Words Are Powerful and so are the thoughts that accompany them! Just the other day I was sitting in my office when YouTube announced that the President would be making a live statement of current news regarding the Corona Virus Outbreak. Of course I am going to tune in, as I want to stay apprised of all the changes. We now know that this is a daily changing and evolving situation. As I sat there waiting for the President to come onto the podium, I noticed that there was a lot of chatter going on in the Live Chat box beside the video. Let’s be honest, I was curious what people were saying and what they were feeling. It is my line of work to be curious and to see what is going on in people’s minds and where their thoughts are taking them.
I was SHOCKED and Horrified by the comments I was seeing. Yes, I will be very up front here, I almost never listen to the news and I rarely join group chats online or in Social Media Circles for this very reason. What I saw was not only disturbing but heartbreaking. So many people throwing out venomous hate filled words, not fully understanding that the power of their words could literally destroy another human being.. By the time I stopped reading the chat comments, I was in a world of hurt. I am not going to Lie, I was really upset.
Now as a Hypnotist and someone who tries very hard to see the brighter side of life and to believe in the good of people as a whole, I was questioning myself as to why I was so upset by all of this. Well, the first thing that comes to mind is simply that this is just not the way I care to think about things. My thought processes tend to be very positive and hopeful. Secondly, that people are being so hateful in a time of crisis. This is a time when we need to band together, not divide. Thirdly, that people are so very misinformed. Not only about the Virus, but about the politics and other pertinent info surrounding this world wide crisis. And Lastly, that it’s simply not fair! It’s not fair for people to be spewing out their garbage for all to see and to be impacted by. I know we all want a platform to share our feelings from, but look at it this way. If you would not say these things to a person’s face, then you should not be saying them online. Simple as that!
Whether or not you want to believe it, our thoughts and our words do matter. There have been many different studies on this, the most notable was Dr. Masaru’s, the Effect of Human Thoughts and Words on Water. This study was conducted back in 2012 and has been used in all sorts of lectures and speeches around the world. What we say and how we say it with our full intentions is a powerful way to affect another.
Coach and Podcaster Michael Hyatt said this “Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They often impact people for decades, providing either the courage to press on or one more reason to give up.” And Dr. Habib Sadeghi said this in his article on the power of words on Goop “Words have power. Their meaning crystallizes perceptions that shape our beliefs, drive our behavior, and ultimately, create our world. Their power arises from our emotional responses when we read, speak, or hear them. Just say the word “fire” while barbequing, or in the workplace, or in a crowded theater, and you’ll get three completely different but powerful emotional and energetic reactions.”
These are only 3 different resources I have pulled from, but if you research this topic yourself, you will begin to see and to understand that Thoughts and Words have power beyond ourselves.
Now for the Good Part! If you don’t want to end up feeling the way I felt the other day, then start by doing this. UNPLUG from social Media, or if you have to have Social Media, choose wisely who you want to follow. Pick people who are funny, see the bright side of things and often have a positive outlook on life. UNPLUG from TV, especially the News. At this point and time in history I believe that the truth you are supposedly getting from mainstream news, is just “Their Version” of the truth. Always do your own research and find out what makes sense to you. Fact check and be diligent. Not everything on the internet is Factual or Correct.
Remove yourself from any toxic thinking or behaving people in your life. Even if it is just for this time when you are feeling less in control. Although I would recommend doing this for good if you are able to do so. In times of crisis, we need people who can remain calm, who can be that voice of reason or just be of support to us no matter what our feelings. If you can be that voice of reason for someone else, PLEASE do. I urge you to step outside your comfort zone a little and reach out to people. Check in on them and make sure that those you love and care about are doing okay. Do they need emotional support? Do they need groceries or medicine that you could pick up for them. Be the Cheerleader if you are able to do so. People need to know that all is going to be okay. On your Social Media accounts be the one posting humorous content or sharing your good thoughts and vibes. The world does not need one more person being negative or falling apart. It needs strength, hope, prayers, meditation or any other positive thought process. Besides, keeping yourself busy with taking care of others, doesn’t leave you much time to worry about yourself.
We are all in this Together! Every person on this planet has been affected by this in one way or another. You are not alone, you are alive, if you are breathing you are going to be okay. Even though it may not feel like it in some moments, take the time to grasp the good things that are going on in your life right now. Even if it is something small. Like you have food on the table, a warm shower or a nice clean bed to sleep in. EVen that cup of coffee you make every morning is something to be thankful for. When we practice the power of gratitude or mindfulness then what we focus on shows up in our reality. The same is true of negativity. If that is all you focus on then that is all that you will see going on in your life.
So to Wrap It Up!
2) Leave Toxic Relationships behind for Now or Forever if you Can
3) Be the Cheerleader and Help Others if you are Able
4) Practice Daily Gratitude for a better more Hopeful Reality.
This too shall pass and when we get on the other side of this crisis we will be glad we responded in a way we can be proud of and that was helpful to humanity. Now be SAFE And STAY HEALTHY!