school-lockers.jpgJust like we can choose foods that enhance our bodies, we can choose our words more carefully to create the reality we want. A new columnist on GNN-i will join us every Friday to take us on a Word Fasting program. Today’s word — chosen from our menu — is CAN’T. Welcome Jack Barakitis to the first Good News Network Friday Word Fast!

WORD FASTING is a practice in becoming the observer of every word we say and questioning their value and accuracy in describing our experiences and intentions. Once we start focusing on our words, we soon realize that our choice of words shapes our experiences and is the very seed that creates them. In this weekly column each Friday, words that no longer serve us will be honored and discarded, new words will be added to further forge our awareness and purpose in creating the life we choose.

Several years ago I realized that my use of self-defeating words everyday was a major contributor to my own unhappiness and failure. I wanted to change my life and out of this desire was born the idea to create “A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S. to Inspire, Enhance and Heal”. It is a simple practice of reframing the definitions of self-defeating phrases by using acronyms that literally shift the energy created by the word.

I created over 250 A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S., and started to introduce them to friends and family.  Of all the self-development tools I have tried over the years, A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S. were most effective at bringing change. Afterward, when I spoke the word, I would be reminded of my new definition. A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S. inspired me to change my life and shift my viewpoints into a new way of understanding my reality and projecting intentions.

This weeks word fast reframes the word, C.A.N.T.

Choosing Against Natures Truth
When we utilize the word can’t in our vocabulary we are accepting the belief that we are powerless to our experiences. The energy of the word can’t embodies I have no choice, and I am stuck with the way my life is.

Often I would ask for fulfillment in relationships and yet I would say “I can’t stand myself.”

Often I would ask for a prosperous lifestyle and I would say “I can’t afford this.”

Often I would say I am open minded to new experiences and I would say “I can’t believe this.”

Again and again I would contradict my intentions and purpose by carelessly utilizing the word can’t in my day to day living.

The A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. for C.A.N.T.  is, Choosing Against Natures Truth. It reminds me that I as long as I choose to use this word I continue to choose against my nature and my personal truth. I will continue to forfeit my divine right of choice and resort to learned behaviors of my experiences.

I have now fasted from the word can’t in my vocabulary and replaced it with either I choose (or) I choose not.  I invite you to do the same and report back here how it turned out using the COMMENTS below.

Listen to Jack’s soothing voice as he describes the powerful acronyms, CAN’T and BLAME on his website

Next week we will fast from the word C.O.M.P.L.A.I.N.
John Nickolas Barakitis is the founder of Sciences of Spirituality a project of the Congressional District Programs a 501(c)(3) non-profit company. As educators and practitioners in holistic massage therapy and Reiki, John and his wife Sona offer products and services to Inspire, Enhance and Heal through music and the spoken word.  For more information visit

Purchase the full 3-hour CD of 65 A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S. To Inspire, Enhance and Heal at


  1. I love this. I have five children and we have been changing our way of speaking lately but using a different technique. My 11 year old daughter used the word ‘annoying’ on a nearly momentary basis. I asked her to use as many words as she could find to take the place of annoying. We made a game out of it and it changed her complaints into smiles as she challenged herself to be creative. It also made her much more aware of the amount of time she was spending on complaining.
    Words are powerful. We all should be more aware of how we use them!

  2. That to me is the most inspiring aspect of this idea, is that anyone can do this. As you have discovered words are powerful, they have the ability to change our perceptions on life. For me they provided a way of shifting my way of thinking much like your daughter did. Interesting about the word complain, the acronym COMPLAIN will be featured tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Love, Laughter and Abundance


  3. Jack this is wonderfull and I my self discovering how much we can do just by using possitive words on every thing we do or say and how much more productive and contructive we can be.

  4. Thank you so much Edgardo!

    As more and more people become aware that you are what you say, we can begin to change our realities one word at a time.

    Thank you so much for your comments!

    Love, Laughter and Abundance


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