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Empowering Language


Language is about more than communicating facts and figures.


We manifest our lives through our thoughts, words and actions. Language is, therefore a powerful tool in that we can use it in creating the lives we desire.


So what is 'empowering language' and how do we use it to consciously manifest?


Gaining Awareness


As is true in most areas of self-transformation, before we look at the tools themselves, a first step in transforming your use of language into a tool for empowerment is gaining awareness of how it feels to be conscious of your language.


The next time you are having a conversation with someone, notice the signals your body and mind make in reaction to the language you use and that used by the person or people you are speaking with, both during and after the conversation.  


For example, I know if I am speaking to someone and they say something that feels less than supportive, I often feel a twinge in my solar plexus.  (This relates to the energy of the third chakra which is where we hold our personal power.)  


Another example may be looking at how you feel after talking with someone.  Do you feel drained?  Confused?  Excited?  Invigorated?


Look both at your reactions and what occurred that triggered them.  Then you can begin to understand how empowering language can feel for you.  


Knowing yourself better you can make the choices of how to use empowering language tools.  While there are universal guidelines, specific words often have unique meanings for individuals on a mind/body/soul level.


Three Components of Empowering Language


Here are a three main areas to look at when discussing empowering language.


>   First, we look at specific words that are disempowering and learn to shift into using more empowering words in their place.  For example, if you consistently use the word maybe, try moving it to a word that is more empowering for you.  Note that we are all unique, a word that is empowering for me may not be for you, see how you personally experience the word and find what works for you.


>   Second, we look at the intentions within our communications and determine if they are coming from a place of empowerment.  If they are not, we learn to shift them.  For example, if someone asks you to get together and you don't want to, instead of saying sure and then cancelling, you may find a kinder and more authentic way to approach the topic.


>  and Third, we learn the relationship between empowerment and silence and learn to temper our speech in order to regain our power.  For example, so often we believe we HAVE to say something, when silence can be the most empowering choice.


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