Language in the Healing Process


ugh, another “spiritual person” using “annoying words” like empower and genuine and intention to talk about health and healing. Why can’t they just speak normally!???

I’ll tell you why….

I am very well aware that my language is beginning to change. I am using words like healing and health and process and opening up and allowing in, forgiving, choosing and honoring.

More about these words:

These words and this vocabulary would have made me flinch only 6 months ago. While I am a therapist and I practice yoga and meditation, I still was not willing to use these words. I felt it was fake and inconsequential and it drove me up the wall that people spoke differently when they began a new practice. It seemed forced and conforming and not genuine. Maybe it was for some, I don’t know.

With me for example, I felt like people were trying to prove how spiritual they were and I wanted to stick my finger down my throat. It drove me crazy, really.


But like so many other things, last week it hit me. This language that I was so pushing back on and rejecting is the language that is beginning to free me. I am still a bit self-conscious about it around some people, because I know it makes them feel uncomfortable and well, it makes them resist it, like I always did. Buts it’s a process and I choose to slowly surround myself by people who can accept my newfound knowledge that my words are my intentions and my intentions are what will help to heal me. Also, I didn’t look up in a book which words to use, they just start coming out of me, flowing out of me naturally, and I am very proud of them (and me!)

One of my new favorite quotes is, “what you think you’re gonna get, you’re gonna get.” OK, so thats not quite words, but all thought is the base of the words you use, so it is related.

I did a bit of research and below is some information I got about the power of words:

“Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.”
The Mayo Clinic (you know.. the Mayo Clinic.. leading clinic for dealing with cancer and heart disease and everything else?!?! Even they say it!) – they are giving examples of how to change your self-talk on their website. Amazing!

“It is worthwhile to connect the dots between how you think and talk and what is unfolding in your life. By listening to (their) phrases, words and sentence structures, I am able to observe how they orchestrate the play they call their life.” Grainne Freya Hammond

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

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” 
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“There exists, for everyone, a sentence – a series of words – that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words, that could heal you. If you’re lucky you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first.” 
― Philip K. Dick, VALIS

“Words have incredible power in our lives. For one, they provide us with a vehicle for expressing and sharing our experiences with others. Most of us don’t realize, however, that the words you habitually choose also affect what you experience. Transformational Vocabulary is about how you can take control of your habitual vocabulary to change the quality of your life. Simply by changing your habitual vocabulary—the words you consistently use to describe the emotions of your life—you can instantly change how you think, feel and how you live” This is the essence of Transformational Vocabulary: the words that we attach to our experience become our experience, regardless of whether it’s objectively accurate or not.

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