Robert Watson is a certified hypnotherapist with the ABH and the NGH, and has worked with affirmations and subliminal messages for over ten years. Visit his Subliminal Messages [http://subliminal.green-machine.info] website for more information about using affirmations and subliminal messages to help you lose weight, quit smoking, have a more positive outlook and more.
One of the most important pieces of gaining permanent weight loss has nothing to do with the foods you eat or the exercises you do. It has to do with your mindset. Some people are able to lose weight effectively, and then gain it all back, while others, those who have made the proper changes to their lives to lose weight, can stay thin for the rest of their lives. The major difference between these two people is in that one person is achieving weight loss through affirmations, often without even realizing it, while the other is not. One of the most powerful tools for losing weight could en up being weight loss through affirmations.
Affirmations are a thought or a statement that we say to ourselves which has a profound effect on how we act or feel. Depending on its positive or negative nature, the mind then acts accordingly which can lead to either positive or negative impact on our lives. Thus, if you want to achieve weight loss through affirmations, you need to know how to utilize these techniques to give you the mindset of a skinny person. Weight loss through affirmations is an underused and understudied technique, but the effects can be profound.
To achieve weight loss through affirmations we must first overcome our negative thoughts because it is a major contributor to our general mindset. We must let go of these thoughts as these thoughts are major resistance to our weight loss through affirmation treatment. Instead of thinking ‘I am fat’ or ‘I will never be slim again’ try thinking ‘Today I have succeeded in losing some of excess fats’ or ‘I look thinner’. These kinds of statements leads to a positive and fruitful results.
For a positive result of weight loss through affirmations, the affirmations need to be repeated many times. Write down any positive thought you get maybe in a diary, on a piece of card or whichever way is convenient to you. Review them daily to get your mind to completely accept these thoughts and think of them as nothing but true. Preferably review them twice a day. Initially along with positive thoughts, you will eventually run across negative thoughts that continually occur to you. Note down these thoughts as well and at the end of the day review them and try replacing them with something more positive. For example if you have a thought such as ‘this isn’t working’ or ‘I don’t see any change’ try replacing it with ‘I feel lighter’ or ‘I feel thinner’ or ‘It really is working’. You should say your weight loss affirmations out loud, and try to use them in the way that you think, and you should be much better off.
Weight loss through affirmations depends on thoughts and in particular the words that one uses to attain weight loss through affirmations. Proper terminology varies from person to person, but the right words are needed for this weight loss technique to actually work. Try to us simple and direct sentences which your mind can easily get used to without causing any negative effect. This is important as even positive words can have negative effects.
One example of the power of affirmations is noted by Barbara Doberman Levine, author of “Your Body Believes Every Word You say” talked about one man who read about hypnosis and began to affirm to himself, “I am not hungry.” Instead he actually gained weight. Whenever he told himself he was not hungry his mind focused its attention to see if he was hungry. He repeated this affirm so many times that his subconscious actually put energy into making him hungry. So he felt more hungry through this affirm rather than before adopting it. Barbara Levine also says, “Telling yourself not to do something, you focus attention on the very thing you are avoiding, making it harder to avoid”.
Thus, you can not expect to achieve weight loss through affirmation using phrases like ‘I will not eat chocolate’ because this brings to mind the thought of eating chocolate, which in turn will make you desire it more. Instead, say something like ‘I eat healthy foods’ because this is vague enough to avoid problems, but focuses specifically on the idea of controlling what you eat. The words ‘no’ and ‘not’ should never appear in your weight loss affirmations.
Weight loss through affirmations is not only about having the right thoughts but is also about expressing your thoughts using right words. If weight loss affirmations are rightly utilized with proper and correct technique it can result in actual weight loss and a prefect body as we desire. When considering trying to achieve weight loss through affirmations, build up a large list of weight loss affirmations, and run through them daily or twice daily. In time, you should notice that you achieving weight loss through affirmations.
Can you really expect to change your feelings and behaviors, erase negative thinking and break out into a new era of achievement and happiness by using positive affirmations? Getting ‘unstuck’ is a strange process, having been through it a few times myself, it certainly helps to have the experience of those that have successfully turned around negative thought patterns into strong, positive thoughts.
Certainly, to experience overall personal achievement at a massive level, changing your thought patterns is crucial – one way that works for many people is through positive affirmations.
Using a combination of introspection through meditation with positive affirmations is an extremely powerful combination to beat down negative thinking and improve your positive mental attitude.
For many people though, they have tried affirmations and they noticed no difference – so does it work for everyone?
There are 3 critical factors to manifesting positive thoughts and positive outcomes in your life using affirmations:
1. They must be based on achieving goals and objectives that are congruent with your inner purpose and beliefs. If you develop your affirmations around objectives that deep down you don’t believe in, you will hijack achievement at some point.
2. You must be consistent about using affirmations. Don’t expect to try affirmations out for a few days and see major changes occur in your life. Positive affirmations impact your life cumulatively -the positive results will expand over time.
3. My experience has been that you need to focus on a short list of affirmations for a period of time rather than dozens. I like to focus on 5-10 affirmations for 1-month, depending on the term of my goal, then replace that affirmation with another the next month. For some goals you may want to stick with them for a year or more.
Keeping these core principles in mind, here are some other tips on crafting effective affirmations.
