You are already using them. Why not find out how to use them to your advantage?
- Affirmations are repeated statements used to attain that which we desire.
- We already tell ourselves affirmations every minute, hour, day, week…They’re usually quite damaging.
- Creating positive statements will flood out the negative and create new habits of thinking.
- Affirmations change our brain by interrupting our neuro-nets, replacing those old patterns with new ones.
- The healthiest and most effective way of beginning the use of affirmations is to sit down and write out a list of things you are grateful for.
Affirmations: What exactly are they?
Affirmations are, by far, one of the most important tools in the Law of Attraction. They are positive, repeated statements, used to hold on to a visualization of what could be. To affirm, by definition, is to state something as a fact – strongly and firmly. In the Law of Attraction, we use this tool to attain that which we desire, whether it be wealth, health, love, confidence, etc.
“You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which ‘clicks.'”
– Florence Scovel Shinn
Even if this is the first time you’ve heard about affirmations, you already tell them to yourself every single day. It’s likely that if you haven’t audited your statements, your statements could be quite negative and harmful to your self-esteem.
We tell ourselves, “I suck at math,” or “I’m not popular,” or, “I’m overweight.” These statements, repeated over and over, can really affect our psyche in a damaging way. The most logical step to take now that you know this, is to create positive affirmations to flood out the negative and create new habits of thinking.
Why You Should Use Them
People often use positive affirmations to foster self-love and self-growth. However, repeating these mantras is far from just a self-help cliché – they can be used to make anything happen. There is science to back up the many benefits of using daily affirmations, and in my own consciousness journey, I have reaped these benefits over and over by understand just how powerful affirmations could be.
Affirmations can actually change the brain on a cellular level. Sam Francis Page explains: ‘Neurons connect in your brain by attaching to thoughts and memories.’ Our thoughts are then organized into a ‘pattern’ or ‘neuro-net.’ For example: The feeling of love is stored in a very large neuro-net. Each person builds his/her concept of love from many different ideas and experiences.’
“I trust in myself, and my ability to grow.”
Affirmations change our brain by interrupting our neuro-nets, replacing those old patterns with new ones. The more you use positive affirmations, the stronger they become. They will eventually flush out your most powerful negative thoughts.
Basically, the way we think matters a whole lot, and eventually manifests into our reality. It may seem silly to tell yourself you are beautiful every day, but it seems sillier to tell yourself you’re ugly, doesn’t it?
At the end of the day, the universe believes you. So what you believe, will manifest.
The Best Way to Use Affirmations
Researchers have discovered that there is actually a wrong way of using positive affirmations. Studies have shown that if a person doesn’t believe what they are saying, they may start to feel much worse about themselves than they did before. That is where belief comes in, which is indispensable when using affirmations
The healthiest and most effective way of beginning the use of affirmations is to sit down and write out a list of things you are grateful for. When you’ve written down enough to feel slightly better, next start to write things you appreciate about yourself, that are already true in your present physical moment. When you write those two lists, you are ready to practice affirmations. Adding this small step to the process will increase the quality and speed of your desired results by a lot.
Practical ways of using affirmations are as follows:
- Wake up ten minutes early to listen to audio clips and repeat.
- Write down 5 affirmations every few hours.
- Keep notes on your mirrors, in your purse, pockets – small affirmations to remind you of the end goal.
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How has your experience with affirmations been? Sound off!