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Using Affirmations

Guest Author - Deanna Joseph

Today I am filled with zeal and joy! Only good comes to me from every direction. God is my Source, and my life is filled with blessings and abundance!

How often do you wake up with these positive statements ringing in your head? If you are anything like I used to be, it is more likely that you wake up thinking “ugh, another day.”

Our minds can get bogged down with old programming, and it starts running itself without any input from us. We start to expect that certain things will happen.

If it rains we automatically think “traffic will be terrible this morning.”

If someone at work gets the flu we think “I’ll get it next.”

If things are tough at work we think “I’ll never get ahead, no one ever notices me.”

If we are having financial difficulties we think “things are so tough. I’ll never be able to make more money. There is just not enough.”

When we hit our 40s we think “it’s all down hill from here. My body is just giving out.”

But this is all just negative programming, and if you think about it, you know that it’s not necessarily true!

But there is a way to combat old programming, and that’s through the use of affirmations. Affirmations mean that we are affirming that something is true. When we make an affirmation, even if it’s not true yet we are reprogramming how we think.

I learned something interesting in a seminar years and years ago. The brain does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined! That is why it’s possible for a perfectly beautiful woman to believe that she’s ugly – because someone in her childhood told her she was ugly and the programming stuck. That’s why an extremely intelligent person can believe they are actually stupid – because someone once told them that they were stupid.

When someone says something mean to us, the emotional impact of the statement causes our mind to accept it as the truth in that moment in time. So if someone says “you’ll never amount to anything” that forces a “groove” in our way of thinking. The next time we are trying something new, and find that it’s a bit difficult for us, instead of persevering, we automatically revert to “I’ll never amount to anything” because of the strength of that groove that was previously cut in our mind!

Affirmations are the cure to the bad programming we are carrying around. If someone said to us “you’ll never amount to anything” we can counteract that with the affirmation “I am strong and creative and move forward with ease.” Each time we use that affirmation, we are cutting a new “groove” in our thinking. And as we use the affirmation over and over that new groove gets bigger and bigger. So we have to repeat the affirmations over and over and over again. The power of that first negative statement has been embedded pretty deeply, and that can sometimes take hundreds or even thousands of affirmations to remove.

If you start by repeating just a few affirmations in the morning on your way to work, you will notice a difference pretty quickly. If you say them out loud and with zeal, you’ll start to notice the difference right away! That’s why I love doing affirmations in the car.

Also with affirmations we have to affirm what we want, not what we don’t want, and we need to keep them believable.

So instead of saying “I don’t want to be overweight” or “I now weigh 128 pounds” when it’s obvious that you don’t, start by saying something affirmative and believable. “I am now releasing the need to carry this extra weight” or “Everyday I am working toward my perfect weight with total ease and harmony!”

If you feel silly saying your affirmations, just keep at it! What’s silly is that we actually accepted the negative programming in the first place!

Affirmations are the best way to reprogram negative thinking. Whenever something negative pops into your head, think of a way to rephrase it so that it’s affirming what you DO want, and say it over and over and over again until that particular negative thought no longer pops in your head.

When used daily, affirmations help us to heal our past and move forward into a beautiful future. We deserve a wonderful life, and affirmations help us to acknowledge that ultimate truth!

I deserve all that life has to give me! I am a Divine Child of a Generous Creator!

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This content was written by Deanna Joseph. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Yvonnie DuBose for details.

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