What are Affirmations, and how do they actually work?
Every word, thought, and belief we repeat to ourselves is an Affirmation. The Reticular Activating System in our brain makes these Affirmations a part of our identity and how we see ourselves and perceive the world around us. The more we think or speak of something, the more ingrained it becomes in our belief system. Imagine your brain as a computer, and your thoughts, words, and beliefs as the "downloads", which together becomes your operating system. Affirmations are a way to reprogram your computer so you operate from a more healthy and positive place that is aligned with your core truth.
Our unconscious mind takes in 40 million bits of information every second, but thanks to a filtering process in the brain, we only perceive 5 – 9 bits per second. These bits are our perception of reality. The unconscious mind contains our past experiences and memories, which means we may be holding onto negative beliefs from our past; beliefs that may no longer be serving us purpose. The good thing is, we can actually work on reprogramming our unconscious mind by using the power of words.
The unconscious mind doesn't know the difference between past and future, it reacts and responds only in the present moment, and what it perceives as the truth. So by feeding your conscious and unconscious mind healthy words, thoughts, and beliefs, you can change your mindset. As Wayne Dyer says, change your thoughts, change your life. This is the true power of Affirmations.
It may feel unnatural at first to use statements that don't feel true, because they may not be a part of your core belief system; however, part of the process of reprogramming your unconscious mind is doing something that feels uncomfortable at first in order to create real and lasting change. On the other side of our resistance, is our greatness.
You can use Affirmations any time, but I recommend setting time aside each day to use these power statements while engaging in a Meditation practice so your body and mind are relaxed and at ease. When your body and mind are relaxed, your unconsciousness absorbs information easier and deeper. When you begin using Affirmations as part of your daily routine, your brain will work to download these words as your new truth.
Many people, including athletes and entrepreneurs, understand the power of Affirmations and use them to manifest goals and successful outcomes into their physical reality. In fact, I used them before my first book, Heart Is Where The Home Is, became a bestseller. I wrote Affirmation statements in my journal, I repeated them often, and I believed in them without doubt. One year later, almost to the day, my book became a three-times bestseller. That's the beauty of Affirmations: they become true when you begin to believe in them. Belief is the root of all creation. What you believe, you can become.
I have shared with you some Affirmations for Self love, Health, and Wealth. When using Affirmations while practising Meditation, I suggest placing one hand on your heart - your space of love and compassion - and the other hand on your abdomen - your space of power and identify.
Begin today to build a new belief system, one that feels healthy and empowering, and aligns with the truth of your heart and soul.
Affirmations for Health + Wellness
I treat my body with love, kindness, and respect.
I am finding greater balance with food and all things that I choose to consume.
I trust the wisdom and intelligence of my beautiful mind, body, and soul.
I accept myself as I am right now, which allows me to change, grow, and evolve along my life path.
I give myself permission to follow what feels good and right for me.
Today I will breathe deeply and freely as I create a life I truly love.
I choose foods, experiences, and relationships that nourish every cell within my body.
I feed my body all things that increase my vitality, energy, and wellbeing.
I always make conscious and healthy choices that lead me toward my dreams and my goals.
Nothing feels better than taking care of myself and my needs.
When I give myself permission to be comfortable in my own body, I give others permission to do the same.
True beauty comes from feeling grounded, whole, and loving.
Every day I am becoming stronger and healthier in all areas of my life.
I embrace where I am right now on my physical and spiritual journey.
I honor the sacred relationship I have with my mind, my body, and my soul.
When I’m connected to my body, I feel more complete, fulfilled, and alive.
I pray for the courage to move toward whatever I resist, because I know that’s where my greatest growth and potential is found.
Every cell in my body is loved, nourished, and deeply cared for.
I am dissolving old, painful patterns and letting a new way of being emerge.
Every cell in my body vibrates good health and vitality.
I love and respect my body. I feel great when I take proper care of myself.
Every day is a new day filled with love, joy, happiness, and health.
Affirmations for Success + Abundance
I am worthy of manifesting my biggest dreams, goals, and desires.
I believe in myself and in my strength and ability to succeed.
I allow love to fill me up and guide me in all of my actions.
Everything is alway working out for me. I trust in the Universe.
Today I choose to make magic in my business and in my life.
My mind is free of resistance and open to new possibilities and opportunities .
I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself.
My desires are fuelled by an unlimited belief in myself.
I can do anything I put my mind to. I have faith in myself and in my unique abilities.
I have whatever it takes to reach and achieve my goals and dreams.
I know I can handle anything that comes my way.
I have the confidence and courage to keep going no matter what.
My dreams are far more important than my fears. I have faith and trust in myself at all times.
I am focused and persistent and I will never give up.
Money comes to me easily and effortlessly.
I am totally in charge of my life and my business.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
My energy creates my reality. What I focus on is what I will manifest.
I am dedicated to living in alignment with my soul truth and highest purpose.
I have the courage to walk my own unique path and to follow all of my dreams and desires.
Affirmations for Self Love + Acceptance
I fully accept where I am and I am ready to embrace this opportunity to grow.
I am supported and loved at all times during this healing process.
I love the parts of me that need my love the most right now.
Even though there is discomfort inside of me, I love and approve of myself.
I am in control of the mental atmosphere I create. Thoughts can be changed and the positive thoughts I choose are helping me heal.
I am free to be me in this new and perfect moment.
My beauty is so much more than my appearance for my true beauty is found in the very depths of who I am.
No matter what has been or will be, my inner light can’t be extinguished.
I treat my discomfort and pain like I would an innocent child. I tend to my body with unconditional compassion and care.
I choose thoughts that create a healthy atmosphere within and around me.
Every choice I make, I make it with mindfulness and with love. Whatever it is that I do, I will love myself through it.
The way out of discomfort is in the discomfort. I honor and respect where I am on my healing journey for that is the only way to truly heal.
I am on the path of growth and expansion and I'm always learning. I respect the process even when I do not understand it.
I love and accept myself as I am, and where I am on my beautiful journey.
I am willing to be with all of my thoughts and feelings without admonishing them. Instead of turning away, I will stay and understand them.
I release all negativity because it’s not who I am. I make way for love because that’s who I really am.
I am looking for ways to express love. I am looking for beauty in the present moment. I am looking for beacons of hope and light everywhere I go.
I radiate confidence, beauty, and grace. I love, honor, and cherish all parts of who I am.
I hope these Affirmations help you on your own healing and spiritual journey. I have also shared below an Affirmation Meditation for Self Love and Acceptance. Enjoy!
Love, light, and truth upon your path.
Article written by, Vanessa Marie Dewsbury
"I guide others on a journey to self love and soul truth."
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