July 10, 2018

Affirmations: Accessing Your Mind’s Power

By Brigit Atkin

We hear the term “Affirmation” quite a bit these days. But just what is an affirmation? I compiled definitions from several sources to illustrate the power of this word:

  • To “affirm” means to state something that is true
  • A statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into his life
  • An action of support or approval
  • An assertion that something is true
  • A positive statement or judgment
  • A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for purposes of autosuggestion

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Affirmations reinforce an intention so deeply that it bypasses one’s conscious mind, and goes straight into the subconscious. This is powerful because the subconscious mind believes what it is told – much like a blank screen that displays whatever is projected onto it. Much like an acorn that is planted eventually becomes a mighty Oak. According to the late author and motivational speaker Louise Hay, “all of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. You’re using affirmations every moment whether you know it or not. You’re affirming and creating your life experiences with every word and thought.”

Our thoughts and words eventually create our reality. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” Oh, the power of our words! Each one of us would be very wise to carefully and mindfully create the phrases we repeat to ourselves daily.

One of the most effective ways to use affirmations is to write or type a word or phrase that resonates with you, and put it where you can see it often. Every time you see it, say it aloud several times. Whether you really believe the statement or not, using the declarations will plant new thought in the fertile ground of your mind. Over time, you will find new thought-patterns emerging. You will see your life change. I put together a list of some of my favorite affirmations that I use both personally and professionally. Some of these came from the book “The Game of Life and How to Play It”. Some were inspired  by SimplyHealed founder Carolyn Cooper. Feel free to copy and use for yourself:

  • Divine order is established in my mind, body, and affairs
  • I see the hand of Providence in my life each day
  • It is safe for me to be my authentic self
  • I step into perfect health and allow myself to feel great
  • Prosperity and Abundance are a part of my daily life
  • There is always enough
  • I am enough
  • Rhythm, harmony, and balance are now established in my mind, body, business, and affairs. I see clearly and act quickly, and my greatest expectations come to pass in a miraculous way
  • I am always under direct inspiration; I make right decisions quickly
  • The ground I am on is happy ground
  • The systems in my body operate and communicate effectively and optimally
  • The genius within me is now released
  • The obstacles before me give way
  • Success is mine, and I claim it
  • I am safe
  • I trust that everything works out
  • I allow myself to be divinely guided

 

Choose a few (or all) of the above affirmations and put them to the test: use them several times daily over the rest of the summer and see what is different by Fall. What we plant in our minds becomes a magnet that attracts whatever takes root there. It bears fruit and becomes our reality. What might not feel “true” for us today will feel comfortable in the weeks and months ahead. Choose wisely what grows in your mind, as these affirmations will indeed blossom into your new truth.

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