The higher your consciousness, the better your communication.
To be your best, most successful self, you must be a better communicator. Language that builds bridges between people is how business gets done and relationships flourish. But have you considered the link between your communication and your present level of consciousness?
Language and Consciousness
A subtle but distinctive factor in whether or not communication is effective has to do with the level of consciousness of the communicator—and the energy on which that person’s message rides.
The frame of mind you’re in—your consciousness—impacts how well you can build trust, foster connection, and create understanding. In addition, as Dr. Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman note in Words Can Change Your Brain, the words you choose also impact your consciousness.
A Map of Your Consciousness
Research conducted by Dr. David Hawkins and published in his book, Power vs. Force, shows human consciousness maps on a scale from low-calibrating states, like regret and fear, to high states like compassion and peace. When a person’s consciousness is in the lower range, communication will calibrate at a lower energy, word choices will be more destructive, and the ultimate outcome is likely to be less productive. When a person’s consciousness is in a higher state, such as hope or optimism, communication tends to be uplifting and the outcome more fruitful.
As world-renowned author and human transformation guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, explains in The Flow of Consciousness, word choices also have an energetic impact on both the sender and receiver’s consciousness. So, ideally, your words enrich both you and the listener.
“To reach the maximum level of communication success, your language and your consciousness need to evolve into their highest, most effective expression… the result is harmony. This serves the consciousness of oneself and another.”
Enlivening Your Language
Essentially, your word choices either create more harmonious interactions in your workplace and relationships or put a limit on your success. For example, let’s say you want to solve a disagreement between you and another co-worker. There are three ways to approach solving this problem, but they are not equal. See if you can sense the difference in each of these word choices as you move down the list:
- Resolve Conflict (battle/combat mentality)
- Compromise (requires each party to give up something/small scale lose-lose)
- Come into Cooperation (a clear, positive intention to work in unison/find alignment)
None of these approaches is wrong, but you may notice a faint shift in the energy or intention of each new term. Resolving conflicts is good, compromising is better, but coming into cooperation is a step above both. The shift between these words takes place on a subtle level, but make no mistake about the power contained in it. A person entering into a conversation focused on resolving conflict is certainly an improvement over someone being unwilling to budge, but operating from the consciousness of “coming into cooperation” with another brings a whole different level of alignment, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness.
How can you be a better communicator? Monitor where you’re coming from, energetically, in your communication. Is it mapping to your goals for success? The higher the vibration of the language we use, the more effectively we convey messages that build trust and form bonds of understanding and goodwill.
Are you coming from authentic curiosity or self-righteousness when things get tough?
Evolve your language to a more successful approach by using words that come from a spirit of openness. Set the intention to be receptive, to uplift, and to create harmony. Communicate in a way that enhances the dignity of others. That’s the purpose of language.
Tags: Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Success Mindset Series, Workplace Environment