You already know that your thoughts have power. This is essentially the definition of magic, after all. But what is the power of words? Can your words significantly influence your or others reality?
The answer is yes, most definitely! And, unfortunately, it is something that all too many people ignore, to negative effect.
But the question is, how much of an effect can your words have, and how can you use the power of words to boost your ability to shape your reality?
How Magic Is Structured
Some people will say that words do not have power on their own. It is the thoughts that matter, and so it is the thoughts behind the words that have power, not the words themselves.
And there is a certain degree of truth to this. Words on their own are just empty syllables. They are sound waves hitting your eardrums.
But really, the same could be said of thoughts. Thoughts are just electrical impulses firing in your neurons. What do they have to do with anything?
This might get a bit technical, but it is necessary for a deeper understanding of how words can affect reality.
Magic, or law of attraction, is comprised basically of two components: Universal Energy, and your own energetic system. The way these two aspects interact determine the results you will get in life.
Universal Energy starts raw and unformed. By your focus, it is shaped to a particular purpose. This is magic in essence.
But once that energy is shaped, it interacts with your personal energy system.
Let me give an example to show you how this works in a more practical way:
Think for a moment about financial lack. If that doesn't trigger you much, then replace it with one of your greatest fears.
Notice the immediate response of your mind and body. You'll immediately have anxious thoughts, tense sensations in your body, and a negative emotion.
What happened here is simple: with your thoughts, you focused on lack. By your focus, you shaped Universal Energy to resonate with a vibration of lack. As that energy hit your energetic system, it caused you discomfort, which actually means you have some resonance with that potentiality. That is, you are at least partially a vibrational match to your fears, or else you wouldn't be afraid of them.
That's the power of your thoughts. If you kept focusing on lack, the effect would become larger. Your energetic system would become more and more resonant with the vibration of the Universal Energy you have shaped with your focus. Pretty soon it would manifest in your outer reality. But don't worry, only a few seconds of focus won't do anything.
But see, the only reason that happened is because you reacted to it emotionally. You allowed it to influence your energetic system.
If, instead, you simply allowed those sensations to travel through your system without emotional investment or reaction, it would have a negligible effect on you.
You have control over your own energetic system. This will become very important later on.
As your energetic system comes into resonance with some intention, it shapes the energy of the reality around you, and that is, in essence, the law of attraction at work. You become a larger and larger beacon for the vibration you have resonated at, and you attract larger and larger manifestations of that vibration.
So, Why Do Words Have Power?
Whew, that was deep, I know.
But what's this have to do with words?
Well, all that was just done with your thoughts. Indeed, your thoughts are quite powerful, but only if you allow them to influence your energetic system.
But, we are both spiritual and physical beings. Things done in the physical have more effect on us than things done in the spiritual, at least in the short term.
Let's continue the lack example from above. Just thinking about lack can really affect you for the worse. But, now imagine that you're talking to someone about lack—about how bad things are and how little money you have.
Doesn't this seem to have a much stronger emotional effect on you? And, more importantly, if you speak about your lack, don't you seem to believe it more than if you just think about it?
To continue it even more, let's imagine you start watching shows that really demonstrate poverty and lack. Watching and empathizing with it will strengthen that vibration even more, and make it easier to access that vibration yourself.
Or, if you know a lot of people who are struggling financially, or who are in a situation that matches where you don't want to be, it's easier for you to access that vibration, because you see it in your everyday life.
It's why many people recommend surrounding yourself with people who have already achieved your goal. Seeing it in real time, right there in front of you every day, makes it infinitely more real than just thinking about it.
The mind seems to believe more in words and actions than mere thoughts. Thoughts can definitely help, but the words and actions need to line up with those thoughts.
If you think about financial abundance, or about loving relationships, or fulfilling jobs, but then your words are all about the lack of those things, or you demonstrate their lack with your actions, your mind is going to be impressed more by the external words and actions than the internal thoughts.
It's the Energy Behind the Words
With that being said, it's true that the real power is in the energy behind those words. However, words and actions do a lot to root that energy in physical reality.
I'm not a proponent of “fake it until you make it”, or even “acting as if”, unless the vibration is really there.
For instance, if you go around talking about money and abundance, but secretly you feel anxious about it, the Universe will act on your actual energetic vibration, not on the empty words you are using.
Remember, magic and manifestation are all about energy. When we use tools such as words, actions, rituals, and so on, it is just to make it easier to manipulate that energy. But, the energy is where all the action is. You can't look at what you are doing or saying most of the time, and think that this defines your energy.
