Every thought you think every word you say is an affirmation all of our self-talk or inner dialogue is a stream of affirmations. We are continually affirming subconsciously with our words and thoughts and this flow of affirmations is creating our life experience in every moment. Our beliefs are just learned thought patterns that we have developed since childhood, many of these work well for us, but others may now be working against us, they are dysfunctional and may be sabotaging us from achieving what we believe we want.
Every affirmation we think or say is a reflection of our inner truth or beliefs. It is important to realize that many of these “inner truths” may not actually be true for us now or may be based on invalid or inappropriate impressions we constructed as children, which if examined as an adult can be exposed as inappropriate. Our subconscious uses the behavior patterns we have learned to automatically respond and react to many everyday events in our life.
This is essential to our survival, we need to be able to respond quickly to events around us which would be impossible if we had to re-examine every aspect of things every time something simple happens. Our learned responses and thought patterns enable us to automatically respond to circumstances quickly and easily. Problems arise however, if at an early stage some of the foundation beliefs on which many of the others are built were formed from a skewed perspective, maybe the strategy was appropriate for a perceived difficult circumstance, however often such beliefs are totally inappropriate for succeeding in the real world as adults.
Use active verbs in your affirmations. Getting, doing, having, learning, loving, and earning are all words that immediately show an image of action to your inner self. The more clearly you are able to see the action in your mind the more powerful the impact of the affirmation will be.
Affirm the positive not the negative. There’s an old song that says, – Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and do not mess with Mr. In-between. Always choose words to reflect the positive results you desire.
For example: “each day I happily choose food that supports my healthy body” is much more powerful than-I am losing weight”.
Notice that both positive affirmations center on choice and health. The basic self (subconscious mind) loves to have a choice. The other two affirmations center on deprivation of no smoking, losing weight. A fear of being deprived can launch the exact behavior you wish to discontinue. How many times have you decided to go on a diet only to begin craving forbidden foods the instant you made the decision?
Keep your affirmations short and sweet
Affirmations that are simple to remember and repeat will have the most impact. It is more effective to use three short statements that are easily spoken.
Attach strong emotion to your affirmations. When making your affirmations use words that evoke strong feelings in you. When you’re saying your affirmations, even silently to yourself, say them with strong emotion. Here is an example: See it when you say it. Stand tall, stride around the room, and throw your arms out wide. If you’re in a place where you’re saying your affirmations silently then see yourself taking these physical actions in your mind‘s eye while you’re repeating your affirmations. Practice the physical part of saying your affirmations whenever you get the chance. This way you’ll have a solid anchor of yourself going through these movements for those times when you need to visualize the movement and you silently say the affirmation.
Use present tense words. I’m now receiving, I’m doing, I now have, choosing these phrases send the message to your basic self that your desired result exists right now. It’s the responsibility of your basic self to fulfill your directives as quickly as possible. If you put your affirmations in the future tense, as in I will or I’m going to then your basic self has no clear directive to act now. Your desired goal will continue to stay in the future because that’s the information you’re putting out.
Say what you mean. If your affirmation is – I’m a powerful communicator, be sure that you’ve clearly defined to yourself exactly what actions a powerful communicator does. Remember that words are symbols for our thoughts. Each word or combination of words carries the energy of an image (thought) specific to you. Word your affirmations to get the exact results you desire. Invest in a good thesaurus. The more words you have at your command the more precise you can be in wording your affirmation.
Here is how it works. Choose a time and place when you’re able to be uninterrupted for a while. Start saying your affirmations aloud using lots of movement and great emotional energy. This can be as easy as touching your forehead with your index finger, clenching your fist, touching your thumb and pinky finger together or any physical activity you are able to assign as your specific anchor action. Avoid choosing a noise action like snapping your fingers or tapping your foot because there may be times when you’ll want to use your anchor unobtrusively. In addition, whichever action you choose, use it specifically as an anchor for your affirmations. If you have a habit of scratching your ear while concentrating then that may not be as effective for you as a new behavior assigned to your affirmations.
