By: Sarah Young
I knew words have power. I have seen the effect of words that have been strategically placed or flippantly strewn about numerous times. Words can change our perceptions, thoughts, and emotions. The English language has so many beautiful words to describe these emotions. It seems, however, that many people get stuck on the relatively common ones, such as joy, peace, anger, and frustration.
What if we defined them better? What if we took the time to find a word new to us, but better suited to the emotion experienced? Could we harness that power?
I had been feeling rough for a couple of weeks. As I was driving to my weekly chiropractic appointment, I decided I needed to figure out what it was I was feeling. I found myself silently asking God, “What am I carrying that I can’t seem to put down?” I immediately heard the word “angst.”
Alright, there’s a step. Now what?
I was in the middle of learning about and understanding natural law through the Mindset Mastery program and one thing it helped to remind me of was that everything of consequence has an opposite. In other words, to overcome the feeling of angst, I needed to find its opposite. I decided that for me to do this, I needed to define angst so I would even know its opposite when I found it.
Angst: a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general.
Well, that sounds about right. Now I needed to get to work finding a new word.
Fortunately, I love looking for new words in the thesaurus and I knew I needed something I was unfamiliar with so I could not assign my own meaning to it. So, what word could possibly fit the bill? I scrolled past the similar words and began viewing the opposites instead. And there it was.
Ataraxia: a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility.
As soon as I found it, I could already feel a change brewing inside me. My vibrational state rose on a molecular level ever so slightly; it was a step in the right direction.
I decided that I needed more information though. What is freedom?
Freedom: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; a state of not being imprisoned or enslaved
Not quite satisfied, I looked up one more word.
Enslaved: cause (someone) to lose their freedom of choice or action.
I had allowed myself to become enslaved by my angst. I was unable to act without fear and I was worried about everything. It wasn’t until I chose to face my fear and what I was experiencing that I saw change. I had to demystify my emotions which effectively began to remove the power they held over me.
I feel freedom ever increasing as I consciously apply the laws I have learned about. I always knew opposites existed, but I never realized how much choice I had in the role they play with my emotions. I have learned that by naming an emotion, it becomes “known” and loses its power to prevent my progress. I can find its opposite and choose what I want to focus on.
I have a choice and I choose ataraxia.
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