Tuesday, June 9, 2015

3 Steps To Changing Your Behavioral Patterns Through Affirmations

Fly high as a bird! (Picture by Lubos Houska)
Have you ever thought about the similarities between your brain and a computer hard disk?

When you save some data on the computer, it stays there until you change or delete it. If you install a program, it works exactly the way it is meant to work - until the new updated version replaces it.

And this is exactly what happens with your brain. If you have been repeatedly told during childhood that you were stupid or useless, you saved this information and continued acting as if it would be true. You might have strived to prove the opposite all your life - for example by becoming the best student at school or the winner of a prestigious competition. However, deep down you are likely to have still doubted your abilities, and were easy to sabotage your endeavors or sink into depression.

The good news is that behavioral programs can be changed. There are many methods to do so but today we will talk about affirmation.

Affirmations work on the principle of autosuggestion that was first found by the French pharmacist Émile Coué (1857-1926). He noticed that praising the remedy's efficiency and adding a small positive note to it, typically lead to better and faster recovery of the patient. He later developed the first affirmation: "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better". He is known to have said: "I have never cured anyone in my life. All I do is show people how they can cure themselves," and maintained that the act of healing requires a change in our unconscious mind, which can only be achieved by using imagination.

These 3 easy methods will help you make your affirmation experience a success:
  1. Choose a positive sounding sentence that describes your desired outcome as if you have already achieved it. Avoid “no” and “not” at any cost. “I am not in debt” is a counterproductive affirmation. The Universe only knows the state of being, so in its language “I am not in debt” translates as “I am in debt”, which might be your current situation but not your preferred one. “My account balance is positive and I earn enough to live comfortably and well” is a better option.
  2. Repeat the affirmation 108 times every day. Some people say that 70 times is enough but 108 is a magical sacred number traditionally used when chanting a mantra. All Hindu and Buddhist malas (strings with prayer beads) contain 108 beads. However, repeating your affirmation 70 or less times is better than not using the practice at all. For added effect you can do it morning and evening, or whenever you wait for the bus, etc.
  3. Follow your affirmation daily routine for 40 days and if you miss a day, start from the beginning. In this way your brain cells will be rewired for new believes and programs.
These are some sample affirmations that you can use if you wish.
  • “All is well in my Life” is a classical affirmation by Louise Hay.
  • “My Life is getting better and better every day. Positive outcome is coming my way, no matter of the current situation.”
  • “Divine Light flows through me and brings me everything I need in order to be happy.”
  • “Every person and every situation contribute to my happiness.”

Love,
River

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