An excerpt from our upcoming book
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” --Buddha
We believe that affirmations are the beginning of the first steps towards improvement of any kind.
Affirmations are sort of a martial art unto themselves. The idea is that thoughts lead to our actions which then lead to our results. Affirmations are the attempt to improve things where we have the most control, our minds. More than anything
We have all heard of ‘the secret’ or that what we believe tends to become true. Which is a strange concept for most.
Believe it or not, it was a Western book, “the brain that changes itself” that sold me on the power of belief itself which then led me into adding energy work into my practice as an opener. The book covers neural plasticity in the brain’s ability to fix itself given the right conditions. They would take a person who was blind and put a 3D printer on his back. Then whatever the cameras saw on his head it would show him in a way. This tricked his brain into thinking he could see and after a while he regained his sight were that was supposed to be impossible. This book is filled with around 100 or so of these examples.
It turns out that not only are we what we eat, but we are also what we say. When we get stuck in complaining about the others, criticizing the others and dwelling more and more and disturbing information of ‘the others’ then we ourselves slowly become the very thing we detested.
The power that our beliefs and words has on ourselves and others is incredible.
The subject of affirmations is learning to understand the consequences of her words. If we hate it when someone does something then we become no better when we say, “you always do ask.” For them we are making it more true that, that’s who they are or that they will simply never be able to overcome that negative habit.
The beauty of affirmations is that it’s not that hard to say a sentence, yet the utterance of that sentence does have power in helping us rise.
If we can simply learn to say more positive things on a daily basis that negative, then that alone can help us achieve our dreams.
It is far easier to say, “I'm going to lift up that weight,” than to actually do it.
It feels like in life, that we're on a boat that’s sailing and skirting around a waterfalls edge that leads to oblivion. Just one wrong move can send us over. The current itself tries to shove us over and takes all of our strength to not fall to paralysis and drift over the edge into a black hole chasm of depression from which recovery then appears impossible.
One person told me, “I don't like affirmations because they feel like a lie.” But if we were on that boat and now heading for the cliff, it would be a lie that we were not going to die.
Yet, if in that situation we could say, “We are not dying today!”
The truth in that moment is death and the lie is survival. But the hope of an affirmation is that the ‘lies’ become the ‘truth’ and the truths become the lies as we then learn to work on shaping our positivity and then the world at large.
For those of you who have fallen over that edge or dangerously close to it, if you think it's hard to get into motion right now, stay in bed for a few days. Your lessening inertia, or lack of motion, will hold you back with greater and greater intensity.