Do Affirmations Work?
Updated: Feb 15
Affirmations are a great way to help renew your mind but why do they work for some and not for others?
What is it really?
An affirmation is a statement, a declaration or an assertion that you make when you affirm a thing as true. It truly is a form of prayer, something a little more commonly known. The idea is to believe in an idea, and affirm that idea, similar to a prayer, until the idea becomes a visible truth. Think of that idea as a picture, or image of where you want to be. A simple example is this, say you’re single and your desire is for marriage, your affirmation may be, “I am so thankful that I am happily married to my best friend.” That’s a great affirmation or prayer because not only are you bringing to your reality a spouse, but you’re also creating, by affirmation, the conditions of the union, “joyful” and “communicative”.
The art of prayer has been around since human existence, and many miracles small and large have manifested through prayer. Prayer is an effective tool for changing circumstances and creating abundance and affirmations are just another name for prayer.
Yet, the art of prayer is overshadowed by the mind’s propensity to fall into unbelief. The challenge of believing the impossible is great and it’s human nature to project our fears, as well as information collected from past experiences, into the picture, making it difficult to maintain focus on the desire or as Wayne Dyer would call it, the wish fulfilled.
The true challenge lies in believing in your own idea, especially when there is zero evidence to support that it is possible for you to achieve. To add to this, life has a not-so-funny way of orchestrating events so that it appears that the idea is NOT a possibility. You’ll feel like you’re not even getting close. It seems like the idea is actually getting farther and farther away from you. In order to see your wish fulfilled, there are four tips that I learned by experience and these are a must:
do not focus on the undesired state (the problem),
do not keep looking for the change to come, it only affirms #1, that it isn't there yet
do not lose hope but expect that it will show up (request it and forget it)
continue embracing life and creating joyful experiences along the way
Keep your mind progressing towards good things but do not lose hope in that which you’ve affirmed. All of a sudden, it shows up in the most miraculous way. In my experience, when prayer is done well, you almost forget that you asked for it— It is that simple!
How long does it take?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know how long it takes for our prayers to manifest themselves in our lives. Perhaps there is a timetable but can we really know what it is? I doubt it but I can tell you what I’ve learned from observation. It would seem that in order to receive something, you must give up (release) something.
1) You are investing time and mental energy when you pray or meditate. That’s a good investment of your consciousness and as we know, good investments are like seeds sown that pay well at a future time. One of my favorite quotes by Charles Stanley is,
“you reap what you sow (invest), more than you sow and later than you sow!”
2) You usually have to release something that is no longer serving you or your desire. The thing you must give up, is an old idea or belief because it no longer serves you (in the desired state). It's likely the obstacle between you and the desired state so be prepared to give up something that you no longer need to make room in your reality, to receive something greater. It’s not a cliché, it’s universal law… and that something greater, is your prayer or affirmation, fulfilled.
"It is finished."
If you are having a tough time manifesting with affirmations, you could benefit from the vision board method where you would create a visual board representing your prayer fulfilled. Using this method, you are creating a visual blueprint for your subconscious mind to build from. However, more often than not, there are deeply ingrained subconscious self-perceptions that are keeping you from truly experiencing what you desire. For that you will need to identify those self-perceptions and reverse them. The bootcamp is where I help you root out those deeply embedded subconscious beliefs so you can experience more ananda (bliss), abundance and adventure in your life.
In conclusion, yes, #affirmations do work, and can be a very useful tool if your mind is ready and willing to accept the ideas planted.