PART 1: What are affirmation and how do they work?
There is an undeniable link between our mind, spirit and body. Anything that we achieve in life generally starts by our own belief that we can achieve it and by our own desire to do so. Hence affirmations (the act of affirming something by repeating it out loud), help us achieve our desired goals in three ways:
1. They help us formulate what we want and to draw our attention to that on a daily basis. Like a person on a diet who can’t help but suddenly notice all the delicious things everyone else is eating.
2. They affirm to ourselves that we are capable of achieving what we want. This is often needed to override the negative programming of our past.
3. They tap into the subtler energies of the universe to attract what we are and what we desire to ourselves. Before you dismiss this as magical thinking, consider the experiments conducted by doctor Masaru Emoto, who showed that our thoughts and words affect the shape of water crystals. A significant find indeed given that people are mostly made out of water and that changing what we say and feel is therefore likely to change our very bodies and the electromagnetic frequencies that they emit.
Therefore when you are reciting an affirmation correctly, you are focusing your awareness on a goal, telling yourself it is possible, and aligning yourself energetically with what your saying. So what is the optimal way to do this?
PART 2: How to recite affirmations.
The key to success is in believing in the authenticity of your statements.
For example; if you keep repeating the words that you are successful, but keep feeling that you are not, the affirmation will not create any positive change in your life. But if you withhold personal judgement and focus your awareness on words such as: Happy, Capable, Abundant, Grateful while creating vivid pictures of them, you are likely to start witnessing positive changes in your surroundings sooner rather than later.
This approach prevents the “boomerang effect” from kicking in, by making the appearance of conflict between the emotional and the logical parts of your brain less likely.
Moreover, you should not limit opportunity by picturing how you will become happy or capable, just picture what happiness and capability look like. Do this over and over and over again until the affirmations squeeze out the negativity in your life and start subconsciously guiding your worldview and decisions.
Keep repeating your statements for at least a month, and you just might discover some truth in the Biblical saying “Ask, and it shall be given.”