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Friday, July 16, 2010

Changing The World One Word At A Time

I found the following article very interesting:
By Linda Gabriel

If you have ever doubted the power of words to transform consciousness, consider this:

An early draft of the Declaration of Independence has a blurry word where Thomas Jefferson apparently changed his mind. Up until now historians have wondered what the earlier word was. Today a news item announced that scientists have solved the mystery.

“By examining the draft and the different wave lengths of light – a process known as hyper-spectral imaging – scientists discovered his original word was: ’subjects.’

But in a flash of inspiration while the ink was still wet he wiped it and wrote ‘citizens’ instead.

That was the moment, according to historians, that redefined the American colonists.” (You can read the original ABC News report here.)

Thomas Jefferson’s choice of words still resonates more than two centuries later. The transformational power of language, particularly “self-talk” is a favorite subject here at Thought Medicine.

What words might you change in order to transform your life?

What one word has changed your life? I think there is usually a word or phrase that affects me quarterly. I write it down or type it up and post it somewhere in my home where I can see it and gasp at the way it touches my soul.

"Subjects" vs. "Citizens" is a BIG change. And I believe, an inspired change straight from our Heavenly Father who loves us.

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