Can having a positive outlook really change your future? And if so how? In my childhood and adolescence, I was skeptical. Let's face it, if my brother was born without being able to walk, how could my attitude or outlook change anything?
As I got older I continued to reflect on a youth seemingly filled with disappointments and doubts. In talking to my friends and family, I realized I wasn't alone, we've all experienced them. Then, I started taking a good, long look at myself and my feelings. I realized that my deepest feelings were the ones guiding me forward, challenging me to reach to the depth of what I was able to feel -- happy or sad. In the end, these feelings allowed me to explore all dimensions of my being.
Why do I share this with you? Ancients have been telling us for millions of years that our feelings are the channel to our soul. This, as well as how we can use the power of our feelings to build a stronger, happier, positive life. They've also given us a secret way to facilitate this process: affirmations. According to authors Lynch and Chungliang Al Huang in their book Working Out, Working Within, "According to the Taoists the words you choose are the seeds of your future realities. They continue, "The Tao Te Ching says that those who identify with success are welcomed by success; those who identify with failure are likewise welcomed by failure."
How Affirmations Work
As you may or may not know, affirmations are simple exercises that can tap you into this positive, creative part of yourself. It's the place that's free from your ego (you know the ego: it's the leaky tire in constant need of being filled from outside sources).
Affirmations are powerful tools allowing you to reveal the secret, depths of yourself and care for your being by affirming what is there. As authors Lynch and Chaungliang Al Huang describe it, affirmations awaken us to our potentialities.
Do you feel a calling toward a particular feeling you have been having? Is there something in your life that you need and desire to manifest? If you can use your mind's eye to creatively visualize, you can bring forward all that you desire.
How? Simply affirm that it is already here.
The key to the success of an affirmation is its potential or the potentiality of your creative thought. The laws of the universe will respond then not to your asking for what you wish, but rather your affirmation that it is already here. Look at these statements:
I am beautiful! I am healthy! I am kind and loving!
Thus, affirmations take a picture from your thought to create a statement about this thought in a verbal format (we'll talk more about these thought pictures later when we discuss the subject of creative visualization). Take some time to affirm what is in your heart. What do you wish for? Choose an affirming statement to focus on and place your attention on it:
I am abundant! I am loved!
Applying An Affirmation
Make the laws of affirmation work in your life. Let's focus for a moment on the "word" aspect of this equation. The words "I AM" are a very powerful tool. "I AM," tells the universe to put the wheels of energy in motion. These two words trigger the universe and let it know you are ready to receive your prayer. Can you see the importance of this process?
I AM Beautiful!
Therefore, if I write this statement on an index card and place it in my pocket or write it several times in my notebook then say it out loud to myself, what happens? Soon I manifest beauty! I begin to believe what I have written and translate it into a feeling.
Waiting For The Results In Peace
The age-worn statement: "All good things come to those who wait" is of great importance here. Once you have affirmed and have written your intentions, the action needs to come from you. Think: If I already have what I wish, what would I do? For example: If I am trying to manifest "beautiful" - I need to ask myself: Am I wearing beautiful clothing? Am I honoring my body with exercise and nutrition? If not, I need to take a long look at how I am treating myself. If I wasn't feeling beautiful before, perhaps treating myself better is what I need to heal.
Take a moment today to focus on what you need to heal. Continue to apply the affirmation process. I think you will find it to be a powerful tool. For more information on the beauty of affirmations, you will want to check out Louise Hay's Power Thought Cards: http://www.hayhouse.com. Also, highly recommended is Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's Book: There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem."
Remember: Affirm, take action and "wait for the results in peace." For it is as one of my favorite spiritual councilors Iyanla Vanzant says: "You don't get what you ask for, you get what you believe." Continue to remain open to receive and I believe you will find your blessings far exceed your expectations.
- Can you create two affirmations that take a negative thought you now have and turn it into a positive one?
- Can you find time to write out your affirmations longhand ten times each day in your journal? If so, don't forget to make note of what develops.
Ideas To Consider:
- If you could, what would you like to manifest into your life?
- Do you have a positive attitude about it?
Today I realize that my life is a process and I am an evolution.
My life and my health are perfectly wound within my DNA
uncoiling each moment of each day, when I follow my own intuition.
When I come from within, I never go without.
Perfect health is mine, as are abundance, love, and joy. I know that
I am an evolution, and each moment is sacred. I love and live in
each moment knowing that all health, all life, and all joy happen now.
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Have you ever tried to add affirmations into your life on a regular basis? If you have not, what is holding you back? If you have, what have your experiences been like? I’d love to know. If you’d care to share, please leave a comment below the post on the website. As always, thank you for reading and do consider sharing Body Talk with your friends.
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