How We Use Language

Having established that we live in a "conversation", let’s look at the nature of our reality and how we use language in the existing paradigm.

We wake up in the morning, look out into our world, and observe what we observe. We take in whatever we see, whatever is occurring at the time, and, as the observer, we have an explanation for what we see. Realize that I use the word “world” to encompass everything we see: our company, our spouse, our children, our employees, the competition, the economy, and on and on.

While it is not the case with all people all of the time, most of us believe that our explanation is “the truth” – that “it” and “them” are the way we see “it” and “them.” Think about that for a moment. Don’t you think that your children, your parents, your spouse, your employees, your job, your business, the economy, the competition, etc. are the way you see them because that’s how they actually are? “That’s just the way (fill in the blank) is,” we say.

You may not have ever thought about this before, and that’s okay. Remember, the purpose of our time together is to get you to look at things that are right in front of you, that you may take for granted and may have never thought about, and see them in a new way. That’s why I’m asking you to think about this now.

You are an intelligent person. You have eyes. You can see and process information. That’s why you think what you see is real. To you, it’s the truth. If you think about it, you will see that is exactly what happens.

So you think there is a reality and you see it. Then you open your mouth to speak about what you see, and you describe or “talk about” it. If you doubt you do this, spend a day listening to other people speak. If you listen to others without judging them, you will discover that in most instances, people use language to “talk about” or describe the world they think they see. And, they think they are speaking the truth!

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