Dancing With Words And Wisdom
Dr. Janet Smith Warfield
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About Janet

Fifty years ago, Dr. Janet Smith Warfield had a mystical experience.  It wasn’t something she was trying to have. She didn’t even know what it was. She just knew she had experienced a sudden understanding and clarity.

Nothing outside her changed.  All that changed was her understanding of her external world.  Suddenly, she was looking at everything through new eyes. 

She had to tell others. No one understood.  How could she use divisive, analytical words to communicate a unifying, holistic experience? It was like trying to use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. 

Mystical experiences have always been called “ineffable.” They cannot be talked about with any kind of accuracy.

Janet began playing with words, discovering all the creative ways they structure our experiences. She wrote poetry, essays and stories; she journaled. she questioned. Words were illusions, dancing at a masked ball. They were fingers pointing at the moon. They were not the moon.  However, they could also be used alchemically as powerful, transformational facilitators.

Alfred Korzybski wrote, “The map is not the territory.” The words are not the experience. The menu is not the food you eat and savor.

There is this unifying, holistic, enlightening, transformational experience that has been experienced by people all over the planet from the beginning of time. It has been named by different people in different ways: salvation, enlightenment, satori, awakening, “I am aware.”

As soon as anyone tries to talk about it, they are creating a conceptual map of the experience. Each map is different, and the map is not the territory. The words are not the experience.

Socrates used questions. Jesus used parables. Buddhists teach the Noble Eightfold Path. Zen Buddhists use koans.

For fifty years, Janet has had many holistic, creative, right-brain transformational experiences. For 22 years, she practiced rigorous, left-brain law. Throughout her life, she has been playing with our human-created language and honing her people skills.

Out of this, an art form has emerged that Janet calls “Word Sculptures.” Word Sculptures uses words in atypical ways (paradox, metaphor, allegory, poetry, questions, deep dialog) to shift people into experiences beyond words, transforming turmoil into inner peace.

When we change our words, we change our world; our emotions change, our actions change, and our relationships change.

If we all understood what we humans do with words, together, we would be astonishingly powerful and effective in co-creating the dynamic, respectful, peaceful, powerful, prosperous planet we all need to survive and thrive. Listen here


  • Graduate of Swarthmore College and cum laude graduate of Rutgers School of Law, Camden.
  • Studied with Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jean Houston, Andrew Harvey, Carolyn Myss, Bob Proctor, John Childers, Marshall Sylver, Joanna Macy, Ken Wilber, T Harv Eker, Mark Victor Hansen, Oscar Miro Quesada, Mallku, and Ron and Victoria Friedman.
  • Author of Amazon Best Seller, Shift: Change Your Words, Change Your World, translated into four languages and distributed globally.
  • 2008 Indie Next Generation Book Award Winner – Best New Age Non-Fiction.
  • Winner of the 2008 Coalition of Visionary Resources Best Website Award, www.wordsculptures.com
  • Continental Who’s Who’s 2015 Most Prominent Professional in the Field of Consciousness Education.
  • Member of The 2016 Shift Network Leadership Academy.
  • International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) Top Professional in the Field of Consciousness Education (2016-17).
  • International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) Top Female Motivational Speaker of the Year  (2017)
  • Woman of the Year (Turning Point Media, 2017)
  • International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) Empowered Woman of the Year (2018)


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