Words are powerful and the words we use to describe ourselves and the work we do matters.
Our words become incantations, adding layer upon layer of energy and meaning to our lives, to our world and to ourselves.
Let’s be intentional in our magic-making.
First, let’s discover the mojo that is already here, the energy that’s been invested and held. You can do this exercise for your self or for the work that you do in the world (and by this I mean your heart work, whether you’re being paid for it or not).
On a scrap piece of paper, give yourself some time to answer the following:
- What words do you currently use to describe yourself/your work?
- What words do others use to describe you/your work?
Feel free to do some research. Go back and look at emails, comments, letters, journals, even performance reviews. Anywhere you get feedback is a resource.
Looking at what you’ve gathered, are there words that take you off course? There may be some that have been with you a long time that no longer fit. There may be words that spring leaks in your energy or poke holes in your dreams. Mark the ones that you know you’d like to cast aside.
Take a special look at words that seem neutral. These “easy to ignore” words serve as filler in your spells and dilute your magic. Mark them to go.
Look for any that may be fool’s gold. These are the words that are shiny but have no resonance for you. As pretty as they are, when you hold them in your hands it’s clear: no mojo. Let them go.
To clear these words and their energy, marry intention with action. You can cross your marked words out with enthusiasm. Obliterate them completely with a Sharpie. You can cut them out of the page and recycle the pieces. You can rewrite them on one sheet and set them safely on fire. Choose your method of clearing and release.
What you are left with are words of potency. Notice the different kinds of energy they hold. There may be words that sparkle and words that whisper. There may be words that make you laugh and words that open your heart. Each word holds its own magic and in your unique combination, they hold they magic of you.
The words you have now are just the beginning. They have set the tone of the landscape as it is today (as did the the ones you’ve left behind). Now is your opportunity to add some new ingredients to the mix, to begin creating with the language of your dreams.
- Look at your own writing (e.g. your journal, your blog, your emails) and see what magic words you find yourself using again and again and now want to consciously claim.
- Listen for words that catch your heart and your ear. They can come from anywhere: songs, blogs, books, conversations.
- Write down words that you would love for people to use to describe you/your work.
When you feel like you have a beautiful collection of words, words that make you perk up and beam, let yourself claim them by creating with them.
Create an art journal page that’s filled with your magic words. Paint each one on a rock until you have a gorgeous pile. Ink your words on a scroll and place it by your pillow. Use your words in a poem or a letter to yourself. Use them on your blog, on your sales page, in your pitch.
Say the magic words.
Let these words fill your life. Let them work their magic.
More and more let the words of your dreams become the language of you. This is their magic – and yours.
As I refine my own magic words, I’d love to hear what brought you to the studio. What were you looking for and what made you step in? Email me. I’ll be listening.