We are on to post number 2 in my Hypnosis Series, and here we are going to explore...
This is a very simple yet powerful hypnosis technique which has made its way into popular Western culture, and has its roots in ancient spiritual practices.
Please note: Everything I share in this series (and throughout all content I publish across all platforms and mediums) is based in my own opinion and perspective. Independent research is highly encouraged!
Now, let's go deeper...
What Are Affirmations?
There are a few different names for affirmations, all of which refer to nearly the same practice, though each has a unique flavor.
You might find affirmations being called: positive affirmations, therapeutic suggestions, or mantras.
I have created my own term as well: healing commands.
Essentially, an affirmation is a statement, usually spoken aloud, intended to program the mind in a specific way. The mechanism of the affirmation is to be spoken so often that the content of the affirmation replaces the typical content (thoughts) of the mind.
Why Use Affirmations?
How often do you catch yourself getting hooked on negative thoughts about yourself, someone else, or the world? Chances are, the negative thoughts you are conscious of are only a small fraction of the total number of negative thoughts happening in your mind.
Unless we cultivate our awareness through meditation or other awareness practices, we tend to be mostly unconscious to all of the negativity in the mind. We are steeped in it. We cannot differentiate between the negative contents of the mind, and who we really are.
(Who we really are, is pure, divine awareness.)
With an affirmation practice you can consciously choose how you would like to be, create an affirmation that aligns with that desire, and reprogram your mind to also align.
You can use affirmations to address any kind of situation: health, wealth, relationships, anything.
If your present situation is not in alignment with your desire, then creating an affirmation focusing on your desire is an excellent step toward achieving that alignment.
How To Create An Affirmation
If you were working with me as my coaching client, we would go through a number of intuitive processes to determine the most effective affirmations for you based on your unique situation and life-story.
And perhaps we will work together in the near future! For now though, I can give you some written guidance for creating your own effective affirmations.
There are different kinds of affirmations for different situations. Here’s how you go about creating some simple, personalized, positive affirmations.
Identify Negative Thoughts
As I mentioned before, it requires a higher degree of awareness to notice the automatic thoughts of the thinking mind. Even without an awareness practice, however, we all have flash moments of clarity...!
In that moment when you notice a particularly grippy negative thought, perhaps one which occurs often in your mind, note it.
Notice it. Note it. Write it down, because you are about to play with it.
Negating The Negative Thoughts
Once you have captured the negative thought, start consciously thinking about the positive version. You are going to negate the negative and create a positive.
Using a T-chart makes this easier. Here's what it could look like:
"Life blows" was a joke.
Although negative thoughts can be quite complex, nuanced, and connected to many years of unconscious programming, at their core they tend to be very simple. I've given you some simple examples to help get you started.
What If I Don't Believe My Positive Affirmation?
I'll address this again later. For now, just know that, ultimately, you will. In the meantime, the goal is to create an affirmation that is "palatable" enough for your mind, whatever your beliefs are in this moment. Think "sugar-coating.“
This might require you to get a bit more creative with your affirmation designs. Here are a few more examples to give you an idea of what I mean:
Let’s take the first one:
If you are in the process of learning something new and you find your mind generating negative thoughts about being bad at it, using the affirmation, "I am good at this," might be too big a stretch.
It might even feel like lying to yourself, so the affirmation won't be very effective.
You can use positive affirmations and be honest with yourself. The affirmation, "I'm learning how to do this," accomplishes this.
Using affirmations like these makes the new programming easier for your your mind to "swallow."
Using Your Affirmations
I would say, "Now here's the fun part!" But this whole process can be fun, if you play it like a game. So instead I'll say...
Now here's my favorite part! (It really is.)
Affirmations work best when you create and maintain a regular affirmation practice. And you can get great benefit from quite a small time commitment.
What I usually recommend to my clients, especially clients who are just starting out with an affirmation practice, is:
2 Minutes, 2x Per Day, Morning and Night.
That means first thing in the morning reciting your affirmations aloud for two minutes, and last thing at night doing the same.
Two minutes is short enough that you can complete your affirmation practice before even getting out of bed, and long enough to feel like a commitment and be effective.
Important Elements Of Your Affirmation Practice
Speak out loud. Bring your awareness to the sound of your voice and the vibration of your voice in your throat while you speak.
Feel positive. Combine your affirmation with intentional positive emotions to amplify the effect of your practice.
Be consistent. Keep up your affirmation practice every day if you would like to experience the greatest effect in your life.
What If I Don't Believe My Affirmations?
Let's return to this question, just for a bit.
Ultimately, the goal is to intentionally reprogram your mind with new beliefs (after all those years of unintentional programming that is now no longer serving your continual evolution).
With continued practice, you will indeed believe your affirmations, even if you experience mental and emotional friction at first. The affirmations will become your new beliefs.
You can be more creative with your positive affirmations, as I explained, to soften the impact of the new programming on your mind.
You can also frame the friction as beneficial.
Positively Framing The Friction
When you encounter mental and emotional friction in response to the positive affirmations, you can frame this as a beneficial experience.
The friction is the old programming which no longer serves you. If you say, "I am a good person," and you feel resistance to that within you, notice the resistance and be curious about it.
That resistance will lead you deeper into the root of the old, outdated programming.
This process is entering the domain of shadow work, and opens the door to deep healing.
It also opens the door to the deep wounds and trauma behind the shadow.
Healing and integrating your shadow is an essential part of becoming your Whole Self, and is often a bumpy road to travel.
That is why, dear Traveler, I offer my coaching services. I have traveled that road and now walk as one with my shadow, united. It is an honor to share my knowledge and wisdom with others who walk the Path of Healing, and it brings me great joy to be of service this way.
There is so much to share about affirmations and effective affirmation practices, and only so much that can be shared in one post.
I have given you a helpful starting point to begin exploring your own affirmation practice, and I look forward to continuing this Hypnosis Series.
Until next time, farewell, Traveler.
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