I love words and my newest favorite word is "instantiate". The Merriam-Webster definition: (in-stan-ti-ate). to represent an abstraction by a concrete instance, heroes instantiate ideals. Or, in programming, it is the creation of a real instance of a template to create an executable file.
I had to look up those definitions, they sound good, but not in my wheelhouse of real life examples!
Words have power, words are creative....both the words we speak and the words we think. This is not a new idea. "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God." John 1:1
I've learned that words that get mentioned frequently are words I want to understand!
In 1903 James Allen wrote an essay based on the words of Proverbs 23:7. The title: As a man thinketh.
You can buy it on Amazon in ebook format or actual paper. It's a quick read and often recommended by Tony Robbins in his seminars. I read it the first time because of his recommendation!
I could find more examples, but you are getting the idea. What you think, say, write, express in sign language or through interpretive dance, has an energy. That energy can make or break, lift up or tear down, create or destroy.
Have you noticed that some of the most important lessons are often learned the hard way? Many years ago, I had the experience of being romantically infatuated with someone I was just sure was my soulmate, my knight in shining armor, Mr. Right at first sight. I'm usually a positive person, glass half full kinda girl, but in that situation I could only imagine what could go wrong with my Mr. Right. I imagined, worried about, journaled about, and yes, even spoke out loud all that could go wrong.
I am sure, now that I know more, that it was I, not he, who broke my heart. I created with my words, I spoke into being, the very things I feared would happen.
I am confident these many years later, that I am in the right place with the right person, but I acknowledge the very real possibility that had I used different words and thoughts, the instantiation of that romance would have been a different story.
So, what are you thinking about, speaking about, or imagining? In yoga classes we set an intention at the beginning of each practice. We bring mindful intentionality to creating what is wanted rather than dwelling on that which is not wanted.
Here is my challenge, my idea, my suggestion for you. For the next week pay attention to the words you use, both in your head and that you speak out loud. Do your own experiment. Keep track, be intentional, and notice.
What will you instantiate?