I receive many messages from people asking about affirmations, and in particular what they can be used for and how they should be used.
An affirmation is a short statement repeated frequently in the present tense in order to impress the intent of the affirmation on to the subconscious Mind, thereby in turn causing the subject of your affirmation to manifest as a part of your own physical reality.
As with all positive thinking, positive affirmations must always be phrased in the present tense as if the desired result has already become an absolute reality. This will attract and influence Energy in accordance with The Law of Attraction, in turn creating the reality of the object of your affirmations within the inner spheres of the Universe, which reality must then in turn subsequently manifest into the physical world where the benefits can be realised.
As with negative thinking many people are in the habit of dwelling on problem areas in their life by repeating exactly that which they do not wish to happen. Therefore, as with negative thinking, this results in negatively influenced Energy creating a correspondingly negative reality, until finally manifesting into the physical world as an observable and experiential negative reality, thus compounding the original problems and making them even worse.
Like positive or negative thinking, affirmations can also affect the people around us at the Energy level of the group human Mind; the vibration of any affirmation involving other people will be transmitted and picked up by the people concerned, who in turn will accordingly subconsciously react to it in either a positive or negative way. It is extremely important therefore not to even subconsciously repeat negative affirmations, no matter how difficult a situation might seem.
For example, a person might keep unconsciously repeating to themselves such affirmations as:
"I will never get a promotion in this job".
"I will always be short of money".
"my relationship will never improve and become a happy one".
These are all examples of negative affirmations resulting in the corresponding Energy being influenced in a negative way, which in turn will result in the problem becoming even more of the reality of the person affirming these negative statements. The person who is constantly repeating these negative affirmations, either consciously or subconsciously, will be accordingly much less likely to receive a promotion in their job, will have even less money than before, and might well become even more trapped in their unhappy relationship.
Again, and the importance of this simply cannot be overstated; everyone constantly creates their own realities whatever they may be, thought Energy, emotions and positive affirmations being just three important ways in which this is process manifests in accordance with immutable Universal Laws. Positive thinking and conscious positive affirmations will therefore not only bring correspondingly good things, but will also transmute existing bad things into their corresponding good things. Beyond the confines of the three dimensional world of matter there is no time or space, so it is never to "late" to transmute a negative situation to a positive situation; all time is Now, the Eternal Now.
In the examples above this person should always immediately suppress any negative affirmations they find themselves repeating, and immediately replace them with the equivalent positive affirmations; they should for example be saying:
"I am so pleased with my excellent job promotion".
"I have all the money I really need".
"my relationship has never been better or happier".
This might well seem somewhat difficult to do, particularly in what is perceived to be difficult circumstances or where the reality appears to be totally the opposite, but such circumstances are only temporal, often the result of existing or previous negatively influenced Energy, but which Energy can always be transmuted to its opposite and desired positive circumstances.
It is also important that the affirmation, like positive thinking, is never stated in the future tense, for example, "I will have a job promotion"; this implies the indefinite future, that a negative situation already exists, and the result cannot therefore manifest positively into your present reality. Again, dwelling on negative situations and repeating them over and over in your Mind will certainly cause more of the same negative vibrations, which will in turn appear into physical reality as the corresponding negative manifestation, thereby compounding the problem even further, in turn resulting in an ever deepening vortex of the same negative situations; like Energy always attracting like Energy in accordance with the immutable Universal laws of Attraction and Correspondence.
Rejecting all negative thoughts and replacing them only with their opposite, most positive affirmations will result in positive vibrations of Energy that will eventually manifest into your own physical life and reality in the form you most desire.
Many people generally tend to use negative affirmations on an ongoing and much more subconscious basis without ever even realising it. For example, someone might say to themselves or even aloud;
"I simply cannot complete this task"
"this is much too difficult"
or very often on a health level we hear people say,
"I do not feel at all well today".
In particular at this time of the year it is very easy to observe
someone coughing or sneezing, imagining that you do not feel so
well, followed by the thought
"I must be catching a cold"
"I must be going down with the 'flu"
"I am bound to catch a cold now"
These are all examples of subconscious negative affirmations that will in turn become negative realities; the tasks will never be completed, will be always too hard, and the person will continue to feel unwell and will indeed catch a cold, flue or other ailment.
The correct thought if we observe someone coughing, sneezing or complaining of feeling unwell would be for example:
"I feel so well today"
"I always enjoy perfect health"
"I never contact any unwanted disease"
These are examples of powerful positive affirmations to keep you healthy even when those around you might be sucumbing to the usual seasonal ailments.
