How to Use Positive Affirmations
Manifest Your Desires
What are affirmations? An affirmation is simply making a declaration of something that already exists. The simplest affirmation is the word “Yes.”
Yes, I am
Yes, I have
Yes, I do
When you consider these seemingly benign statements, it is important to regard them with the creative power of words and thoughts. They are statements of success, confirmation, validation, and completeness.
“Do you have it?”
“Yes, I have it.”
The thing is already obtained. The energy and emotion behind these statements of success is the power of affirmation.
When you state an affirmation, you are declaring to yourself, and to the Universe, that your desire is already created. You are focusing on your desires in the most positive and creative way. This aligns your emotions and vibrations with the thing that you want to be created. When your emotions and vibrations align with your desires, they flow easily to you.
And of course, the opposite is true. When we tell ourselves, "No" (which happens automatically, all the time), we are affirming that we lack what is desired.
Positive Affirmations Combat Daily Negativity
There is another direct benefit to using affirmations as a daily practice. We receive a lot of negative input on a daily basis, including negative thoughts about the things we wish we had. It’s almost impossible to eliminate these thoughts, which are essentially negative affirmations, ingraining the vibrations of lack and disappointment into your daily routine.
By creating and repeating clear affirmations, along with vivid details and pleasant emotions, they become a great tool in controlling your thoughts. Essentially, they the inundations of negativity which we experience on a daily basis. The more you can be mindful of the negative thoughts coming in, you can interrupt them and replace them with a positive affirmations.
If you read our article, Visualization Techniques for Better Manifestation, you will notice some similarities with these simple principles. This is not a coincidence; a lot of the techniques of the Law of Attraction value the same basic objectives, applied in a variety of ways.
My favorite quick-catch affirmation is this:
When I say something like, “I can’t do that,” or “I don’t have that,” I quickly add the word “yet” at the end of the sentence. It is one small word that totally changes the meaning of the sentence. Then, the next time I think about the same topic, I can say, “I am able to have that, and I am open to receiving it now.”
Here is another example of changing a negative affirmation into something that aligns with the vibrations you want:
Rather than saying “I can’t afford it,” try to change your language to say, “I choose not to spend money on that.” We are constantly telling ourselves we can’t afford things that we probably wouldn’t buy if we did have the money! No wonder we feel broke all the time.
Positive Affirmations: A Practical Exercise
Now that you can answer the question, What are Affirmations?, and you know how to apply them, here is a practical exercise:
Because #mhlpe (Mindful Humans Love Practical Exercises)
1. The first step to practice affirmations is to get really clear about what you want. Write out all the details, using all the senses. How would it look? How would it feel (sensory)? How would it feel (emotion)? How would it sound, taste, and smell? How would you interact with it, or how would it influence you? The clearer you are about the details, the more powerful your affirmations can be.
2. Uncover your current thought process about this thing. Maybe it’s that you’re not worthy of it, you can’t afford it, you can’t do it, you’ll never be able to… et cetera. It is important to identify these negative ideas. Most of the time these are automatic, unconscious thoughts.
3. Write replacement affirmation for your negative thoughts. This should be written in the first person, with an “I” statement. It should be a brief statement about your desire, as if it is already obtained.
4. This takes practice and discipline. Practice catching yourself thinking negative thoughts about your desire, stop yourself, and then repeat your affirmation several times. If you are able to close your eyes and focus your visualization and emotions with your affirmation, that is ideal. However, any amount of positive affirmation will have a good effect, especially when it replaces a negative thought pattern.
If you are having a hard time getting started, don't worry. Sometimes you might need to build up to these more advanced exercises, and that is okay.
In the meantime, here is a Top 100 List of Positive Affirmations that will get you started. Simply check out the list, write down maybe 5-10 in a handy spot. Read them each morning, with careful attention and focus. Continue to refer to them throughout the day as needed to help you stay positive and replace negative thinking.
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