“Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now been scientifically proven and explained.” Fosar and Bludorf, 2011.
Recent research explains how words, sentences and affirmations can have a profound influence on humans, the body and DNA.
Technique of evocative words
One of the techniques that we use in psychosynthesis psychotherapy is the Technique of Evocative Words (1999. P.76). Roberto Assagioli MD writes that according to psychological law, all words possess the power of stimulating and evoking the activity associated with them.
Using evocative words can be useful for developing a spiritual quality such as self-compassion if you have a harsh inner critic for example. It can also be useful if you are facing an event or situation whereby you might feel nervous; exams, sporting events, performances, family gatherings or a job interview.
I like to choose my word first thing in the morning and have this as my seed word for the day.
You can evoke and develop your desired quality through choosing the word for a specific situation, a day, a month, or more.
How to evoke and develop spiritual qualities
Step 1: Choose the quality from the list below that you wish to evoke and develop.
Step 2: Take a piece of cardboard, write or print the word on it. I have a set of cards to call on at any time.
Step 3: Place the card where you will notice it; in your wallet, on the fridge, your work desk, beside your bed or on your pin board.
Step 4: Bring mindful awareness to your word and desired quality. To do this, Assagioli recommends using different visual, auditory and motor images:
- Assume a state of relaxation and then observe the word attentively for 1-2 minutes. Notice any ideas or images that emerge and record them in your journal.
- Spend time reflecting on the meaning of the word, then record your reflections.
- Try to “feel” the quality that the word embodies, letting it permeate your whole being.
- As you observe the word, say it aloud.
- Write the word many times.
- “Act as if” you already possess this quality.
You might also use your desired quality and word as a seed for art journaling, reflective meditation, a music playlist or as part of a vision board – place your word at the centre and surround it with images that speak of the desired quality.
NB: Even if you do not place conscious attention towards your word, Assagioli notes that catching glimpses of it, can make an impression on the psyche, or more precisely, on the receptive unconscious.
List of evocative words and desired qualities
Are there any others that you would add to this list?
Sydney counsellor, soul-centred life-coach and psychotherapist Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. She has a private counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches.