How to Use Switchwords

Updated on December 29, 2017
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I've been writing about spiritual and self-development topics for many years. Switchwords are my new favorite thing. Together--Love.

What Are Switchwords?

Switchwords were first noted by the psychotherapist, Freud. He suggested that certain words have the power to reach into, and alter, our subconscious. This idea was seized upon by businessman, James T. Mangan, who wrote his book, “The Secret of Perfect Living”, but it didn’t sell very well at the time. The reading public was not ready for such a radical concept. They are now, and it's back in print.

So what are Switchwords? Well, they are just words. Simple, everyday words. No-one is certain exactly how they work, but it is likely that it is connected to the vibrational frequency of the word. The meaning of the word is not important - it may be related to its function or it may not.

Who Can Use Switchwords?

Anyone can make use of Switchwords. There’s no danger of harm by their use, so feel free to try them for any situation that they could relieve or improve.

What Can I Use Switchwords For?

In a word, no pun intended, anything. Switchwords will increase your energy, unleash your creativity, help you find lost objects, deepen your connection to other, promote wealth, attract others to you, and increase your confidence.

Use them to promote your business by increasing your client base. Help you lose weight by making you motivated, deepen your understanding and even relieve constipation. There’s no end to their usefulness.

How I Learned About These 'Magic Words'

A long time ago, I was contacted via my tarot website by a gentleman called Shunyam Nirav. He gifted me a copy of an e-book that he had written after finding an old remaindered edition of Mangan’s book in a second-hand store. He’d been fascinated by the idea of these ‘Switchwords’. Nirav did a lot more research into the concept and identified many more words to add to Mangan’s original list. I was sad to hear that Shunyam Nirav passed away in 2008. I used some Switchwords as a scrolling banner (remember those?) across my page to attract business and make a connection with my readers.

How To Use Switchwords

Switchwords are used in many ways. You can:

  • Whisper or speak one throughout the day.
  • Write them down in a journal.
  • Use them in art or drop them into your writing.
  • Meditate on one or more Switchwords.
  • Some suggest writing them on your skin, or labeling your water.
  • Simply use them when you need to.

There are no hard and fast rules for Switchwords. Try them all, or simply use the one that resonates with you. I’ve included the three power words below, these are like the ignition switch in your vehicle. They are ‘power ups’.

Liz Dean has picked up the Switchword baton, and brought the concept right up to date in her book, "Switchwords: How to Use One Word to Get What You Want." It's available in print and as Kindle download. During my reading of Liz's book, I found it easy to pick up the Switchword concept where I'd left off all those years earlier.


10 Switchwords To Attract Money

To attract money
To grow a fortune
Generate new business ideas
To persuade, or convince
To appear wealthy
To eliminate debt
To advertise, promote a business
Request a money miracle
To reach a stated goal
To increase wealth

Power Switchwords

There are three major power words:

  • Together - the Master Switchword. It helps you to focus on your intention. It can be spoken on its own or prior to any other Switchword. Think of it as a kind of magnifying glass through which you are guiding a beam of sunshine. It ignites your desire.
  • Divine - tells the universe/all-that-is to execute a miracle.
  • Bring - is the manifestation power word. Use it alone or with other words to bring you what you want or need.

There are many other power words:

  • Adjust - creates balance and helps you handle difficult and unpleasant circumstances.
  • Bingo - finds the right answer and promotes excitement.
  • Bluff - reduces or dispels fear, encourages inspiration.
  • Care - to remember, memorize and learn.
  • Charm - to bring your heart’s desire.
  • Crystal - to clarify, to see the future clearly.
  • Cut - to improve willpower; to sever ties.
  • Do - to stop procrastinating.
  • Jewel - to raise your vibration.
  • Limit - to set boundaries.
  • Next - to finish detailed or boring work.
  • Plethora - abundance.
  • Quiet - to stop being selfish.
  • Spend - to improve your appearance; dress better.
  • Wait - to learn a secret.