1) Write the affirmation out in the present perspective. The objective is to create the thought and associated feelings that your affirmation is, in fact, true right now (not in the future or in the past)
For example, “I am so happy that I feel totally self-confident when I get up and speak in front of my public speaking class”
2) Write your affirmation so that it “feels” emotionally desirable to you. The more “REAL” you can make affirmation and the more they make you comfortable, happy or seem like fun, the better results you will get.
3) Your affirmations should be about having something you desire rather than avoiding something you don’t want.
For example, I don’t want to feel tired should be re-worded to read “I am filled with the electric vibrations of inner energy and can tap into an endless supply of boundless energy”
4. Be certain with your affirmations, instead of saying “I believe I will…” or “I feel I am energetic…” say “I am energetic” or “I have ready access to an endless supply of energy”
5. Be specific and describe your feelings…for instance “I am cashing my first $10,000 check, enjoying the warm feeling it gives me as I immediately contribute $1,000 to XYZ charity” What is critical here is that you really picture yourself receiving the $10,000 check, how do you feel when you get it? Who do you tell and what is their response? What does it feel like to decide which charity you will give your $1,000 to? How do your family and neighbors react when you tell them about the check? What about when you see the $10,000 in your bank account, how happy do you feel?
I have recently started to write a set of descriptors about the imagery and feelings that go along with each affirmation so that I can use these when I review the affirmations daily.
Here are some simple, effective affirmations (remember, don’t use these unless they are in line with your main purpose and you really want the outcome as a top priority in your life right now)
“I am having so much fun enjoying a 30-day vacation at the ocean watching my kids completely innocent and in-tune with nature”
“Right now, I am enjoying a fascinating and stimulating conversation with my wife about her next move in life”
“I am enjoying the 1-hour I get to spend with my kids today because my business allows me to be at home and financially secure to spend this fun and exciting time with my boys.”
“I am fascinated with my girlfriend on our dinner date, we are having such an incredible time with each other laughing and sharing intimate thoughts”
“I am completely confident asking my boss for a $20,000 raise knowing that I will add far more than that to the top line of my company”
“I am gratefully out for a stimulating, energy producing walk in the woods”
“I am totally self-assured, self-confident and at ease in any social situation”
The great part about affirmations is the complete transition from the most negative thought patterns to an increasing pattern of positive thoughts eventually turning into a habit of positive thinking that becomes just as automatic as your current negative thinking.
Use these techniques to develop your own list of positive affirmations, use visualization to picture yourself having achieved the goals, repeat your affirmations at least twice each day for the next 30-days and you will begin to notice an overall change in your consciousness. Suddenly the law of attraction will kick in and you will mysteriously see more abundance enter into your life. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can experience this fundamental improvement in your life.
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If you have already read any materials related to Law of Attraction, you will understand that one of the main purposes for using affirmations is to strengthen our belief system so that we can harness the power of subconscious mind to attract and manifest what we want in our life.
You may start thinking, yes I did start to affirm what I want, but it just doesn’t seem to happen as things just don’t go according to plan and seem worse than before.
In this article, we will explore 5 main reasons why your affirmation doesn’t work:
1. Verbal instead of mind reading – During the time when we are working with an affirmation, we may be just using our mind to read from the material, such as an affirmation book or affirmation card. If that’s the case, our mind will just simply read and observe it, so it doesn’t have enough energy to hold the intention and it will not be able to create a solid belief and programming. The best way is to affirm it out loud verbally. Sound is form of vibration and when we use our voice, it creates a higher frequency, thus it helps to strengthen the belief, so your subconscious mind thinks you are quite serious and mean what you are saying.
2. Don’t be greedy – sometimes we just want everything in one go, especially when it comes to affirmations. Our ego may think, ‘the more affirmations we read, the better it will go!’ But do you know, when we are reading a list of affirmations, we tend to lose focus of which affirmation we are actually focusing on? Because of this, the mind is not able to register the affirmation since it has already become confused. To counteract this, why not just pick 1 affirmation and focus on it with all your energy and enthusiasm? I would suggest that affirmations are done at least twice a day for 5 to 10 minutes every time.
3. Lack of perseverance – affirmations mean we keep on affirming what we want so that it becomes a part of the positive belief in our mind. But, most of the time we tend to lose focus and become distracted by external factors such as work challenges or relationship issues, so it is very important to set your own time and focus on the affirmation everyday without letting external challenges beat you. From the scientific and metaphysic point of view, if we keep on doing the same affirmation for 21 days, it will form a positive habit and programme within our subconscious mind, so why not set yourself a goal, do it for 21 days and also show your faith to God?
4. Lack of Feeling and Emotion – How we are feeling when we are doing our affirmation work directly affects their efficiency. If you are affirming but feeling a fear of lack or you are doing affirmations for the sake of affirming then your affirmations are not likely to work the way you want them too. Our feelings and emotions serve as the “lubricant” for affirmations so if we charge up the affirmation with positive feelings of love, joy and enthusiasm, your manifestation power will be significantly magnified. It is the same process in reverse if you affirm with emptiness or coldness, the feeling will eventually block the manifestation process and your affirmations will not work.
5. Too focused on Positive beliefs – Our subconscious mind is full of a mixture of positive and limiting beliefs that may cause inner conflict. For example, we belief we want abundance, yet we also believe we don’t deserve it. This issue is known as having dual-beliefs. So these two beliefs actually counteract the other, with the end result of nothing being achieved. When we want to cultivate positive beliefs we have to be willing to be honest with ourselves to see if we have any negative and limiting beliefs that may block the “new” positive belief that we are trying to cultivate from being manifested? To do this, create a list of negative beliefs that you may have and clear them from your subconscious mind through affirmation work. By doing this, your new and positive affirmations are able to function easily and effectively.
