... Stop lying to your soul and make it real!
by: Edward B. Toupin
I hear of so many people using
affirmations as the universal remedy for everything that ails them. They wake
up in the morning and verbalize their affirmations. They go through their days
verbalizing positive statements about situations and their lives. Then, they go
to bed saying their affirmations like bed-time prayers.
I tried reciting affirmations
for a while, but never quite understood how stating that 'I choose to be rich'
would have any effect on my life as long as I sat in front of the television
with a bag of chips. The problem was that, I wasn't doing anything to give the
affirmations a basis from which to operate. While an affirmation might have
made me feel good, it certainly didn't create the situations I needed to reach
If 'affirmations' are positive
messages to my brain, to retrain it, and to the Universe, to let it know where
you choose to be, then planned 'actions' provide a basis of reality on which
the affirmations would function. This is where I began applying affirm-actions
in my life.
--- Positive Words ---
For many years, affirmations
have been considered the solution for many of life's issues. Confidence,
success, and power have claimed to have been gained through daily affirmations.
But, many people with whom I've spoken say that affirmations do absolutely
nothing for them. The problem lies in the fact that you must align your life
such that the affirmations can ring true.
The core problem with repeating
affirmations to ourselves is that, unless our conscious mind feels that the
affirmations are true, it will not process the positive statements. Our
conscious mind intercepts the information we are receiving, and filters
unrealistic messages, or messages that contradict our belief systems, from the
Have you ever repeated, as we've
been taught, sometimes for months and even years on end, the simple sentence,
'I choose to be wealthy'? Even though it might have made you feel good, were
you actually wealthy, or did you become wealthy, at any time? For most people,
the answer is 'No'.
The reason is that your
conscious mind was filtering that message as a lie. The conscious mind takes
that information, wretches your 'gut', and echoes back, 'Look around! Wake up!'
The good words were not even making it to the subconscious mind where it
counts. As long as your conscious mind filters your affirmations as lies, then
there is no amount of present tense affirming that can change what 'you are'
into what 'you are not.'
--- Mixing Words with Actions
To resolve this problem, you
have to do two things: make a plan and change the wording of your affirmations.
You not only have to have your subconscious mind involved to actively process
your desires, but you also have to give your conscious mind a way to accept the
'misconceptions' of the affirmations. Instead of lying to yourself, make a plan
and execute actions that support your affirmations. This is where
affirm-actions come into play.
You must first make a solid plan
that defines your vision, mission, and goals. This plan takes into
consideration where you are and how to reach your vision. By making a plan and
believing in the plan, you are empowering your conscious and subconscious mind
with a weapon to overcome the negative feelings and beliefs that you currently
have buried in your mind. This approach will open the channels of
communications for your affirmations to make it into your mind.
The second part of the solution
is to change the wording of your affirmations. You have to convince your
conscious brain to process the misconceptions of the affirmations as truths.
Since your conscious brain will filter out lies, you have to word the
affirmations in such a way that it will appear as a 'possibility.' For
instance, instead of saying 'I choose to be wealthy' or 'I am wealthy,' reword
it to say 'I will be wealthy.' This is actually converting the 'lie' into a
command to tell your brain where your plan is leading you.
As you can see, an affirm-action
is a more assertive form of affirmation. Essentially, you are converting a
baseless affirmation to one that is a possibility simply by associating it with
an action. The affirmations then become factual, positive statements that
'remind' you of my vision and inform the universe that this is the direction
you choose to go.
--- What's next? ---
Positive words alone cannot
change a world---your world. But, words combined with action can materialize a
future of which, at one time, you could only dream.
The purpose of an affirm-action
is not to try to convince yourself that you are something that you are not. It
is not there to falsify your future or alter the things of the past. It is a
way of using your experiences through an intelligent plan and reminding
yourself why you're working so hard along a given path to reach your vision.
You are claiming your vision of the future, telling the universe that this is
what you want, and going after it.
By combining actions with words,
you are initiating a plan to show your conscious mind that you are indeed
heading in the direction of your desires. When you begin using your
affirmations, in conjunction with the actions, your desires are now making it
past your conscious mind into the subconscious mind where it will be of greater
use. This is where the soul can get an idea of what you're doing and will help
you get there.
About The Author
Edward B. Toupin is a
published author, technical writer, web developer, coach, and producer living
in "The Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas, NV. One of
his primary objectives in his work is to provide information to help others
achieve fulfilling lives. Visit his site at http://encouragement.netfirms.com and http://www.toupin.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more
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