10 Switchwords To Attract or Deepen Love

To feel as one
To generate love, bring it to you
Eliminate jealousy and possessiveness
Improve your connection with another
To end loneliness
To create a love miracle
To eliminate arguments
To be agreeable
To be patient and tolerant
To prolong a good feeling

Multiple and Combined Switchwords

I’ve noticed that some people are using them in groups of words, all at the same time, by stringing a number of Switchwords together. Probably because they think they will have a greater effect. I disagree. I think doing this messes up their vibration. At most, I would only use two, or possibly three, together - a power word plus the relevant ‘instruction’ word - some of which are listed in the tables. The energy that makes all this work is not stupid. As long as you know what you want and choose the most appropriate word, it will deliver.

Examples of Combined Words

Divine Order -- to clean your home fast and efficiently.

Together Giggle -- to work on a team project.

Adjust Alone -- to speed up recuperation from an illness.

10 Switchwords for General Situations

To create beauty; to be beautiful
Ice Blue
To de-stress
To shorten distance
Efficiency; organized; tidy
To sleep; to quit a habit
To heal
To turn on your writing mojo
To increase physical energy
Find an object, idea, word, memory
To turn on your personality

Switchwords and Your Spiritual Path

Switchwords seamlessly integrate with any other spiritual path, whether it be religious, prayer, energy work, healing, Law of Attraction-based, New Age, meditative, or if you are simply on a journey of self-discovery. It is enough to be aware of them and use them whenever you need to.

Oh, and that word to relieve constipation?- 'Swivel'.

Questions & Answers

© 2017 Bev G


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      Susana S 2 months ago

      They certainly are :) The whole approach really resonated with me because I was hugely into dreams and dream interpretation for many years, so I'm no stranger to deciphering the language of our unconscious and subconscious mind.

      Switchwords has given me a way to speak back - a new tool in the box that I didn't have before. Very enlightening!

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      Bev G 2 months ago from Wales, UK

      That's fantastic, Susana. How cool are you! I love Switchwords, they are so energizing and uplifting.

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      Susana S 2 months ago

      After reading your article here I was inspired to buy the book and I'm so glad I did. Switchwords are making such a real difference to my life.

      I notice that I don't see the effects for a day or two. For instance yesterday I was having trouble focusing on work so I used some phrases to help, but it wasn't until today that i worked 5 hours straight without a problem. I'm not complaining!

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      Bev G 2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Swatee, I can't guarantee anything, but there's no harm in trying. I suggest, "Together+ Divine+Move". How to use them is in the article above :) Then each day, you should take one small action that moves you closer to your goal.

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      Swatee K 2 months ago

      Dear Bev G,

      I m 40 years old female and have everything that a normal human being wants. Although I always wanted to shift to a big city and have a better quality of life. Can I achieve it through switchwords?

      Please suggest what needs to be done.

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      Bev G 3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Anu, try Crystal - for clarity, Help - to reduce confusion and indecision, On - to get new ideas. Also use Divine to cause the universe to work on your behalf. You can use them separately or combine them. You don't have to chant them either. Write them down, whisper or think them. Be open to all kinds of situations and opportunities. Good luck!

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      Anu 3 months ago

      Hi, i am a college student.i am clueless about which field to choose for work in future. is there any specific word to chant?

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      Bev G 3 months ago from Wales, UK

      It can vary, Pratiksha. Obviously a switchword won't work if one (or both) partner is in a state of resistance. Switchwords work on the individual's energy. You can help matters by speaking as you would normally. If he wants to carry on the silent treatment, that's his choice, but you don't have to join in with him.

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      Pratiksha Bhatia 3 months ago

      How much time does it take to work a particulsr switch word. I have been using switchwords as me and my husband are not in talking terms with each other. I dont know how much time will it take to get the desired result.

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      Bev G 4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Anita, what you are describing is an affirmation; slightly different to switchwords. Most switchwords are not really to do with what they mean. Affirmations are pretty cool too.

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      Anita Hasch 4 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Super hub. Love the idea of switch words. I have one that works for me when my funds are low. 'I have money in abundance,' Don't think it is a switch word but works for me. I think that is what Freud meant. That sentence has the power to reach into my subconscious and put me in a happy place.

      That is the only bright idea of Freud that I admire.