Positive affirmations can have a very real impact on your life. They are much more than just a phrase that you repeat. Everyone has some familiarity with the idea of affirmations and given the way that they are often put across in pop culture, it isn’t that surprising if you think of them as a little silly.
To put it simply, positive affirmations can give you control over yourself, your life and the world around you.
Affirmations are statements which you repeat to yourself on a consistent basis and can be either positive or negative. When repeated over an extended period of time, they can change the way you see things, the way you feel and even the way you act – all of which can bring about real changes in your life.
Whether or not you think of yourself as someone who uses affirmations, they are something which have been around you for your entire life. Even your parents and other people who were around you in your youth use a form of affirmations to affect the way you act.
Even if you don’t realize it, affirmations come to you in the form of messages (verbal or non-verbal) from relatives and friends while you grew up. Eventually, you may have come to internalize these messages until they became part of your behavior and your point of view.
For example, if your parents or other people often told you that you weren’t smart when you were young, you could have come to internalize this message in the form of a negative affirmation. From that point on, whenever something happened that made you feel stupid, you were reminded of the negative affirmation drilled into you as you were growing up. Over time, you even began to believe them and saw evidence of this negative message everywhere.
However, you can reverse the effect of negative affirmations by using positive affirmations which you come up with yourself. The following are a few tips to help you to come up with your own effective positive affirmations.
Your affirmations should always be worded in a positive way, even if the idea of the affirmation is to change something negative in your life. Instead of saying something like “I don’t want to worry about bills”, say “I pay my bills with ease”.
Write your affirmations in the present tense; it is important for your affirmations to be written as things that are happening to you right now, instead of sometime later on. If you write your affirmations in the future tense, all of your energy will be focused on the future instead of the present. Whatever your affirmations are, they need to be focused on now, not the future.
If it is difficult for you to stay positive when you’re writing affirmations, then begin by putting together a list of what you don’t want. It’s easier to then write affirmations, since you will know for certain what you don’t want.
Keep your affirmations focused on one idea and don’t make the mistake of trying to cram too many different ideas into a single affirmation.
From time to time, you should go over your affirmations and make any changes you feel you need to. Repetition is what makes an affirmation effective, but no affirmation will work if you don’t believe in it. Think about your affirmations periodically and feel free to revise them or discard them altogether if you aren’t sure they’re right for you.
Ryan Puusaari is a human potential advocate who’s mission in life is to help people unlock their hidden potential and turn it into focused action so that they can finally start living the lives that deep down they always knew they were meant to live. For more great positive affirmation resources like articles, videos, wallpapers and affirmation examples, please visit Ryan’s website.
Positive Affirmations, how do they work? What changes can I expect?
Affirmations are one of the tools you can use to radically change your life. There is nothing new age, mystic, trendy or fashionable about them. Affirmation is part of an ancient ‘ Secret’, re-discovered and brought back to the limelight by TV. film and press, transforming with it several people into very wealthy gurus.
Affirmations have been around since man found the use of language and there is no secret ritual to use them.
You can basically have anything you want! This tool, if used correctly, will help you change, grow, and heal yourself.
I want to introduce you to the basics of positive affirmation and positive thinking. Later on you may want to surf the web and find out more about this fascinating subject.
When you start the affirmations, give yourself at least a thirty day tryout period. Depending on the seriousness of the problem you may need more time and more affirmations to achieve your goals. Talk to your family and friends about your resolution to change and ask them for their support. If it is a radical change you are envisioning a life-coach will be very useful suggesting the best approach to use and to keep you motivated. This is a big step. Opening up to relatives and friends show your commitment to change and solidify your intentions.
Don’t get discouraged, impatient or put off if nothing happens in a week or two. Just remember that you didn’t become this way overnight.
Affirmations can and will transform your life patterns and perception.
Affirmations support your positive thinking and together they form a very powerful and effective tool. They function as ‘key words’ of positive messages ‘dictated’ directly to the self. You consciously connect and direct your positive thinking to areas of your life that you want to change or heal. It works as a reminder to the self, keeping positive messages at the forefront of consciousness.
The benefits of affirmations are medically well established and really work.
On the other hand negative thoughts are just as powerful. So be aware of your negative thoughts as they are in essence self-destructive ‘key words:’ psychological mechanisms that make your life rotten.
First, let’s check how aware you are of your thoughts.
Do you regularly have more positive or more negative thoughts running through you mind?
Only you can honestly answer that. So get ready.
If your subconscious is throwing out lots of negative thoughts then you must do some ‘brain-cleaning’ before moving into the desired new positive affirmation mode.
This may be very familiar to you, as your mind swirls with thoughts like: “I don’t like this, I like that, I feel great, I hate him/her, I am afraid of, I don’t want them to see me like this, I am not sure about that, I feel rotten”.
Your mind incessantly interprets your experiences as an internal dialogue. These thoughts are generated on a deep level by your beliefs which were formed and accumulated from the time you were born.
We can’t control most exterior events of our lives but we do control how we interpret and react to them.
We create our own reality.
When we change our interpretation a change takes place in our reality.
So become aware of your thoughts. If you change your thinking, big changes will happen in your life.
