Monday, June 20, 2011

Making Affirmations Work For You

Affirmation!Image by bark via FlickrBy Maya Kante

Many folks are curious about how affirmations work or why they seem to work for some people and not others. The funny thing is that we all use affirmations all the time. What you experience depends on what you affirm all day.

The word affirmation refers to a statement that one accepts as reality. The statement could be good or bad. If you often say things like: "I never have enough money," it's more than likely that you don't have enough money now. Persisting to hold this affirmation in your consciousness will lead to you not having enough in the future either. Your subconscious is now programmed to seek and enter into situations that make this statement true.

Most of us hold more negative beliefs than positive because our parents, churches, and schools didn't impress upon us how important our words really are. It's time for us to teach ourselves how to be more conscious of carefully constructing our beliefs by making affirmations work for us and not against us. After all, you create your reality by what you believe. So it is in your best interest to change your negative beliefs into positive ones!

So how can you make affirmations work for you specifically? Well, affirmations work through your constant use of and belief in them. So there are a couple things to consider when going about making affirmations work for you. You need to examine what you have been taught about affirmations and what you believe. This process can be tricky because often we aren't aware of the hidden beliefs that are stored in our subconscious.

Not only are we not aware of some of our negative beliefs, we often have forgotten where they originated. This makes these beliefs more of a challenge to identify and change. But you can do it! People who say affirmations don't work are approaching them with the wrong mindset and more than likely not using them correctly. A good friend of mine had picked up the belief that using positive affirmations meant you believed in magic in the supernatural sense. It wasn't until he understood that using affirmations was a way to focus and train a natural mental process, that he became open to using them and experiencing their benefits.

You first task is to identify any negative beliefs or statements about affirmations or related subjects that you have been exposed to. Then you must work on releasing them. Create or look up a release affirmation. "I now release all negative thoughts about positive thinking exercises. I now know using positive affirmations will benefit me" is a general one you can try. But it is best to name the specific negative thought in the release affirmations. Writing, singing, chanting, and visualizing, are among the popular methods of repeating affirmations to retrain your negative thinking.

You can use one of these methods to change your thinking about positive affirmations themselves. The more quickly you change your core beliefs about using affirmations the more quickly you can use them to change other areas of your life. So you should find a method of using positive affirmations that helps you to use them several times throughout your day. The more you use them throughout your day, the more your subconscious will begin to accept them as true.

Maya Kante has been an avid student of Science of Mind with an emphasis on positive affirmations for over 15 years. For more great information on making the most of affirmations, visit PositiveAffirmationCenter.com

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