What Are Your Most Powerful Tools? Your Words.

If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path. from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I really don’t think I need to write about this. Its message is clear and very understandable. Words are one of the most powerful tools we posses in this society. In a time where information of all sorts is readily available, words become the gateway to all different things. We can read about what is happening on the other side of the globe. We can write about books that have not seen print in fifty years. We can discuss the thoughts and ideas of people who have been dead for centuries. Words are indeed a gateway beyond what you can experience with your own physical body. As with any tool, they can be used to support you or not support you.

I think we all realize the impact our words have on other people. I also think many of us are beginning to realize the impact our words have on ourselves. I remember the first time I actually started listening to the words I said to myself in my head. I realized that if a friend talked to me the way I talked to myself, the friendship would not continue. I was not a very good friend to myself. Those spoken in my head were not supporting me.

In her book, Every Word Has Power: Switch on Your Language and Turn on Your Life, Yvonne Oswald talks about how there is vibrational frequency to words. Some words have a low frequency and some words have a high frequency. She discusses how changing how you speak so that you relay the same information and yet are using only higher frequency words will transform your life. You are literally raising or lowering your body’s vibration with your words. These vibrations affect you and those around you. Changing the words you use to talk to others will transform your life. Use your words to support yourself and others.

My training as a coach and my time in the personal development seminars has made me much more aware of the words I use and how I use them. I still relapse. I’m eliminating words like need, try, must, should, and have to from my thought patterns. I still trip up, but they crop up less and less. To me, these words are low vibration and do not support me. They make me feel burdened and put upon. They weigh me down and make me feel heavy. Notice what you say and how you say it. Are you using your words like a knife, to cut into flesh and bone? Or are you using your words like a warm blanket, to cover and warm? Words have power. How are you using your power?

In Love and Light


What Are You Not Seeing?

“Because my eyes are not yet accustomed to the desert” the boy said. “I can see things that eyes habituated to the desert might not see.” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


In college, and later when I was working as a graphic designer, the hard and fast rule was “Never proof your own stuff.” That was the rule. It was something that people understood instinctively. Most people realized that any work that you created was nearly impossible to look at objectively. You were just too close to the piece. That’s why critics were done in art classes and you always had someone look over your work before submitting. When you look at something enough, you see what you think is there instead of what might really be there. Have you seen something that has been right in front of you for years and said “I never realized that was there”? That’s because you weren’t looking for it. I’m sure that happens to all of us at one point or another.

Many times it takes someone else to show us something new in our lives and maybe it’s something that’s been there all along. Many times when that happens we feel silly or stupid. Don’t feel that way. It is part of being human. Our brain filters information that it thinks is relevant and throws out the rest. If you don’t think it’s important, then it’s not and all information regarding it is disregarded. When I create a piece of art, I have an image in my head of what I think it should be and that factors into what I see. If you don’t have another person to look at it for you, the trick is to look at it in a mirror. The flaws you could not see before become very visible with this new perspective.

The key to seeing what is there and not what you think is there is getting a different view. It is about changing perspective. It’s about allowing the new information to come into your awareness. A great practice to support in this is trying different routes to the places you always go. Another way is to have conversation with new people and listen to their points of view without judging them. Spend the time listening instead of talking. Read books that are not your “type”, try some new food, or go to a movie you would not normally see. These are all great ways to begin a habit of allowing in new perspectives, new views, and new information.


In Love and Light


Are You Seeing the Omens and Signs Left By God?

If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path. from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Patience. How often have we been told that patience is a virtue? How often have you thought “But I want it NOW!!!!!!”? I know I have thought that a lot. I know when I start something new that I want it done, or learned, or mastered right away. I don’t want to wait patiently. I don’t want to practice for years. I don’t want to have to go through all the tedious reading and figuring out. I just want it done. Now, if you please. These are the times I forget that it’s about the journey and not about getting there. For the most part, when I begin something and I think of all those long hours that it will take to finish it I get blogged down by the time it will take. I never really consider that I might miss something if I rushed through it.

Our world is so fast paced now. Everyone wants everything done yesterday. At work our customer keep asking for faster turn around times and cheaper costs. Quicker, cheaper, and “good enough.” With all this running around and “getting things done” what signs have we missed? What omens are we neglecting? Well, turn on the news any day of the week and you can see some of thing signs we have ignored. I also know many of us are looking at these signs and omens and reading them appropriately. We are acting on them. We are hearing what the world has to say and making the choices that are supportive to the world, ourselves, and the future.

What about on a more personal level? What about in our own lives? I ask all the time for clarity. I want to know what to do, what choice to make, to get me the life I want. “Show me the way”, I ask (and beg sometimes). I believe the problem is that I want it “NOW” so I am looking for the wrong signs. I look for the one shot deal and fast turn around time. I expect the “get rich quick” plans. Maybe, instead, I should be saying “show me the next step” with a “now, if you please” attached. Maybe instead of looking for the “3 day turn around time,” I should be looking for the “IRA investment plan.” The universe has its own Divine Timing. When I attach my expected timing to it, I close off the flow and I miss the sign and omens through which The Soul of The World is speaking to me. Patience is a virtue. It is also a great way to actually hear what is being spoken to you and seeing what you are being shown.


In Love and Light


What Are You Fascinated By? What Are You Not Seeing?

Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World. from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

In this part of the book the alchemist is thinking about why it is that his teaching must be given to his students orally. He has always taught his students, master to apprentice, one on one. He does this so that there will be no chance of a misinterpretation or a shift in the teachings. Language is an amazing invention, and the written language allows tons of information to spread across the globe daily. We live in an age where information can be easily obtained and pretty much anyone can find just about anything on just about everything. All of the dissemination of information would not be possible without the written word. This gives humans a means of communication. The wriiten word is truly an amazingly powerful tool.

We use this tool so often and so effectively that we have forgotten that it is just a tool, and that it has its own issues. Words, although they have an agreed upon common meaning, are still open to interpretation by the person who reads them. Words are only a presentation of something. The word “tree”  in no way tells you about the specific tree that is growing in your front yard. You can go ahead and add more words to better describe the tree in the yard. This will help give someone a better mental picture of that tree. However, no matter how many words you add to the description, those words will never actually be that tree. They will never give another person the true experience of that tree. Words can describe the world but they will never be the world. People can become so fascinated and engulfed by the words and the pictures that give them information that is new to them that they forget that the words are not the experience. The words are not the truth of the thing. You can read everything there is about a beach, but until you walk on it, see it, feel it, and experience its many aspects you will never know the beach.

To understand the Language of the World you must experience the world and not become engulfed by the written description. Words will never be able to tell you how the wind feels on your face. Words can describe and words crafted together in amazing ways by amazing writters can cause you to almost feel like the wind blowing on your face. However, only you will know what the wind feels to like to you. Another person’s words will never be able to convey the truth of your experience. Words written on a page will always tell you what to think, present another person’s ideas, say how things look, and what to experience. Only you can decide for yourself the truth of those experiences when you experience the world. That is why some lessons cannot be read about. The words can distract you from your own interpretations and your own truth. Your experience is unique, and how the Language of the World speaks to you is unique. Getting caught up in the words, getting caught up in the information, can distract from how you speak to the Soul of the World.


In Love and Light


What Do You Appreciate in Your Life? Why?

Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees, he thought. from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Although I don’t subscribe to the belief that somethings were created so we could appreciate other things. I believe that all things are created because the Universe is endlessly creatively expressing itself in an infinite number of ways. Just as an artist may have some paintings they feel are sell-able and some are worthless, the Universe may have things perceived as “good” and “bad.” Yet all things are from the Universe and all are expression of that Self. I also believe that we human beings have an active place in the endless creation of the Universe. That we are not passive in response to the creativity around us. I believe we can influence what occurs and how something will flow.

I also realize that there are things that happen in our lives that we don’t like. We are hurt physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and we rail against God and the Universe thinking “WHY ME?”. We look around at our world and see “good” and “bad,” “right” and “wrong,” god and the devil. When we are caught in this viewpoint, it helps to step into gratitude and appreciation. The phrase “you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone” was created for a reason. We forget how lucky we are. We forget the beauty and wonder around us. We forget how amazing it is to have people smile and say hello to one another. We forget until it’s gone and then, once gone, we appreciate what we had. Appreciate what you have. Be in gratitude for the gifts and blessings around you. Don’t wait until you are in the desert before you appreciate the date trees.

In Love and Light


Are You a Camel or a Horse?

“Camels are traitorous: they walk thousands of paces and never seem to tire. Then suddenly, they kneel and die. But horse tire bit by bit. You always know how much you can ask of them, and when it is that they are about to die.” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Which are you and why?

I believe I am a camel. I just keep going and keep going until everything just sneaks up on me and I realized that I feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. So how do you cultivate horse tendencies? How does one learned to be aware of their limitations? How do you learn how much you can ask of yourself? Well, one way is to go until you collapse then the next time you’ll know. That was a very camel like thing to say. LOL!

I think that a balance of both is good. I believe that both traits have values. The key is to what you tend towards and how to shift into the other trait when appropriate. Sometimes there is a need to keep going and going until it’s all done. Most times however, it best to know exactly how much you can ask of yourself.

I think it’s probably easier for a horse to become a camel than a camel to become a horse. However being the camel that I am, I’m probably biased.

Allow Voice to the Whisperings of Your Heart

“When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the soul of the world.” by Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist

Isn’t it refreshing to know that the deepest desire and longing of your heart is the language that speaks to the Soul of the World? These are the wants and desires that your heart longs for. It is the whisperings in the middle of the night that say “Dance! Paint! Travel! Take a chance with your heart!” It is these wants and desires that propel you into your destiny. It is these wants and desires that are part of your soul’s paths. They are the reason you are here on this earth. It is the moments when you think: “I want to….” and a passion and longing to do this deed fills your heart and the souls of the world hear you and respond to that want. The language of the Soul of the World is one of love and passion, and when you speak in the same language you are united to it as one.

When you are closest to the Soul of the World, you are closest to your True Nature. That True Nature is the nature of Spirit and the nature of oneness with all things and beings. Passion and love bring you closer to that place of oneness. They bring you closer to that connection with all the world. When you are in this place, everything becomes crystal clear. The “hows” and “whys” that you may have struggled with before drop away and the universe rearranges itself to provide you with the way to have these loves and passion fulfilled. Do not be afraid of these whisperings of your heart. Embrace them and allow them freedom and voice. Allow them to guide you closer and closer to your True Nature. Allow them to guide you to the soul of the world. Allow these passions and loves, wants and desires, to guide you to that connection with the One that we are all a part of – the Soul of the World.

In love and light