Take a minute to think about why you are reacting to something or someone.
Get in touch with yourself. Accept the fact that these thoughts may have helped you in the past but they are out of place now that you have chosen to accept only positive thoughts and positive living.
While doing the new affirmations your mind will let go of the negative messages even if you are not aware if it.
Watch out also for resistance within yourself. With certain affirmations you may question, “What in the heck” – “are you kidding?”
It is ok, it is an old habit that is about to be changed. You grew up and had these thoughts for almost all of your life. Now it is time to form a new habit and you need lots of practice.
Let’s get started.
What would you like your life to be?
Think about it and write it down.
Fulfillment with your job, a happy family, better health, financial security?
Don’t hold back, go for it.
For the beginners the easiest way is to choose and write down two or three things you want changed.
For example, if you feel unloved and financially strapped, one of your affirmations could be: ” I am now ready to receive more love and wealth” and you may add ”from the vast supply of the universe”.
If you also wrote down ‘low self-esteem’ the affirmation could be: “I am an awesome man/woman and I feel good about myself”.
Be creative, upfront and fearless. You are making a statement to yourself of your intentions.
Here are a few simple guidelines:
1- Present tense. Start all your affirmations in the present tense and have them already accomplished. You are telling your conscious mind that the affirmative action is taking place NOW and it is final. I AM HAPPY, I CHOOSE JOY, I HAVE CONFIDENCE. It is stronger and much more powerful than, I will be happy, or I am becoming happy, and so on.
2- How to phrase your affirmations. You can copy from an extensive list you’ll find on the Internet, use the examples below or simply write it down in your own words. Do it as plainly or as poetically as you speak. ” I am energetic and full of enthusiasm. I am safe, I am a prosperous man/woman. I attract positive people, I release my anger.” Make copies of it and leave it around the house, car and your office desk. The more you are reminded of the positive affirmations the more your mind will accept the new concept you are bringing forth. You will create a new positive reality and the universal energy will do the rest to connect this good energy to other positive energies.
3- Positive means Positive. Your subconscious usually focuses on the verb and relates it to past experiences. If you have fears, phobias or whatever, be careful with your choice of words. If you are afraid and say I am not SCARED, it will register I AM SCARED. The NOT was assimilated and ignored by your mind. Say instead I AM COURAGEOUS or I AM FEARLESS. Don’t use affirmations that have a negative attachment. You can comfortably use I ACCEPT, I CHOOSE, I DESERVE, I AM. I developed one affirmation to counteract the negative thought that eventually peeks through, so I suggest you add it to the batch, ”I ACCEPT ONLY THE GOOD AND THE POSITIVE.”
Starting as you wake up, say the affirmations out loud or in your head five times. Repeat the same process three to four more times during the day, the last one just before going to bed.
I suggest you end the affirmation session with a thank you note. Gratitude will reinforce and validate the affirmations. Thank God, Jesus, a Spirit, the Force, the Universe or whatever you believe and feel comfortable with.
Visualize your affirmations with feelings and emotion. See yourself exactly as you are stating. It will add an extra psychological dimension and have a much deeper impact on your mind. Using this method of visualization early in the morning and at night will make your affirmations much more successful.
You can use affirmations to help build self-confidence, self-esteem, self-improvement and personal growth. It can also help conquer your fears and anger management. Affirmations have been successfully used to relieve anxiety and depression and are an excellent tool for weight control.
If you check the web under Positive Affirmations you’ll find a multitude of books and affirmations to help you.
Here are a few examples of affirmations by topics:
“I am ready to love and to be loved”
“I am surrounded by love”
“I love and accept myself exactly as I am”
“The love I give out returns to me multiplied”
“I am a loving, beautiful creative person and this is reflected in my relationships with others”
” I am now ready to receive more love, support and wealth from the vast supply of the universe”
“I see the beauty in my surroundings and I radiate joy and love”
“I deserve all that is good and prosperous in my life”
“Money flows to me from expected and unexpected sources”
“I deserve to collect all the wealth and the rich rewards of my success”
“My income is constantly increasing”
”I am well, I prosper, I am successful and I am free”
“Abundance, like a river flows in my life”
“I allow all the immense wealth and goodness of the universe to easily flow into myself”
Self-esteem – personal
“I now have the power to bring about all the positive changes in my life I desire”
“I am protected, guided, and connected with the highest good at all times”
“My personality is radiant with success, beauty and happiness”
“I am an awesome man/woman and I feel good about myself”
“I am at peace with my choices and what life throws in my path”
“I recognize and honor my talents, abilities, and skills”
“I choose to live my life the way that makes me happy”
“I am positively changing my life now, for the better in every possible way.
Have a great journey
Ton Pascal is a self thought , self help advocate and author. “My goal is to help as many people as possible how to stop living on the periphery of life. The e-book Dream Your Life Positively http://www.dreamyourlifepositively.com/ will show you how to stop living on the periphery of yourself. Your thoughts and dreams will provide for you a rich, meaningful and abundant life; this is the Law of Attraction at work. It will enable you to create the map of your life’s journey. It is not just being alive that makes life worth living, but the depth and sense you bring to your life.” For the hardcopy book on Amazon .com – http://bitly.com/159uo2.
Affirmation is a statement of an idea you desire to “make firm”, to impress upon your subconscious mind, so that eventually it begins to work for you automatically.
