Updated: Nov 15
This weeks topics:
The Words We Use
by Jana Janak
Have you ever noticed there are words that you love to say? Conversely have you noticed words that you do not like saying? In the book Angel Words: Visual Evidence of How Words Can Be Angels in Your Life by Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue, they explain that each word we say has either a positive energy or a negative energy.
Their book shows how the words we speak have sound waves that are either full of energy or are tight and restricted. They experimented on several words and found that the words associated with positive thinking have the highest energy.
"Positive words like guardian angels, can help you soar into new horizons."
-Doreen and Grant Virtue
From Ernst Chladni's sand experiments to Masaru Emoto's work with water molecules it seems that words and their energy have a huge effect on you and your environment. It has been discovered that words alone are capable of activating our pain matrix or a sense of euphoria. Because of this, it is important that we stop feasting on the negative words and start focusing on more positive words. Phrases such as "I am in pain" can be shifted to a "My body is telling me something."
"I am" statements are creative statements. One of the names the great creator gave himself was "The Great I Am." When we use the phrase "I am" we are creating something, not only in our mind, but it manifests in reality too. In the book Positive Imaging by Norman Vincent Peale he teaches that our affirmations need to be filled with gratitude, as if our wishes and hopes have already come true.
I have heard about trying this and sometimes, to be quite honest, it feels like a lie. In the book Angel Words, Doreen talked about a story from her past in which she created an affirmations tape filled with her desires such as "I am a best selling author," "I am confident," "I have a healthy, physically fit body," "I have wonderful friends," and so forth. Although her words initially felt, as she said, "fictitious and false" she continued listening to them three times a day. And one day she said they sank in. It didn't take too much time after that, that her affirmations became reality. She has now become the author of several books, she became confident and spoke up for herself, and feels physically fit.
Reading her experience has inspired me to take the challenge of recording myself saying my affirmations and listening to them daily. I challenge you to take this week to write down positive affirmations and either read them daily to yourself or record them and listen to yourself saying them each day. If nothing else happens, I know that the positive words will help you create a headspace that is healthy and ready to conquer the stresses of the day. And, if they do sink in, what an amazing transformation that could happen the whole world over, one person at a time.
"Gratitude really works! Sure, it's easier to complain, but once you start saying you're grateful, good things follow."
-Doreen and Grant Virtue
Week Ten Action Items: Check Your Holiday Decorations and Candles
This week check out your Holiday decorations. Be sure they are in proper order. Replace as needed. After months of sitting in the hot attic things happen. Get a jump on your decorating by making sure all your lights and decorations are in proper order.
A tip for all my Hanukah celebrating readers, Do you have your candles? Don't get to your eighth night and not have enough. Get your candles stored away for your Menorah's now. Have a sense of ease even on the eighth night knowing that you are well prepared.
For you Kwanza celebrators make sure you have your candles for your Kinara. Your seven night celebration is in just as much threat of running out of candles. Preparation is key to decreased stress responses. Have your candles ready to last the entire celebration.
If you are Christmas goers and the idea of candle lighting sounds intriguing, here is a family tradition started by Tim Jr's cousin. We love to do this every Christmas Eve with our extended family. Maybe this will be the year that I have the candles as described in the directions.
Have you nailed down any new present ideas? Remember to go ahead and purchase, wrap, and label all the presents as you go.
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