The Power of Affirmations

“As a man thinketh, so is he.”

Bible

Most of what we believe about life has been imposed upon us by societal conditioning. This includes our family, friends, civic community, religious community, and the mass media. Very little of what we believe is based on our own experience of life. As a result, most of us carry thoughts about life (remember our thoughts create our reality) that are not only not reflective of the actual experience we have had in life, but don’t assist us in creating the type of life we do want.

The most extreme and most consistent cases of this negative conditioning that I have witnessed throughout my life have been with women and minorities. In the case of women in this society, I have been made aware of the fact that many women have body-image issues as a result of continual media indoctrination that suggests that the body that they do have is somehow never good enough. They are always made to feel too large or too small, but never just right. In the case of racial minorities, there is always a sense of self-doubt instilled in many of us because of our competency and intelligence being constantly doubted. As a result, through time, many women and minorities internalize beliefs about themselves that become a type of reverse or negative affirmation. And, often times, this reverse affirmation, having been internalized as a core belief, becomes manifest as the reality of these individuals.    

So, as we can see, it is very important that all of us- women and men, white, black, and everything in between- become aware of our social conditioning, and seek a way of de-programming ourselves of this conditioning, and, in fact, replacing it with “programming” that is more suitable to the type of life we want to live. This is the power and purpose of affirmations.

As was discussed in a previous article, this universe we live in is such that we are allowed to always be right about whatever we believe about ourselves. In “Conversations with God,” the best-selling book series written by Neale Donald Walsch, it is suggested that this universe is like a big Xerox machine that just makes copies of our thoughts, ultimately leading to a physical manifestation of what was once thought. In other words, our lives are like an empty book in which we write our biography through the thoughts we hold about ourselves. Below are some affirmations that will allow you to begin to change your biography from that of a tragedy to a story of hope and inspiration.

Self-image
I am beautiful and perfect the way God created me. For all that God creates is beautiful and perfect.

Self-doubt
I am competent and capable to achieve all that I desire to achieve in life. The intelligence that the Creator gave me is unique and needed by humanity.

Abundance
I am grateful for all that I currently have, and for the many unseen blessing that have yet to arrive.

I am worthy of enjoying all the good things life has to offer.

I live a life of overflowing abundance. I am willing to receive all that life wants to give me.

Love
I am worthy of being loved.

I am capable of giving love.

The easiest way to reinforce this practice of stating affirmations is to type or write them out and place them on a mirror that you look at every day. That way, every time you stand in front of the mirror you can state them out loud to yourself. Remember, the more often you do this practice, the more deeply rooted they will become in your unconscious, and eventually they will just become the way you think about your life. And once that happens, you will witness a miraculous shift in the circumstances of your life.

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3 Comments »

  1. Thank you for creating this website!
    There are no limits to the power of the mind. Our thoughts are currency. We can use them to buy the good and the great in our life or misuse them to buy misery and malaise into our life.

    Comment by Jasmin Patel — February 3, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  2. thanks for writing this.

    Here is something that works for me and perhaps would be beneficial to those with a belief in God.

    God created everything perfect and whole. There is no lack in anything created. Any lack I perceive is an illusion. Illusions are misperceptions of the truth, errors that need correction. We cannot believe truly in anything that is not TRUTH and PERFECT if we truly believe in GOD. The two thoughts are contrary and connot be held within the mind at the same time. We can only believe in the perfection of God’s creation or in our misperceptions. Not both at the same time. It is our choice which we believe and invest our thoughts in.

    Comment by vicki — April 8, 2007 @ 2:26 am

  3. THOUGHTS CREATE THINGS. How a simple phrase like that has changed my thinking process in only a week – it is something so simple yet so amazing! I am eternally grateful for The Secret and all that it is leading me to explore. I am in control of me, No one else ca chose where I go or categorize my looks or values. I am whatever I say I am.
    Love –

    Comment by shannon — April 15, 2007 @ 4:36 am

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