      He also believed that you should act on your sexual impulses, no matter what the consequences. People actually agree with this bit of wisdom from an expert. Utter nonsense.

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      Bev G 4 months ago from Wales, UK

      As far as I am aware, Jagmeet, 'infinity' isn't a switchword, although it should be. All words have energy and I guess infinity would be a great one to mean 'no limits'.

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      Jagmeet 4 months ago

      Well i wanted to know!

      What does infinity means in switch words?!

      Its my firms first name!

      Is it right or should i change!

      Its related to art work and film industry.

      Company’s name: infinity art house.

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      Bev G 5 months ago from Wales, UK

      And thank you, Anita for sharing your experience. I agree with you, half, if not 90% of the battle takes place in the mind before any physical action can be effective. Keep up the good work. x

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      Anita Hasch 5 months ago

      Switch words are so interesting. Although I have not kept it up long enough to see positive results I would imagine that it may cause a different mindset. I did have some astounding positive results with visualization. This took about a year and was something I desperately wanted. The chances of obtaining this desire was practically nil. And yet I achieved it with visualization. A shift?in your mindset can produce miracles. Even wanting to stop smoking or a drug addict that wants to stop taking drugs.will not have success unless they change their mindset and have the desire to stop. Nobody can help you unless you help yourselves. This is just my opinion. In my experiment with a different mindset I needed to buy a house and did not have the money. That I achieved this was a miracle. So yes I believe swithwords will work especially using it with visualization. Thank you for sharing such an interesting article. n

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      Bev G 5 months ago from Wales, UK

      I think you should be in a reasonably positive state of mind, Hani, but it's not a prerequisite. I use them anytime I feel the need. Just try it x

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      Hani 5 months ago


      Thanks for the information, I want to know how u use switchwords for u? What state of mind should be in using switchwords?

      I feel very delight if u enlighten me with Ur knowledge

      Thanks in advance

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      Bev G 5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you for your kind words, Susie. If you feel 'build' has a certain strength or vibe, then it'll be a switchword for you.

      Everything has a vibration, from rocks to elephants. It's particle physics :) Watch some Abraham-Hicks vids on YouTube - they talk about vibration and emotions all the time.

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      susie ericson 5 months ago

      This is a great article. I found it when I was searching to see whether or not "build" is a switchword (I don't think it is :(

      The comments about aloe vera caught my attention....I would definitely like to learn more about the theory of aloe vera plants having vibrational frequencies.....thank you!

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      Ameeta 11 months ago

      very interesting. I resonate with the thought that specific words can attract specific results. I am going to try some words and see.

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      Bev G 11 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks Anita! Together Divine xx

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      Anita Hasch 11 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi, I love your hub. Have been trying out 3 switchwords and it does seem to connect you to the universe. I'll keep on until I reach my goal. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bev G 12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Oh I love the universe too... and not just as a concept of a 'place', but of its potential to contain everything, all-that-is, and all that. It's like the god-force or something...

      Aloes breeding like crazy on my bathroom windowsill :) Will read those hubs as soon as I can.

      Thanks for stopping by and for you kind words. Together Divine x

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      anitabooks888 12 months ago

      Such an interesting article. I have never heard of switchwords before, but will certainly try them. I could embrace the vibrational frequency of words. One word I love is 'the universe,' Don't think it is a switchword but when meditating that word just feels like magic. I often read 'Rasta's' hubs on aloe avera. According to his aloe hubs, the aloe plant has vibrational frequencies and also protect from evil spirits.

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      Bev G 14 months ago from Wales, UK

      I never thought of that, Dreamer Meg. I expect we all know the things we say to ourselves that reinforce a negative mood. And still keep saying them! :D xx

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      DreamerMeg 14 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Never heard of switch words before. They sound rather like magic. I must take a look at those books. Maybe there are also switchwords we use unconsciously that make us more stressed or harried than we were!

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      Bev G 14 months ago from Wales, UK

      Aren't they fun, Jean? I used Count this evening because I hadn't received a payment I was hoping for. It arrived within the hour :)

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      Jean Bakula 14 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi Bev,

      That was really interesting, I never heard of Switchwords before. So it's the vibrational frequency of the words. That's really neat.