Words Are Powered By Intentions
Words can be very powerful as your words are powered by your intentions. They can be used to stir a nation to freedom and also used to hold people prisoner. Parents have used words to build confidence or destroy self esteem. The power of words works in both directions.
Do you remember being at school where, no matter how hard you tried, those words of another really hurt? Whether it was a so called friend that spoke behind your back or you were openly ridiculed, we have all been in situations where others have used words to demean and belittle.
But I also remember having a Principal at school who believed in me. And that carried me through the down times because those words had created some belief in myself.
What Makes Words Powerful?
So what makes words so powerful? Words themselves are powerless. It is the listener that makes them powerful. The meaning and emotion the listener attaches to the words.
Determined by your background and resulting self-love, who you have become is the filter for all that you hear. So there can be laughter around you and you will participate or there is laughter around you and you can feel lonely and ostracized. Each person determines how they hear and interpret those words. And if you haven’t been taught a strategy on how to process these words, it can be unrealistic to expect someone to interpret words in a way that supports them.
It isn’t your fault how someone sees you or reacts to what you say, but each and every person has intentions. You may or may not be aware of what your intentions are. However, during the day they will become evident by how others are responding to you, whether they are family, friends or schoolmates.
Developing New Patterns
For the past week, each morning, I have set my intentions to ‘speak only words that uplift and that anything I say will not diminish another’. That’s important to me at the moment and I know that 21 days creates a pattern.
In this way, I can confidently approach the world without having to be aware of what I say, as my intentions will guide my speech. And people respond to my intentions, not my words. I can be confident that the words I speak will be clothed in friendly dress when I have these intentions.
There is a saying that those who talk to you about someone, will always talk about you to someone else. Think about this for a moment. What it is eluding to is that if you are participating in the spread of gossip, you will always become the subject of gossip too. That almost always plays out to be true.
Compassion is a Worthy Pursuit
While it isn’t your place to try and please people, as that is up to them, it also isn’t your place to demean or belittle another. You never know what is going on in their lives. In his book Og Mandino, the most widely read inspirational author in the world, was at a low point in his life and walked past a weapons shop where he wanted to buy a gun and bullets for $25.
In his pocket he only had $20 and since it was bitterly cold, he went to the library to warm up for free. He came across the self-help section and began reading W. Clement Stone. The words of Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude, inspired him immediately and he changed his life from that day.
Gerald Jampolsky, author of Teach only Love and many other loving works was a psychiatrist who became very depressed. He was given a copy of A Course In Miracles manuscript to read over by a friend (under the guise that it needed checking) and the words changed his life. He is now 93, active on Facebook and still an inspiration to millions.
You never know where people are in their lives and even though it isn’t your responsibility to find out, it is a part of our inner compassion to nest our words in a way that are encouraging to any that are listening.
Your Words also Make a Difference to You
It isn’t only the words you speak to another that are influential but the words you speak to yourself, whether out loud or in your own head. Your self-talk is the instrumental key to creating your reality, so if the words you speak to yourself aren’t loving, encouraging and uplifting, then your reality will follow a path you probably won’t be happy with.
When we say you create your own reality, and you do, you create this by your vibration and your vibration is determined by your dominant mood. And guess how your mood comes about? From your observations of the world around you, from the words you use in your mind to interpret what you are seeing, hearing and feeling. It’s a natural thing to do.
The only power you have in creating your reality is by becoming conscious of the words inside your own head as you think them. Do they make you smile or make you frown? What are you feeling? When you can answer these questions at any moment in time then you can change your reality by changing the words you use and the mood or emotions that you experience.
If you Don’t Feel it, you Can’t Give it
Unless you feel loving, you can’t speak words that are loving, if you don’t feel joyful you can’t speak words that are joyous, when you don’t feel encouraged, you can’t speak words of encouragement. That’s where your intentions come in. When you set your intentions to feel great and raise your vibration, then you only speak words of encouragement, words that are uplifting. To both yourself and others.
My kids soon recognized the benefit of setting their intentions when they were going to school. Each morning I would remind them to set their intentions just to have a great day, no matter what. When they did this, then their day would unfold beautifully and they would bounce through the door in the afternoon. But when they didn’t have a good day, I would ask them if they had set their intentions that morning. Inevitably they would say no. This wasn’t just a school project, it was a life skill.
I encouraged them to be vigilant about setting their intentions when they learned to drive as well. In this way they didn’t have to know what was going to happen, they could just align themselves with the best of life. When they set their intentions as soon as they stepped into the car they could feel safe and I could rest assured.
Everyone Deserves Your Respect, Even You
So a part of the bigger picture of compassion is that you respect others, no matter who they are or what they believe. Their way of life is not contagious and you aren’t agreeing with anybody, but it is important that you respect their choices. Not the commanded respect as taught to a child for an adult, but the respect that admires another for their life choices, no matter what they may be. It is much more important that an adult respects a child than the opposite, as we teach only be example.
Ultimately, no matter who you are, you always have a choice with your intentions and your words. To be a lifeline and someone’s inspiration or to be the ‘straw that breaks the camels back’ and reap the consequences.
Each year in the US around ¹45,000 people lose hope and take their own lives. Sometimes they leave on their own and other times taking many people with them. 25 times that number also attempt suicide.
So if you can inspire hope with your words, directed by your intentions, then you can truly change people’s lives.
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¹Suicides in the United States 2020. For reference click here.
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Who am I?
I’m Gayle Maree, creator of 6 Dimensions of Healing, author, mother, Past Life Therapist and Spiritual Counselor for over 23 years.
Someone once told me (a well-respected mentor) that people need “experts” to live a life they value… and I didn’t believe them.
I thought everybody could do it on their own because I did. I figured out what didn’t work in my life and then I changed it. Actually, I changed me. And it was a LOT of work!
Not because I was trying to impress those that told me I had a ‘bad attitude’ or I had something to prove to people who thought I was lousy at pretty well everything, but because there were aspects of me that even I didn’t like. I wanted improvements in me and my life.
Change Versus Comfort
It was obvious to me that if I didn’t make changes I could expect more of the same in my life as before. The same things that didn’t work, the same relationships that my parents had.
I wanted more. Mostly, I wanted my kids to be proud of me. Damn it, I wanted to be proud of myself.
So, I set about what would be a continuous, amazing journey.
I’ve been with my Spiritual Soulmate over 30 years now and we still work on the relationship, we work on improving us, because we know that whatever we want, to get it we need to be different to how we were.
And I listen so much more now because I value the wisdom of my non-physical guides who have been with me for as long as I can remember.
Now it’s your turn
This is the same path I used to make the changes that led to a valued and prosperous life. So much more than I ever imagined.
The path is laid out in our book 6 Dimensions of Healing