“Instead of the John, I call my bathroom the Jim – that way it sounds better when I say I go to the Jim every morning.”
~spotted on Facebook – author unknown
“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
What’s in a Word?
If a picture is worth 1000 words, then a word is worth 1000 pictures.
Since waking up to this, I’m more selective with my words, whether uttered or just in thought. In the past, words tumbled mindlessly around in my head stirring up emotions, frequently negative, that would spontaneously combust into a tirade or a tantrum, or simmer as internal gloom, fear, or resentment. And I thought it was real.
I simply wasn’t paying attention. Clueless that this was happening, let alone that I had the power to do anything differently, I didn’t yet know that many of my reactions or emotions were default beliefs, often false, that had taken root in my subconscious. 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 a powerful key. The gist was if I don’t like a word such as religion, or church, or God, or Jesus, or whatever, then substitute a different word that doesn’t sting. Don’t miss the experience or the potential for growth just because a word inadvertently triggered a negative reaction from my past. Even a run-of-the-mill word like “family” can evoke negative emotions. Families can be warm and loving, or painful and heartbreakingly tragic – or anything in between. So vast and vague are their concepts that we are making up the definition anyway.
Words are merely squiggles on a page, a bunch of letters or sounds, but whether they are empowering or disempowering comes from the meanings I give them. Substituting a different phase that won’t cause a subconscious knee jerk reaction lets the good flow in.
Even Bill Wilson did this. Skeptical and resistant to religious verbiage, his life changed when he learned to imagine and verbalize his unique image of his Higher Power. Like Bill himself, I have the power to manipulate myself right into a different experience.
More good news is that icky old stuff embedded into my subconscious doesn’t have to be analyzed or scrubbed away. Instead, by repeatedly inputting new favorable language, serenity continues to expand one day at a time.
Example: I think “sobriety” or “recovery” instead of “alcoholism” to make me happier and stronger. Because what’s in a word? Whatever we choose.
Do you catch yourself retracting / recoiling from certain words?
Are you aware that certain words derail you?
Have you had success substituting more “friendly” words for treacherous ones?
In gratitude, harmony and support,