What exactly are “affirmations“, and why is it so important we understand them, and use them every day?
When I had my first sales job, (30 years ago), as part of my training, the company sent me to the Pacific Learning Institute, for three days of training on “affirmations“. Three days. At first, I thought the company had lost its marbles, and what the speakers were saying to be incredibly weird, but after three days of it, I knew there was something to it, after listening to several speakers who utilized affirmations in their daily lives.
So many different kind of people had spoken and all had seen miraculous results in reaching their goals, and changing their behaviors. The goals had to be somewhat realistic, to happen, however.
The Webster definition for affirmations spins off of the word “affirm” (affirmation), in my office dictionary and means: To declare positively, assert. 2. To conform, ratify.
Wisdom word definition? 1. Affirmations: A process used to change a behavior we wish to stop, encourage a behavior or action we wish to start, and finally, used in prayer to strengthen our faith by affirming to God, when we pray, “and so it is done, according to your will”. 2. Visualizing, writing, and verbalizing what your trying to change, “as IF, it was already so and having the results of these things happen in your favor shortly after, provided these goals were somewhat realistic.
Affirmations “LITERALLY” can change behaviors and attract better things for us in our lives.
Affirmations will take us to our targeted goals for personal, business and spiritual, when used correctly. However, to use the power of affirmation to its fullest, we must take certain steps that will strengthen their ability to work in our lives.
If your reading this and your doubtful about the power of an affirmation, I will share with you something I read out of the “Scientific American” magazine, May 2014 issue which “affirmed” their power to me again!
A double blind test was done on comatose patients to test their ability to communicate and understand us. These patients had been comatose for some time and brain function only minimal, at a vegetative state, know in the medical world as “Locked-in syndrome”. Shockingly, they found that 17% of these patients could correctly answer the following question, with yes or no answers: The patients could “communicate yes, or no” to this question by following the verbal instructions from the scientists by thinking about an instructed thought pattern.
First, These comatose patients were hooked up to an EEG, (electroencelphalography machine), which detects brain activity and told to imagine themselves playing “tennis” if the answer to the following question was YES, when the scientist asked: “is your father’s name Paul?(correct answer specific to patient), or, if their answer was NO, the scientist told the patients to imagine themselves touring their home. When asked if “Paul” for example, Was, in fact, their fathers name, the “Pre-motor” area of the brain lit up!
What this means to me, is not only are several people in comas who can communicate, (17 percent) according to the experiments, and when these patients imagined something, the brain programmed it in and began making it happen, although the patient had only visualized it.
Although the article focuses on the ability of some of the comatose patients to communicate, I also interpret its results, as proof that affirmations work!
We have the power to imagine something and our brain works in the results area, as if we are already there. The scientists found, that the (Pre-Motor) activity area of the brain, (action area), would light up as if the participating patients were already playing the actual tennis game, simply by picturing it, (affirmation)!
How do we use Affirmations to their fullest benefit, remembering that “Visualization” is where it starts?
1. First, we define as specifically as possible what it is that we want
2. We write what that is in a sentence AS IF it is a fact while visualizing this, it is already happening.
3. We write our affirmations as many times as possible, preferably, in the morning, when we first wake up. (our minds are more receptive when our defenses are down).
4 We pray for it from God, and end our prayer, “and so it is done”
Affirmations are only effective if what your asking for is within your control, although I have heard of miracles from them. We don’t control other people, places or things. Affirmations can give you the “boost” you need to achieve your goals and are very effective for goal setting in your career and the more specific they are, and the more you meditate and visualize these goals, the better the result, and these goals should be visualized with all the feelings you would feel, along with the visualization, as if the goals were already achieved.
What do you want out of life, specifically? What behavior would you like to change? “Change is the one constant that will happen. Change can happen to us, OR we can “will” it to happen. ” SL