Affirmations part 1: What is an affirmation and types of affirmations
Affirmations part 3: Why positive affirmations do not always work as expected
Affirmation part 4: Writing and using your affirmations
An affirmation is a statement or message that something is true. Affirmations can be negative or positive.
A negative affirmation is one that lowers our vibrations: I’m clumsy, I’m stupid, the world is against me, nothing ever goes right for me, are examples of negative affirmations.
A positive affirmation, on the other hand is one that is designed to help us program or reprogram our subconscious mind in order to bring about peace and harmony. I’m healthy, I know how to learn, I know how to find answers, I have resources available to me whenever I need them, are examples of positive affirmations.
A positive affirmation helps us move away from fear and thus increase our vibrations.
Positive, high impact affirmations also act as a counter-weight to all of the negative messages we hear daily through the media, other people and especially our own negative thoughts.
I’d like to share a real-life story about how a positive affirmation together with positive visualization exercise helped an athlete recover from injury.
Some years ago I had a client who had surgery to correct a knee injury. That woman was a professional athlete; a fast and complete recovery was essential to her career. Any complications, although not a big deal to a regular person, had the potential of destroying her career.
As we began our session, she shared with me that her knee consumed all of her thoughts. From the moment she woke up, all she would think about was how swollen it is, how immobile it is, how she has to be very careful every moment of every day. She called herself an invalid, she constantly worried about the knee not healing properly, she thought about possible subsequent surgeries, what would happen to her career, how she would gain weight due to lack of movement and so on and so forth.
In essence, she was repeating a negative affirmation: my knee is injured.
According to psychosomatic medicine, our mental processes act as a major factor affecting medical outcomes. To put this in layman’s terms, our body hears and remembers everything we tell it. So, if we are constantly telling our body that it is broken, the body will eventually accept this belief as a fact and will remain broken.
This is what this woman was doing. She was sabotaging her healing process through a negative affirmation. She was telling her knee that it is injured and will never heal.
In our first session, I asked her to make one small change: instead of thinking about her knee as broken or injured, to use her imagination and visualize her knee becoming healed. I asked her to imagine blood flowing through the tissues. As fresh blood entered the tissue, I asked her to imagine it bringing nutrients and elements that are needed for tissue recovery. As the blood left the knee, I asked her to imagine all the bad stuff being washed away. Then I asked her to spend a few minutes visualizing her knee in its healthiest form and repeat in her head this affirmation: my knee is healthy; my knee is perfect.
She was to perform this exercise twice a day, in the morning and before bed. It took her about five minutes each time.
One of the reasons I love working with athletes is that they are not afraid of work and they follow through. They understand that practice is a necessary component to achieving any goal and they do not give up.
Fast forward about a month, her knee healed completely and in record time. No additional surgeries were necessary.
She credited her swift recovery to physical therapy and the visualization and affirmation exercises. She said that physical therapy was helping slightly but once we included the mind as one of the healing components, the physical therapy really started to take effect.
In essence, she made a very small change. Instead of repeating a negative affirmation: I’m sick, she repeated a positive affirmation: I’m healthy.
Such is the power of positive affirmations.
Positive affirmations help us re-program our thought patterns, replacing harmful beliefs with healing beliefs and thus removing barriers to healing.
Although powerful, positive affirmations have strong limitations. They do not anyways work and in fact, simply adding positive affirmations can complicate our lives and drain our energies even more.
Nonetheless, they are an essential component to living our lives in the best possible way.
In the following article I’ll talk more about this and also about why the law of attraction does not always seems to work in a way we think it should.
To read about the best way to write and use your affirmations, click here.