How do words impact our lives?

When we write for the world to see, we’re usually pretty careful, even guarded, about what we say. We want to put our best face forward, right? When we talk to family, friends, and colleagues, our words carry weight and power. They can be casual, funny, professional, serious, depressing, silly, and sometimes they can hurt those listening. When we talk to ourselves, though, that inner mind chatter that’s constantly on the go, all bets are off. What comes up, comes out. Puke city.

From the Bible to new thought to law of attraction to science, it’s clear that our words — whether spoken inwardly or outwardly — play a key role in the cause and effect of our lives.

How can we become more conscious of what we say?

Beloved teacher and author Dr. Wayne Dyer inspired millions for decades through his words and books. In recent years, he taught us about the importance of carefully choosing any words following I AM. These two words, which we regularly use to define ourselves, are “holy expressions for…the highest aspect of [our]self.”

How often have we used these words to beat ourselves up for not being some form of good enough? I am not smart enough. I am poor. I am worthless. How much more powerful is it to instead consciously change to words that acknowledge the loving wholeness inside us? I am brilliant. I am rich beyond measure. I am worthy and happy.

They’re not just fluffy positive affirmations. When we declare who and what we are, the loving infinite intelligence inside us is made manifest. Science continues to prove this. We can so easily affirm good things for others. We can see their perfect health, their great job, their big love.

Why is it so hard to see the good in and for ourselves?

In spiritual teacher and author Dr. Roger Teel’s beautiful book, This Life is Joy, he talks about how everything is “twice created.” First in thought, then in form. And that, no matter how long certain negative thoughts have plagued our minds, they can always be undone and replaced with their positive counterpart. The key is consistent willingness.

Long held negative thoughts can eventually be overcome, even if subconscious, with regular prayer (if you believe in that) or meditation (if you believe in that), but the key ingredient is the repeated, absolute, unwavering belief that the good you’re seeking will indeed manifest.

This process eventually brings us to a state of persistent positive feelings. Like an alchemical reaction, this is when the ‘magic’ happens. But this magic is now better understood with the advancement of quantum theory.

“The cells in your body react to everything that your mind says.” ~Bruce Lipton, biologist

Can we finally believe our words have power, now that science says it’s true?

Quantum physics — with its descriptions of fields, particles, waves and the effect of human consciousness on the form of all matter — shows us just how powerful our thoughts are with increasing frequency.

Even mainstream media is picking up on the undeniable fact that there is ‘something’ to the influence of the mind on our outer world. Neuroscience, meditation, and mindfulness are featured prominently everywhere, from the cover of TIME to the hallowed halls of Harvard.

Biologist Bruce Lipton, a lifelong self-professed atheist, eventually came to believe in the existence of a God as he witnessed the holy interaction of cells. Truly, the bridge between science and spirit continues to narrow.

If words influence water, how do they affect us?

Today, no discussion on the impact of our words is complete without considering the pioneering work of Japanese researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto, who gained worldwide acclaim by showing how water is affected by our individual and collective consciousness.

Inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of snowflakes, Dr. Emoto spent years studying the effects of intention, prayer, and music on water. Time and again, his studies proved that both positive and negative thoughts, words, and intentions had corresponding effects on the delicate crystalline structures.

When prayers and thoughts of love, kindness, or gratitude were focused on water, beautiful crystalline structures were formed. The same thing occurred while playing classical music. To the contrary, playing heavy metal music resulted in fragmented and malformed crystals. Likewise, writing words like, “Fool, “I hate you,” or even “Adolph Hitler” on water containers caused the crystal structures to literally look sick, dirty, and misshapen.

According to Emoto, words carry the ability to either create or destroy. His message is simple, yet far reaching: “The vibration of good words has a positive effect on our world, whereas the vibration from negative words has the power to destroy.”

Others have continued to prove Emoto’s theories through experiments with other mediums such as rice, apples, and even yogurt.

How can the power of words change your life?

Dr. Susan Smalley, professor emeritus at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, gives an eloquent description of the power behind words. “A word is like a living organism, capable of growing, changing, spreading, and influencing the world in many ways, directly and indirectly through others.”

So stop puke city from controlling you. Take back your life by catching those negative self-talk thoughts in mid-air, turn them around, and change them to what you DO want to see in your life. Rinse, and repeat until it happens.

How have words made a difference for you?