There are lots of people who seem happy on the outside, but in private are depressed or anxious. They put up a good front, but that only fools people, and generally people who can't read energy very well.
But the Universe reads their energy directly, and responds in kind.
However, if you were to get your thoughts, words, and actions all lined up, you would have immense power to create your own reality.
While all of the above is true, it is also true that words and actions can influence your energetic vibration.
Have you ever said of someone that they seem convinced of their own lie, because they've repeated it so much? That's the same sort of idea.
If done properly and in the right circumstances, words and actions can make up the difference to help align you with the desired vibration.
Where it doesn't work is if there's a huge gap. For instance, if you pretend to be a millionaire, and talk about being a millionaire, while really being nowhere close, the words can't make up that gap.
But if you aren't too far away from your goal, and it is inspiring, believable, and challenging to you, then pretending as though you have already reached it, either by journaling, role-playing, or similar methods, can really help.
In a course I took on the law of attraction last year, the teacher mentioned that he had a client who wanted to be a successful actor. So he told his client to journal every day, and write as though he had already achieved his goal.
The client later said that it took him about a month to really start believing it. At first, it just seemed ridiculous. But after a while, it started to seem more and more plausible to him. Not long thereafter, he had actually achieved his goal.
My guess is that actually writing these things down was much more effective than it might have been if he had simply visualized it. The visualization can definitely help, and might be preferred by some, but the journaling added an element of realism and believability to it.
Can Words Affect Others, Too?
Words have the power to both help as well as to hurt, and this is to both yourself as well as to others.
We all know this is true. I've heard from others who say that a parent, or a particular teacher, said something hurtful when they were a child, and it created a limiting belief that has stuck with them ever since that event. Obviously, words can hurt.
Words can also help. We remember the encouraging word that someone says to us in a time of need, and it gives us the motivation to continue.
Remember the two components of magic: Universal Energy, and how it interacts with your own energetic system.
Your word only has power if there is an emotional reaction to it. This is true whether it is directed at yourself or another.
And, there is only an emotional reaction if one's energetic system is at least somewhat resonant to the vibration of that word.
If you call someone stupid, and they are actually sensitive on that subject, it's going to affect them, because their energy has resonance with the idea of being stupid.
If they aren't a match at all to that idea, then it won't even touch them.
Similarly, if you try to help someone, it can only help them if they are at least partially in resonance with the help you are trying to give. If they are totally out of range, then your help simply can't reach them.
There is also a more magical element to this. Your words about another don't necessarily have to be said in their presence, for them to take effect. You can definitely influence another with your words in a magical context, without them ever being present at all.
If I talk badly about someone, it actually sends out a bit of negative energy to that person because of my focus. If their energy has resonance with the negative energy I sent, then they'll be negatively affected by it. Yes, this is a curse.
But, most people have such scattered focus that it never really reaches a noticeable level. However, advanced magic users, which includes people who are proficient with the law of attraction, need to be careful of their words, because they can easily lay a curse on someone else without even meaning to.
Now again, that person's energy needs to be in resonance with the curse that was sent. If they are in a high-vibrational state, then it's not going to affect them. Nothing can ever happen to you that you're not a match to.
Be Mindful of Your Words
So, for that reason, it's vital that you're mindful of how you speak, and even act, on a day-to-day basis.
I see every thought, word, and action as a magical working—or as a spell. If I think about abundance, I am working magic which will bring me abundance. If I think about lack, I am working magic that will bring me lack, or at least more lackful energy.
If I speak about how great my life is, I am literally shaping the energy of my reality with my words.
Again, all of this is only true if backed by emotion. Neutral words, empty of emotional investment, won't do anything. The stronger the emotion, the more powerful the magic.
When speaking to or about others, the same holds true. Everything you say to or about them will send out a bit of energy that has the potential to influence them according to your words.
Yes, even thinking about others will send out energy. This is why, quite often, a friend you've not heard from in a while will suddenly call you just after you've thought about them. Your thought served as sort of an energetic ping, which they unconsciously felt and responded to.
So, the better you get at manifesting, the more important it is that you watch where you place your focus. Through your persistent focus, you are shaping reality for both yourself and others.
On the positive side, you can begin to use your words to shape your reality for the better. How do you speak about your goal most of the time? Do you talk about it as though it is easy? Or, do you complain about how hard or even impossible it seems?
Stop underestimating the power of words, and you will soon find that you have much more conscious control over creating your own reality.
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How About You?
Now it's your turn. How have you been using the power of words in your own life? What have you been creating, and how might you change that? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.