What are Affirmations and How Do They Work?

by | Jun 15, 2014 | Balance | 0 comments

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The power of affirmations to positively change a habit or a belief has been proven hundreds of thousands of times by at least that many people in the past 100 years (and no doubt for much longer than that, but who was counting?)

According MindPowerPlus.com, a popular website promoting the use of positive affirmations, “The easiest way to change and improve the quality of your life is to change or improve your perception of yourself. This can all be accomplished with powerful affirmations that can quiet negative thought patterns and discipline your mind.”

   If positive affirmations work that well and that easily, why aren’t we all repeating them when we really want to make serious changes?

There is no single answer to that question.  A couple of reasons that are commonly expressed are that repeating the same affirmation over and over again is boring; and another is that it is difficult for most people to believe that a simple positive statement, even if it is repeated consistently and often, could possibly make a really measurable difference.  It just seems too simple.

Affirmations are simple tools, which are free and available to anyone, anytime, anywhere; in a peaceful garden, in a crowded room, in the middle of a meeting or on your way to the hospital in an ambulance.  And they absolutely do work if you work with them.  It is helpful however, if you are attempting to change a major belief about yourself, if you can enter into the practice with at least a strong hope that they will work for you, even if you may start the practice with some doubts.

Here is a physical demonstration of how Affirmations work.  Try it for yourself and see.

In one inch block letters on a piece of white paper, write the word NO.

Then directly over the face of the word NO, in the same size letters using the same pen write the word YES.  Still using that same pen, begin tracing over the YES letters many, many times.  How many times?  As many times as it takes until you can no longer read the word NO underneath the word YES.  The many tracings of the word YES will eventually make the word NO fade out of sight.

In your mind, repeated affirmations work just like that pen that traced the letters YES until the letters NO disappeared.  As their continued repetitions create a new belief in your mind, the old one just slips quietly away.

For example, if you have been consistently affirming, I AM BROKE, you have created a strong belief, and that belief has literally gouged a mental grove in your brain that says you have no money.  In turn, that ingrained belief becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.  Keep affirming I AM BROKE and you will stay broke.

If you would like to change that belief by using an affirmation (which is free), first you will need to commit to yourself to stop saying and thinking I AM BROKE.  Instead replace I AM BROKE with I AM A HEALTHY, WEALTHY CHILD OF GOD.  Repeat it to yourself and to others, out loud, at least 12 times every day for 12 weeks.  If you keep your mind and your words centered in those positive words – I AM A HELATHY, WEALTHY CHILD OF GOD – the old groove that has been creating a belief of I AM BROKE will fill in with the new belief that says – I AM A HEALTY, WEALTHY CHILD OF GOD.  When your internal belief changes, so will your outer world experience.

If you are ready now to make changes for the better in every area of your life, the 12 Powerful Awakening Affirmations that I recommend to you are these:

I AM GODS OWN PERFECT CREATION

THERE IS NO OTHER PERSON ON THIS PLANET EXACTLY LIKE ME

I AM INTIMATELY CONNECTED TO ALL OF THE POWER OF THE UNIVERSE

GOD LOVES ME ALL THE TIME

I AM WHO I AM, AND I ALLOW OTHERS TO BE WHO THEY ARE

I AM A LIMITLESS BEING

I ASK FOR WHAT I WANT AND I RECEIVE IT

I AM A HEALTHY, WEALTHY CHILD OF GOD

LOVE, PEACE AND JOY ABOUND IN MY LIFE

I AM FILLED WITH A SENSE OF WELL BEING

I AM JOYFUL AND I AM GRATEFUL

THINGS ALWAYS WORK OUT FOR ME.

Would today be a good day to make at commitment to yourself to shed your old, negative beliefs and replace them with positive, working new ones?

Why not print off these Affirmations and set yourself up a little system to remember to repeat them 12 x 12 x 12 – 12 affirmations, 12 times a day for 12 weeks?  A simple kitchen timer will do to remind you; repeat one set of affirmations, then set the timer for another hour and repeat them again and an hour later repeat them again, etc.  Or, you can repeat as many as three sets at one time – twelve affirmations, repeated 3 times in succession – but then take a break before you start the next 3 sets.  Spaced repetition is the key to success in using affirmations of any kind.

Students using this really exciting process have been very creative in developing ways to be sure they repeat the full set of Awakening Affirmations twelve times each day.  One student swam laps in her pool and repeated one set with each lap.  Another walked to work in the city and repeated a set as he walked from block to block to block.   A self-proclaimed couch-potato muted his TV every time a commercial came on and actually repeated his sets of affirmations even more than 12 times each day.

My wish for you is JOY!  THINGS ALWAYS DO WORK OUT FOR YOU.

“Enjoy the Ride”

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