Have you tried everything in your attempts to change something in your life? Assistance may be lurking where you least expect it—in that dusty dictionary on your shelf!
How could that boring old book you haven’t looked at since you were in school be the key to creating what you’d like in your life?
Looking words up in the dictionary can be the key to more awareness that you’ve been asking for. Says Gary Douglas, best selling author and founder of Access Consciousness, “What you have available to you is the opportunity to have greater awareness. The only way you’re ever going to get greater awareness if you’re going to look up these words.”
“What you say is what you get,” says Douglas. If you’d really like what you’re asking for to show up, “you have to be clear about what you’re saying.”
Words seem to be suffering a bum rap in today’s world, as the level of education has declined so dramatically in the last few decades.
Dr. Dain Heer, Douglas’s business partner and frequent co-author, wonders why this is so. “What is it that makes correct use of words such an unsexy topic? If you take the subjects we deal with: sex is sexy, relationships are sexy, money is sexy…but who wants to look at words?
“Most people seem to have the point of view that words are so basic, they’re so not sexy. It seems to be one of the fundamentals that is inappropriately not paid attention to.”
Yet looking at what the words you’re speaking really mean could be the way out of the problems you have not yet been able to solve. In a recent seminar, Douglas observed that for everybody who was talking about a problem in their life and what they could not overcome, there was an energy in their sentences that indicated they lacked clarity in what they were asking for.
Overcoming this lack of clarity by using that dictionary to find out what the words you’re using really mean could be just the way out you’ve been looking for. “If you look it up and find what you’ve actually been saying that you didn’t know you’ve been saying, I can guarantee you that you will have more clarity and that problem will begin to disappear,” continues Douglas. Asking “Which word here do I not fully understand?” and using your dictionary to find out what it really means can help you unlock what has been keeping you trapped forever.
Using any dictionary is a great first step. But Douglas and Heer take it one step further, recommending that you locate a dictionary published prior to 1946 (for example, the online unabridged Webster dictionary). If you do not like on-line version, you may have to find yourself what Dain calls “a big old paper thing.” Dictionaries published prior to 1946 are readily available on-line, such as on EBay, for about $20.
The reason for the pre-1946 recommendation is an event called the Leipzig convention. At that time, a group of psychologists from many countries convened to control language so that Hitler-type brainwashing could not occur again—as well as making it possible to control the population if that was required. They changed the meanings of words in dictionaries from the true energetic and historical meaning of the word to colloquial meanings of the words that were less correct—but allowed for better control of the population and their ability to think for themselves.
One casualty of this process was the word “want.” Looking up “want” in a pre-1946 dictionary yields 27 meanings of the word, 26 of which mean “to lack.” Only one definition means “to desire.” Yet “to desire” is the current definition of the word listed in most common contemporary dictionaries, as well as what most people believe the word means. However, changing the written definition in the dictionary did nothing to change the energetic meaning of the word, which continues to be “to lack.”
The result of this confusion is that people say, for example, “I want more money,” thinking they are stating what they would like to have. Energetically, what they are saying is “I lack of more money.” Which do you think the universe responds to, the energetic centuries-old meaning of the word, or the doctored version?
The reason that the words you use are so critical, in Douglas’s words, is that
“In this world, if you ask, you will receive. You’ve got to have clarity about what you’re asking for, because if you don’t really know what you’re asking for—or if you’re using the wrong words–then you can’t receive what you would really like to have.”
Far from being trivial, Douglas continues, “This is one of the most important subjects you can put your time and attention on.”
If you’re still feeling that your dictionary, any dictionary, is the last place you’re interested in going to create more awareness for yourself, you may be suffering from points of view you acquired in school, where looking up words in the dictionary was administered as a punishment by authorities who had no interest in creating more possibilities for you—and who were probably unaware of the possibilities themselves.
Furthermore, being clear about what the words you’re using means is not an optional part of the crash course in consciousness you’ve been asking for. If you’re not doing it, “You are cutting off 90% of the possibilities of what could be created in your life by words you are not looking up. I know that doesn’t make sense to you, but that’s exactly what’s showing up,” says Douglas.
Would you be willing to consider that looking at what you’ve actually been saying and thinking really means could create more possibilities and joy in your life? Are you ready to dust off that old dictionary yet?
It could be the key to creating exactly what you would like in life.