Have you ever felt inauthentic with an affirmation, like it is a lie? For example if you have 50 cents in your banking account and you are working with an affirmation such as “I am wealthy, now!” This can actually put body and mind in opposition, which is contradictory to the energy necessary to conjure our requests. This scenario is especially true for empaths.
Empaths are acutely sensitive to energy. Often labeled “highly sensitive,” an empath has a strong radar for lies and inauthenticity, which make certain affirmations challenging when they are the polar opposite of the current situation. Empathic or not however, our subconscious mind (where negative programming dwells) has a sharp intelligence making affirmations ineffective when we are smack dab in the middle of “feeling” bad.
I am a huge fan of affirmations and have been working with them since the mid 90’s when I first discovered Louise Hay – the heralding queen of affirmations. I’ve witnessed miracles in my life hundreds of times as a result of working with such positive commandments. And, I’ve also worked with certain affirmative statements that never really seemed to come to fruition. So what makes some affirmations work some of the time, and others don’t?
I have found that there are two key components to conjuring life’s coveted delights through affirmations – state of mind and wording. If we are at a low point emotionally, using positive statements that included “I AM,” followed by whatever opposite element we would like to experience, puts our body and mind into opposition. Yes, indeed, “I AM” is a powerful statement. However, there is immense wisdom in using it correctly in order to obtain the outcome we desire.
If we are feeling negative emotions (which should never be denied or stuffed) we first want to let the emotion run its course. This does not mean dwelling in it for an extended period of time but rather giving the emotion the expression it requires. As we are expressing, we can still tap into the power of affirmations by stating to the universe our willingness to feel differently. For example, if you are experience the pain of a broken heart, a productive affirmation would be something like “I am willing to experience a miracle of love.” In that moment of feeling hurt, a ray of hope has just been introduced into the psyche. It is important to let go of any attachment to how it all shows up and be open to even the smallest miracle. Once we observe even the tiniest of miracles, and we always will if we watch for them, we have the opportunity to work with the healing essence of gratitude, which doubles as a wonderful magnet that attracts more of what we are grateful for.
Once we are in an empowered state of mind, we can truly dive in to the mighty force of “I AM.” An empowered state of mind can happen organically or it can be induced through intention and healthfully seeking out what makes you feel good. Meditation, dancing, drumming, laughter with friends, love shared, a long walk – whatever makes you feel good, do it and do it shamelessly and guiltlessly. In your state of conscious joy, use the “I AM” affirmations. Anytime you find yourself in a state of feeling grateful to be alive, use those commanding, in-the-now affirmations.
When you feel less than empowered, in a state of sadness, anger or frustration, use the “I am willing” affirmations. Anytime an affirmation feels like a lie, use willingness as a bridge to the experience you desire. That willingness opens you to receive. It is allowing the Divine to take over and bypass the programs of the subconscious or the sensitivity of any inauthenticity. Once you’ve worked consistently and continuously with the willingness, you will discover that transformation has occurred.
When an affirmation feels particularly out of reach, I like to combine the “willingness” factor with the word – miracle. I do firmly believe in miracles, so when I use an affirmation beginning with “I am willing to experience the miracle of _______,” it feels remarkably uplifting and empowering.
Turning your affirmations into a rhyme is another great way to bypass the programming of the subconscious by transforming it into a chant. It also makes saying your affirmations out loud down right fun as well as adding an essence of conviction. As an example, many years ago when my kids where young teens, we were planning a family winter weekend trip to a mountain cabin for snow play. It was planned months in advance. The cabin was carefully selected specifically for the large private hillside that it backed up to, making sledding as easy as walking out the back door. Soon after I made the reservations, we began experiencing an extended heat wave. So, I crafted a chant that I recited daily, several times. I also wrote it down regularly and got the kids involved as well. The chant went like this: “Warm weather be gone til the middle of May! Cold wind, rain and snow is here now to stay!” When I spoke this chant out loud, I did so with such intense passion and zest it was as if I were delivering an incantation that would move heaven and earth.
Well, suffice it to say that not only did the warm weather turn and dump ample snow for snow play just prior to our trip, but it snowed the whole time we were there, in fact it was a absolute blizzard by the time we left. For born and bred Southern Californian’s this was a gloriously enchanting experience and our family had a wonderful time with memories that we carry with us always.
So give these tips a try and let me know how they work for you. Or, if you have your own method for utilizing affirmations, please do share.
In Sacred Harmony,