The words we use are very important! They hold our internal representations and can really influence our experiences, our emotions and our perceptions.
For instance, for some people, the word mountain is inspirational. It can symbolize accomplishment and success, reaching great heights, seeing the big picture. It can be expansive and empowering.
But for some, it means burden. You’ve heard people say they have a mountain of paperwork, a mountain of debt or some other overwhelming descriptive. That’s what mountain used to mean to me — a big obstacle that needed a lot of work to overcome!!
Same word — two different meanings.
How do you know what your internal representation is? It all depends on what’s going on in the inside. Those thoughts rolling around in your head will give you a clue. Every thought you think is like a conversation with yourself, and it’s all stored in the unconscious.
The good news is that thoughts can be changed!
And when they do, our perspective changes. We see shifts in emotions, beliefs, actions and reactions. Our health can improve, our relationships and our attitude towards life and ourselves. Just from a simple thought change!
Perhaps that is one of the reasons that my clients see change in many aspects of their lives, not just the issue they’re working on. After all, we are like a tapestry of interlaced connections all woven together in one masterpiece — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Change can’t happen on just one level. It affects the whole.