Your Words Make Your Life
The hilarious Stuart Smalley character on Saturday Night Live made fun of affirmations, but I think they work. He made us think that affirmations are for simple people with an unsophisticated intellect. After all, who else could believe that looking in the mirror repeating positive things about yourself could actually result in any true change? It's easy to make fun of.
Through my own spiritual practice I've come to believe that the words I choose to use and the thoughts I choose to think create my reality. I believe I can manifest almost anything I want by asking for it and believing it is so. Yep.
"I'm so tired." and "I'm so busy." beget more of the same. "I am safe and all is well" has a calming effect. And if I'm calm, I am safe, and all is well.
I've manifested all sorts of amazing things for myself, from a more prosperous life to a parking spot in Union Square at Christmastime.
Whether you have a religious practice or not, you can have a better day, and string together a life of them, by choosing affirmations that make you feel great.
What I love most about affirmations is how absolutely low stakes they are to try. It's free, it's private, and a positive word spoken quietly to yourself makes you feel great the minute you say it.
You can find a billion ideas for affirmations on the Internet. Louise Hay is one of my favorite inspirational writers on this subject and you can listen to her audiobooks on YouTube for free. Try that some morning while you're getting ready. She'll explain affirmations better than I and give you lots of good ones to play with. (It's going to feel corny. Get beyond the corniness to access the good stuff.)
You can also make up your own. That's how I do it most days. Choosing the words that make you feel lightest, happiest, and most joyful is great fun. You'll want to make sure to use the present tense, even if you don't believe what you're saying just yet.
Affirming, "I want to be healthy" will keep you in a perpetual state of wanting to be healthy, not being healthy. Instead affirm, "I am healthy." Even if you have a diagnosed disease, these words signal your mind, body and the universe to align with health, not sickness. And, I believe, the Universe responds with blind obedience to whatever we say is true. Maybe not instantly, and not always exactly as we first envision, but always for our highest good.
Your affirmation can be short, "I always have what I need when I need it," or it can be long. Here's one I got from Edwene Gaines years ago and used every day for years and years.
Today will be a wonderful day. I shall meet people I like and who like me. I shall see many new opportunities to advance my interests. Money will come to me unexpectedly. I am healthy and happy. My work will be easier and more pleasant because I am evolving through my job to something better. I see that which is only beautiful and good. I refuse to gossip or demean myself by uttering negative words and obscene language. I control my temper and tongue. I now put my thoughts in order and refuse to be disturbed by external conditions. I am love in action. Amen.
Stay positive and be patient. If something you want doesn't manifest right away that doesn't mean the affirmations aren't working. When you put water in the freezer it doesn't turn into ice right away. But do you give up and say that water doesn't freeze in a freezer? No. You wait, you believe, and then when it's ready, the ice is there. That's how affirmations work in my life. I can't wait to hear how they work in yours.
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