Should You Use Affirmations?

Examples of Affirmations:

I am

  1. able
  2. worthy
  3. confident
  4. okay

I attract

  1. abundance
  2. wealth
  3. success
  4. love

The question: should you use them?

Short Answer: It depends because affirmations are dependent on your personal mindset and beliefs.

Long(er) Answer:

Let me get personal. There was a time I used affirmations fervently. I believe this was the time right before I started going to therapy and my Anxiety was at an all-time high.

I couldn’t get enough of affirmations. Affirmations and Chakras. Don’t be fooled – I am still in love with chakras.

I am so-so about affirmations; only because I am now more focused on the actions behind words.

My personal affirmations were as simple as listed above. Three simple words “I am (blank).”

You may find affirmations as simple as that. They may also be longer. You may find statements intending to be more empowering and more specific such as “I am deserving of all the good things the Universe has for me” or “Abundance and love flow freely towards me.”

These statements can be true. They can also be false.

What does that mean?

Manifestation through affirmations is about your mindset.

It is about your focus.

It is about the actions put behind the words to set things into motion.

It is about what you believe about yourself and situation, truly.

Don’t use affirmations as a way to fool yourself.

In my humble opinion, affirmations help illuminate a pathway towards a goal. Maybe more than one pathway; but at the end of affirmations lie desire.

Affirmations also stem from the Universal Law of Attraction, which essentially explains that like attracts like; positive thoughts bring about positive experiences, and negative thoughts bring about negative experiences.

At the simplest level, the Law of Attraction and using affirmations seems easy – I want it. I state it. I have it.

Delving deeper into the Law, one finds the wonderful world of neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology. Namely, the neural connections in the brain that dictate everything from our thought patterns to our actions.

(Fair warning, spirituality entering here.)

And beyond neuroscience is the great Creator. Where after things make sense, there’s a force that needs no rationale or explanation.

Simply put, do you really believe in your dreams? Are you all in with your goals? Have you fully invested in yourself? If so, what actions have you put into place to make your dreams a reality? When doubt comes (because doubt inevitably comes), how do you persevere? Are you in flow? Are you invested? Are you making choices that are aligned with your goals?

If there’s one thing I want you to get from this post, it truly is the answer to the question, “Should you use affirmations?”

Answer the question for yourself now, recalling what I’ve said:

Manifestation through affirmations is about your mindset.

It is about your focus.

It is about the actions put behind the words to set things into motion.

It is about what you believe about yourself or situation, truly.

Don’t use affirmations as a way to fool yourself.

Did you come to a conclusion?

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If you find that stating affirmations does not suit your needs, try writing out how you are feeling about a particular subject or writing down your goals. Then, reflect on the subject or your goals in any way you choose (more writing, meditating, talking to someone, drawing a representation, read about the subject, etc).

For a great read on how your mind creates your reality, check out Dawson Church’s Mind to Matter. It’s an interesting and informative text on the role of the brain in manifesting, which may help you achieve the life you’ve dreamed of.

And I wish that for you.

Namaste.

📸: Vana Ash

Thoughts become things. This is manifestly true. I am sitting on a chair right now. It began as a thought in someone’s mind—every detail of it. The frame, the fabric, the curves, the color. Thoughts become things. This is manifestly untrue. I will never be a quarterback for the National Football League, no matter how earnestly I think about it. I will never be 16 years old again. I will never pilot the starship Enterprise.

– Mind to Matter by Dawson Church

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