What is an Affirmation?

What is an Affirmation?

One sentence to change your life!

Affirmations help create a new, positive inner voice dedicated to supporting the new You.

Simply, an affirmation is a sentence, a group of words which hold transformative energy for you and help power personal transformation.


An affirmation has these parts:

• A supportive statement, often begins with I and is usually said out loud,

• Describes new learning and self-understanding

• Holds the intention to shift and integrate,

• Establishes new personal beliefs and habits,

• Claims a new life path.


For example:

I embrace all the possibilities of personal transformation.

The words express the new energy of your life’s path, helping you release negative self-belief and quiet your critical voice.


A positive statement of the new You!

When you want to make a change, drop a bad habit, or let go of negativity, say an affirmation.

No special equipment or advanced study is required.

All you do is repeat the sentence out loud and to yourself five or six times in the morning and again as you go to bed at night. 

During the day when you feel the old thoughts arise or when you think of it, say your affirmation.

The repetition counters the negative self-talk and shifts your thoughts, feelings, and habits in a more supportive direction.

The best effect comes in repition daily for thirty days because that’s when the energy and ideas in the affirmation replace the old habit with the new, positive self-belief.


Here’s another example.

If you have trouble connecting with emotion, perhaps because of early childhood issues, here’s a direction to begin to feel what connection might be:

I feel safe connecting with my emotions.

My first affirmation and one I still use on occasion is:

Everything I need moves towards me quickly and easily.

I embraced this powerful sentence at a time when I was feeling pushed to make sure that I found everything I wanted or needed.


Sometimes affirmations may feel like too much, too soon.

Here are two adjustments to try.

Add the phrase “I am learning that…” to the beginning  to soften your entry and acknowledge that you may not be completely there but are learning to get there. For example,

I am learning that I feel safe connecting with my emotions.

I am learning that everything I need moves towards me quickly and easily.

Another way to ease into your new practice is to take a no longer needed belief or negative thought and add “no.” For example:

I no longer need to be disconnected from my emotions.

I no longer need to push myself to grab after what I think I need.

Saying either of these adjustments for several days to a week will help you more easily affirm the new direction.


You may also use the adjustments in a chain to move from the negative belief to the new energy.

Using all the suggested affirmations shows how this chain can be accomplished:

I no longer need to be disconnected from my emotions.

I am learning that I feel safe connecting with my emotions.

I feel safe connecting with my emotions.

Here’s another chain:

I no longer need to push myself to grab after what I think I need.

I am learning that everything I need moves towards me quickly and easily.

Everything I need moves towards me quickly and easily.


The Elements of an Affirmation Practice

The primary element is to choose one which feels right.

Then say it out loud to yourself for at least a week — thirty days is even better to shift you into the new energy pattern.

Also know that you can work with more than one affirmation at a time.

There is no magic number.

Follow what resonates with you, knowing that this will change with both time and topic.

Additionally, an affirmation practice is simply being open to the possibilities of affirmations, including them in your self work, and shifting from one affirmation to another as you learn, grow, and transform your life.


Because affirmations have been such a powerful focus and an incredibly  empowering part of my journey, I have lots of affirmation resources on my website.

Here is the link to Affirmation Central — all my affirmation resources linked together.

Plus, here are all the posts I have on my website about Affirmations — and that’s a lot of posts!!



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Cheryl Marlene, the world’s authority on the Akashic Records, is a mystic who is unafraid of the tough, the raw, and the real aspects of doing deep work. She conducts Akashic Record Readings and teaches students to access the Akashic Records through her signature Akashic Records Masterclass. In the field of consciousness, she is known as a futurist, innovator, and master teacher who delivers life-changing lessons with warmth and humor. Her exploration takes her to the cutting edge: bringing the future to you today, to help prepare you for what you will need tomorrow.