It takes a great mind to admit when it reached its limitations. An even greater mind sees beyond limitations to behold the bigger picture and greater good. Therein lies the beauty of your thoughts creating your future. The carpenter’s rule to measure twice, cut once is easily adapted to moving forward along your path. Think twice, step once. Your first thought is what you want to bring about. Your second thought determines the best next step aware of all possible consequences. When your next step is taken, you are virtually assured it will lead to your desired result.
Ah the mystery of guilt, a burden from the past projected into the present that stops our enjoyment and impedes success. The funny thing about guilt being that it is typically not in our voice but rather someone who trained us from a very young age that certain behaviors and actions are not acceptable. But after the correction, they persisted in repeatedly reminding us, negatively, of our transgressions to the point we feared the loss their love, their affection. These patterns, over time, became part of the fabric of our consciousness, albeit typically deep within the background. The remedy for guilt is stillness meditation, to calm guilt’s emotional hold, in combination with affirmative statements of worth, deservingness and love which serve to replace guilt’s hold, allowing our minds to stay present, in the moment, and originate positive, supportive thoughts of our choosing.
Today’s message is from Nathanial, who shares:
It is in the moment of doubt, your slightest hesitation that the likelihood of your success in any matter is determined. While there are long shots, typically you know the result before you begin anything. The longer you try something, the more predictable the outcome. To change your doubts and eliminate hesitation is a simple matter of recording them in your journal, then creating affirmations that change this part of your thinking. If this seems too simple, realize that most things that work over time are indeed quite simple, that’s why they work.
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Zen is elegant in its simplicity. Nothing more, nothing less than is essential to bring about the desired result. Affirmations exemplify Zen in their simplicity, ease of use and effectiveness.
Affirmation Definition: An affirmation is a positive statement in the first person singular stating a desired outcome in the present tense. The meaning of affirmation is a systematic reprogramming of your beliefs from unconscious thoughts to conscious creations that bring about an abundant life of your choosing and creation.
Why do affirmations work?
Affirmations and affirmative prayer work because your subconscious mind will act on any thought presented to it without regard, judgment or doubt. This simple fact allows us to reprogram your most fundamental thinking processes to one of positive thinking.
How do affirmations work?
Affirmations are thoughts. Thoughts are things. Thoughts are real. As with all thoughts, they work in direct correlation to the level of mental control you have. Each affirmative thought acts like a seed that takes root in your subconscious mind then germinates and grows to fruition.
Virtually everyone has tried affirmative thought or prayer from time to time. Very few have done so effectively. Here’s why, affirmations need time to change your perceptions and thinking. Your thoughts are things; they are real. Just like water dripping on a rock, affirmations eventually reshape your thoughts to be of your choosing.
Top 7 reasons affirmations don’t work:
- You’re bored.
- You lack consistency.
- You doubt affirmations will work.
- You expect an instant or magic pill.
- You’re using other people’s affirmations.
- You’re using improperly structured affirmations.
- Your mind doesn’t possess the control to execute your affirmations.
It’s easy to create Affirmative Thoughts that work:
When using affirmations, they slowly start to reveal your unconscious mind’s thoughts. Over time, your mind starts to “object” to the affirming thoughts. These objections inform you where to refine your affirmations to reprogram your thinking.
The best words of affirmation:
“I am” is by and far the best words to use for affirmative thoughts. The best form of self-affirmation is simple, elegant, and direct. Once created, say your affirmations several times each day. Listen for your mind’s disagreement and adjust your affirmations to address these disagreements.
Enjoy and happy affirming the changes you want for yourself and your life.
Here’s how to create effective positive affirmations.
- Create a statement beginning with “I am” followed by what you want to bring about.
- I am healthy, lean and fit.
- Repeat the affirmation out loud and silently.
- Write the affirmation in your journal several times a day.
- Listen to your internal commentary while saying your affirmation.
- Adjust your affirmation to address your subconscious thoughts.
- Notice any intuition that informs you on actions to take or people to contact.
- Stay consistent, positive and focused on the future your affirmation reveals.
- Bring about the future you want.
That’s it. The future you want is a matter of seeing what it is you want. Affirming you can have it. Taking the right actions to bring it about.
Do not underestimate your ability to punish yourself. Mostly in quite subtle ways. These thoughts too are things that take the fun out of life. Master control of your mind and squash these unwanted guests.
A message from my Spirit Guide, Clarissa.
OpEd: When the student is ready the teacher will appear, or so they say. In my experience, the teacher has always been there, and eventually wake up enough to recognize them. Today, Clarissa shared a message that had me see something that has been there all along.
A meditation practice peels away layers of our personality, identity, ego, or id. This process is like peeling away layers of an onion. Each layer we peel back gets us closer to our center or nothingness. For me, my most basic thoughts are fear of success. Being out there, exposed and vulnerable to the criticism and judgments of others. It’s a fundamental fear that has me sabotage my success or my physical well-being.
My particular sabotage is overeating. I engage in mindful mindless overeating. I get so busy mindfully bringing about what I love, I mindlessly eat everything in sight. The mechanism allows me to pursue what it is I want to do and bring about my desired results very quickly. The sabotage is how I ignore my well-being by overeating, too little sleep and no exercise. I convince myself that I don’t have time to take care of myself because I have to get what it is I love done, now.
Eventually, I have a physical breakdown that stops all progress. Once I lose momentum, I have a difficult time getting engaged in the project again. This pattern is quite familiar having first appeared in Third or Fourth grade. It shows up every time I get on a roll toward something I want to have or bring about. I unconsciously sabotage my success by creating a physical breakdown brought about by my overeating.
Now the work begins. I retrain my mindful mindless actions by creating affirmations, keeping a daily journal and creating a plan that includes a balance between work and well-being. More importantly, now that I have seen this blindspot, I can shine the spotlight of intention on it to bring about the changes I choose.
All the while knowing how simple this formula is and knowing it will not at all be easy.