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What are affirmations?

Affirmations are a stated desire of a condition or thing. Constant repetition, thought or writing down of an affirmation will bring about what it is you desire.

How do affirmations work?

Our subconscious does not know the difference between a truth or a lie. What it hears, it believes. What you think, it believes. What you read, it believes. It takes every “I” statement in and applies it to your own conscious belief system. The subconscious doesn’t care if it’s coming from you or not - all it realizes is the statement being presented.

Therefore, if you spend time around someone who is constantly saying “I am so miserable”, your subconscious mind listens to that statement and applies it to YOU, even if it’s not YOU saying it! Alternatively, if you are around others who boast of happiness and abundance and good health, your subconscious will soak those statements up as well, applying them to you. This is why you hear the statement “Surround yourself with positive people and you will be positive.” This is why you hear, “Avoid negative people, as they will bring you down.” Everything spoken is absorbed by your subconscious as if it belongs to you, even if it really doesn’t.

Obviously, you cannot control others or what they present to you. However, by using affirmations, you can take control of your own life by planting the seeds which you wish to be planted in your garden. You have the choice to grow your own belief system, create your own desired results, and be the person you wish to be. Affirmations can make this happen. Your dominant thoughts produce the conditions of your surroundings. What you are thinking and feeling most of the time will become what you experience. Your life will become what you affirm, through the use of repetitive, constant affirmations designed to create what you truly desire.

How to Affirm Something

Affirm what you desire by stating it as if it were already here - now. Don’t say, “I’m going to become wealthy.” This places the condition you desire somewhere off in the future. Instead, state, “I am wealthy”, even if you’re not. Remember, the subconscious does not know the difference between a truth and a lie. Constant repetition of the affirmation will bring the situation to the present...perhaps not right away but in due time.

Always affirm something in the positive. Don’t focus on the negative. Don’t even mention it. When affirming, act as if the desired good has arrived. Focusing on the fact you have a headache will only intensify it. Instead, state “I feel fine.”

You can write your affirmations down or you can speak them. Many people do a combination of both until such time as they have their statements memorized. Speaking it allows the subconscious mind to take the affirmation to heart right away and begin the response process. Reading written words or thinking the affirmation silently is a bit slower process because your mind must assimilate the words and translate them into inner speech. Sometimes, however, it is not convenient to speak the words. In that case, writing or thinking them will have to suffice - and it will still work, but slower.

Repetition of your affirmations is of great importance. Say them as many as 100 times in one sitting or write them down as many times as you can in one session. This will take time. Saying 100 affirmations one day is not going to immediately bring your desired result the next day. For instance, take the example of losing weight. It didn’t take you one day to reach the weight you are at now, and it’s not going to change overnight just by stating “I am thin and beautiful.” It will take time for your subconscious to hear the words and then pass them onto your body, gently encouraging its positive response. I recommend focusing on one affirmation for a period of at least 30 days in order to give your subconscious time to register the changes and accept the new positive, affirmative belief system you’re installing.

Make all of your words loving . If you approach your body, your life, your health and situations with love, then all of those areas will respond lovingly back to you. At the time of this writing, I have been offering my overweight body words and thoughts of love and appreciation on a daily basis for a period of two and a half months. Since I began this process, I have lost thirteen (13) pounds. I have done nothing else - I have not been dieting, I have not entered into an exercise routine. All I have done is offer my body words of love, appreciation and encouragement. I am now working toward my goal of prosperity through the use of affirmations as well.

Don’t be surprised if some negative emotions emerge. Don’t be surprised to hear a little voice fiercely whispering “You are not beautiful! This is crazy!” because it will happen! Just keep saying the affirmations, firmly and gently.

This will cause your ego to take a seat in your inner classroom and to cease its unnecessary and cruel comments. You’re not forgetting your ego - you are simply taking control of your life and putting your ego in its place.

Your ego is your protector. Your subconscious is your director. When your ego is dictating to your subconscious, it is controlling you and the happenings in your life. When you begin to become the one feeding your subconscious mind, your ego will try to do its job of protecting the subconscious by arguing and rejecting this new food you’re giving to your inner self. Like any new foods, it might take the taste buds and your body time to adjust. Do not allow ego to take over. Keeping feeding your subconscious small, repetitive portions of this new inner food and your ego will eventually become silent or become a willing partner”- Page 2, “Affirm your Life” by Michelle Janine Johnson

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