Words have power

Since researching and writing about the changing face of modern language yesterday, I have dug deeper  into words. What they are. How they impact on our feelings and behaviour.

In the words of the famous rapper Eminem, ‘My words are weapons (I use them to crush my opponents)…’

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Stanford University linguistic scholars have researched the role of  language – what is unique, what is universal, ways it changes over time, how it influences us sometimes unknowingly. The link will take you to many fascinating articles if you want to look further into their research.

“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls

Words can change the brain. Seriously.

This is a fascinating bit of research.  Flashing the word “NO” for less than one second showed up on a fMRI scanner with a sudden release of dozens of stress producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These powerful chemicals immediately interrupt the normal brain functioning, impairing logic, reason, language processing and communication.

Furthermore, what was discovered is that merely seeing a list of negative words for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse. In the long term, continued exposure  does even more damage, interfering with decision making centres in the frontal lobe.

the more you ruminate on them, the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions. You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction.”

The tonic for this neural bias is positive thoughts. A minimum of three for each expression of negativity.

“Positive words and thoughts propel the motivational centers of the brain into action and help us build resilience when we are faced with problems.”

The best communication happens when words are  paired with the eight key elements of communication –

1.  Gentle eye contact

2.  Kind facial expression

3.  Warm tone of voice

4.  Expressive hand and body gestures

5.  Relaxed disposition

6.  Slow speech rate

7.  Brevity

8.  The words themselves

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
― George Orwell, 1984

So from this we can safely deduce that words have power. Now that might seem a trite comment.  Of course they do. They are a double edged sword.  But let’s take this one step further. Quantum physics has demonstrated that physical matter does not exist. Everything is energy in different states of vibration. Some have gone so far as to  say that the universe is actually a holographic expression.

‘Nobel Prize winning physicist Werner Heisenberg once stated, “Atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities, rather than one of things or facts.” This energy vibrates at an infinite number of subtle frequencies that cause it to appear as all the different creations we see in our world. …

And so, it seems life is more of an energy flow than a collection of solid things. What that means for us is that if we stay conscious of the energy we contain, based on the emotions we feel, we can make deliberate choices that alter our frequency and create the realities we desire. If we’re feeling down about something, we can choose to reframe the situation and raise our own spirits. With a renewed perspective and a higher, more positive energetic vibration, we stand a much better chance of bringing good into our lives, rather than bitterly repeating old mistakes.’

Words are extremely powerful tools that we can use to uplift our personal energy and improve our lives, though we’re often not conscious of the words we speak, read, and expose ourselves to. Yes, even the words of others can easily affect our personal vibration. Spend a few minutes with a chronic complainer who uses all sorts of negative terms, and you’ll feel your personal energy bottom out. Words have great power, so choose them (and your friends) wisely!

We have seen the impact of words in the work of the Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto.  His book The Hidden Messages in Water, shows this graphically in the before and after photos of water crystals after they have been bombarded with negative and positive words.

But let’s take this a step further. Vibrations travel through water four times faster than through open air. Our bodies are 70% water. If we accept  the premise that words are comprised of vibrational energy, as demonstrated by Emoto’s experiments, then it is reasonable to assume that the vibration of words will quickly resonates within our cells.

Right there is  reason enough to choose our words wisely.

Researchers at the University of Callifornia, Los Angeles, discovered that –

“reflecting on personal values can keep neuroendocrine and psychological responses to stress at low levels.” This is truly amazing! By simply pondering and affirming your deepest personal value, you’ll improve the health of your brain. Related research shows that the repetition of positive affirmations can reduce your propensity to ruminate about failure and help you to be less reactive and defensive when someone confronts you with uncomfortable information.”

Raili Tanska

Choose the right words

 

 

 

 


10 thoughts on “Words have power

  1. Peace, love and happiness!!
    I think we can all see the impact of electing negative, divisive populist leaders! The USA, UK, Brazil and Australia are all suffering! The language they use effects everyone.

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