Rudyard Kipling once said: “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Kipling seemed to innately understand what neuroscientists discovered nearly 150 years later: that our words generate powerful, unconscious emotions which affect our brain’s neurochemistry and our overall state of being.
The Power of Words
Neuroscientists estimate that the average person’s inner dialogue maxes out somewhere between 300 and 1000 words per minute. This endless stream of words and the power it generates stimulates specific emotions, which in turn download to our unconscious mind.
Our unconscious mind has the potential to process over 400 billion bits of information per second and to program our life for happiness or depression, success or failure, and ease or dis-ease. Words reflect, define, and re-define our ever-unfolding reality, and they do so from the perspective of both matter and energy.
In his groundbreaking book entitled The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundations of Life, author Dr. Robert O. Becker posits that simple words aren’t really very simple at all. He goes on to say that words are a form of stimuli that generate thought, and each thought produces an electromagnetic biofield. Every word has its own unique energy signature.
Words like “abandonment” have a very different energy signature than words like “love.” Each word, each phrase, and all extended dialogue are generators of specific, signature energy. The energy generated by words posses the power to create and the power to destroy at the subtlest level.
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Over the past decade, neuroscientists like Dr. Richard Davidson have mapped out the brain’s unconscious “word-activated” emotional pathways. This neural cartography reveals that when we speak negative words, our brain’s right prefrontal cortex becomes neurologically activated; when we speak positive words, our left prefrontal cortex becomes activated.
The researchers have further discovered that right prefrontal dominance generally results in anxiety and depression (dis-ease), where left prefrontal dominance typically manifests as happiness and confidence (ease). Thus, neuroscience has established that our inner dialogue generates correlative emotional patterns.
As Dr. Davidson puts it, “our words produce a matching chemistry.”
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How To Change Your Words To Change Your Life
For those of you with a tendency toward negative unconscious dialogue (dis-ease), I’ve got great news: