What Are Affirmations?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the benefits of positive affirmations, I’d like to explain a little about them. An affirmation is really anything you say or think. A lot of what we normally say and think is quite negative and doesn’t create good experiences for us. We have to retrain our thinking and speaking into positive patterns if we want to change our lives. An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change. In essence, you’re saying to your subconscious mind: “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.”
When I talk about doing affirmations, I mean consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life. Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. You’re using affirmations every moment whether you know it or not. You’re affirming and creating your life experiences with every word and thought.
Your beliefs are merely habitual thinking patterns that you learned as a child. Many of them work very well for you. Other beliefs may be limiting your ability to create the very things you say you want. What you want and what you believe you deserve may be very different. You need to pay attention to your thoughts so that you can begin to eliminate the ones creating experiences you do not want in your life.
Please realize that every complaint is an affirmation of something you think you don’t want in your life. Every time you get angry, you’re affirming that you want more anger in your life. Every time you feel like a victim, you’re affirming that you want to continue to feel like a victim. If you feel that Life isn’t giving you what you want in your world, then it’s certain that you will never have the goodies that Life gives to others—that is, until you change the way you think and talk.
You’re not a bad person for thinking the way you do. You’ve just never learned how to think and talk. People throughout the world are just now beginning to learn that our thoughts create our experiences. Your parents probably didn’t know this, so they couldn’t possibly teach it to you. They taught you how to look at life in the way that their parents taught them. So nobody is wrong. However, it’s time for all of us to wake up and begin to consciously create our lives in a way that pleases and supports us. You can do it. I can do it. We all can do it—we just need to learn how. So let’s get to it.
How do Affirmations Work?
Some people say that “affirmations don’t work” (which is an affirmation in itself), when what they mean is that they don’t know how to use them correctly. They may say, “My prosperity is growing,” but then think, Oh, this is stupid, I know it won’t work. Which affirmation do you think will win out? The negative one, of course, because it’s part of a long-standing, habitual way of looking at life.
Sometimes people will say their affirmations once a day and complain the rest of the time. It will take a long time for affirmations to work if they’re done that way. The complaining affirmations will always win, because there are more of them and they’re usually said with great feeling. However, saying affirmations is only part of the process. What you do the rest of the day and night is even more important.
Affirmations are like seeds planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich soil, abundant growth. The more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work. So think happy thoughts, it’s that simple. And it is doable. The way you choose to think, right now, is just that—a choice. You may not realize it because you’ve thought this way for so long, but it really is a choice. Now . . . today . . . this moment . . . you can choose to change your thinking.
Your life won’t turn around overnight, but if you’re consistent and make the choice on a daily basis to think thoughts that make you feel good, you’ll definitely make positive changes in every area of your life. I wake up each morning with blessings and gratitude for the wonderful life I lead, and I make the choice to think happy thoughts no matter what others are doing.
No, I don’t do this 100 percent of the time, but I am up to about 75 or 80 percent right now, and it’s made a big difference in how much I enjoy life and how much good just seems to flow into my everyday world. The only moment you ever live in is this moment. It’s the only time you have any control over. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.” My yoga teacher, Maureen MacGinnis, repeats this in every class she teaches. If you don’t choose to feel good in this moment, then how can you create future moments that are abundant and fun?
Once you’ve done your affirmations, then it’s time to release them and let them go. You’ve decided what you want. You’ve affirmed them in both thought and word. Now you must release them to the Universe so that the laws of Life can bring them to you.
Affirmations and the Law of Attraction
If you worry and fret about how your affirmations will come true, you’re just delaying the whole process. It’s not your job to figure out how to bring your affirmations to fruition. The way the Laws of Attraction work, you declare that you have something, and then the Universe brings it to you. The Universe is far more clever than you are and knows every possible way to make your affirmations come true.
The only reason for delay and for seemingly denying you is that there’s a part of you that doesn’t believe that you deserve it. Or perhaps your beliefs are so strong that they overpower your affirmations.
If you’re declaring: “My income is increasing,” and it isn’t, then perhaps you have old, deep-seated beliefs that you don’t deserve to prosper. Or maybe your family had strong negative beliefs about money, and there’s a part of you that still accepts those beliefs. As little children, we’re so obedient that we’re willing to accept our parents’ beliefs about life and continue to operate under them for the rest of our lives... until we choose to really look at those beliefs and examine them.
Your mother or father may have constantly said, “Oh, money is hard to come by.” Now without even knowing it, you still have that belief in your own consciousness. If you believe that, then the Universe can’t bring you more income until you release that thought. I often ask people to look at what their family’s beliefs were about various subjects.
If prosperity is your issue, then take out a large sheet of paper and write down all the things your family said about money when you were a child. If you find any negative statements (remember these were all affirmations for your family members), then your job is to turn those negative beliefs into positive affirmations. Free yourself from the tyranny of your parents’ negative affirmations, and you’ll open yourself to the abundant flow of good in every area of your life. Please don’t be discouraged by any setbacks. You’re learning a new process. As you become proficient at it, your life will become easier and easier.
Remember . . . No matter how wonderful the present moment is, the future can be even more fulfilling and joyous. The Universe always waits in smiling repose for us to align our thinking with its laws. When we are in alignment, everything flows. It is possible. You can do it. I can do it. We all can do it. Make the effort. You will be so pleased. Your whole world will change for the better.
Love, Louise Hay
Where To Start
Watch this amazing and enlightening TED talk by Michael Neill, where he speaks about what our mind perceives vs. reality.
Beautiful photography highlights the uplifting affirmations of beloved New York Times best-selling author Louise Hay in this 2021 edition of her I Can Do It®️ series of calendars.
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