There are many different ways to practice self-hypnosis, and writing affirmations is one of them. As you keep on working with self-hypnosis, you may find that at different times your mood and preferences may change and different methods may be more suitable for you. The more options you are aware of, the better you will be able to deal successfully with any situation regardless of the circumstances.
There may be times when you just want to relax and listen to a hypnosis recording and let it guide you toward your desired outcome. There may be times when you feel too busy and may find it more suitable to just let the subliminal recording play in the background. And then, there may be times when you feel too restless, or you are experiencing some pressing feelings you’d like to get out of your system and transform them, times when you just don’t feel like relaxing, but would rather engage in some form of physical action. Writing affirmations is one of the things you can do at such times. By the way, you can write them or type them, repeat them silently or aloud, or even sing them, according to your preference.
Another purpose of writing affirmations is that they allow you to become aware of any conflicting beliefs hiding in your subconscious mind, so that you can transform them at the same time.
An effective process of working with affirmations has three main stages- just like a good hypnosis session, a prayer, or any other form of change-work. The following process describes an effective way you can work with affirmations.
The first stage gets you into the appropriate state of mind for impressing the affirmation upon your subconscious. In a regular hypnosis session, you get into this state of mind generally through relaxing your mind and body. When working with affirmations, you may want to align yourself with the source of all power, or if you prefer, your own inner power to create changes in your life, by writing appropriate affirmations.
The purpose of this stage in hypnosis is to help you to put aside the critical faculty of your conscious mind. The purpose of this stage when writing affirmations is to help you put your “outer” self aside, so that you can access your inner “creative power”, your “true Self” which knows of no limitations and has all the knowledge and power to bring about the desired changes in your life.
Here are few samples of such affirmations:
“I live and move and have my being in an ocean of love, power and wisdom of God”.
“I am in, one with, and completely amalgamated with all love, power and wisdom of God”.
“I allow all the love, power and wisdom of God to express fully and freely through me now.”
Depending on the goal you are working with, you may replace the word(s) “love, power and wisdom”, with “God”, “Spirit”, “abundance”, “peace”, “energy”, “healing energy”, “light”, “life”, “chi”, “ki” or any other attribute or the “universal essence”.
How long should you keep on writing these affirmations in one sitting? Until you get the corresponding FEELING. You impress your subconscious mind through FEELINGS, so you need to keep on writing until you can FEEL that the affirmation you are writing is true for you.
If listening to a particular music helps you to create the desired feeling, by all means have that music playing in the background. You may also listen to corresponding subliminal or supraliminal recordings while writing your affirmations.
The second stage of writing affirmations consists of your “goal-specific” affirmations. Your goal should be stated in positive terms (what you want to experience instead of what you don’t want), and be in a present tense – “as if” the desired outcome is your reality now.
Your affirmations should begin with “I am” or “I am becoming”, “I have”, etc.
Your affirmations should also be specific. For example, if you affirmed “I now have more money” – you may find one cent somewhere and the affirmation would be fulfilled, but that’s probably not what you had in mind. Your subconscious mind takes your statements literally and it fulfills them according to what you affirm. A better affirmation would be “I now have $ (specific amount)”, or “I am now earning $ (specific amount) a month”.
You may write these affirmations in the first (“I am”), second (“You are”) and third person (“[your name] is”).
Your affirmations will be even more effective if you incorporate “feeling” words into your affirmations. For example
“I feel so good that I am now able to …”
“I feel so exited now that I have …”
“I have decided to …”
“I am committed to …”
Certain types of general affirmations do work well, too.
“All my needs are now and forever supplied”, or
“I am enjoying perfect health now and forever”.
These general types of affirmations are pretty close to the affirmations you were writing in the first stage of the affirmation process because what you’re doing here is affirming and aligning yourself with spiritual truths. You are simply affirming that you desire to experience in your physical world what is already true for you in spirit. You are acknowledging these spiritual truths and allowing them to express in your life.
The universe (or, your subconscious / Superconscious mind – whatever term you prefer) follows the path of least resistance. This means that what you ask for will come in a way that is the easiest to get according to your beliefs, desires and expectations and according to beliefs, desires and expectations of everyone else who may be involved in your project.
If you leave the “how”, what you desire will come about often much faster than if you insist that it has to come in any specific way. You can simply state:
“[your desired goal] now manifests for me in a perfect way for the highest good of all”.
There may be many more ways of getting what we desire than the ways we are consciously aware of, so leaving this element to the universal creative intelligence (or to your “inner wisdom”) would often help you to get something that is even better than what you have originally envisioned.
It is also good to distinguish between the “form” and the “essence”. The “essence” relates to the feeling you’re after, the feeling you believe the specific thing would give you. The “form” is the thing you believe will best fulfill this need and enable you to experience the desired feeling. Often times we may get exactly the thing we asked for only to find out that it didn’t really give us the feeling we desired to experience. Also, focusing on the “essence” or the “feeling” will help to manifest the truly desired experience in your life much faster and to your greater satisfaction.
To find out what is the “essence” of what you desire, you may simply ask yourself a question “What will having this thing enable me to experience?” For example if you are in debt, you ultimate desire to have all of your needs met and all debts paid off. Even if it is a financial debt, you may or may not need money to pay it off. There are many different ways in which your debt may be cleared – it may happen that you encounter new opportunities to create that money and pay the debt, it may happen that money from an unexpected source lands in your lap, it may happen that the debt simply becomes erased as if it never existed, or some other serendipitous circumstances occur. For this reason, it is always in your best interest to remain open and expect even miraculous solutions, while at the same time you commit yourself to do your very best to help yourself.
