What Makes an Affirmation Work

splitI spend a lot of time and effort finding, meditating on and sharing different types of affirmations or self help quotes.  It is my belief that a positive thought, managed correctly can change your emotional, mental and even physical being.  So I thought it might be helpful to share how to get the most out of an affirmation.  Ya know, why do something, if you don’t do it the best you can!

So for the purposes of this blog, and in the context of healing, I’m going to define affirmations as a unique combination of all the definitions I’ve heard

A positive declaration, action or assertion that you project, which encapsulates a desired state of being. Expressed in the present tense, an affirmation is absorbed by the conscious and subconscious mind and over time can change your mental, emotional and physiological state. 

While we may wish that the road to improved health through affirmations was a straight and easy path, this is not the case. Purging old habits and thought patterns takes practice, perseverance and patience. As you travel down the road to your goal: there are a few areas that you must master to see any progress at all and that are important if you really want to maximize your efforts. These can be broken into 10 keys points listed below:

  1. Acknowledgement
  2. Acceptance
  3. Introspection
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Accountability
  6. Physical, Spiritual and Mental Cleansing
  7. Patience and Self Love
  8. Setting Boundaries
  9. Outreach/Rebuilding Trust
  10. Upkeep

These 10 keys are vital to the success of any healing regimen, not just affirmations. In this and in the following blogs, I will share my ideas on each key in detail and how to implement it in your life.

Louise Hay

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It is safe to look within.

The inner creates the outer – always.

Daily Affirmation by Louise L. Hay

Today

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Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.

–Jose Ortega y Gassett

Power

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

–Alice Walker

Fun House

house of mirrosIf we are the bridge between all that has been in human history and all that is yet to be created,

what kind of bridge are we?

– Alan Seale

Me?, I think my bridge looks like the Fun House of Mirrors…….can’t find my way out.

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