Affirmations Can Help You

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PVLady, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I recently started doing "affirmations" and they really do help. A few weeks ago I was so shut down emotionally. I started work with a very nice lady and doing special affirmations every day. This article explains them so you can make your own. Just get a cassette tape and go for it.

    I hope some here can benefit from this. It something like this might help when you are depressed, down, hurting, sad,etc.

    It is like reprogramming your mind and forming new connections in your brain that will help you feel stronger and better.



    1. "Why Do Some Affirmations *Work* - and Others Don't?"
    - by Jeff Staniforth
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    By definition, an affirmation is a statement repeated time
    and again either verbally or mentally -- or written down.
    The words of the affirmation statement - in themselves -
    when spoken, thought of, or written *without* a pictorial
    (visualized) or emotional connection -- make a very weak
    affirmation.

    Affirmations, when worded correctly -- and when emotionally
    charged - are able to tap into the unlimited creative power
    of your subconscious mind, and manifest your desires.

    Affirmations are not all created equal. Some are, of
    course, better than others. There are *power affirmations*
    that have been proven again and again to work - and I'll
    reveal some of them in a moment.

    When you examine the structure of these power affirmations,
    you, too, can learn how to create your own powerful
    affirmations for your specific purposes.

    Consider the following:

    "I am what I choose to be."

    "All my needs are met instantaneously."

    "I love and accept myself exactly as I am."

    "_____________ comes to me easily and effortlessly."
    (Fill in the blank with what you desire.)

    "I am now perfectly healthy in body, mind and spirit."

    "I now create my wonderful, ideal life."

    What do the above power affirmations have in common?

    1) They're stated in the present tense.

    An affirmation is more effective when stated in the present
    tense. For example; "I now have a wonderful job." Avoid
    affirming something in the future tense, e.g. "I am going to
    have a wonderful job" or the results will always be waiting
    to happen.

    2) They express a positive statement.

    Affirmations need to be stated in the most positive terms
    possible. Avoid negative statements. Affirm what you do
    want, rather than what you don't want. For example: "I am
    no longer sick." This is a negative statement. Instead,
    affirm: "I am now perfectly healthy in body, mind and
    spirit." This statement is much more powerful as it is
    positive and reinforces your desired goal and doesn't
    confuse your subconscious mind with the mention of the
    undesirable condition.

    3) They're short and specific.

    Short affirmations are easy to say, and have a far greater
    impact at the subconscious level than those which are long
    and wordy. Keeping them specific and to the point adds
    power as the idea is uncluttered by extraneous elements.

    The mechanics that make affirmations powerful are:

    * Repetition

    The importance of repetition cannot be overemphasized. It
    imprints the affirmation into your subconscious mind.

    * Emotions

    Get involved, be passionate, use your emotions. Think
    carefully about the meaning of the words as you repeat them
    rather than just writing, typing or saying them.

    * Persistence

    Practicing affirmations with persistence achieves results
    much sooner than practicing them periodically. Successive
    sessions will have a compounding effect.

    * Belief

    You don't necessarily have to believe your affirmation
    initially, in order for it to work. Belief will grow with
    your forthcoming successes. What you do need is the ability
    to *feel* what it would be like when the desire you're
    affirming is fulfilled, or your need met. Every time that
    you have a need -- and that need is met -- a certain
    "feeling" is produced in you. You need to evoke that same
    feeling when you state your affirmation. In other words,
    you need to feel with every fiber of your being that what
    you desire has already happened. Without this feeling, your
    affirmation is powerless.

    * Impress Yourself

    Personalize your affirmations. They must *resonate* with
    you -- feel right for you. The stronger your connection
    with the affirmation, the deeper the impression it makes on
    your mind, and the sooner you will experience positive
    results.

    So there you have it - the simple formula for creating
    affirmations that work. Based on the above, you can easily
    create your own affirmations to manifest any desire or need
    you have in life.


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    2. TIP: Although the practice of affirmations is easy,
    some people find it challenging to repeat the affirmations
    continuously while maintaining the highly charged emotional
    state necessary in making affirmations work. DID YOU
    KNOW... that you can use your computer to make the
    affirmation process effortless - and that you can automate
    those challenging aspects (such as maintaining highly
    charged emotions), and thereby, manifest your desires more
    quickly?



    [This Message was Edited on 01/12/2007]
    [This Message was Edited on 01/12/2007]
  2. ritatheresa

    ritatheresa New Member

    Yes, I agree affirmations are SO important.

    Especially when the ones around you are constantly talking down to you.

    I need to be able to tell myself "I'm ok", nobody else will.

    By reassuring myself I'm able to focus on the good and not the bad, and that makes me feel a whole lot better.

    My new affirmation is , "I choose not to struggle", just with everything. When I put a different spin on things I can actually see the beauty and the lesson in all of this. I don't know if this makes any sense to you but your post really made me think, so thank you, have a great day. Ritatheresa

    I'm trying to think of an affirmation for my screen saver, :)
  3. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    Thanks for sharing these.
    After I got over myself when I had to go out on disab. due to all my DDs, I decided to focus on the "what I CAN do" and toss out the "what I CAN'T do's".

    I CAN walk, so I CAN enjoy walking my dog.
    I CAN type at the computer for about a half hour at a time, so I CAN enjoy communicating with like minded people.
    I CAN work on my scrapbooking hobby for about a half an hour at a time, so I CAN enjoy that time.
    I CAN lie in bed and read a good book and take myself away from some of my unpleasant reality.
    ETC...You get the idea.