The affirmations you write will work in conjunction with the beliefs which are already impressed upon your subconscious mind. So, if you are writing affirmations for prosperity, what may initially happen is that you end up with more offers for the same type of work you’re accustomed to getting.
This simply means that, through repeated action, this method of acquiring money has become conditioned in your subconscious mind. And, of course, you can change it by reaffirming the method in which you’d rather be acquiring money now, until this new idea becomes impressed upon your subconscious mind.
Or, if you have a health challenge, and begin to affirm for perfect health, the first method you may come across may again be the one that is most acceptable to you according to beliefs and conditioning already impressed in your subconscious mind.
Whatever first comes your way as a response to your affirmation doesn’t mean that it’s the only way – it just means that it’s most appropriate based on your current beliefs. By sticking with the idea you really had in mind, sooner or later you’ll get your desired outcome.
You may also get the actual thing you are after or you may end up with a lot of opportunities requiring some kind of action on your part and leading to the acquisition of the desired thing. It is important to recognize when what you asked for is manifesting in some way in your life, even if it’s not exactly what you asked for. This will still boost your confidence and condition your subconscious mind for success because you’ll know that something is working even if you need to adjust your request in some way.
While I did say that you should be “specific” there are some things that you should avoid regardless of how initially attractive such ideas may seem to be. Things to avoid are asking for a job that a specific person has, a possession belonging to a specific person, or that a specific person (e.g. Joe or Mary) goes out with you on a date, or worse, drops dead. Can you get those things with affirmations? Yes, you can – but ultimately you may not like the consequences. These things would be “ill-gotten” and sooner or later, something would be taken away from you “in exchange”, something that you consider valuable.
You can, on the other hand, affirm for yourself that you are irresistibly attractive and that you ideal partner is now coming into your life. You can also list down the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual qualities of such a person as well as any other general interests. You can specify what kind of relationship you’d like to attract and enjoy. You can specify that you’d like to work in a specific occupation, make certain amount of money, etc. And you can affirm peace, love, happiness and abundance for other people. In short, if you wouldn’t want other people affirming something for you, don’t affirm such things for others.
When you affirm for something, it is pretty much like throwing a pebble (your statement) into an ocean (of infinite supply). It will create waves in all directions, gather all different expressions of the energy (thoughts and feelings) you just sent out, it will multiply and come back to you. So, unless you’d really like to experience what you asked for multiplied and returned to you, don’t affirm it.
If you desire something, but don’t have a clue how to create such experience in your life, or it appears that all doors are closed to you, you can affirm:
“The way now opens for me to … (state your desire)”
The way to uncover any conflicting beliefs you may have regarding what you desire to create in your life is to write your affirmation once, then take a deep breath, and write down whatever first comes to your mind as a response to such statement. Then write your affirmation again, take another deep breath and write down whatever comes to your mind as a response. For example:
(affirmation) “I, (your name), completely forgive myself”
(response) “I smashed my dad’s car. I was so irresponsible.”
(affirmation) “I, (your name), completely forgive myself”
(response) “I never once called my mother in two years. What kind of a person am I?”.
(affirmation) “I, (your name), completely forgive myself”
(response) “I yelled at my son. Oh boy, I’m so stressed out” … etc.
Incidentally, if you choose to work with forgiveness affirmations, it is recommended that you write them 70 times a day for seven days. You are bound to experience some major transformation and emotional clearing in just one week. You may be very surprised with the results.
And talking of “clearing”, if you find yourself standing in front of apparently insurmountable obstacles, you may write the following affirmations:
“The path to my (being, having, doing) …is now clear.”
“All obstacles to my (being, having, doing) … vanish into nothingness”.
“I now give all of my problems to the Spirit (Christ, Inner Wisdom, God) within me.”
“All obstacles to my (being, having, doing) … now dissolve in the Light.”
“I totally surrender to my Inner Wisdom”.
“Beloved God, Thy Will be done in me and through me now and forever.”
The third stage of the affirmation process consists of closing the process. In hypnosis, this is usually done through suggestions for emerging from the state of hypnosis to normal waking consciousness.
While writing affirmations, you can write down “gratitude” affirmations acknowledging the acceptance of the blessings (change) you have just asked for.
Some examples of these affirmations are:
“I am deeply grateful for my life”.
“I am deeply grateful that I now enjoy perfect health.”
“I am deeply grateful that the million dollars are now manifesting in my hands.”
“I am deeply grateful for the ability to serve others.”
“I am deeply grateful for my ability to …”
And, of course, you may close the whole process with “It is so!”, or “So be it!”, or “Amen!” knowing that what you asked for will most definitely manifest in your life according to your beliefs and expectations.
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Affirmations are considered “new age” terminology for the practice of positive thinking. The principle is to surround yourself with positive statements and ideas about what you want in life, and you will be more likely to achieve your goals. Affirmations are positive statements that reinforce and inspire you to reach your true life destination and personal fulfillment.
Affirmations can be used to help you achieve success in all areas of your life, everything from your professional life to your health, your love life and your financial situation. If properly written and you commit to your affirmations, they will help you reach your goals and find personal fulfillment.
How Do Affirmations Work?
