I’m grateful for word triggers. On Day #266 (click on number to read post), I went deep into the healing potential from emotional triggers. I mentioned a recent experience of going on a very quick healing journey from a word trigger. I’m still in the state of AWE from that experience. It was probably my fastest healing experience I’ve had so far. That is why I’m feeling a calling to go deeper into the journey of healing through triggers with you here. The next couple days will be full of helpful tools I’m using to free myself from those places that still hold attachments to the energy of fear, lack, and separation. Today, is all about the power I give to words.
Let me repeat, I’m talking about the power I give to words. The words themselves hold no energy. I put the energy into any word I hear, think, and speak. I do cover some of this in the book I’ve already written. The information is down below if you feel called to read it.
My stories around words can align me with the energy of love, abundance, and peace or fear, lack, and separation. Now, I can spot them pretty quick. If I have a negative, defensive, or aggressive reactions because of words, guaranteed I have a story around them. If you look around anywhere on social media, you will see people reacting to trigger words. A trigger word can be something like my latest—coping. If you look up the definition, you would think that this would be a word I would love. It’s right up my ally with everything that I do, but because I had a story of someone using the word in a way that I would end up hurt, scared, and on constant egg shells, I couldn’t see the beauty of the word until now. I’ve written about other words on the blog throughout the years. I’m so grateful when these words come up for me because they offer me a direct pathway to healing. Some take longer than others, but with a lot of practice, I’m seeing the healing move so much faster.
I once hated so many words, now I know that if I put the energy of hate into anything, I’m aligning with the energy of fear, lack, and separation. The beauty of understanding the power people put into words, I’ve learned not to take it personally when someone verbally attacks me over words. I know that is their stuff. This doesn’t mean I won’t take a person’s feelings under consideration, sometimes I’m naive or ignorant to how a word affects a person or group of people. I never want my words to hurt people, so even if I didn’t intend it that way, I will do my best to do better next time.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”Maya Angelou
I’ve given myself so much power back by taking responsibility for the stories I CHOOSE to put around words. I don’t HAVE to let any word have a negative effect on my energy if I choose a story that doesn’t give the word any power to hurt me. Just because I know the power of doing this for myself doesn’t mean I won’t honor someone’s feelings they are having about a word. I know how painful it can be, and I don’t wish that pain on anyone. The feelings are real, they are based on perceptions of thought, but that doesn’t mean they are any less valid. The more I understand about emotional triggers of any kind, the more compassionate I am towards others. That is a gift in itself.
Today, I commit to go within when I feel an emotional reaction to a word. I like seeing if words still hold a negative charge in me because it means I have the opportunity to heal and grow. It’s not always the obvious words either. Some people can feel triggered by words like amazing, awesome, God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, okay, babe, baby, sweetie, etc. Then there are sayings like, “You complete me.” That was one that really hit me the wrong way after I read a few books on codependency. I remember looking for romantic cards and getting so mad. It’s not the saying, it’s my perspective after coming out of an toxic relationship. Romance was used as a manipulation tool, I had some very strong feelings about it as I came out of it. The more I healed, the less reaction I had. Now, I can respond to the saying without aligning with the energy of fear, lack, and separation.
Here’s what I will be doing today to help me see what words I’m having a reaction to and if that reaction is aligned with love, abundance, and peace or fear, lack, and separation. If you are going to do this with me, write your answers down because in tomorrow’s exercise I will help you tap into your physical signals with the information that comes up today.
- Write down any word that people say that I have a physical or emotional reaction to
- Write down any feelings associated with the words
- Write down any stories come up that are tied to that emotional/physical reactions
- Ask myself: Is the story I’m telling myself about this word helping me to align with the energy of love, abundance, and peace?
- Look up each word in the dictionary.
- Ask myself: Is there a story that would keep me aligned with the energy of love, abundance, and peace?
- If I need help, I will pray for wisdom and guidance through this process.
The reminder I go back to time and time again is my I am responsible and accountable statements that I talked about in yesterday’s post. Getting caught up in my story aligned with fear, lack, and separation never serves my highest good. The more I become responsible and accountable, the more I love my life. I’m so completely grateful for this journey with words.
With Love, Abundance, and Peace,
©Rachael Wolff 2021
Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World—Click the book cover to start reading or listening today!