How to Use Affirmations
Firstly, I cannot stress how important affirmations can be for healing,
both of the body and especially the mind.
An affirmation is essentially a positive statement that is given in the
present tense, i.e. I am a wonderful person with many talents. Can you
feel how positive that statement is? Simply saying to yourself out loud
such a positive statement makes you feel good. It can be an instant
mood booster. However, the real power of affirmations is how they get
into your subconscious mind, or your thoughts that are below conscious
awareness, and boost those too. An affirmation said often will actually
reprogram your subconscious with the positive statement you are
repeating. They have the power to literally turn your life around from
negative to positive, and do so quickly! They can also be applied to
almost any situation or problem. Once you get the hang of writing them,
you can quickly compose your own affirmations whenever you need to, to
suit your current needs.
The subject of your affirmation can be regarding any problem or belief
about yourself or your situation that you wish to change. Here is where
they overlap with the law of attraction, since by repeating
affirmations you are sending out positively charged energy. As 'like
attracts like', positive energy attracts back to you more positive
energy. Often our thoughts can become negative and repetitive, our
inner chatter unbeknownst to us can reflect thoughts that are bringing
us down and closing down opportunities. Negative thoughts block us from
moving forward. Since a positive attitude isn't always easy or natural
in the face of adversity, this is where repeating affirmations can help
Example subjects of your affirmation could be centered around
appearance, weight, attitude, prospects, hopes and dreams, beliefs,
conditioning or just something you want to turn around. Here are all
kinds of example affirmations:
- I loose weight quickly and easily and do not feel a need to
- I attract a wonderful new job with great pay and people I
enjoy being around.
- I enjoy my life and am open to new opportunities
each and every day.
- I am strong enough to conquer any problem and
overcome any obstacle.
- I embrace all that happens as an opportunity to
learn and grow wiser.
- My financial status improves each hour of each
day, I attract wonderful luck.
The trick with affirmations is to phrase them in the positive,
otherwise they cannot reprogram our subconscious thoughts. If you were
to say, "Bad people no longer hinder me", what your mind hears is the
words "bad people" and that is what you begin to attract. Rather,
saying "Kindness surrounds me and I accept love to come to me" is a
million times more effective at changing your expectations in life and
charging you with positive energy. Through the law of attraction you
begin to attract the positive things you state because your mind is
expecting it. You are sending out a whole other energy to the universe,
and you can start living on a bandwidth where such things are possible.
I believe affirmations saved my life when I had a few cancers that were
very aggressive. Somehow, because I knew my life could well depend on
it, I changed my whole attitude about my life to the positive and it
was no easy feat. I had such entrenched thought patterns but each day I
would repeat out loud, like a mantra, "I love my live, my life is
wonderful, I want to live." This was not how I felt initially, yet
repeating this fundamental statement took me to a very positive state
towards cherishing life again. I was very lucky because such aggressive
cancer did not return. The books I'd read about affirmations I feel
saved me because I had the tools to instantly work on my subconscious
and bring my attitude back from the edge, back into the light and have
another chance to see how wondrous the world is. Today I no longer need
this affirmation daily to remind me because it finished its
reprogramming work. This is how it often is; once you have worked on
one area of your life, you don't need to revisit that particular issue
again and are free to move onto other attitudes or beliefs.
How to use affirmations correctly
Affirmations are so simple to use. Simply write your statement in the
present tense. Never phrase it in past or future with words like "I
will" or "I was". Instead of saying "I will lose weight", simply say "I
lose weight" - and there is the power, in the present moment.
Repeat any affirmation at least 3 times out loud. For more power I
would spend a few minutes just repeating it as a mantra, over and over.
Do this at intervals throughout the day whenever you remember. If you
to change, you will remember to do this. Spend some time on the wording
so that your affirmations really resonate with you. You can also repeat
them over and over in your mind, or some people prefer to write them
out over and over. Stick them to the fridge, the bedroom
wall or a corner of your computer screen.
Do this for as long as it
takes for your energy to change to positive. You may feel odd doing
this at first until it feels natural. Some affirmations can feel too
positive at first, this occurs when your belief system argues with you.
persist through this feeling, you actually change that belief system at
a deep level, whilst drawing to you new positive energy that supports
the new belief.
Lastly, be imaginative and unlimited. What can be more
natural than affirming positive things about you to yourself? Remember:
Think big and beautiful about You!
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