Book Review: Conscious Language

May 14, 2024

Dr. Jon Repole

Language is a powerful force that shapes our thoughts, feelings, and reality. It is much more than just communication!  In his groundbreaking book, Conscious Language (purchase on Amazon), author Robert Tennyson Stevens delves into the profound impact of the words we use and how they influence every aspect of our lives.

At the heart of the book's message is the idea that by becoming more mindful of the language we use, we can transform our experiences and create the life we desire. The author introduces the concept of "Conscious Language," which involves choosing words that align with our intentions and highest aspirations. I call it The Alignment Continuum or the alignment of out soul's attention, our mind's attention (including our thoughts and words), our heart's intention, and our actions and behaviors.

One of the key insights of the book is the understanding that words carry energy. Every word we speak carries a vibrational frequency that can either take us to Heaven or Hell!  By paying attention to the energy behind our words, we can start to shift our consciousness and manifest positive outcomes.

Throughout the book, Stevens provides practical exercises and techniques to help readers integrate Conscious Language into their daily lives. These exercises encourage self-reflection, awareness, and mindfulness in language usage.

In essence, Conscious Language is a guide to unlocking the transformative power of words. And by harnessing the energy of language and using it intentionally, we can create a reality that reflects our true desires and highest potential.

Let's jump in!

Exploring Key Insights 

  1. Reframing Negative Situations: The author suggests reframing negative situations by choosing empowering interpretations. For example, instead of saying, "I failed," one can reframe it as, "I learned valuable lessons." This shift in language helps cultivate a growth mindset (vs. fixed mindset) and resilience.

  2. Affirmations and "I Am" Statements: The book emphasizes the power of "I am" statements in shaping our self-image and reality. These statements are incredibly powerful because they define our identity. By affirming positive traits and qualities with "I am" statements, we can reprogram our subconscious mind. We become that which we affirm! So choose wisely! For instance, instead of saying, "I am tired," one can affirm, "I am energized and vibrant." By consistently using positive "I am" statements, individuals can reprogram their subconscious mind and manifest their desired outcomes.

  3. Eliminating Limiting Language: Conscious Language encourages readers to identify and eliminate limiting language patterns from their vocabulary. This includes phrases such as "I can't," "I'm not good enough," or "I'll never succeed." By replacing these limiting statements with empowering alternatives, individuals can break free from self-imposed barriers and unleash their full potential. Limiting language keeps us prisoner to shame, blame, and guilt!

  4. Speaking in Present Tense: The author advises speaking in the present tense to reinforce desired outcomes. Instead of saying, "I will be successful," one can say, "I am successful now." This linguistic shift sends a powerful message to the subconscious mind and helps align thoughts, beliefs, and actions with the desired reality. However, make sure you BELIEVE what you say in the present moment. For example, "I am taking the steps to become my healthiest weight" vs. "I am at my healthiest weight." 

  5. Using Gratitude Language: The book highlights the importance of using language that expresses gratitude and appreciation. For example, instead of complaining about what one lacks, one can express gratitude for what they already have. This shift in perspective fosters a sense of abundance and attracts more positive experiences into one's life.

  6. Creating Affirmative Commands: The author introduces the concept of creating affirmative commands to direct the subconscious mind towards desired outcomes. For example, instead of saying, "Stop procrastinating," one can say, "I am focused and productive." This language technique helps reinforce positive behaviors and habits.

  7. Shifting from Victim to Creator Language: Conscious Language encourages individuals to shift from a victim mindset to a creator mindset by changing their language. Rather than saying, "Life happens to me," one can assert, "I create my reality." This shift empowers individuals to take ownership of their experiences and actively shape their destinies.

  8. Using Intentional Questions: The book discusses the importance of asking intentional questions to direct the focus of the mind. For example, instead of asking, "Why does this always happen to me?" one can ask, "What can I learn from this experience?" This subtle shift in language opens up possibilities for growth and self-discovery.

  9. Speaking with Integrity: Conscious Language emphasizes the significance of speaking with integrity and aligning words with actions. By honoring commitments and keeping promises, individuals build trust and credibility in their relationships. This principle extends to both internal and external communication, fostering authenticity and congruence.

  10. Cultivating Self-Compassion: The author advocates for using compassionate language when speaking to oneself. Instead of harsh self-criticism, individuals can offer themselves kindness and understanding. For example, rather than saying, "I'm so stupid," one can say, "I made a mistake, and that's okay. I'll learn from it and do better next time." This is an act of love and forgiveness!

  11. Listening to Inner Dialogue: Conscious Language emphasizes the importance of listening to our inner dialogue and becoming aware of the words we use to describe ourselves and our experiences. By paying attention to our thoughts and language patterns, we can identify areas for growth and transformation.

These examples illustrate the practical applications of Conscious Language principles in various aspects of life, from self-improvement to interpersonal communication and goal achievement. By becoming more mindful of the language we use, we can harness its transformative power to create a more fulfilling and empowered existence.