Words have always fascinated everyone. They can be charming, neutral, manipulative, or dozens of other ways - depending on who says them and how. From the first articulated word of the child to the elaborate speeches and election promises, from the declarations of love to the last word of the dying one - all have a certain impact, trigger a state, a reaction, a response - even one of absence.
In this article, I precisely detail this often forgotten or neglected power of words and how they impact our lives.
Disregarding the value of words
We use words to express ourselves, but we have lost in the daily rush the depth and value of our words and we do not realize their impact.
Nowadays, we often hear or read words thrown to easily: Social Media abounds with inappropriate comments, on the street, it is enough to get in crowded areas and hear in a few minutes insults or if you are in traffic and do not react in the first second you run into a new expression that is too picturesque for the Thesaurus.
The mysterious connection between words and our mental patterns
Viewed from a higher level, our thought patterns are expressed in the words we use; so conversely, even jokingly using slang expressions in our active vocabulary, the used language will structure our mental content in a certain way. And that's because words are not only sound but also vibration. But they will not only impact the mental content but the whole body, having an automatic long-term impact.
The influence of words on the whole being
Studies by Masaru Emoto prove that the utterance of words produces substantial changes in the molecular structure of the water crystals to which they were transmitted. The one who utters the words invariably transmits through them his vibrational energy or the emotions he feels. The experiment also worked when words written on the test containers filled with water were used. And if we consider that in adulthood, we actually have between 55 and 65% water in our structure, it is easy to deduce that these substantial changes occur in the water in our body too.
If we routinely utter slang expressions or repeatedly express distrust, fear, lack of self-worth, failure, or anxiety, they will structure us in a way that we may not like if we look at it from this point of view. We need to see the impact of words in a holistic way.
The importance of observing the used language
Observing one's own language leads to an awareness of certain thought patterns we have and of certain habits that do not always help us in our refinement. Maybe it's just an "aaaa" that you repeat or maybe it's words like "in fact", "so" or the multicolored appellation that have become so representative of slang in every language. The curses we have become accustomed to or the illiterate expressions taken from TV series, which amuse us so much that we take them up and repeat them, will undoubtedly impact us.
What words or phrases are we repeating in your discussions?
If we always use the word "I" most often talking about ourselves, this is showing something about us! Expressions such as "knock him down", "I’m losing my grip", "I’ll rip his head off", "I'm sick" - not when you actually feel sick, but just hear or see something you disapprove, all this and many, many more, express certain patterns, certain mental and reactionary habits that structure us - seemingly insignificant, but cumulative, at the level of the active vocabulary, this Impact can become enormous!
We often take over without wanting such language habits from our family, from the environment and we end up first mentally repeating the words and expressions heard and then, gradually, we use them ourselves ...
What is the value of the word in terms of continuous development?
Should words have no value, if we use illiterate or bad expressions even if we say that it is emptied of its original content, of its own meaning?! If we add to this the daily speed, the superficiality of our agenda, we come to consider certain devaluing words as caresses or some curses as interjections that we believe only emphasize our attention to the subject in question.
In our approach to self-knowledge in which introspection is one of the most important qualities, the capacity for awareness is always increased. You know yourself better and better when you become very aware of yourself, of actions, reactions, thoughts, causes but also of the spoken words.
Applying Socrates' test to the three, according to which to say only what is true, good, and useful, would be a difficult test, and there would often be silence in many discussions. As a result, I am not proposing it to you now.
Exercise to observe the used language
However, I invite you to an exercise of observing your language: observe for only three days what words and expressions you use. You can make a list of the repetitive ones.
If you can, go a little deeper, remembering that the words you consider meaningless also have an impact, and do this imagination exercise in how they structure you, even without knowing it.
The first step in self-knowledge is always the one related to self-observation. Start here or continue here if you have already taken the first steps!
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I wish you good luck and I'm looking forward to talking to you!