What is an Affirmation?

What is an Affirmation? The simple answer is: a sentence of power which changes your life. Read on to see how this is possible!

Affirmations 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.

An affirmation is a sentence, a group of words which hold transformative energy for you.

For example:

I embrace all the possibilities of my personal transformation.

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

An affirmation is 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 affirmation 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 your affirmation, 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 repeating your affirmation 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 had trouble with connecting with emotion, perhaps because of early childhood issues, a helpful affirmation to begin to feel a 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 affirmation 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 of any affirmation 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 an affirmation 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 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.

* * *

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.

* * *

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.

Affirmation Books

I have written two books on affirmations because I know from personal experience the benefit of this spiritual practice.

How Can Affirmations Change Your Life? — this is a great, easy-to-follow guidebook to begin using affirmations to shift your life. I explain the transformative energy of Affirmations and then provide 52 weeks of affirmations for you to use.

Four Season to Your Best Self — this is my second book which helps you use the transformative energy of each season to release blocks and claim your best self.

My Favorite Affirmations

Here are three of my favorite affirmations that I have used for a long time. I find that these are super supportive to whatever is going on in my life. That’s why I come back to them again and again.

Everything I need moves towards me quickly, easily, and safely. 

As you move along your life’s journey and let go of what no longer serves, you will find that the motion of your life shifts from looking outside of self for answers to finding truth within. This affirmation acknowledges this shift and helps you focus on what moves toward you.

There is no place for fear in my life.

Fear is the main tool of whatever wants to make sure you do not claim and live in your personal power. By claiming that fear has no place it is easier to both recognize the presence of fear and to choose to respond thoughtfully rather than blindly react.

I am capable of miracles.

This one helps move focus away from the worries and concerns of life and the ease with which you underestimate self and land flat in the middle of judgment and blame. Doing this makes it difficult to see inherent self-worth and the priceless, wonderful nature of personal capacity. This sentence reminds me on a daily basis that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for. No matter what others might think, I am capable of miracles.

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