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Some words carry a lot of energetic force. I think of them as "power words." This story is about two power words of particular force. They're words that we use all the time, from earliest childhood onward, but that doesn't diminish their strength, especially if we use them consciously and with integrity. Here's the story.
I love road trips. You have time to really talk about
things with your road partner. I got to have a nice, long drive with a
good friend recently. Bliss!
One of our main "talk-abouts" was an experience in which she'd gone along with something when she didn't really want to. Her inner voice had said "No!" but she hadn't heeded it. As a result she'd gotten into a really unpleasant situation.
We delved into the concept of personal boundaries, speaking our truth and the importance of voicing our "No's" and our "Yes's." As we "threshed," we realized that our No's and our Yes's are "power words," acts of primal self-expression that need to be cultivated and honored if we are to live our lives fully. If we use them with full integrity and truth, they are sacred acts.
About this time, my friend and I stopped at a restaurant for breakfast. The two-year old at the table next to us started lustily exercising her "No." Her mother handled it beautifully—which is to say, pretty neutrally. We listened, delighted, as the little girl loudly continued to resist everything her mother suggested. Her "no" was just "no," powerful, clear, and un-conflicted. A perfect little teacher of the Sacred No!
As I see it,
The Sacred No:
The Sacred Yes:
If we can get right with our Yes's and our No's, our lives will be so
much cleaner and will flow so much more smoothly. Cultivating your Yes
and No power words will help you live your truth and establish a
beautiful balance in your life, between melody and percussion, structure
To cultivate right use of these two ultra power words, practice listening for your inner voice, or listening to information from your body.
Here are some more ideas:
Of course, these are only two of a huge
number of "power words." What other words hold special power for you?
Are there ways you can bring them into your life more often, working
with their energy to create a life that more fully reflects and
nourishes your essence?