One of my spiritual teachers, Joan Laimon, says, “Consciousness creates reality.” In other words, what we believe is what we get. Not only do our beliefs shape us, but the language we use also has a poignant effect on our emotions. Words are our most powerful tools for building our lives from the bottom up – word by word. Now that you’ve learned to identify the beliefs in your arsenal, we can dig deeper into understanding how you’re affected by the words that make up those beliefs. In this section, we’ll delve into all the ways language can trip us up and lead us into dark tunnels of distress. Hopefully, you will become more conscious of your word choices and use them to shape a beautiful, peaceful, and joyous world.