You’ve heard a lot about affirmations and there are many spiritual teachers who told us to repeat them in our daily life. Let’s go deep to understand what is the meaning of affirmations? why you should say them and when to say them?
“Affirmations are more powerful than requests, for they remind you that you already have what you seek.”
― Alan Cohen
What is the meaning of affirmation?
“Affirmation” is a statement that something is true. When applied to the spiritual life, an affirmation is a statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into his life. Positive affirmations are statements about things you want to achieve, enjoy or experience. By repeating them often, you create or attract into your life the conditions and situations you want as the Law of Attraction.
Why is it important to practice them
It simply affirms your positive beliefs about yourself and about life. Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation. Your thoughts and words are declarations of who you think you are and how you perceive the world to be.
Strong, positive affirmations are powerful means of self-transformation and they are a key element in the creation of the life you desire.
They work by purposely replacing the limiting ideas, negative beliefs, and self-talk that you have taken on and internalized over the years with positive statements that assert who you want to be and how you want to experience life.
“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your belief becomes habitual thinking patterns that you learned as a child. Many of them work very well for you. Other beliefs may be limiting your ability to create the very things you say you want.
What you want and what you believe you deserve may be very different. You need to pay attention to your thoughts so that you can begin to eliminate the ones creating experiences you do not want to have in your life.
Affirmations are also very useful for building new habits, making positive changes in one’s life, and for achieving goals.
When to practice affirmations
The best times to repeat an affirmation is when the subconscious mind is most receptive and calm: after waking, immediately before going to sleep, and at the beginning and end of meditation. Another good time is in the face of difficulty. The best time is in the morning so it gives you more positive energy and a powerful motivation to go on in your day.
Best affirmations are positive. If you make the statement, “I am not sad” the word sad will still register an impact in the subconscious mind. you will tend to increase rather than lessen tension. It is better to affirm a positive quality which is the opposite of sad, for example happy.
An affirmation should be repeated with ever-deeper attention: first loudly, then in a normal speaking voice, then in a whisper, and then silently, carrying its meaning down into the subconscious.
Repeat these to yourself daily and you will see a positive change in your mindset, your actions, and your life
How to use affirmations
You can create your own affirmations for anything you want to be, have or do. You should use the present tense to say your affirmations.
For that, Choose any field of your life you want to improve, try to use the two magic words “I am ……”
I am healthy. I am happy, I am wealthy, I am blessed, and go on for unlimited affirmations. Affirmations for Self-Healing, Wealth, Happiness, Love, Creativity, Success, Career, Kindness, Beauty, health, the list will go on, therefore, you can select anything you want.
“All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation, only good will come. I am safe. ” It will work miracles in your life.”
― Louise Hay
What to avoid…
On the other side, and in a different situation, you might find yourself repeating negative words, such as:
- “I cannot afford this”
- “It’s too big for me”
- “It is not going to work out”
- “It’s impossible”
Try to avoid repeating these affirmations. If you repeat them, you will lose enthusiasm, motivation and faith, and eventually, what you fear becomes real. It is important that you teach yourself to think constructive thoughts and repeat positive words.
All you need is to pay more attention to words you use in your mind, in your inner conversations or when you talk to others.