As you begin each affirmation, do the action. Put all of your energy and emotion into this. Go over the top, as if you are on stage. Say the affirmation, do the action. Say the affirmation, do the action. Do this for an hour or more if you are able to. Your voice may get hoarse, that is okay. You’re building your desired lifestyle. Every time you do the action at the peak of your emotional energy while saying your affirmation, you’re creating a direct link between this action and your affirmation energy. You’ll be able to bring up the power of your affirmation any time in the future just by doing this action.
You are able to be in an elevator surrounded by other people and start using your anchor motion. By the time you reach your floor you’ll be pumped, as if you had just spent 30 minutes shouting out your affirmations. The more you use the anchor the firmer that connection will be.
Make your affirmations true and realistic. Your affirmations are your personal directive. Choose the words and phrases that are true for you. Other people may make suggestions and even give you already written affirmations. Use what is meaningful to you and discard the rest. Affirmations created by others may never be as powerful for you as the affirmations you create and believe for yourself.
There are no ‘shoulds’ in personal affirmations. You are responsible for the results that you create in your life by the actions that you choose. Listen to the input that others may offer you and then make your own decisions. Action follows thought. What you decide to think, what you constantly affirm, will determine your action.
A very important guideline for creating affirmations is that your affirmations apply only to you. You may affirm that you are a more loving husband; you may affirm that you have a nurturing relationship with your wife, but if you try to affirm that your wife is a more loving wife, then you are moving into the realm of psychic manipulation. Affirmations are based on your personal words and thoughts and apply to your life, not to others.
Create the Life You Desire
“Everything that happens, positive or negative, is drawn to you by your thoughts, words, and actions.”
A very easy definition of an affirmation is that it’s a statement asserting the existence or truth of something. For instance, if you say to yourself – I do not enter contests. I’m not lucky, I never win. Then you’ve created this statement as an affirmation. You’re asserting that you’re not a winner. This might be a statement of fact or it may not. Maybe the fact is that you sometimes win things, or experience luck and sometimes you do not. What is more significant here is you assertion that you don‘t win. If you hold that thought and image consistently you’ll behave in ways consistent with that belief. It then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for me.
Each of us produces our own particular reality in life by the words we speak and the thoughts we think. When you realize the power of words and thoughts, you’ll demonstrate dynamic life changing results for yourself using positive affirmations as one of your instruments. The spiritual mind knows that everyone and its thousands of day-to- day secret thoughts or affirmations are real things, so if the thought of health, strength and recuperation is constantly held to in the mind, such thought … will express itself in the body, making maturity never ceasing, vigor never ending, and the keenness of every physical sense ever increasing. Words that you use when talking to yourself or other people are affirmations. Your mental slap to the forehead saying – How could you be so stupid? When you miss your exit on the freeway does nothing to lift your spirit or make your world brighter. If you begin to use small happy affirmations, you perhaps might be pleasantly surprised to note how much better your day goes. We all can benefit from acquiring thought and speech patterns by replacing the negative with positive, powerful and enlightening images. Positive affirmations are the very best tool to achieve this change.
Try an experiment. Identify the source of negative messages you receive from other people and eliminate that source for an entire month. It may seem odd at first to discontinue watching the evening news or stop listening to music with negative lyrics, yet you will find that if you give yourself permission to do this for just one month you‘ll eliminate much stress and discomfort from your life.
The exciting news is that if you’re not happy with your life today you have the power to consciously change it right away. This may be a new concept to you, or may not. If you have difficulty believing that your life experience is created by the power of your thoughts, take the challenge. It costs nothing to experiment with positive affirmations to determine the impact they may have on your life. You have nothing to lose by experimenting with affirmations. You only have the world to gain!