To be happy and fulfilled in life, we must believe in ourselves. For all of us, our beliefs are thoughts that have been programmed into us since childhood. Some of these beliefs will help you to achieve your goals, but some of the “pre-programming” we have had holds us back from allowing us to believe what we really want for ourselves is actually possible. At a subconscious level, we are continually affirming our thoughts and desires, but to wash away the negative programming that is holding us back, and to really believe in ourselves, we must verbalize our inspirations.
By verbalizing our positive thoughts, over and over again, you re continually chipping away at your negative self-conscience and re-programming your thoughts. Let’s take a goal such as weight loss as an example. If you have always struggled with weight loss, an example of an affirmation you may use would be:
“I am healthy and happy with my appearance.”
You will notice the first times you verbalize this affirmation, you may feel uncomfortable and have negative feelings arouse from within. You may even have a feeling of resistance before you say the statement. This is your subconscious showing its true feeling. You subconscious is not agreeing with your statement and is trying to tell you it is not possible. Keep at it. Repeat your affirmation, day after day. You will eventually start to feel joy and a sense of well-being. This is when you know your affirmation is starting to work. You are essentially “brainwashing” away any negative thoughts you have about the goal you are trying to reach.
How Quickly Will My Affirmations Start To Work For Me?
There is no specific formula or timeline that will dictate how long it will take before your affirmations stat to have an impact on your life. It will depend greatly upon how much inner resistance you have to the affirmations you have written and how willing you are to make a change in your life. The question should not really be one of how long it will take, but rather how much do you want the change to happen.
How to Write Affirmations
There are no set rules on how to write affirmations, but there are some tips to help you write meaningful, effective affirmations:
Tips to making Affirmations Relevant and Useful
Write in the present tense.
If you write about what you want in the future, you may end up waiting a long time for your affirmation to come true.
You cannot make affirmations for other people. You are doing this for you. Your affirmations should in fact sound self centered. Their purpose is to encourage you and attract what you want out of life.
Your affirmation should always be in a positive tone, and it should include a positive emotion such as: I am excited, I am passionate, I am slim, I am fit, I am healthy….
The more likely you are to remember your affirmation, the more likely you are to say it. If it is too wordy, you will have a hard time remembering it.
If what you have written makes you so uncomfortable that you feel you are lying to yourself, change the wording something you believe, such as:
I intend to….
I am willing to….
I choose to….
Make it about you Include positive emotion Keep it short and sweet You must believe it Examples of Affirmations Health
I am healthy in mind, body and spirit.
Every day I am getting stronger and healthier.
My body is healed, restored and filled with energy.
I am living a long, happy, healthy life.
I am in control of my health and wellness.
I allow health and happiness to flow through my body.
I attract only healthy relationships.
I am special and deserve love.
I am surrounded by love.
My heart is open to love.
I deserve love and pleasure.
I am ready for a loving, fulfilling, respectful relationship.
I love my job and I am good at it.
Doors of opportunity and abundance are open to me now.
I am passionate about my career and it rewards me with abundance.
At this moment, I am attracting the perfect career into my life.
I have strong skills and employers want to hire me.
Opportunities come easily to me.
I am beautiful and admired.
I love myself unconditionally.
I am wonderful and grateful to be me.
I love my life.
I am unique and lucky to be me.
I can do anything I set my mind to.
My fitness routine is enjoyable, energetic and effective.
When I am exercising, I feel healthier and healthier every minute.
My body responds to my fitness goals.
I feel rejuvenated and energized after exercising.
I feel healthier when I work out.
I am good to my body and my body is good to me.
I enjoy eating healthy.
I feel thin.
I am getting stronger, thinner and healthier every day.
I am the perfect weight for me.
I choose to make positive healthy choices for myself.
I love and appreciate my body.
Getting Results From Your Affirmations
There are several methods that can be used alone, or in combination. You will have to determine what method(s) are going to work for you. At minimum though, you need to verbalize your affirmations at least once a day in combination with at least one other method listed below.
Here is a sample of various ways you can use your affirmations to help you get results.
Method 1 – Written Method
Write out your affirmations 15 times every morning and every night before you go to bed.
Say them out load to yourself in the mirror using you statements.
Say your affirmation out loud anytime you feel yourself engaging in a negative though or activity that contradicts your affirmation.
Method 2 – You In The Mirror Method 3 – The Negative Roadblock
Example: If you are trying to quit smoking, and you feel yourself reaching for a cigarette, say your affirmation out loud “I am living a healthy lifestyle.”
Method 3 – Record Yourself
Make a recording of your affirmations that you can play over and over again in the car, or on your iPod.
Many people report that falling asleep listening to their affirmations has been very successful.
Sing your affirmations.
Write out each of your affirmations on individual 3 x 5 recipe cards (one per card). Create several cards for each affirmation. Post the cards in various places where you will see them on a daily basis.
Method 4 – The Sing Method Method 5 – Reminder Cards
Examples: Inside a desk drawer, on the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on your dashboard, etc.
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Recently I responded to an email that posed the question, “How well do these affirmations really work?” Below is the response that I sent the person who asked the question. There are a number of important points that will be helpful to others, so I’m reprinting the information. Here it is…
The answer is that it depends on you and how well you apply them. One person can take a single principle outlined in the affirmations and become so inspired that they make millions. Others can listen to all of the affirmations a couple of times and do nothing with them. Sorry I can’t be more definite than that, but that’s the truth.
