Ran into something interesting today, from a Brazilian contact. Its called Switchwords, basically a seed word to trigger a specific result. Like for finding keys or getting a ride.

This is not unlike the idea of a root mantra, but more targeted at need. A one word affirmation, in certain ways. Some people evidently swear by it.

Its also worth noting the process of Samyama, outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. Basically if you combine Self-awareness with open allowing consciousness, then have a specific thought, the result will occur. Much the same way, these are not about trying.

The web site [has been taken over by someone else – see comments]

I checked on Amazon. Evidently the 30 years out-of-print original book is now available again, republished this year by the authors grandson. Its called “The Secret of Perfect Living” by James T. Mangan. It evidently has a ’60’s writing style.

My friend said the online discussion group had gotten too much into rules rather than just finding your process.

Let me know if you find any results…

NOTE: the original author died and the web site migrated to someone else. Browse Comments for suggestions.

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  1. museditions says:

    Thank you for posting this. I have downloaded the .pdf file, and will get back with opinions.

  2. museditions says:

    OK, I’m baaaack. I downloaded the free portion of the e-book, and perhaps I didn’t heed your warning about trying! It’s a challenge (for me) to say the word without attachment to results. I’ve tried dowsing rods and my pendulum in similar situations, and they seem to work better, but that may be because I’m more familiar with them.
    A question I had–and perhaps it’s explained in the book–is how can the same set of words work for everyone the same way? Words are loaded with a lot of baggage, not to mention cultural background, etc. Yet the author seems to be saying that the words are universal. I will play with this some more, and I appreciate the new tool.

  3. David says:

    Actually its one of lifes big lessons. Trying is the egos attempt to force. Allowing is a tuning into the flow. Having the thought or word and just letting it go allows it to have its effect. Holding it and trying will have little effect.
    Many people try with little things first where the results don’t matter as much. Then its easier to get past attachment to consequence. (indeed its that hardest attachment to release)
    The person who suggested it is Brazilian so English is a second language. Works well for her. I suspect its not the word itself but what it symbolizes that is the trigger. She gets visual clues sometimes even though she resists that ability. And theres no reason once you get the idea that you couldn’t experiment with other words. The author obviously did that, adding to the original book.

  4. shilpan9166 says:

    David –

    It seems that this website is off-line right now. Please check and let me know. I’d love to download pdf and go through it.


  5. Davidya says:

    Hi Shilpan
    It looks like they’ve let their domain expire. May have changed his email address and doesn’t know.

    hmm – the site is quoted in a number of places. There’s a couple of places that offer the book, but as an executable file. Thats a little unnecessary to me and I’d caution people from downloading executables from unknown sources.

    This site has a list of Switchwords you can print. With a free PDF printer like PrimoPDF, you can print it to searchable file:

    heres a longer list:
    They also mention technique at the bottom.

    I notice in a Google search that there is forums and groups for this. A little browse should find you technique. Its pretty simple. I’ll send you the PDF I downloaded earlier.

  6. Kat Miller says:

    Unfortunately, Shunyam Nirav passed on at the end of March 2008. His significant other has had difficulty keeping things straight with the Switchwords.com website, and it has been up and down a lot since his passing.

    However, there is a copy of the Switchwords electronic book available for download at the Switchwordsgroup that Nirav set up on Yahoo, which I currently moderate.
    You will find the book in the files section at the group:

    I know this is an old string, but perhaps this information will be helpful for others in the future.


    • Shyamala says:

      Hi Kat i tried to check the yahoo link it says members only aloud…wud u add me in ..i am already a member in facebook switchword group…my yahoo id is [snip]

      • Davidya says:

        Hi Shyamala
        I removed your address from the comment as it’s not a good idea to post it on public sites.

        Kat’s comment was from 8 years ago so she may not get this. Also, an admin cannot add people to the group. You have to opt in per rules.

        If you sign in to Yahoo, then go to the Yahoo group, you’ll see a “Join Group” button. Depending on the group, they may ask you questions to confirm you’d be a fit. (not sure here) Depending on how active the group is, you should get a green light within a few hours or days.

  7. Davidya says:

    Hi Kat
    Thanks for the Tip. This article continues to get hits every day, so there is an obvious demand for it.

    To access the above link, you’ll need to join the group, which is free. As I note in the article, my friend found the group too into rules. You may enjoy it though.

    To me, the idea is to find ‘seed words’ that trigger results for you. A way to get past the surface mind and use deeper, less bound, facilities. Don’t get too caught by concepts.

  8. Art says:

    you can buy a paperback copy of switchwords at http://www.lulu.com for around 35 bucks as of march 2011

  9. Davidya says:

    Thanks for the tip, Art. This post continues to get hits every day. If anyone else has web links they can suggest, do let me know.

  10. Davidya says:

    Here’s a reference to the technique.

  11. Kat Miller says:

    Since I first visited here I have created a Learning Center for sharing Switchwords and other healing techniques. I believe the Blue Iris Learning Center is now by far the best source for learning about Switchwords and sharing them:


    Founder Blue Iris Learning Center

  12. Davidya says:

    Thanks, Kat
    Lots of material on your site and I see you’re integrating different tools like EFT. Looks like it’s well worth browsing.

    I continue to get hits on this article, now 5 years since it was written…

  13. tucker says:

    I appreciate this davidya

  14. Davidya says:

    You’re welcome, Tucker.

  15. Davidya says:

    The web site mentioned in the article has since been taken over by someone else. They offer their own book on Switchwords there – have no idea how much it aligns with the original.

    The grandsons book is still on Amazon, along now with many others. Even some guy with a series, taking it in all kinds of other directions.

  16. Sushma says:

    Please help me to download pdf. Didnt find the correct link. Please guide me.

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