walk, when you are standing in line, when you wash your dishes, and you will generate a great energy, and the results will be beyond your expectations. You will experience what French call “la joie de vivre,” or the joy of living.
There is one obstacle here, though: not many people can keep their minds “clear,” having no thoughts at all or concentrating on only one thought. Try not to think about anything, even for one minute. It’s incredibly hard. But the key to understanding life is in this task, in clearing your mind.
To overcome this obstacle, you should try observing which thoughts interfere with this process. Look at yourself as if it’s not you. Imagine yourself being in the top-right (or top-left) corner of the room; if you are outside, just find a good place from which you can look at yourself. Now, right from there, look at the real you as if it’s someone else. Try to actually see and describe everything you observe. You can read that person’s mind; try to understand why certain thoughts appear in his or her head. Try to help this person get rid of those thoughts and remove each new thought when it appears over and over again until you see no thoughts at all. If you do it regularly, you’ll be able to better concentrate on things and, moreover, you’ll be able to start meditating.
This parable explains it very well:
A master once brought his student to a park near a mountain. In this park stood a complex labyrinth with long walls and no roof, thus letting in the sun to lighten it. The master showed his student the entrance and asked him to find the exit. It took the student all day and then all night to walk inside the labyrinth until he finally got tired and fell asleep.
Sometime later, the master woke him up.
“Follow me,” said the master. They got out from the labyrinth and immediately started going up to the mountain. Once they were at the peak, the master told his student to look below. The entire labyrinth could be seen from that point. Then they went down and the master once again asked his student to find the exit of the labyrinth. It only took a few minutes this time, and the student didn’t come to a single deadlock.
“The lesson you’ve learned today,” said the master to his student, “is one of the most important lessons for the art of life. The farther and higher the point from which you look at your life, at any situation, the more you can see and understand, thus the easier it would be for you to find a solution, an exit from the labyrinth.”
Dr Masaru Emoto ran a series of interesting experiments to prove that water has memory and can understand words. In these experiments, the chemical make-up of water changed based on what words were said to it.
After shouting at water and playing loud noise, the water formed inhomogeneous crystals. But when good words were said to the water, the crystals formed were highly clear with good structure. So what does this have to do with you? Well, your body is around 60% water.
Dr. Emoto conducted another experiment where he used three beakers of cooked rice. He said “thank you” to one, “you are an idiot” to the second, and completely ignored the third. After a month, the rice that was thanked began to ferment with a strong, pleasant aroma. The insulted rice turned black, while the ignored rice began to rot. Conclusion: good words inspire, bad words harm, and no words destroy.
Here is a great story to support the power of words:
Once upon a time, a group of frogs had a lot of fun by playing on a glade until two of them suddenly fell down a well. The well was so deep they couldn’t jump out from it, no matter how hard they tried. Other frogs gathered above the well and, seeing the sad situation, started suggesting the frogs just stop trying and deal with the fatal hour.
Instead of wasting energy, the two ill-fated frogs were recommended to bow to the inevitable and resign from their trials. The more the two frogs tried to get out from the well, the more other frogs shouted to them they shouldn’t. One of the frogs finally lost hope, and after using the last of his power, dropped dead to the bottom of the well. The other one kept trying despite endless harmful and unsupportive words from the top.
“You look pitiful!”
“Save your energy!”
“Give up already!”
“Accept your fate!”
Everyone shouted these things, but the frog jumped harder each time he heard something negative. And, all of a sudden, with a few final leaps, the frog flew above the well’s edge and landed on the grass. All other frogs calmed down right away, sitting in shock for a few seconds, but then jumped closer and started asking questions.
“How could you do this?”
“This is incredible! What’s your secret?”
“Why didn’t you stop trying when we all told you to stop?”
The frog looked at everyone with gratitude and answered:
“I have a partial hearing loss and all I could hear was how loudly you were supporting us, so the more you shouted the more power your encouragement gave me. I didn’t want you to stop believing in me and tried as hard as I could. I knew if you believed that it was possible, than I should do my best. I didn’t want to fail you. You all were so supportive. Thank you for helping me so much! I wouldn’t have made it without you!”
The words of others can discourage or encourage, even when you can’t quite understand them. Words are powerful even when they aren’t helping. So, don’t listen to pessimistic people, don’t fall into a trap of negative advices. Hope for the best and never stop trying.
An experiment was conducted to find out whether or not words have a psychological effect on people’s mood by bringing three groups and giving each of them a word puzzle to solve. The first group was given a puzzle that contained words like “anger” and “rude,” the second group was given a puzzle that had words like “calm” and “polite,” while the third group was given a puzzle that contained neutral words.
Right after solving the puzzle, they were all asked to leave to another room, and on their way they found someone who kept interrupting them and forcing them to wait for a long time. The first group responded more aggressively to the person who wasted their time. The second group was more polite to the person who wasted their time. The third group had a neutral response.
The experiment proved that words have an immediately following exposure. What would happen if you repeat the same words to yourself over and over?
The words you use every day have great impact on your mood and behavior. Repeating the same words over and over can indeed change people. The easiest way to understand this would be to just choose one or a few of your favorite words and use them as your daily mantra. Just try it. The great results will follow.
With favorite words, you can empower yourself and others. You can set them as secret words for your closest friends and loved ones. The power of words, especially favorite words, is boundless. Kind, powerful, and positive words, which favorite words are, can give power to anyone, make people confident, attract attention, and inspire.