What is an Affirmation? An affirmation is a statement of things the way they are. So a Positive Affirmation is a statement of things the way they are…in a good way. This is like seeing any situation through rose-coloured glasses. Positive affirmations are the basic and simplest way of trying to impress the subconscious mind with the correct ideas so that it starts working on turning those ideas into reality. As the saying goes — “Repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth”, same is the case here. The more times you repeat a positive affirmation, the more deeply the subconscious mind accepts it as the truth. This is because, like I said before, the subconscious mind is like a baby it accepts what it is told, if told frequently and gently.
Over the past two years, it is positive affirmations that I have used the most number of times to deal with tricky, scary situations and I feel it is like the bread & butter of subconscious mind power practising techniques. It is the simplest and easiest, but also the most difficult because your conscious mind will constantly try to dissuade you from making a statement which is contrary to what it is perceiving as the reality based on it’s sensory inputs (the 5 senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) and it’s logical interpretations based on the data from the sensory inputs. So it takes continuous practice, to push positive thoughts to the subconscious mind past the protesting sentry that is the conscious mind!
So let us see a very simple example of a positive affirmation with a situation in your everyday life. Suppose you have a dreaded meeting at the office one day, the very thought of how that meeting would turn out leaves you shivering. There are dozens of negative thoughts going through your mind about your possible experience in that meeting. Will you be chastised badly? Would you be humiliated in front of your colleagues? Will it result in a bad appraisal and possible low raise? These are the thoughts the conscious mind is pushing to the subconscious mind, based on it’s reading of the unfolding situation. And your subconscious mind accepts these thoughts, and starts creating a movie around these thoughts.
From what we know till now, the subconscious mind being a creative power it starts creating the future scenario exactly as you are thinking it might turn out as. This is why the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for”! Now if we know that we are the ones creating our future, wouldn’t we prefer to create a better future instead of a bleak one? That is where positive affirmations come handy instantly. Consider this, replace all those negative thoughts about that dreaded meeting of yours with a number of positive statements like “My subconscious mind will ensure that the meeting goes off smoothly”, “My subconscious mind will guide me appropriately during this meeting” and so on and so forth.
As you utter these positive statements in your mind, gradually relax yourself and even try to smile. That is because, the subconscious mind is timid, it will accept your commands only if it is relaxed and calm. Saying these positive affirmations over and over again has two effects, One, your subconscious mind will begin to accept the affirmation which is being presented to it and starts working to manifest that affirmation and Two, even if the subconscious mind is not able to manifest anything for you at least as you say these positive affirmations you divert your conscious mind’s attention away from the constant negative chatter which you would have otherwise engaged in and that in itself is a good reward for the effort you’ve put in (Murphy).
Over the past two years, I have lost count of the number of times I have used positive affirmations to deal with issues ranging from the trivial to the pretty darn serious and I have always managed to get some kind of relief or resolution to the issue I’ve been dealing with. I’ve used positive affirmations to get back missing keys, have safe journeys, have good days in office and resolve domestic issues.