Powerful Life-Changing Affirmations

Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Marie Monroe

 

“I am worthy and deserving of a good life.”

“I am responsible for my life.”

“I am responsible for my own spiritual growth.”

 

Each of these is an affirmative statement, or affirmation.  Affirmations can be about health, love, respect, God … anything that you want to affirm within yourself.  They send powerful messages deep into our minds.  Written purposefully and said regularly, these statements penetrate levels of our psyche that typically seem to be out of reach, operating beyond our conscious control. 

 

By using affirmations, we can not only reach the deepest levels of consciousness, but once there, actually change our consciousness as a means of improving our attitude, our feelings about ourselves, and ultimately our lives.  

 

Shifting What Out Mind Believes

Health sciences are finding that we can dramatically enhance, and even engineer, not only the content of our beliefs, but also the contents of how we feel about and experience life.  This is a radical shift in how we view the mind and how we use it to our benefit.  Our beliefs about ourselves and the world are the way in which we experience life.  Beliefs determine what we do, how we feel, how we perceive others and the world.  Beliefs also determine what we consider to be possible in life.  They open the world wide to possibility.  What lies in each of our current beliefs, very simply, is an enormous untapped potential.

 

Affirmative statements, used purposively, target the underlying creative energies of our mind.  Composed as powerful and succinct statements, affirmations are seeds of consciousness – directives planted in the mind.  Affirmations can be fashioned out of any need: the need to feel safe, the need to heal, or the need to accept are only some examples.  Writing affirmations also help each of us to make our desires concrete.  As we repeat affirmations each day, they deliver our intentions to the mind.  There, in the subconscious and unconscious, intentions become reality.  The possibilities of what affirmations can do for us depend only upon how effectively we use them.

 

Creating Affirmation Statements

To create effective affirmations we must learn the language of our mind’s creativity.  This is the language that the deeper mind can ‘hear’ and understand.  Simple rules govern this communication, but they are rules nonetheless.  We heighten the efficiency and effectiveness of our affirmations if we use the inherent mechanics of the deep creative mind. Some habits of everyday thought and speech can sabotage our efforts. The rules of deep mind creativity help us circumvent these habits. 

 

A look at what constitutes negation – affirmation’s nemesis – helps us get closer to powerful affirmative thought.  Negations often pepper our thoughts and speech when we decide to make life changes.  Many times we will formulate our visions of change in terms of those things we no longer want.  For example, I might say, “I don’t want to drink anymore; I don’t want to be sick.”  The intention is good: sobriety and health.  However, statements that use negative words like ‘won’t,’ ‘don’t,’ ‘none,’ ‘no,’ ‘never,’ ‘not,’ ‘can’t’ or ‘shouldn’t’ will sabotage your goal of using affirmations for real, positive change.

 

 The deeper mind ‘hears’ specific concepts and thinks rather concretely.  It does not hear negations.  In our example, for instance, “I don’t want to drink anymore; I don’t want to be sick,” the deep mind will hear the words ”drink” and “sick” because these are the concrete concepts of our statement.  “Drink” and “sick” will then become seeds planted into the fertile soil of the deep mind. If we continue to use this statement frequently, we may just get more of what we don’t want: more drink and sicker.  Negations also tend to carry a negative emotional charge that is apt to perpetuate what you desire to change. 

 

“I Am” Statements

An affirming statement in our example is “I am sober and I am healthy.”  This statement does not have a negative feeling tone, but instead conveys that all is well.  It also speaks the creative language of the deeper mind very fluently.  It uses probably the most powerful statement of creativity consciousness that we know:  ”I am.”

 

“I am” instantly claims whatever words that follow.  Aligned with self and its core identity, “I am” pulls the affirmative statement into its crucible.  As we regularly repeat affirmations using “I am” statements, we start to believe.  This is the first step to becoming what we desire.  Once seeded, the deep mind will do its work.  We, on the other hand, must do ours.  We must cultivate receptivity and be prepared to accept the products of our affirmations.

 

In order to remain receptive, it is essential that we control the feeling tone of the affirmation.  The phrase “I am” is a statement of fact in the present tense.  ”I am” claims its victory now.  Furthermore, “I am” is identity, a statement about the self.  The self is nurtured and reshaped with good affirmations.  I can become who I want to be, possibly … or, I can declare that it is already so: I am who I want to be! 

 

Such declarations go straight to the psyche’s creative workshop and grow while we are relaxed, savoring the feeling of having and being what we want now.  Control of the emotional tone of the affirmation will adjust one’s ability to receive the manifestation.  “I am”, followed by a statement of positives, will create a sense of empowerment, well being and receptivity.  These are powerful states that mobilize and accelerate the creative process.  We must claim our victories as we declare our affirmations – not later, but now, in the security and serenity of the “I am.”

 

Accepting – Not Pretending

It may seem that we are pretending, that we are not really what we declare, at least not yet.  After all, we are making declarations in order to receive manifestations.  They have yet to come.  How is it that this ‘pretending’ our manifestations are already here can work?  It works simply because the deep creative mind believes it works and our limited beliefs have to struggle to understand that.  Or, perhaps we don’t have to understand it all.  Perhaps we can simply accept it and get on with the work of changing our lives.

 

Affirmations are a tool used to change lives through changing beliefs and shifting consciousness.  If we seed the mind with powerful affirmations, it will help us clear away the mind’s debris that would have us believe in limitation, deprivation and lack.  Send messages of intent to the deep creative mind and it will heal your perceptions, open your world and change your beliefs.  This is an enormous healing process.

 

Try This Exercise:

Decide what area of your life you want to work on and then decide what you want.  Create an ‘I am’ affirmation statement using the present tense.  You want your mind to know it has already happened.  Be positive (never use a negative statement).

 

Write down your statement(s) so you will remember exactly what you want to say.  Keep them short and specific.  Don’t discount – the more you accept the possibilities the stronger the affirmation.

 

Repeat your affirmation statement to yourself 100 times a day (it’s ok to do them all in one sitting!).  Repetition helps to create neurochemical change in the mind and reinforces acceptance of the new belief.  Try to have a specific time set aside to repeat your affirmation statement as this will help set a pattern for you to do them daily.  Continue every day until they become a part of your thinking.

 

“Our attitude towards what has happened to us in life is the important thing to recognize. Once hopeless, my life is now hope-full, but it did not happen overnight. The last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, is to choose one’s own way.”

-Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

 

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Posted on 22 November, 2008 in Balance, Fitness & Health, Goals, Happiness, Making the Day Count
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Vicki Hollon
    November 24th, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Thank you for this article. I look forward to working with the exercise.
    Vicki

  2. Christian Nanz
    December 9th, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    Vicki – Thanks for taking the time to comment. Personally, I think this is one of the more important articles that Make The Days Count has published in its early stages. Self-depreciation is one thing, but I think way to many of us (myself most of all) forget we have worth and value … not for what we do but for who we are. I think Marie’s article is right on.

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