Words and power

Written by Amie on August 5, 2009 – 1:17 am -

Caution: Random thoughts and pondering ahead!

So I am re-reading A New Earth again. It’s about the tenth time. Every time I read it I find new ideas to ponder. I was reading the section about how we give labels to ourselves, to objects, to things. This does come in handy for explaining ideas and objects and for communicating with each other. However, Tolle  also brings up the point that words really are just sounds. Okay, yeah, I got that. But then I really started thinking about that. Here we are describing everything about ourselves with words that we give so much power to. Words that are really just sounds strung together that have the power to make us feel bad about ourselves or about situations. Sure, there can also be memories that are bringing up these thoughts, but in the end, they really are stories made up from words. When we have feelings in our bodies or when emotions come up,  we attach words and stories to them, and then we fall hook, line, and sinker into the story. We believe these stories. I am saying this so that we feel bad about ourselves for falling into this pattern, I am just noticing what happens in myself.


I wonder what it was like before we were capable of attaching thought to the whole process of being human. I wonder what it would be like to really be able to be in the moment at all times like Tolle’s book The Power of Now describes. What would it be like to live strictly from feeling instead of thinking?  I have experienced what it is like to make decisions based on how I feel, but it is difficult to do that all of the time. I guess that’s why it is called a practice!  It just amazes me how our stories really can keep us stuck in negative vibrations. If we let the story in our heads be alive in the moment, we are sucked right into the story as if it is happening to us in this moment. There are days when I am constantly coming back to my breath. That is the only thing besides mediation that brings me back to the now. When I am in the “black hole” of a story, I have to come back to my breath with every breath I take!


My practice

So, back to the idea of words. I am making it my practice for the next few days to just look at things without giving them a name. I saw a “bird” today, and I was really able to see it in a different light. I was fascinated watching it. For explanation purposes I have to use a description here! I noticed the sharp beak, the stick legs, the wings, etc. It became so much more of a miracle to me than when I just glance at a bird and say, oh yeah, there is a bird. I think this satisfies the brain’s habit of needing to put a label on something, so we are used to just going on our way once we “know” something. Anyway, I guess where I am going with this whole pondering is that our minds are so powerful when we allow them to take over with play by play words and thoughts and beliefs. When I am able to stay in the moment, the stories get drown out. It really does feel freeing when my mind is clear.

Our brains are powerful

This probably sounds a bit incoherent, but that’s just where I am today. It fascinates me to realize how powerful our brains are, and how they have so much going on at once. So much of our lives seem like such an illusion. We are buying into these stories that we tell ourselves, therefore creating an illusion of what we “think” is going on. What does it take to step out of this illusion? I think that once we become aware of the fact that most of the thoughts in our heads are really just stories, we begin to step out of the illusion. I mean, think of how many times we make up a story about what we *think* is going on either with someone we are witnessing, or with ourselves. Someone says something to us or a situation happens, and we instantly put a story to it, and we believe it with 100% conviction!  For me, this gives me great hope that we are powerful enough to tell ourselves whatever stories we want to tell ourselves, and we can believe them too. If our minds are capable of believing negative stuff, why not positive?  Which leads me into the Law of Attraction, which I wholeheartedly believe in. A post for another day.  Happy Pondering and positive vibrations to you all!


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