    This has helped me a lot!! Sometimes I feel like I'm totally unproductive during my day. If I get like this, I fill out a yellow post-it note for each thing I accomplish and attach it to my bathroom mirror. You'd be amazed at how many of those little buggers there are at the end of the day!!
    Mini
  4. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

  5. TwinMa

    TwinMa New Member

    I find this fascinating. I plan to try to incorporate more of this into my life. It's a pro-active way to use the concept of "the power of positive thinking" in everyday life.

    Here is an article I found by googling "positive affirmations". I like how it is explained, and at the bottom it lists several positive affirmations.

    Thanks for starting this thread PVLady!!

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    The Power of Affirmations
    by Remez Sasson

    Affirmations are positive sentences that describe a desired situation, and which are repeated many times, in order to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into positive action. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the affirmations, they have to be repeated with attention, conviction, interest and desire.

    Imagine that you are swimming with your friends in a swimming pool. They swim fifteen rounds, something you have never done before. As you desire the respect of your friends, you want to show them that you can make it too. You start swimming, and at the same time keep repeating in your mind: "I can do it, I can do it...". You keep thinking and believing that you are going to complete the fifteen rounds. What are you actually doing? You are repeating positive affirmations.

    More than often, people repeat in their minds negative sentences and statements concerning the situations and events in their lives, and consequently bring upon themselves undesirable situations. Such sentences and statements work both ways, to build or destroy. It is the way we use them that determines whether they are going to bring good or harmful results.

    Affirmations work in the same manner as creative visualization. The repeated words build mental images and scenes in the mind, and help to focus on the aim, object or situation one wants to achieve or create. Frequent repetitions affect the subconscious mind, which in turn reshapes and affects the way one thinks, acts and behaves.

    The conscious mind, the mind you think with, starts this process, and then the subconscious mind takes charge. This means that the most frequent thoughts that pass through your mind, ultimately affect your life and your destiny.

    Affirmations work like commands that are given to a computer. They influence us, other people, events and circumstances. It might seem strange to you, but they do also influence the people we meet, our circumstances and the events we encounter.

    Sometimes they work fast, but more often they need time. Repeating positive affirmations a few minutes, and then thinking negatively, neutralizes the effects of the positive words. You have to refuse negative thoughts, otherwise you will not attain positive results.

    We mentally repeat negative statements, without even being aware of the process. We use them when we tell ourselves that we cannot do something, that we are too lazy, or when we believe we are going to fail. The subconscious mind always accepts and follows what we tell it, whether it is good or bad for us, so why not choose only positive statements?



    How to Repeat Affirmations
    It is advisable to repeat affirmations that are not too long, as they are easier to remember. You can repeat them anytime your mind is not engaged in something in particular, such as while traveling in a bus or a train, waiting in line, walking etc, but do not affirm while driving or crossing a street. You may also repeat them in special sessions of about ten minutes each, several times a day.

    There should be no physical, emotional or mental tension while repeating them. The stronger the concentration, the more faith you have in what you are doing, the more feelings you put into the act, the stronger and faster will be the results.

    It is very important to choose only positive affirmations. If for example you desire to lose weight, do not say, "I am not fat, I am losing weight." By saying this sentence you are repeating to your subconscious mind that you are fat. The word "losing" also evokes negative images. It is better to say, "My body has an athletic form, and weighs the right and healthy weight". Such words evoke positive images in the mind.

    It is important to affirm in the present tense, not the future tense. Saying: "I will be rich", means that you intend to be rich one day, in the indefinite future. You are actually telling yourself that some day you will be rich, never now. It is better and more effective to say, and also feel, "I am rich now", and the subconscious mind will work overtime to make this happen now, in the present.

    As to results, sometimes they may come fast, and at other times might take more time to manifest. Getting results depends on how much time, energy, faith and feelings you invest in repeating your affirmations, on the strength of your desire and on how big or small is your goal.

    By using the power of affirmations you state what you want to be true in your life. You see reality, as you want it to be. For a while, you ignore your current circumstances and your doubts, and concentrate on a different reality.



    Positive Affirmations


    - I am healthy and happy.

    - Wealth is pouring into my life.

    - I am flowing on the river of wealth.

    - I am getting wealthier each day.

    - My body is healthy and functioning in a very good way.

    - I have a lot of energy.

    - I study and comprehend fast.

    - I am getting A's in my exams.

    - My mind is calm.

    - I am calm and relaxed in every situation.

    - My thoughts are under my control.

    - I radiate love and happiness.

    - I am surrounded by love.

    - I have the perfect job for me.

    - I am living in the house of my dreams.

    - I have good and loving relations with my wife/husband.

    - I have a wonderful satisfying job.

    - I have the means to travel abroad whenever I want to.

    - I am successful in whatever I do.

    - Everything is getting better every day.
  6. wish_to_be_healthy

    wish_to_be_healthy New Member

    Thanks for putting this up PVLady : )

    Suz
  7. jole

    jole Member

    PVLady -

    Thanks for being my therapist today!! (And for free, even:)

    If this doesn't help, I give up.
  8. Lendy5

    Lendy5 New Member

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Carolin
  9. forfink

    forfink New Member