An affirmation is simply a statement. In fact every thing we think, feel and imagine is an affirmation. So, it's not actually about affirmations. Specifically, it is how we construct them. Be aware though...... it is not enough if you are saying it and you do not re-train your mind and imagination to follow suit. Repetition is the key to getting your whole body to accept the affirmation. For you to truly own it.
- Thoughts can have either be positive or negative such as the glass half full or glass half empty analogy.
- Affirmations can also be positive or negative, constructed in either past, present or future tense.
If you will, thinking is a haul of fresh fruit and vegetables , affirmations are the truck in which they are transported, and your outlook of our life and the emotional and physical reactions to our circumstances are the people purchasing the fruit and vegetables at the shop. If we continue with this analogy, we can explore the following scenarios;
- If the produce is fresh, the truck is well refrigerated and arrives on time, the produce arrives in good condition and is well received by the purchasers who are then healthy for eating fresh, whole foods with their vital life force energy still in tact. Positive thoughts + Positive Present Tense Affirmations = Very Positive, Very Healthy Outlook On Life
- If the produce is fresh, but the truck is not well refrigerated, the produce arrives on time but is ripening too quickly and is beginning to get old prematurely. The people still purchase the fruit and veg, but it doesn't have the same health benefits and lacks vital life force energy. Mostly Positive Thoughts + Neutral Tense Affirmations = Generally Positive, Generally Healthy Outlook On Life
- If the produce is getting old and the truck breaks down and gets to its destination late, the produce will be partially perished, there wont be sufficient quality food for people to buy. Negative Thoughts + Negative Past Tense Affirmations = Unhealthy Outlook On Life
A good quality affirmation is positive. Its purpose is to manifest something positive. 'I am a fantastic singer'. By believing in yourself, your confidence improves and you begin to reach your potential. If the affirmation is negative, you are manifesting negativity for yourself, such as 'I am a terrible singer'. You berate yourself and you become self-conscious of your voice. You will never improve when you think like this.
A good quality affirmation is in the present tense. 'I am a fantastic singer'. If it is constructed in the future tense, it is written 'I am going to be a fantastic singer'. When you say this each day, the day that you become a fantastic singer never arrives as it is always in the future. If it is constructed in the past, 'I was a fantastic singer', it suggests that you are no longer one and that ship has sailed.
The universe doesn't know yes from no. With this in mind, an affirmation written 'I am no longer a terrible singer' simply re-enforces the words 'terrible' and 'singer'. Affirmations need to be constructed with all the positive words you want and 'not what you don't want'. Forget what your maths teacher told you. Two negatives don't make a positive!
You may also like to read my previous blog, Heal Your Life® Series - Part 3 - The Power Of Positive Thought & Affirmations on the importance of positive thought and affirmations.
For the next instalment in this Heal Your Life® series, click Heal Your Life® Series - Part 5 - Practical Use Of Affirmations In Daily Life.
Kylie, of Complete Vibrational Therapies, has a Diploma of Metaphysics and is a licensed Heal Your Life® Workshop Leader and licensed Heal Your Life® Life Coach.
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