I have been blessed recently to review a few books, one being HOW TO THRIVE IN CHANGING TIMES, by Sandra Ingerman.
"The Magic of Words"
an excerpt from the new book
HOW TO THRIVE IN CHANGING TIMES: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace and Joy for Yourself and the Earth
by Sandra Ingerman Published by Weiser Books Reprinted with Permission INTRODUCTION
How to Thrive in Changing Times is the new book by acclaimed author, teacher and shamanic researcher, Sandra Ingerman.
Subtitled Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace and Joy for Yourself and the Earth,Ingerman's seventh book combines the ancient wisdom of shamanic ceremony with modern psychological practice.
A teacher of teachers, Ingerman provides readers with a series of exercises to recognize their own power to transform themselves and the world. Ingerman's practices have the feel of being perfected in the many workshops she gives around the world. Her gift is in simplifying these techniques, making them practical, memorable and fun.
An excerpt below is entitled The Magic of Words. It discuses the power of words to manifest reality.
How to Thrive in Changing Times shows how individual and group practice can manifest global transformation. As such, it is a call to action for those who feel powerless to change their own situation or heal the Earth.
More information about author Sandra Ingerman and her new book, How to Thrive in Changing Times, follows the excerpt. Blessings!
"The Magic of Words"
by Sandra Ingerman
In spiritual traditions it is understood that there is a resonance in words that creates a physical manifestation in the world. In the Hebrew language, words are used to create. And there are many stories that share how words can be used to create or destroy.In the Sanskrit language, it is seen that every vowel has a vibration that travels up into the universe and then manifests down on earth as a form.
In Ancient Egypt, many words were not spoken aloud, as it was understood that as soon as a word was said aloud, there would be a physical manifestation. Often metaphors were used instead of certain words.
Aramaic is a very ancient language. The Aramaic phrase abraq ad habra is a phrase we know in the West as abracadabra. The literal translation of abraq ad habra is "I will create as I speak."
Along with challenging our toxic thoughts, it is essential that we become more aware of the words we use and the power they hold. I teach all my students who work directly with people in private practice -- whether doing spiritual healing works, psychotherapy, or medicine -- that words are seeds. Seeds have amazing creative potential. Think of what one seed can grow into. When we speak to other people, we plant seeds in them. We must become conscious of whether our words are planting seeds of love, hope, and inspiration or whether we are planting seeds of fear.
In looking at words in this way, we have the power to curse ourselves, someone else, and the planet. Or we have the power to use our words as a blessing. Saying and thinking, "There is no hope," is a curse. Saying and thinking, "All things are possible. There is always room for healing," is a blessing.
The Navajo people have a saying: May you walk in beauty. In saying this, they mean never say anything that will create fear or harm in another. Do not curse others with your words. Rather, bless them with words that create beauty in their lives.
Through social conditioning, reading books, and watching TV and movies, certain phrases are embedded in our subconscious and tend to surface -- almost like a jingle we sing whenever we see a certain product. Let's say a friend or family member shares with you that she is beginning a new creative venture. A common phrase that might pop up in your head is: no way will that work. You might not even have much information, but your subconscious has been so trained to believe that anything edgy has no chance to succeed that your thoughts instantly go to the negative. And in allowing statements that are defeatist in nature to come up, we rob the creative power of our friend or family member. Or if we repeat defeatist statements to ourselves whenever we venture into something new ("I'll never pull this off" or "I'm an idiot for trying this"), then we take power from our creative potential.
But if we assert to our friend, "What an exciting project you are working on! I will affirm along with you that your new venture is a great success," we add power to the other person's dream.
If we as a global community affirm statements like, "Together we can change the world and create a positive world for all of life," we exponentially feed the power of our creative ability.
About the Author
Sandra Ingerman, MA, is an author, teacher and shamanic researcher with a worldwide following. Sandra teaches workshops on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. She has trained and founded an international alliance of Medicine for the Earth Teachers and shamanic teachers.Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times. She is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a professional Mental Health Counselor. She is also a board-certified expert on traumatic stress, and she is certified in acute traumatic stress management.
Sandra Ingerman is the author of the following books:
- Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self
- Welcome Home: Following Your Soul's Journey Home
- A Fall to Grace
- Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins
- Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide
- How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Personal Transformation
- How to Thrive in Changing Times: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace, and Joy for Yourself and the Earth.
Sandra Ingerman is the author of the following audio books:
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About the Book
HOW TO THRIVE IN CHANGING TIMES: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace and Joy for Yourself and the Earth by Sandra Ingerman Published by Weiser Books (ISBN 978-1-157863-466-8, 176 pages, paperback, $12.95) Available through bookstores or directly from the author: http://www.sandraingerman.com/booksaudiovideo.html
With her newest book, HOW TO THRIVE IN CHANGING TIMES: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace, and Joy for Yourself and the Earth, Sandra Ingerman encourages readers to think of themselves as members of a growing global community of conscious change agents, because she believes that is how we will survive these changing times and how the earth will be healed.
"Part of my goal for this book," she writes, "is to teach you how to be realistic about what is happening in the world and then how to use your thoughts and words and other creation principles to feed the vision of the world you want to live in. This exciting work begins by learning how to shift our thoughts and the words we use throughout the day. It involves setting an intention to be part of an incredible adventure-an adventure in working together with millions of others to put our vision for a healthy, beautiful, vibrant planet into action.
"This is a book that points you toward a new way of being in the world, with practices to support that change," says Ingerman. "This is a call to action." Praise for How to Thrive in Changing Times:
"In these times of rampant de-humanization and global pollution, [Sandra Ingerman] offers thoughtful and heartfelt ideas about dealing with our own 'inner pollution.' In this way, we can not only change ourselves, but begin to transform society and, by extension, change the world into a place we would want our children to inherit." -- Peter A. Levine, best-selling author of Waking the Tiger and Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
"Sandra Ingerman has emerged as one of the most profound healers and guides in our culture. My advice: Heed her vision -- for your sake and the sake of our planet." -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Science of Premonitions and Healing Words
"With clarity and deep wisdom, Ingerman gives us the tools we need to live the joy and abundance that belong to life, both individually and as a real global community." -- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., Sufi teacher and author of The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul
"In these uncertain times, [How to Thrive in Changing Times] is especially useful in helping people break free of their internal and external limitations." -- Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., co-author of Personal Mythology and professor of psychology at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center
"How to Thrive in Changing Times is an important practical guide for bringing together the inner spiritual revolution with the urgency for an outer revolution performed in community." -- Gary Null, Ph.D., national talk show host, film director, and author of Get Healthy Now! and The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing
Excerpted from the book How to Thrive in Changing Times. Copyright (c) 2010 by Sandra Ingerman. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact. Thank you
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