It started out with a simple email. I was still working full time in Alaska, but having some anxiety about deciding to give up a well paid job to be self-employed. I knew it was the right move, but scary nonetheless.
I sign up for all kids of newsletters that spark my interest, as I love to soak up new information. In one of the emails I received a pdf file about affirmations. 101 of them to be exact. And as I was reading the author's story, I thought to myself, yea, yea, here we go with a young dude bragging about his fortune and posting photos of his newly acquired celebrity-style life. The inner cynic and critic kicked in (I blame tacky Internet sales letters and overuse of the word 'free').
However, the jealously monster finally sauntered off (usually criticism is somehow linked to jealously...I mean, who wouldn't want to make 6 figures by selling affirmations, really??) and I was able to focus on the useful part. At the end, there are really 101 affirmation ideas ranging from body image, to relationships, to prosperity. So I picked a couple that seemed to be relevant to me, reworded a tad (yes, this works better if it sounds like you), and went on my way to rambling in front of the mirror, twice a day, like a mad person.
Fast forward to present day, several months later. I must say, I have seen a change, a change in how I talk to myself, a change in my attitude. When something scary comes up, I now automatically tell myself that fear is only a feeling, and it cannot hold me back. It is like the affirmation auto-pilot takes over. When I don't feel like exercising, the inner voice reminds me that I like how I feel when I take good care of myself. Have I made my millions yet? Well, no, even though I chant that money flows to me and through me. (Hey, it's worth a try, maybe someday...I have high hopes.)
To further expand our awareness of the power of affirmations, Sandy and I began reading Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. Louise Hay is a perfect example of someone who conquered an abusive past, a cancer diagnosis, and failed marriage with the power of thought. She reiterates that there is a definite connection between mind and body, and an affirmation is like planting a seed of how you want things to be in your life. At 80+ years she is still thriving, so she must be doing something right! Want to really delve into the life-changing world of affirmations? Read her book. You won't regret it!
Until next time...