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Friday, January 1, 2010

Affirming the Future

Good Morning!

Welcome to a brand new day, a brand new year, and a brand new decade. At the ripe old age of 36 I had begun to think of New Year's Day as just another day, however by participating in the traditions of my culture I can definitely feel a powerful sense of freshness, renewal, and harmony in my home. There is no doubt in my mind that I AM attracting all good things!

I hope this coming year brings you all love, happiness, and success in all that you do! To that end, in the coming days and weeks I will be sharing techniques and exercises with you to help you have a better life, achieve success, and be the best you that you can be! I'll be there right along with you.

By now many of you have resolved to make some form of positive change in your life, whether it is to lose weight, save more money, spend more time with your loved ones, find a better job, stop smoking, attract a mate, etc... Many people start out the new year with lofty goals and while some meet with initial success, according to one study, after 6 months roughly 46 percent of those who made resolutions have kept them.

No matter what your goal is, the simplest thing you can do to help you achieve that goal is to change the way you think. One of the best techniques to change negative thinking is through the use of affirmations. Affirmations are defined as a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something. In magic, affirmations are often worded in a positive manner and repeated over and over to ourselves either silently, or aloud. The idea is that we focus on inwardly that which we wish to manifest outwardly. However, it is not enough to simply repeat these statements, but we must also believe them to be true.

Belief is perhaps the most important factor in magical thinking. If you don’t believe the words coming out of your mouth you’re not going to achieve any results. Affirmations help us build up our beliefs and make them more real. In fact, the word affirm come from the Latin word that means ‘to make solid’. When we are thinking positively, we are not thinking negatively; and in the absence of negative thoughts we grow to believe our words. With belief in our thoughts and words, comes the manifestation of our desires.

Writing Your Affirmations

While some people may have a difficult time thinking positively, it’s not very hard to write a positive statement. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing yours.

1) Begin your affirmation with the words I AM. For example, I am wealthy rather than I will be wealthy. By stating that you will be wealthy it places your intent in the future rather than the present and that is precisely where your intent will manifest in the future, always before you, always out of reach.

2) Make your affirmation active rather than passive. Directly after the words I am, include a word ending in –ing. For example, I am having, I am receiving, I am manifesting, etc…

3) Avoid negative words and contractions. For example, repeat I am patient and understanding, rather than I won’t lose my temper. The point here is to focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

4) Be specific but keep it short. In order to get what you want, you must be clear about what you want. Avoid vague statements but keep your statement short as short affirmations are easier to remember.

Exercises For You To Try

1) Choose a goal that you would like to achieve. Write the goal on a 3 X 5 " index card. Below that goal, write three positive affirmations regarding that goal.

2) Put the index card in a conspicuous place where you will see it often. It can be placed on your bedside, taped to your bathroom mirror, taped to the dashboard of your car, placed on your refrigerator, or even placed on your shrine or altar. The idea is to put the card somewhere where you will see it everyday and it will serve as a reminder of your goal and what you must do to achieve that goal.

2) Practice repeating your affirmations to yourself silently and aloud throughout the day for as long as it takes to achieve your goal. Then choose a new goal and begin again. Record your progress.

Carolina Dean

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