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How Can Language Cause Magical Changes?

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How Can Language Cause Magical Changes?

Post by martyb on Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:56 am

How Can Language Cause Magical Changes?
Language becomes something magical when it is used to inspire, facilitate, or redirect in ways that connect a person to more empowering options.

"Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying, 'Let's see how many words you know,' is different from saying, 'Let's see how many words you know already.' It is only one word, but the already suggests that any words the child knows are ahead of expectation and, most important, that there is nothing permanent about what is known and not known."
(2) Peter H. Johnston. Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives

Already Vast Resources, Time, & Money Have Been Invested. Why NOT Cash-In?

It has been well known and researched for generations the enormous power language has over not only our mental and emotional health but as well our physical well being. The evidence for this is all around us. Good advertising companies have learned the fine art of "enticement", drawing out the "crave", and pulling our "heart-strings". Just as eloquent word smithing authors, news reporters, and comedians can and DO paint word pictures, that literally transport us to other worlds.

"In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn't danced on TV." ~Erma Bombeck

Written by former Navy SEAL Stew Smith on the importance of learning & integrating mental discipline training known as "dissociation";
"The skill you must practice and learn how to do is to disassociate. Since I was introduced to this concept, I interviewed several SEALs, physiologists, and psychologists as well as thought about my own experiences. It was confirmed by all parties - Spec Ops students and scientists alike - the ability to disassociate is a highly useful skill that can be used in athletics, daily life, as well as SEAL training.

The ability to disassociate should not be confused with the disassociate disorder often caused by traumatic events, but rather realized as a method to endure long, painful, uncomfortable, and tiring events like Hell Week or cold water exposure." - Stew Smith, former Navy SEAL, fitness author certified (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Significantly large amounts of money, time, and resources have been invested into research aimed ultimately to train professional athletes to "think in a new way" for example. Why? Because as it turns out the power of the mind and how it is used specifically became more important to winning games than how big, strong, or physically powerful players are.

"Scientists at the University of Calgary studied how training elements of visual attention could improve free-throw performance on the basketball court, and researchers at the University of Central Oklahoma looked into visual training’s ability to improve volleyball performance. With athletes and coaches looking for every possible edge, it’s no surprise that there are dozens of studies devoted to cognitive training and sports performance that target everything from soccer and cricket to golf and tennis." Lumosity Blog, How Brain Training Can Improve Your Athletic Game

Military and private sector business personnel are being trained more differently than ever before in new ways such to capitalize on the power of thought.

Thought, Experience, Perceptions And Language

How did we get from talking about language to talking about thoughts?

Or from "thought to perceptions" or "words to experience"? How different are the actual experience of these words for most human beings?

How we "think about" things as in: the movies we construct as memories, the "vocal-track" that plays in the background of our memories, and the mannerisms & physiology that are specifically associated to each memory, "goes into" or "makes up" our direct experience of each memory and will absolutely direct the way in which we will relate to anything that reminds us of the memory itself.

"The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness." - C.G. Jung

Just in the same the way, how we order our thought can have quite significant impact in the way we remember something. For example "1st impressions can have lasting impact." Because first impressions are often sorted and filed as first. Is it any real wonder that our language, thoughts, and direct experiences are so inter-connected?

Changes In Language Lead To Shifts In Paradigms & Experience

When learning a new language for example, it is common for a student to continue to think in their "native tongue". At first students will "translate". For example a Spanish speaker learning English will translate what they have always known as a "cucharra", into the experience of a "spoon". But the experience of a "cucharra" is different than a "spoon", even though what one would get handed when asking for either, might look very much the same. But think of a few deeper implications this makes?

"More understand China, then more people will have interest in China and more people will come to China to visit us because I am a tourist ambassador." -Jackie Chan
Just in the same way, stop to ask; "How does the tone or even the descriptive words used to describe feelings underlying a particular experience actually change the way you relate to the feeling itself?

Back to the idea of when a person is learning a new language, the new language requires new ways of thinking. Reversing nouns & verbs, leaving out objects, and confusing tenses are typical and even expected as students learn to think in the new ways being asked of them.

As students more deeply integrate the material ultimately each will adopt certain things as "entirely new" and other certain things as "close neighbors" in idea. Some things and experiences will always be "in Spanish" and will NOT translate. Just as experiences inside their new English language will not so easily translate to Spanish in every single case. However a RICHER & DEEPER experience overall is gained with each new language they study.

“Meow” means “woof” in cat.” ― George Carlin

Language is magic because it shapes how we view our experience. Empowering language that connects in just the right places ... is magical indeed!

Is It Any REAL Secret, Thoughts Shape Experience?

"Lose your mind and come to your senses." - Frederick "Fritz" Perls, Founder Gestalt Therapy

Each individual thought has maximum potential to draw "like thoughts" to itself. There are no idle thoughts. Thoughts or memories supported by more added thoughts/perceptions, accumulate together over time and grow-up into beliefs. Each individual thought is like any vital seed. Certain readers may be feeling ready to see some certain beliefs that have "grown-up" transformed into something new entirely.

“Problems are not the problem: coping is the problem.”
― Virginia Satir" Widely regarded as "Mother Of Family Therapy"

One seed will grow not a very big crop ... at first, but give any seed just a little attention, water, and shine and just watch what happens.

"Like thoughts" attract to each other to form groups of thoughts (or thoughts that support each other) and go into and make up our beliefs.

"Language is one of the key components from which we build our mental models of the world, and can have a tremendous influence on how we perceive and respond to reality. Verbal language is a characteristic that is unique to the human race, an is considered to be one of the major factors that distinguishes humans from other creatures. The great psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, for example, believed that words were the basic instrument of human consciousness and, as such, had special powers." Robert B. Dilts, Sleight Of Mouth, The Magic Of Conversational Belief Change.

Beliefs become the corner stones of how we move through the world. The things we decide against and the things, events, or circumstances, we decide for. Many of a persons beliefs will require time and multiple experiences to develop, however very significant or emotionally charged situations can leave very lasting impressions. Beliefs that are formed from single highly impact-full events, help to illustrate the "potential potency" of any one idea or conclusion we come to about any individual experience.

"Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much their magical power. By words one of us can give another the greatest happiness or bring about utter despair; by words the teacher imparts his knowledge to the student; by words the orator sweeps his audience with him and determines its judgements and decisions. Words call forth emotions and are universally the means by which we influence our fellow-creatures." - Sigmund Freud


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