I spent some time this afternoon with a good friend who on many occasions in the past mentioned the power of affirmations to change negative habitual thinking patterns. Today, felt like the first time his reminder to do positive affirmations before going to sleep (and at any time throughout the day) really sank in.
Upon returning home, I checked out some teachings on this subject and tried this guided affirmation session that lasted about eleven minutes.
They say it takes 21 days to change a habit.
Ryan Tanti says, "An affirmation is usually a sentence, a sentence of powerful words put together, like a positive statement, and this sentence is aimed to tap into your conscious and unconscious mind to motivate you, to challenge you, to push you to reach your full potential in life. For Affirmations to truly work, you need to repeat the affirmation daily, and truly believe in the words you are saying.(from article: The importance of Affirmations).
In the words of Louise Hay, "For those of you who aren’t familiar with the benefits of positive affirmations, I’d like to explain a little about them. An affirmation is really anything you say or think. A lot of what we normally say and think is quite negative and doesn’t create good experiences for us. We have to retrain our thinking and speaking into positive patterns if we want to change our lives.
An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change. In essence, you’re saying to your subconscious mind: “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.” When I talk about doing affirmations, I mean consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life.
Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. You’re using affirmations every moment whether you know it or not. You’re affirming and creating your life experiences with every word and thought.
Your beliefs are merely habitual thinking patterns that you learned as a child. Many of them work very well for you. Other beliefs may be limiting your ability to create the very things you say you want. What you want and what you believe you deserve may be very different. You need to pay attention to your thoughts so that you can begin to eliminate the ones creating experiences you do not want in your life."
A friend mentioned that she listens to this as she falls asleep letting it sink into her subconscious.