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You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition ~ W. Clement Stone
Affirmations are a known powerful tool for change, and are used by many people for creating positive shift and personal growth. Louise Hay has made affirmations a modern-day medicine for the soul. (You can sign up for her daily affirmations here)
An affirmation is a simple statement, said in the present tense, that affirms positively a fact or situation that is desirable in your life. You state that thing as if it is already happening, and you repeat that statement many, many times, to imprint the message in your subconscious mind, so that this thing becomes true for you.
Here are some common examples:
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I must admit that when I first heard about affirmations I was quite sceptical.
Stating something as a truth and then repeating that statement often, even if it hadn’t yet shown up in my life, seemed a little daft. If nothing else, I felt fake to be claiming things that weren’t actually true for me yet.
But the experts agreed that affirmations could change your life. What did I have to lose by a little positive thinking?
And this is where my embarrassment comes in…
I created a test affirmation.
I didn’t affirm that I choose health. I didn’t affirm that every day in every way I am getting better and better. I didn’t even affirm that great wealth is mine now.
No. My affirmation was pretty much a deliberate act of ‘New-Age Thinking’ defiance. There was nothing spiritual or enlightened about it at all. I chose it because I expected it to fail miserably.
This is what I chose:
Everything I want is always on special
That’s right. I affirmed that whenever I wanted to buy something, the Universe would provide it for me at a discounted rate.
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I thought this was hilarious when I made it up. It seemed like the silliest idea in the world. But I dedicatedly repeated my affirmation whenever I thought about it – which was often seeing it made me laugh so much, and seeing I was going through a pretty rotten time financially back then.
And here’s the second part of my embarrassing confession…
If I needed chocolate, my favourite brand was on special. Pasta? Reduced to clear! Holiday? Stay ten nights, pay for five.
The more I affirmed, the more noticeable it became until one day I just accepted this statement as my new reality. Everything I want is always on special.
I’m so well known for this affirmation now among my family and friends that they expect this miracle to roll out for me too! I recently went to the shop to buy some ice-cream for dessert, taking a friend with me. “I knew this would be on special,” she said as she took a tub of heavily discounted premium deliciousness. “I should come shopping with you more often!”
We needed a holiday. A few days ago my husband and I booked a cruise. Why a cruise? We got 78% off the advertised rack rate. And then got a room upgrade!
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When we went to book the airfares QANTAS was having a one day sale, and a return ticket from Brisbane to LA was ridiculously discounted. The travel agent couldn’t believe our good timing. We just smiled, looked at each other and repeated Everything I want is always on special.
Affirmations work. I have plenty of others that I use now too, but my first ever affirmation is still my favourite. It might not be ‘spiritual’ but it’s lots of fun, and it affirms to me that I live in an abundant and benevolent Universe.
Here are some others that I love:
Something wonderful will happen to me today (I love to affirm this when I first wake up – it sets the tone for my whole day!)
All good things come to me
I am surrounded with kind and helpful people
My creativity flows, and my good ideas are endless
My body is returning itself to health. Healing and well-being are my natural energies
If such simple thinking can change your life, and bring positivity and joy, maybe it might be worth you trying some affirmations for yourself. The video at the bottom of this post has some good ideas for affirmations too.
I’m holding you in that good space – wishing you well, wishing you love, joy, health and abundance. Bless xx