The Power Of Language

Credit: Lauren Peng

An entrepreneur wrote about the importance of protecting your intellectual property rights when selling digital products, in an online forum. Have clear terms and conditions; make your digital products non-refundable, as plagiarism is common was the advice.

I replied, thanking the author, sharing my [old] story of commissioning an online system, using my knowledge and experience acquired coordinating educational support; spotting a gap in the market.

I went into business with the developer, only for him to plagiarise my entire system and sell it to a company who invested £250,000 in the first phase of development. Ouch!

Knowing that it wasn’t my true purpose in life made it easier, but also, I understood it was related to an old pattern of being too trusting of people.

Another member commented that she, too, had been ripped off. Her ex-boyfriend had received funding for her idea, to the tune of £80,000 and then excluded her.

“I was powerless,” she typed.

I’d noted her use of language in other comments, about moving fast and being slow (given that our mind and body are connected & casually wondered if she’d been racing around, then feeling lethargic). But when I saw the word ‘powerless’ I offered some advice, if she wanted to take it, that is.

I replied ‘with compassion’, that I would suggest or invite her to “reframe ‘powerless’, because powerlessness and helplessness expresses itself in the thyroid.”

I then made reference to it being ‘crappy’ what her ex had done, closing with a platitudinal remark along the lines of Alexander Graham Bell’s quote, ’When one door closes another one opens.’

“Bloody hell,” her reply read, “I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism this year! ??????” It’s messed my whole year up!”

I then explained how I’d unintentionally hit upon her health condition and how she could support her body in its attempt to self-heal.

I practice META-Health, a scientific framework that enables us to understand the cause of disease (or dis-ease). Working with brain layers and analysing symptoms at organ tissue level, we can understand what thoughts and emotions are creating changes in our biology.

  • Show me a symptom and I’ll tell you the type of belief or emotion that’s underlying it.
  • Tell me a situation — e.g. a neighbourly dispute and I’ll suggest the likely places the body will express that conflict physically (although, it depends on how we, as individuals, perceive our environment) i.e. the gallbladder or the pancreas are just 2 possible places that ‘territorial anger’ can express itself.

So, when I hear people’s beliefs in their language, describing how they felt or feel about a situation, I remind them of the power of our words & thoughts.

That we can consciously choose empowering lexicon.

After they’ve uttered, “I can’t stomach that…” — that may be how they feel about a situation, but that inability to emotionally digest what has happened in their lives tells their stomach that something is difficult to digest. The body, being helpful, produces more acid to help you digest it. Meanwhile, you curse your body as you reach for the antacids.

Being mindful of what we think, how we choose to feel and the language we use to express it, can leave us feeling ‘powerless’, creating stress in our bodies, or empowered, taking greater responsibility for our health and wellbeing.

It’s our call.

I’d like to thank the individual who gave her permission to share this discussion.

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