Law of Attraction Affirmations – How to use them
But instead of feeding you the theory of affirmations creation (like make them positive and make them in the present moment, etc…) I will do my best to show you the foundation of affirmations and why they work for some and does not work for others.
Affirmations are an important tool in any personal development and manifestation work toolbox. There are many wonderful books and teachings where affirmations are used as a main approach to manifest desires, accomplish goals, and achieve more healthier states of the body. Affirmations usually works pretty good to supplement dedicated meditation practices or when used as a regular daily mantra (with some cautions).
I been introduced to my first steps with affirmations via books by Shakti Gawain and Joseph Murphy (“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”). Books of Joseph Murphy are fun to read as they present many examples of manifested intentions based almost exclusively on affirmations people used.
Yet, in my mastering the law of attraction article – I haven’t describe a single technique that is based on affirmations.
Why is that?
Large part of above article is dedicated to introduction of the concept of “State” or “Desired State”. The work of entering the desired emotional state should be the last step in any successful Law of Attraction work. Once you manage to make progress in shifting your emotions toward desired positive outcome – the task is to maintain this state as consistently as possible.
In the absence of (or at least with reduced) resistance – feeling yourself in the desired state as if your desire already achieved will cause significant progress in material manifestation of desire. Specifics of manifested intention will match closely the inner emotional energy of your most dominant emotional state.
Resistance, or resistant thoughts are the most significant barrier in making your dreams come true! Anything you can do to remove resistance will greatly help you to move toward the life of your dreams and sometimes that’s the only step required!
So where does affirmations comes in play here?
After all there are countless success stories where people used affirmations with amazing results.
The answer is – affirmations are one of the best tools to distract mind from resistant thoughts plus they also help you to steer your inner state toward the desired feeling state.
But very important part to understand here is that words does not work by themselves. It is YOU who has to do inner work.
Let me get a bit controversial here and present a little case against affirmations, but please do not get any sense of negativity, there are none at all. I personally use affirmations daily.
Consider this information as a map that warns your about number of “underwater rocks” that very little number of other sources would tell you about. So after hearing so much about the goodness of affirmations let us have the full picture.
When people do not make any personal progress with their affirmation based work – they attribute it to insufficient frequency, intensity or short duration of their practices.
But for some people affirmations are much less effective than they realize. Under the guidance of a good book – people could craft beautiful “properly constructed” affirmations and then use them with great dedication and passion without paying much attention to their inner emotional state from moment to moment.
The trick here is being played by our own minds. “Noisy” minds are especially vulnerable.
Here’s what happens:
When person start repeating affirmations, the body relaxes and soft shift toward positive emotional state somewhat achieved.
This effect is akin to taking a warm bath. And here’s where the danger lies. In relaxed, relatively positive state – the conscious mind delegates repetition of affirmations to inner “autopilot” and quickly gets back to regular, often negative thinking patterns. It feels like multitasking and it is – you can repeat positive affirmations without mistakes at your chosen pace, yet at the same time think any kind of thoughts, including the ones not compatible with affirmation subject. The benefit from this practice is only as good as from any physical relaxation time, but it has close to zero effect in bringing you closer to manifestation of your desires.
To overcome this requires solid focusing and extra mindfullness. When thought arises – you let it go and focus on inner emotional work empowered by nice affirmations. Yet it is easier say then done.
Monotone affirmations works like a lullaby – bringing you back to that “warm bath” effect where losing your focus gets oh so easy again.
For lazy, noisy minds it is easy to lose focus especially under the cuddly cover of positive affirmations. Hence I do not use affirmations as a primary tool for my clients. All my work is focused toward awakening, strengthening and maintaining the light of inner consciousness, releasing resistance and learning to manage emotions at will regardless of external situations and conditions.
In this aspect the affirmations as a “tool” can be skipped completely and person’s attention is focused directly on source of his or her innermost manifestation power – inner emotional state.
Having said that – affirmations works really well for more quiet, positive and focused minds, but then everything else usually works really well for these people anyways :)
I found perfect and balanced application for affirmations that becomes perfectly suitable for any mind.
I use affirmations as initial spark for emotional work. When desired – I start with affirmations to ignite positive emotions and then continue on working to maintain and strengthen desired emotional energy without any extra mantras or affirmations.
This approach ignites inner energy on a feelings level and then yields to mindful focusing to strengthen and maintain the desired emotional state.
Use affirmations as a spark, not as a crutch.
This way you will have much lesser chance to lose yourself in mindless repetitions and be able to sharpen and strengthen the light of your consciousness, improve focusing and ability to manage and maintain your inner positive emotional state.
Remember – it is not the words, it is your inner emotional state that allows for matching physical manifestations.