The Power of Affirmations
By Remez Sasson
Positive affirmations are positive sentences repeated many times in order to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into action. These sentences describe a situation that we desire to happen, and are repeated many times, with conviction, attention and feelings.
Imagine that you are swimming with your friends in a swimming pool. They swim fifteen rounds, something you have never done before. As you desire the respect of your friends, you want to show them that you can make it too. You start swimming, and at the same time keep repeating in your mind: "I can do it, I can do it...". You keep thinking and believing that you are going to complete the fifteen rounds. What are you actually doing? You are repeating positive affirmations.
More than often people repeat negative sentences and statements, concerning diverse situations in their lives, and consequently bring upon themselves undesirable situations. Affirmations work both ways, to build and to destroy. They are a kind of a neutral power. It is the way we use them that determines whether they are going to bring good or harmful results.
Affirmations are similar to creative visualization. The repeated words build mental images and scenes in the mind. The words help to focus on the aim, object or situation one wants to achieve or create. Frequent repetitions make the subconscious mind accept them, and then it influences and affects the way one thinks, acts and behaves.
The conscious mind, the mind you think with, starts this process, and then the subconscious mind takes charge. This means that the most frequent thoughts that pass through your mind, ultimately affect your life and your destiny.
Affirmations work like commands that are given to a computer. They influence us, other people, events and circumstances. It might seem strange to you, but they do also influence the people we meet, our circumstances and the events we encounter.
Sometimes they work fast, but more often they need time. Repeating positive affirmations a few minutes, and then thinking negatively, neutralizes the effects of the positive words. You have to refuse negative thoughts, otherwise you will not attain positive results.
We often repeat affirmations, without even being aware of the process. We use them when we tell ourselves that we can't do something, that we are too lazy, or when we believe we are going to fail. The subconscious mind always accepts follows what we tell it. It is the same principle at work when we say to ourselves that we can do it, or we cannot, when say we are going to succeed and when we keep saying that we are going to fail. It is the same power working both ways. Why not choose the better way?
How to Repeat Affirmations
It is better to repeat affirmations that are not too long. A short sentence is quite enough. They can be repeated, when your mind is not engaged in something in particular, such as when traveling in a bus or a train, waiting in line, walking etc, but do not affirm while driving yourself or crossing a street. You may also repeat them in special sessions of about ten minutes each, several times a day.
There should be no physical, emotional or mental tension while repeating them. The stronger the concentration, the more faith you have in what you are doing, the more feelings you put into the act, the stronger and faster will be the results.
It is very important to choose only positive affirmations. If for example you desire to lose weight, do not say, "I am not fat, I am losing weight." By saying this sentence you are repeating to your subconscious mind that you are fat. The word "losing" also evokes negative images. It is better to say, "My body has an athletic form, and weighs the right and healthy weight". Such words evoke positive images in the mind.
It is important to affirm using in the present tense, not the future tense. Saying: "I will be rich", means that you intend to be rich one day, in the indefinite future. You are actually telling yourself that some day you will be rich, never now. It is better and more effective to say, and also feel, "I am rich now", and the subconscious mind will work overtime to make this happen now, in the present.
As to results, sometimes they may come fast, and at other times may take more time to manifest. Achieving results through the power of affirmations depends on how much time, energy, faith and feelings you invest in your affirmations, on how big or small is your goal, and on how strong is your desire.
By using the power of affirmations you state what you want to be true in your life. You see reality, as you want it to be. For a while, you ignore your current circumstances and your doubts, and concentrate on a different reality.
- I am healthy and happy.
- Wealth is pouring into my life.
- I am getting healthier each day.
- My body is healthy and functioning in a very good way.
- I have a lot of energy.
- I study and comprehend fast.
- I am getting A's in my exams.
- My mind is calm.
- I am calm and relaxed in every situation.
- My thoughts are under my control.
- I radiate love and happiness.
- I am surrounded by love.
- I have the perfect job for me.
- I am living in the house of my dreams.
- I have good and loving relations with my wife/husband.
- I have a wonderful satisfying job.
- I have the means to travel abroad whenever I want to.
- I am successful in whatever I do.
- Everything is getting better every day.
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I got this from the website Success Conscious I am not offering any opinions whatsoever on the products for sale here as I have not familiarized myself with them. However, I found this article to be very informative. Stemming from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, changing our thoughts to be more positive than negative will alter our feelings and ultimately our behaviour. Affirmations help to do that.
Good point, doing one's best to 'imagine' the feelings that go with it if they're not coming naturally, as you say 'faking it', is important, faking it as best you can, the better the 'actor' you can be the quicker the growth/change. It is in some ways 'make believe' in a very literal sense where what you imagine comes true.
I do my affirmations everyday, and they change everyday, but it is the ole ' practice makes perfect' IMO. Its tricky to get the left side of the brain to stop chattering, but when you do... well in my own experience, its a great way to get the chakras moving and to get an insight on the fact that our physical bodies are just little cars which we drive about for a while...
I think you hit the nail on the head with doubt. I think one of the most important things anyone can do in general is keep that perpetual state of 'thank you' going. What I think of as the 'attitude of gratitude'. LOL
Being grateful for what is, isn't always easy though, when we dream of something different. To have faith that what is, is what is meant to be now, and trust that there's a positive reason why what you think you want has not yet manifested.
I now look at the things I dream of having in my life, as yes it would be lovely if that happened, but I am so profoundly grateful for the life I have now.
I usually use affirmations before exams or when I'm distracted or stressed. There is a little tool out there, that might be able to plant these positive sentences into your sub-conscious via subliminal messages, if you configure the program to show the sentence(s) only for a short time (around 50 milliseconds). The freeware can be found here (no need to install). You can feed it with your own affirmations as well and in the options you have many possibilities to make it fit your needs. As the software's creator said, "May it be of benefit".
affirmations are great
Two of my affirmations are: I believe in myself, and I trust in myself.