Have you ever heard the phrase – “Every day in every way I am getting better and better”? It was popularized by Jose Sylva, creator of the Sylva Mind Control Method, but it originated with a man named Emile Coue, who in the late 1800’s, introduced the concept of auto-suggestion, better known today as affirmation.
Coue was of the opinion that in order to lead a really good life, we only have to ask Spirit to provide for us what is in our highest and best good, and then we will not only receive it, but that we will also enjoy it immensely.
To prove his point Coue created the affirmative phrase, “Every day in every way I am getting better and better,” suggesting that his students repeat that mantra from a meditative state (the alpha state) 20 times, twice each day. To help keep count, he suggested that they take a length of string and tie 20 evenly spaced knots in the string, so that they could easily move their fingers smoothly from knot to knot as they repeated their Affirmation without interrupting their depth of concentration.
Coue’s conclusion was that if you repeat this auto-suggestion exactly as he wrote it, without any additions or adaptations and in exactly the manner he directed, “the rest of your life will be the best of your life.”
What makes Coue’s work particularly interesting to the readers of this magazine is that it is a basic tool for making a serious conscious shift. It requires us to make a conscious choice to relinquish personal decisions about what is best for us – in every single realm of our human experience – and to turn all of those possible choices over to Spirit with the complete understanding that whatever choices Spirit makes on our behalf will ultimately better our entire journey here on planet earth.
What a concept! Trusting Spirit to manage our life, in fact trusting anything other than our personal will to manage our lives, is a gutsy move.
But consider this: You’ve had the controls for as long as you’ve lived so far, and as Dr. Phil might ask, “How is that working for you?” How many things have you thought you wanted and found out you didn’t? How many choices have you made that later you would gladly have recanted? How may ruts have you dug for yourself that were very costly and painful to dig back out of?
Might you not actually be better off to literally give your life choices over to Spirit and not be tempted to snatch the controls back until you actually see how it works?
There is only one way to find out, isn’t there? What if every day for 90 days you decided to follow Emile Coue’s suggestion? What if you agreed to slip into the meditative state twice each day and repeat 20 times – “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better?” It isn’t a hard exercise to do. It takes a minimum amount of discipline. If you don’t want to create a string of 20 knots to count your repetitions, you can just as easily use the fingers of both hands to count off 20 repetitions. What have you got to lose?
That’s exactly what I asked myself and I decided to take my own challenge. I began my mantra – “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better.” on the 15th of November 2014 and I haven’t missed a single day since. Nor do I intend to. Why? Because my life has actually unfolded in a number of better and better ways over the past 90 days.
My relationships, from major to minor, feel more solid and more authentic (and a few of them had to shift mightily to cause that to happen.) My business is moving forward more effectively and I am generating more income. My eating habits have changed and my weight is down. My blood pressure has evened off, my overall moods are better and my joy of life is indeed greater.
But most importantly for me, my Spiritual life has deepened. By committing to both affirmation and meditation twice a day, my ability to trust Spirit to provide for my security, my supply and my direction is much more focused and I have a far greater sense of well-being. In fact so far, every day in every way I have indeed become better and better.
Will it work for you? It could. The only real question is: are you brave enough to try it?
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