What are Affirmations and how do I use them?
Recently, I introduced the topic of Metaphysics via our Universal Truths Facebook Page so I thought I would share my experience with Affirmations and Four UT Keys for the most beneficial way I construct and use them.
An Affirmation is defined as 1. the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; 2. a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion.
The first time I recall giving any personal meaning to Affirmations was about six years ago when I first read “You Can Heal Your Life” by international bestselling author Louise L. Hay.
Mind activity that occurs just below the level of conscious awareness is referred to as the sub-conscious. This sub-conscious mind is defined as being responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason. It has been likened to a limitless volt of information retaining every detail from every moment in our life. For example, someone sufficiently skilled enough to tap into this volt, may be able to recall the outfit, hair style, cake, friends, gifts, food, music, games, weather, colour of the paint or wall paper design along with every other detail pertaining to their 3rd birthday party, assuming of course they had one.
Our thoughts, values, and beliefs (for more about these see my Blog titled, “What’s important to you?”) are also stored in our sub-conscious mind and whilst this makes life functional in terms of not having to learn how to operate a door or a car every time we approach one etc. many, many, many of the thoughts, values, and beliefs stored there are adopted, inherited, taught to us, limiting and no longer serve us for our highest good.
Affirmations are a useful tool to reprogram our sub-conscious mind’s obsolete data. As an example, through slow normalcy I went from getting occasional headaches from my early teens to having a headache, of some degree, for as often as five out of seven days a week by my mid 20s. Headaches, together with migraines which set in from age 19, were ultimately both eliminated by my mid 30s. This included a period of time when, by becoming more and more aware of my thoughts, I could predict getting these and various other ailments in advance. These days, I don’t have to exercise ‘stinking thinking’ for very long before an ailment will rear its head. However, I like it this way, as I’m committed to heightened awareness and I now trust my body to keep me lovingly accountable. Fortunately, as quickly as something appears, I can cause it to disappear and I often still use Affirmations as a tool of choice to achieve this.
It is important to understand that values, and beliefs stored in the sub-conscious, that play out automatically, are generated from thoughts that we have had millions of times over. Therefore;
The 1st UT key regarding Affirmations is to make them short, simple phrases or statements (initially at least) that can be learnt verbatim and are in the first and present tense.
The 2nd UT Key regarding Affirmations is that they are repeated often throughout the day and perhaps over many days, until the old thought pattern is overridden.
Often times, although an affirmation may feel good at some level, it may sound foreign and a little awkward to your inner or outer ear at first. Discipline and persistence are keys. It’s very OK to have fun with your affirmation so a simple approach is to fake it til you make it.
The 3rd UT Key regarding Affirmations is to understand that the sub-conscious mind is quite literal. Let’s say you wanted to increase your income. To the sub-conscious mind, an affirmation along the lines of, “I am excited about the pay rise I have coming my way”, will always be something that is coming as opposed to something that is happening now. A rewording of this may go something like, “My income constantly increases.”
And the 4th UT Key regarding Affirmations is to understand that by often I mean potentially hundreds of times a day. It’s a tool for immersing our sub-conscious mind with uplifting, affirmative and present data enabling it to, not just suspend obsolete programming that was generated and remains in place by millions of repetitive thoughts each day, but permanently override it with a new thought pattern. In doing so, the sub-conscious mind can produce automatical feeds to the conscious mind causing us to think, speak and act in a manner that instead of sabotaging us is constantly setting us up for our highest good and greatest success.
This is a sure way to permanently eliminate undesirable ailments, dis-ease and conditions that keep showing up, sometimes with a different face and name but that generate the same old unwanted feelings.
The manner in which I use affirmations is to adopt ones from someone or somewhere else, that resonate with me deeply, or construct my own based on the above UT Keys.
Until next time…
Live the Life you Love