Language and Health
Article published in Tone magazine June 2006
A few summers ago I was standing in my garden,
watering the grass and plants. All of a sudden, I saw a rainbow created
by the hose’s water jet. Thinking in metaphors, as I often do, I laughed
and exclaimed: “Look at that: I’m making my own rainbow!” Here’s to the
power I have!
What is “power” to you? Power is energy; it is
“ability”. The more power you have, the more you are able to do what you
want to do, achieve your goals, fulfill your dreams. I have power means
“I can”. Your third energy centre – chakra – known as the Solar Plexus,
is also called your “Power Chakra”. When open and balanced, this centre
allows you to naturally and easily regard yourself as creator of your
own reality, able and confident, responsible for your own choices, the
King of your Kingdom, or, as I joke in my Reiki classes, the Queen of
your Queendom. On the other hand, a closed or imbalanced Solar Plexus is
correlated to the victim consciousness. It’s Power-ful versus
How do you think, feel and act when you feel
powerful compared to when you feel powerless? To remind you: nothing is
carved in stone, and with practice, some balancing and guidance, you can
express that powerful self more often than before. Your inner states can
change one moment after another, depending on various factors, of which
many are within your choice.
Your language reflects your inner state; it is an
expression of how you experience yourself and your world. The words your
non-conscious mind hears from yourself or another are effective in
changing your inner states, bringing you to an either resourceful state
– where you can access your inner resources, such as wisdom and creative
problem-solving-, or to a less than resourceful state, where you don’t
see solutions or directions for your life. During the Reiki II class, my
students learn to use a pendulum and the Reiki symbols to test, open and
balance chakras. I often offer an alternative to the symbols, and ask
the tested student to think a powerless thought; for instance, something
that starts with “I can’t”. Immediately, the testing student’s pendulum
indicates “closed”, and to his or her amazement, the tested student
feels his / her stomach tighten. Then, the tested student is asked to
verbalize with emotion a powerful thought, such as “I am the creator of
my destiny!”. They can often feel the warmth and flow of chi in their
Solar Plexus, and the pendulum immediately indicates “open”.
In other words, any words your mind hears either
add to your power (chi / ki) or costs you power. During the Language for
Healing classes students learn to feel in their body the effects of
words; this helps them discern what to say and what to listen to. You
too can start paying attention to words. Start noticing the words you,
and other people, use and try to intuit whether these words are “power
talk” or “power-less talk”. One example is a person I know who often
uses the expression: “Well, what can you do?”.
How does this relate to your health? Well, the
power chakra rules your stomach and pancreas and some of the most common
biological manifestations of imbalances in the Solar Plexus are
gastritis, ulcer, blood sugar imbalance (diabetes) and metabolic
imbalance. Addictions and clinginess are also signs of feeling without
Following is a comparative table that will help
you identify experiences and language patterns associated with personal
|You feel that you are a victim of circumstances
||You feel that you create your reality. You call the
shots on what happens in your life:
|I can’t do it.
||I can do it.
|There’s nothing I can do because of these
||I wonder what I can do given these circumstances.
|This situation happened to me.
||I created / attracted a situation that I now intend
to change / heal.
|Your questions keep you paralyzed and stuck in a
|| Your questions propel you forward by stimulating
your mind’s problem-solving ability:
|Why is this happening to me? How come?
||How can I…? What is the optimal choice?
|You analyze the source of the problem (analysis
||You look for solutions, which moves you forward:
|This is how things are and it’s all because that
person / that past event.
||This is how things are; what is the optimal choice
for me now?
| You attribute your experiences to events, people
and situations outside of you:
||You take full responsibility for your own
|The news made me angry.
||I felt angry when I heard the news.
|He makes me cry.
||I cry when I hear him say that.
|You make choices based on what will please others:
||You make the choices that are right for you
regardless of other people’s expectations. It’s easy for you to
state a wish:
|Where do you want to dine tonight? I don’t know what
I want; we’ll do whatever you choose.
||I’d like to dine at the Green Door tonight; how
You take responsibility for what others do and
how others feel. Some call you a “control freak”. Your “help” or
advice is often uninvited.
|You allow others to take responsibility for their
own life experiences and choices, including mistakes. You only offer
help as your help is asked for.
|You “should” do this instead of that! I know what’s
good for you!
||I honor your choice even as I think that another
choice would be supportive of you.
| You give your advisors responsibility of your
choices (remember the saying “The Devil made me do it?”)
||Even when advised by others, you acknowledge that
the bottom line choice is yours.
|He made me do this. She got me to go there. I was
told to stay here.
||This is what I choose / decide.
| At times, you have difficulty seeing the choices:
||You always feel you have choice, even in difficult
|I have no choice!
|| I’ll choose this! That’s what I decide.
Regarding your health and healing: there are so
many entries of access to create change: biology level, emotions,
thoughts / mind, spiritual, environment, individual level, collective
level; the many levels of cosmic forces. In my work – as well as my own
development – I opt for the level of maximum leverage. In other words, I
choose the entry and level of thinking that allows my client / student
most power. An example: a woman had an unpleasant interaction with a
person, which caused her great upset. In our session, she told me: “This
is because Mercury is in retrograde”. With all my respect for astrology,
I saw how this view kept her stuck and hopeless. What can you do with
your communication when the planets are playing havoc with you? Nothing;
you’re hopeless! I suggested we look into the entry of her
psycho-emotional individual level of thinking, and with energy
psychology and guidance, my client cleared some emotions, and acquired
new strengths and skills.
In your life, there are many factors at play,
shaping your world and experiences. Using your power talk will ensure
that you maximize the potential of influence you have in your own
destiny. Maybe you can’t stop the rain from falling just yet, or you
can’t even stop getting wet; but you can certainly be “Singing in the
rain! Dancing in the rain!”
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