And God said, “It is dark.” Wait, no, that’s not what God said. It WAS dark. And I’m glad God didn’t leave it that way; he didn’t stop there.
Faced with the reality of darkness, God declared, “Let there be light.” And there was light. There was light because God declared a new reality rather than being stopped by describing a current reality.
This is a powerful distinction in what is available to us through language. We can use our words either to describe what already is or to declare what is to be. Both are incredibly creative. Description has us creating more of what we already have, more of the old. It has no capacity to generate new possibilities. Declaration has us creating what we don’t yet have, something new. It is not limited by the current situation, and it opens up possibilities that didn’t previously exist. These are very different ways to utilize language, and it’s this distinction that makes all the difference in creating what we really want, or not, in our lives.
Descriptive language also hijacks the legitimate process for creating anything new. Have you ever tried positive affirmations? Most likely, deep down, you had the sense that they just weren’t true right now. That’s what happens when you’re limited to using language descriptively. It creates a real bind, because you want something new, but speaking “as if” it is already true feels like a lie. So many of us conclude then that positive affirmations don’t work. Good news: they do work! Just not at the level of description.
At the level of declaration, however, a whole new realm of possibility and workability opens up. Words are a context for your life. They are the home you live in 24/7. You can create a million-dollar business, a passionate marriage and optimal health as a declared space for your actions to then show up in…and it has nothing to do with what is so for you right now. Declaration is about creating what isn’t so for you right now. It is calling the things that don’t exist as though they did, in the very likeness of your Creator.
Consistent declaration utilizes the brain’s capacity for neuro-genesis. That means it establishes new connections and neuro-pathways in the brain to support you in bringing the declared desire into reality. It creates a new emotional environment as well. It allows you to see, hear, feel and act in ways that are congruent with that new possible reality until it becomes material reality. This is the universal process for creating anything new, and it can only be accessed through language that declares.
I’d like you to identify any place in your life where you have settled for your own version of, “It is dark.” What would you like to create there instead? What would make it amazing for you? You can start it this very moment, right now, with the next words that come out of your mouth. “Let there be ________!” Now go live into that declaration with integrity to make it so.