It is important to avoid words such as "will" or "want" or "should" etc., all of which either imply an indefinite future or uncertainty.
It is good to always keep in mind that beyond this temporary physical existence, in the spheres of the Universe where our desires take shape before manifesting into our experiential reality, there is only Now.
It is very important therefore to remain alert at all times to these negative thoughts and unconscious affirmations, immediately transmuting them into their positive opposites as they arise and before they have their effect, for example; "I have easily accomplished this task very easily", and, "that was very easy indeed", and, "I feel so fit and well today". In this way the negatively influenced Energy will not be allowed to take influence away from your positively desired reality, and only positive Energy can be attracted to you from the Universe and manifest as a tangible reality into the physical world, and therefore your own life and personal reality.
It is also very important therefore to not only make use of affirmations in order to consciously manifest desired changes into life, but also to be alert to subconscious, negative affirmations that must be immediately transmuted to their positive opposites without delay. The more often an affirmation is repeated, consciously or otherwise, the more quickly and effectively it will manifest into your observable, individual, experiential reality.
An excellent time to repeat affirmations, with as much sincerity and emotion as possible, is just before drifting off to sleep at night, and just after waking in the morning before arising. At these times your conscious Mind is most in communication with your subconscious Mind and therefore the inner causal spheres of Energy.
Repeat the affirmation throughout the day, write down the affirmation on notepaper and place copies of your affirmation around your home, repeating the affirmation frequently, and whenever you are reminded to do so. If you make use of a personal computer for long periods of time, it is a very good and effective idea to have a copy of your affirmation on your PC desktop utlising some appropriate software. You might not always notice the affirmation, but it will still be integrated into your subconscious Mind where it can begin its effect.
The ideal affirmation must be as short as possible and totally unambiguous. It is important to note that the subconscious Mind cannot easily assimilate long statements. The subconscious Mind, immense and powerful as it is, is actually very child-like in the way it perceives, and is therefore much more easily influenced by short, appropriately worded statements. Also the subconscious Mind never, ever questions any statement; it will rather accept the statement as an absolute fact, and set about bringing the object of the statement into reality by means of its powerful influence over the inner Energy levels of the Universe to which it is strongly connected.
Positive affirmations must always stated the present tense, and most importantly charged with as much feeling, positive Energy and emotion as possible, and as if the result has already manifested into your life as an absolute reality; a fact that you should have absolutely no doubt in your Mind. You should intensely feel the joy, happiness and all other emotions involved, which will generate the corresponding positive vibrations of Energy in accordance with The Law of Attraction.
Affirmations should never be performed in a stressed situation or where you cannot adequately relax or concentrate. For maximum effect positive affirmations should be repeated several times each day while being in as relaxed a state as possible, and continued until the affirmation has become an absolute physical reality. Affirmations can often become a physical reality very quickly indeed, but at other times might take longer. Note that we use the words "physical reality", because as soon as you start stating the affirmations with the degree of emotion required, then the object of the statement will instantly be answered, the Universe in making it a reality within the inner Energy levels. Frequent repetition of the affirmations, with the associated emotion will then further influence Energy to manifest the object of your affirmations as a tangible, observable reality in your physical world.
The speed at which an affirmation becomes a reality depends on numerous factors including the complexity of the desired result, the number of people involved, the frequency of repeating the affirmation, and most importantly the extent of emotion, focus and faith being placed behind it. Never become anxious for the results of the affirmation to be realised or wonder why they have not manifested as yet; these will cause vibrations of negative Energy, thereby slowing the process down.
Developing and maintaining faith in your affirmations will result in belief, and it is the belief that will bring you into energetic, vibrational harmony with the object of your affirmations, thereby allowing the object of your affirmations to manifest into your reality.
In conclusion, always be fully aware of repeating negative affirmations either consciously or subconsciously, and if you find yourself doing so immediately convert them into their opposite, positive affirmations. Make maximum use of controlled, conscious, positive affirmations wherever you need to convert a negative situation into the equivalent, opposite, positive situation, or where you wish to bring something positive into your life and reality.
Most people attracting unwanted situations do so because at some level they are thinking about that situation. It might be thinking about how to pay a particular bill, or not having enough for day to day living expenses generally, or even wishing they had more.
All of these thoughts will result in more of the same unwanted situations. By being mindful of your thoughts and by positively thinking and acting in a way that is consistent with your desires will ensure that your subconscious Mind will always be working in the direction of your desires, and positive affirmations are a powerful way of accomplishing this.