When most people decide to make a life-altering change or achieve a goal, they use affirmations. Affirmations are short powerful statements that are said to improve an individual’s health and overall well-being. Affirmations also increase endorphins, the natural ‘feel-good’ chemicals released by our brains.
Since the film, “The Secret,” some individuals don’t believe affirmations really work, and instead, believe affirmations are nothing more than ritualistic dogma cultivated by popular self-help gurus. But the fact is, we consciously or unconsciously use affirmations everyday via our internal and external dialogue.
According to The Law of Correspondence, our current reality is a reflection of our innermost thoughts, beliefs, and feelings – as within, so without. Therefore the moment you decide to do something different in your life, you must first change something within.
Now this doesn’t mean all a person has to do is make a decision to change and voila, they’re changed. Affirmations don’t work that way. It’s not enough to just think about what you want, or repeatedly declare what you want. That would just be wishful thinking. Instead, affirmations work when your feelings and thoughts are in complete alliance. Otherwise, your conscious mind will reject your affirmation as nothing more than mindless chatter.
So how do affirmations work?
Your affirmations become your confirmation. When you speak out consciously or unconsciously, you are setting the tone for your life. For example, if what you’re saying to yourself about yourself is, “I am unlucky; I never get any good breaks,” then what you’re attracting is catastrophic circumstances and events.
Your thoughts are your personal affirmation feedback system, whereas your innermost thoughts are the cause and your outer circumstances are the effects. Therefore, when you use powerful affirmations such as, “I am lucky; I always get everything that I want.” You set into motion a process that trumps the negative thought with a new thought.
Keep in mind, during this process; it’s not enough to just say these affirmations over and over again. You must get into the feeling of what you are affirming and embody the emotions that are tied to your desired outcome. Below are some suggestions on how to use positive affirmation to help you get started:
How to Use Positive Affirmations
Gratitude: Always begin a positive affirmation with an attitude of gratitude. Being grateful creates a positive emotion and a deep appreciation for all the great things you already have. When you’re grateful for what you already have you take the focus off of what you don’t have, which allows you to feel happy, alert and present to the good in your life when it shows up: “I am so happy and grateful now that (Fill in the blank)”
Recognition: Acknowledge and believe with all of your being all that you are affirming is possible, and what you’re asking for already exists for you within the realm of possibilities:
“I acknowledge and believe that the source of whatever I ask for comes from the power within me.”
Unification: If you ask for something believing you don’t have it, you create a feeling of lack. Believe instead you are whole, perfect and complete, and the source of creation is working in you, as you and through you:
“I am one with the source.”
Realization: Once you realize you don’t have to ask, look or seek out anything because you already have it, you will begin to acknowledge that all is well:
“I am fully aware that all is well and that all I am, and all I ask for is available for me.”
Thanksgiving: Having thanksgiving is showing a deep appreciation for what is already so:
“I am happy and thankful that this is my truth.”
Release: Once you affirm whatever it is you want, you release it and let it go:
“I release this declaration, and I let it be!”
Here is what your affirmation might look like once you put it all together:
“I am so happy and grateful now that (Fill in the blank). I acknowledge and believe the source of whatever I ask for comes from the power within me because I am one with the source that makes all things possible. I am fully aware everything in my life is wonderful because I am perfect, I am whole and I am complete. Everything I desire is available for me, and as I acknowledge and I release this truth I let it go, knowing and believing that it is so.”
If you really want to see if this affirmation works for you, try it out for 28-days. Do it every day preferably at the same time. And, only work on one thing at a time such as love, money, better health or a relationship. Share your experience with us in the comment section or share it with us on Twitter using the hashtag: #FindYourHappily
This post was originally published on Finding Happily, and republished here with the author, Collette Gee’s permission.
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