It doesn’t matter what your experience has been to date of family, culture, environment, or even how old you are. Anyone can benefit from the effective use of positive affirmations. The past does not predict the future. You’re not locked in to your current life experience. Affirmations are valuable tools, used to move our reality in positive directions. Use positive, self-directed affirmations to create the self- fulfilling prophecies that you desire for your life. You can make it so in any area of your life you choose.
“I think therefore I Am“’
Each individual on this planet is striving to be happy. This is the state of being that we all know from the time of our birth. It’s a state of being that we recognize as our true self. Now, for most of us, this happiness does not last. It gets replaced by a striving force to survive, which feels more like the opposite of being happy. We are trapped by our traditions, systems, and societal demands of this modern world. This world-view instructs us that we humans operate similarly to a mechanical clock. This view instructs that everything is ruled by cause and effect, and almost everything can be replaced when it is damaged. Additionally, we’re taught the concept of the survival of the fittest. Collectively, these two ideas condition us to accept that individuals, like animals, must function in a state of mechanical perfection or be replaced by more perfectly functioning components in the system. These old concepts have led to a society that is completely self- centered, ego-driven, irresponsible and environmentally destructive. They’ve led us to a cult of happiness seekers who get their adrenaline rush by buying more useless stuff on a day-to-day basis – all in a subconscious attempt to keep the illusion of flawlessness.
We have been conditioned to consume the world in an effort to attain this illusory perfection, and it shows in our daily lives. Plainly put, we work at places we do not like in order to buy stuff we do not need. We have forgotten that the source of happiness lies within the center of our spiritual being, and we have replaced it by seeking it in the material world. We have things backwards.
Where does it initially come from: Desire? Wanting something? Bettering ourselves? Take a good look at your life right now. Where do you live? What does your furniture look like? What sort of car do you drive? How much money is in your bank account? Look in the mirror – how do you look? Everything has been manifested one way or the other, by you. You may not be aware of how far-reaching your ability to manifest truly is in all its aspects. Are all my thoughts responsible for this? Yes! Whatever you see in the physical universe has been created in one way or the other by your thoughts. Your thoughts are the drafts of what later becomes physical form.
Everything starts with a thought, which is a thought. That’s why it’s crucial to pay attention to your thoughts. If you worry about getting all those bills paid you’ll create more of the same thing, simply because you’ve entertained it. Your thoughts are nothing more than frequencies or vibrations that resonate with similar vibrations already existing. Fascinating, isn’t it? You would like to be able to control your views, given that they create your reality. If you are able to control your thoughts, you are able to control what you would like to create and manifest in your life.
If you cannot control your thoughts, things will manifest that seem random and unconnected to you – and they are – they’re actually manifested from others. Your consciousness is like a radio station. You can send signals and programs and you can receive signals and programs. Sometimes you may want to receive and sometimes you may want to send.
To know when to send and when to receive is one of the greatest success factors in life. It’s the balance of knowing when to create and when to experience. You cannot constantly create for you would miss out on the other part of the experience. On the other hand, if you only experience things, you’ll never get to manifest anything.
Another way of putting it would be responsive responsibility – the ability to consciously respond. In every moment, you have a choice about what you want to do, and what you want to decide. If you don’t exercise this power, nothing happens in your life – at least not what you want. This brings us to the next topic.
Happiness is the state of being of our true self, which we have deeply recognized from birth. We lose sight of the source of our happiness through a variety of cultural, social, educational, environmental and relational conditioning. When we respond to life from our true selves rather than from our conditioned selves, we are able to manifest what we want.
It is the basic principle of looking at a half full or half-empty glass. It’s your viewpoint of life that determines you attitude. If you think everything has to be given to you for free, you’re setting yourself up for big disappointment. You’ll spend a lot of time being angry because You will soon discover that nothing comes to you for free. Centering on who you are and what you have will shift your attitude and make you more humble. Recognize what you do have in life. Go out in nature and recognize the beauty of life. Pick a flower, watch and feel the grace of it.