Everything accomplished by humans began with a thought. Thoughts are road maps for the spirit. It's been said that whether you think you can do
something, or think you can't—you're right. The use of affirmations is a simple way to
provoke specific positive thoughts for yourself. They're a way to choose your own station on the radio—instead of just listening to the pre-sets.
Affirmations can make positive things
More and more people are becoming aware that thoughts
really do help make things happen on
the physical plane. For example, in the body an embarrassed thought
provokes a blush. A simple example, perhaps, but a good way to illustrate
the point that intangible ideas can have distinct physical effects.
By using affirmations, it is possible to re-program some negative thoughts towards effects you'd like to
see in your emotions or in your body. You'd be amazed at the changes people can make using affirmations.
Affirmations are purposefully crafted in positive language"I easily accomplish..." rather than "I no longer struggle with..."and as though the desired outcome is already present on the physical
plain in the here and now: "I gratefully receive..." rather than "I will get..."
Affirmations can help you overcome
If you find you have a lot of resistance to an affirmation,
"Oh, golly, there's no way that one's gonna come
true," sometimes it's helpful to spend time writing out your responses.
Doing this might help you learn more about the voices that speak up when
you see something you deeply desire. These voices and their objections give you a place to start to
create your own custom affirmation program. Once you identify your
fearyour particular inner blockyou can turn it upside down and state it positively
For example, let's say you have a block about public speaking. You think about doing it
and a voice comes up that says,
"Who are YOU to be pretending to know
more than these other people?" Upside down, that might become an affirmation like, "I am confident of
my expertise" or "Other people are grateful to hear my
Often, the best affirmations are the ones you write for yourself, in your own language, directed
towards your specific issues.
There is a large and growing body of literature about the power of
visualization and affirmation. Closely allied to techniques of self-hypnosis and
autogenics, this approach is being increasingly used in conventional medical settings.
If you'd like to learn more, popular authors are Shakti Gawain (Creative
Visualization), Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life), Wayne Dyer
(You'll See it When You Believe It), Bernie Siegel (Love, Medicine, and
Miracles), and Jeanne Achterberg (Imagery in Healing).