The Power of Language

Power of Langage

The ability to recognize patterns is one of our basic cognitive functions. This is what babies start off with. No preset beliefs, habits or language, but a basic ability to recognize patterns. It works as a step-by-step process of being in an environment, of having an experience, and bit-by-bit building upon what has been encountered. The same thing is at work when we’re learning new movements. We try something for let’s say 10-20 times and out of that experience we get a data pool of what worked, what didn’t, how it worked, etc. Out of that data pool, we can recognize some patterns, some of the data is “trash”, to be disregarded, some of it we will use to synthesize our next step – to either build on what worked or to devise another approach.

Language is all about patterns, I might even say it’s an elaborate system for pattern ordering. In human societies spoken language is also the main way of communication. So as one grows up in a human environment language becomes one of their main ways of describing themselves and their experience, that is making sense of things, that is modeling their real experience.

All conscious beliefs, habits, and identities get described in language. It’s a huge part of how we communicate ourselves to ourselves and to others. So let’s take a moment here to ask – do you think that the way you use language has any effect on your experience?

All the words we use (for the most part) we use to describe either a thing or an action. Each word has a quality (or qualities) of their own – that is their nature. The way in which we combine them and understand them, how we give meaning to what we create in turn specifies the qualities, effects of what we create. Let this sink in.

How you describe yourself and your experience – what words with what feelings you use in the act of describing – is a huge part of how you create your sense of self and your perceived reality experience.

How we use words and with what kind of intent when communicating is a big part of the effect we create. When in dialogue – and we’re always in dialogue with our own reality experience – it becomes a play of different qualities interacting with each other.

Communication, of course, is not limited to solely linguistic verbal and written language. As is our consciousness not restricted to what we know of it. For the sake of making progress, it is likely more graspable to work with what we know rather than hoping to realize ourselves fully by exploding out of the unconscious.

With this in mind, ask yourself:

  • Do you have any limiting beliefs? What are they? What is their effect on you?
  • In what ways do you empower yourself with your words?
  • Are you hurting others with your use of words? What about yourself?

by Jaan Kotli – Estonia