I think that the better question to ask “are the Power Affirmations are based on sound principles that can lead to success?” The answer is absolutely. Here are some of the primary principles that they are based on:
1. The Power Affirmations are stated in the positive. We become what we think about most of the time–our dominating thoughts.
2. The power of repetition of positive thought and suggestion. Repetition mixed combined with belief and a positive enthusiasm is the fastest way to condition your subconscious mind. The whole adverstising industry is based upon repetition of suggestive thought aimed at getting people to buy their products. Does it work? Just take a look at the trillions of dollars American’s spend each year largely as the result of billions of dollars spent on advertising. Successful business people are not stupid. They spend a lot of money on advertising because they know repetition of thought leads to people taking action to buy their products.
3. These power affirmations are foundational. As you listen to the power affirmations, you will find that there is a natural progression to the thoughts within the sections or (“discs”) and the sections themselves. This is not by accident. I initially created the program for myself with no intention of selling it or even sharing it with others. I went through the books that had the greatest impact on my life and extracted the primary points that I wanted to condition in my mind and translated them into Power Affirmations.
4. The power of multisensory learning. What do I mean by this? We have 5 senses–sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. The more of the senses you can involve in learning, mixed with repetition and emotion, the faster you will learn. With the Power Affirmation recordings, you have an easy way to involve the senses of sound, sight, and touch (or feeling). Sound is obvious. You can involve the sense of sight by using the power affirmation posters or screen savers. Or just by looking at the list of affirmations in the eBook. Even more powerfully, using your creative vision and imagination. Feeling is involved when you add “physiology”–such moving your body with a feeling of certainty as you listen to or repeat the Power Affirmations. Tony Robins talks a lot about that concept in his books and seminars.
5. These affirmations are general. While there are specific concepts, there is no mention of specific goals or amounts of money, etc. Again this is by design so that anyone can use them. As you get better with using affirmations and more familiar with the language patterns, you will want to create specific Power Affirmations for your own situation–especially setting your Definite Major Purpose or Mission in life. For example, one of my personal power affirmations is related to reaching over 1,000,000 people with my free affirmations eBook and website by March 31, 2008. Or someone may want to target a specific weight amount if they over weight. But you have to learn to walk before you can run–and that’s where these affirmation recordings excel. You have to condition your mind so that your predominating thoughts are of success, health, happiness, prosperity, etc. in order for more specific affirmations to be effective. Then add power affirmations based on specific goals.
6. It’s best to use the affirmations in conjunction with a goal planning system. This is why I include an explanation of my RAP planning system in my eBook. It’s simple, but effective. That’s because you are organizing your plans on a daily basis around specific goals and measuring your progress daily. Even though the explanation of the system is only a few pages, this alone could be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars to you. Why do I say that? I personally spent years of study and trial and error and thousands of dollars trying to find a way to plan and manage my life and my time. This is the ONLY system I have been able to consistently use (for several years now) to consistently achieve my goals. The key here is that the daily plans are ORGANIZED. While using a “to do” list is better than nothing, it’s generally ineffective and worse leads to stress and overwhelm. If you have any ambition (and obviously you do), if you create a random list of things you have to do and want to do, it will quickly become overwhelming if you don’t find a way to organize it. By the way, the idea for RAP came to me in a flash of inspiration while I was listening to my Power Affirmations.
7. The power of concentration and focus. When you read or listen to an audio recording, most of the information goes by so quickly that you don’t really have an opportunity to savor and meditate on a specific point in order to extract the full value. The recordings help you to focus your thoughts around the key points so that you are able to firmly plant it into your mind to give it the best opportunity to attract similar thoughts. This allows you to take advantage of the law of sowing and reaping–multiplication. This is a law of nature that you can easily see all around you.
For example, if you plant a single seed of corn, nurture it and care for it, eventually, it will bring forth a plant that has multiple ears of corn on it. And each ear of corn has multiple seeds. In fact, from that one seed of corn, not only are you able to grow enough to eat a portion of it, there is also more than enough to plant more seeds next season. Over a number of seasons of seedtime and harvest, that single seed of corn can lead to a whole field of corn (this is why I say super abundance is a law of nature–the multiplicative process of seedtime and harvest). Think of each thought as a seed. As it grows into maturity, it attracts a number of thoughts of a similar nature. Before long, the mind is saturated with these dominating thoughts. This is why it is so important to protect your mind from any kind of negative influence or thought suggestion. The best way to protect yourself is by continuously planting positive thoughts and nurturing them. And learning to recognize negative thoughts and avoiding them.
With agriculture, there is a definite season for seed time and harvest that operates like clockwork. You can’t plant a seed of corn and come back the next day to reap the harvest. The great thing about sowing positive seeds of thought is that there is no set time for the harvest to come. While time is a factor, there are other steps you can take to accelerate your progress–such as concentration.
Well, that’s all that I have time for for now. I’m sure if I thought about it, there’s a lot more I could say. But that’s because this has been my area of focus for a long time–really ever since I first read Think and Grow Rich back in the late 70′s. What is really important is that you get started immediately. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to know everything about affirmations before you will start to receive the benefits. Start with just listening daily and going through the RAP process. RAP will help you measure your personal progress. Be patient. Allow yourself to grow. Remember, seedtime and harvest. The harvest will come soon enough, but only if you sow the seeds and nurture them. It can come faster than you may currently think is possible–it’s all up to you.
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