I’m a big believer in the power of Positive Affirmations. The way we use language creates our story, and that story becomes our lived experience. Even though we may be living with pain, how we communicate that experience, to ourselves and to others, defines our attitude. Our attitude can lift us higher, or plunge us deeper. And because we are conscious creatures, we have a choice.
I’m guilty of negative self-talk. Let’s face it, inflammation is hard to live with. It’s chronic, it’s heavy, and before you know it, three years have passed and you haven’t had a pain-free day. It sucks your wallet dry as you seek medical explanations, relief through physiotherapy and massage, cures through supplements and pharmaceuticals, and insist on organic, quality-sourced food. It makes work difficult. And all of this means you are constantly talking about it, focusing on it, feeding it with your energy, reiterating and reinforcing it. To the point that certain phrases become run-of-the-mill. Your dis-ease becomes your mantra. It takes root deep down in your psyche, where character and habits are formed.
My iPhone is so chock-full with gunk that it blocks and shuts down whenever I open the Instagram App. I’m thinking of doing a complete re-set, right back to the Factory’s clean slate. It’s not so hard to do. But to rewind my brain, my unconscious and that mad, intricate matrix that comprises body, mind and spirit… it’s a tall order, but I know it can be done. I’ve done it before, in different circumstances, and I’ve seen the results.
Re-programing involves consciously choosing a different story. It means sitting down and really thinking about it – what it will mean to be healthy, what it will feel like to be pain free. How it will change your relationships, your work, your life. It means being really clear about what you are asking for. Writing helps, because it makes you focus on the details. Once you know exactly what you are asking for, you compress all those details into a short, sharp, clear, postive affirmation… and you repeat it, and repeat it, and repeat it.
You repeat it so often, and so emphatically, that you start to believe it. And once you start believing it, you just keep on repeating it, understanding that it may take some time for all the cells of your body to respond, and for the universe to line up all the events, circumstances and people which are necessary for the physical manisfestation of your desire to take form.
All the Teachers say it. In the Beginning Was the Word. Thoughts have vibration. Everything in the physical world has it’s non- physical counterpart. All that we see – this computer, the chair I’m sitting on, the house I’m living in, our street, our village, however wide you want to go – it all started as an idea in someone’s head. And that idea took physical form.
So, as I get serious about healing, I’m going to do my best to transform my self-talk. There are three teachers who inspire me, who come from different perspectives, but the essence of their teaching is the same: Transform your thoughts, transform your words, and in doing so, transform your life.
Florence Scovel Shinn wrote about how to align thoughts and words with divine energy during the 1920’s. Her writings have been collected into one volume, The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn, and continue to be a great seller. Her perspective is rooted in Christianity and the Bible. After reading her works in 2002, I wrote the following affirmation, and repeated it for months.
My Perfect Work, My Perfect Wealth, My Perfect Home, My Perfect Health, My Constant Love, My Constant Joy – All is Coming to Me, Under Grace, and In Perfect Ways.
Louise Hay is regarded as the mother of the New Age Movement. Her ‘Little Blue Book’, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976. By 2011, You Can Heal Your Life had sold 40 million copies. Her affirmations are particularly focused on health and healing. This affirmation is based on those you will find in You Can Heal Your Life. I repeat it, looking into my own eyes in the mirror, and at the end of yoga classes when everyone is relaxing in Savasana.
I love myself, I approve of myself, I accept myself, I respect myself, I protect myself. I am ready to change. I am ready to transform. I am ready to receive all the abundance, well-being and love that flows through this universe. My life gets better every day.
The Law of Attraction as taught by the spiritual collective, Abraham, and translated by Esther Hicks, is enormously influential and immediately uplifting. The Law of Attraction, they say, works similarly to the waves picked up by a radio: you receive that which you are tuned in to. Their focus is on fine-tuning your emotional state in order to achieve vibrational alignment with that which you are seeking. This is more of a meditation than an affirmation. They suggest doing it while you are in a very relaxed state. It’s from the exercise, Reclaiming One’s Natural State of Health, from the book Ask and It Is Given.
•It’s natural for my body to be well.
•Even if I don’t know what to do in order to get well, my body does.
•I have trillions of cells with individual Consciousness, and they know how to achieve their health and natural balance.
•When this condition began, I didn’t know what I know now.
•If I had known then what I know now, this condition wouldn’t have gotten started.
•I don’t need to understand the cause of this illness.
•I don’t neet to explain how it is that I’m experiencing this illness.
•I have only to gently, eventually, release this illness.
•It doesn’t matter that it got started, because it’s reversing it’s course right now…
•There’s no hurry about any of this…
•I will relax now, to allow communication between my body and my Source…
Affirmations help me to focus on my intention. I hope you’ll also be inspired to clarify your desires and consolidate them into a personal, meaningful affirmation that you can repeat throughout the day, and as you’re relaxing before sleep. They can be enormously uplifting, and being so, they can transform your life.
Do you have particular teachers whose words and wisdom inspire you? Do share in the comments – we can never have too many sources of strength and motivation in our lives!
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