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Change Our Words Change The World

Updated: Jul 9

Sande Hart

Acknowledging the inevitability of AI, I am admittedly freaked out about it's power,. And we know that from such power can come destruction. In the book The Alphabet vs. The Goddess, Leonard Shlain opens Chapter One, page one with, "Of all the sacred cows allowed to roam unimpeded in our culture, few are as revered as literacy." He adds, that despite it's virtues over the millennia since the written word, few have stopped to consider its costs, siting Greek Playwright Sophocles (496 BCE) who warned, "Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse."


Of the many signs of an evolutionary renaissance is the shift in language. More precisely, the words we use to express ourselves. The simultaneousness of a world in crisis and the rise in consciousness are two more big red glaring signs. Within that rise of consciousness we are discovering that we have more choice in how we view and co-create the world we experience. Indeed, we have choice, and this is our moment. (Inspired by Our Moment of Choice)


The moment I recognized my moments of choice, I started questioning my assumptions about everything, including the words I was saying internally and externally. I discovered I was not representing my authentic voice and there was little dimension in what I was conveying, although in my head and heart, I was a thinking/feeling something completely more alive and rich. I realized our current language is simply leaving us flat and I think it's time to change if we are serious about co-creating a sustainable world that works for everyone.


As an example, and as I stated in The Liminal Odyssey, it was the first Conversations with God book by Neale Donald Walsch, where he demonstrated the simple power re-spelling words such as wonder-full and grate-full was so much more meaning-full and power-full. Doesn't that change the dynamic and better express what we want to say? Those little shifts can be seismic to our lives. I know it has been for mine.


Our modern day language is packed with so many such opportunities and it's time to elevate our words to change the story. We can start by reimagining and using our own such iterations and words that better describe what it is we have to say. My dear friend Bliss Williams uses the word, "Repower" in exchange for "empower" to state clearly that we already know our power and also change the power-over dynamic to power-with. From that inspiration I was inspired to use the word "Inpower" when referring to remembering my own internal power. Another dear friend, Sheila Cash is known to use the expression "Evolutionary Impulse" to articulate that where we are today is rooted in the organic nature of the universe and conjures up images, emotions, and sensations that are somatic and reach deeper into our imagination. Sheila and Bliss are inviting us to rethink who we are and bringing back the power of human connection through our words.

I know many people who have changed their names because they did not feel they fit in the name their parents gave them. Some have noted immediate shifts and openings in their life when they stepped into their power to make the change.

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I have also recommended in The Liminal Odyssey (and every single person I meet) that banning the word just from our vocabulary when it precedes what you think or did/want to do is a mighty power-full reminder of how we misuse words. Like the word but after making a statement, these teeny little three and four letter words discount everything we mean. Words can be sneaky that way. At an energetic level alone, we are dismissing our own great-ness, and that is not what we are on this planet to do!


This all comes down to choice. We have tremendous power and agency when we make the choice to pay attention to the words we say, which are literally an exchange of currency. Let's not discount that power and practice reverence for that power which then shifts how we think of ourselves and others. Naturally, our thoughts help develop patterns of thinking in our brain (i.e.; neuroplasticity.) The act of chanting meditation is a practice that makes my point. In this case, the chicken comes before the egg, but what does it matter? Fake it til you make it if you have to, it works!


In the video below, Audrey Kitagawa speaks truth to power, yet listen to the impeccability of her words. Both she and Jonathan Granoff are more than eloquent, they are changing the narrative and we can do the same.


We also have choice over AI. When I hear of people using it to write books (or like my friend Dale Allen printed on the front cover of her book In Our Right Minds, "Written Without A.I."

I am dismayed. While AI serves its purpose in the world, it has no soul, heart, or imagination. Spirit was my co-writer, not a computer who can analyze, compute, and regurgitate what it finds on the world wide web. So it does the job, but it's lazy! Below is an example where I asked AI to tell me "what is The Liminal Odyssey?" This is one-dimensional at best.


Another sign of the demise of a society is the inability to trust our media and our leaders. Let's be very mind-full about our words, our tools, and our impeccability (and our vote!) with our exchange of energy. Perhaps AI is another tool that can destroy our capacity for the poetry and elegance coupled with our own intellect and discernment to flow into the world. If our work is to beautify the world by way of 8+ Billion ways, we mustn't lose control of our paintbrush.

What if, the solutions to creating a balanced world meant showing up with the choices we alone make based on our most beautiful colors, textures, gifts, and passions? What if that's what is required to heal our lives, community, and world?


AI's take: on The Liminal OdysseyThe Liminal Odyssey" refers to a journey or exploration of the liminal space. The term "liminal" comes from the Latin word "limen," meaning threshold. In various contexts, especially in anthropology, psychology, and literature, "liminal" describes a state of being in-between, transitional, or on the threshold of transformation. "The Liminal Odyssey" could be interpreted as a metaphorical or symbolic journey through such transitional or threshold states. It often implies a narrative or experience where individuals or characters navigate through periods of ambiguity, uncertainty, or change. This concept is frequently explored in literature, art, and cultural studies to delve into themes of identity, transformation,

and the human condition.  

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