I have some meditation buddies all over the world. We get together at least once per week for an online meditation. We cover a fairly vast geographical area - Sweden, South Africa, Italy, and various parts of the US including Hawaii. I have been doing this longest with the women from Sweden and South Africa, and we speak multiple times a day, leaving each other texts or voice messages on WhatsApp (a very popular app outside of America for texting). I am always surprised how often I am listening to a message from one of them and it has aligned completely with something going on in my own life that I haven't mentioned to them. It happens so regularly that I really shouldn't be surprised anymore, but I laugh very frequently with surprise at our synchronicity.
It happened again yesterday with one of them talking about how she has been using affirmations more regularly and has really been feeling the benefit of them. I, also, have rather suddenly become very faithful in including affirmations in my meditation. I have also had a very busy week full of opportunities, and if it's too much of a stretch for you to think those things are related we can at least agree that the affirmations are not hurting!
This particular synchronicity inspired me to write about affirmations on the blog, because it is a part of meditation which is 1) "optional," so readers experienced in meditation may still not be familiar with their use, 2) are not always associated with meditation, and 3) are an easy way to bolster your meditation in specific areas which need attention (i.e. money, success, service, health, self-confidence).
What is an affirmation, anyway? An affirmation is a statement of the highest truth. It is repeating this truth over and over, and letting it become part of consciousness, and then bringing it into your subconsciousness, and finally lifting it into your superconsciousness. You are sort of reminding yourself at every level about this truth, even if it is not something you currently feel is part of your reality. For instance, you may not be feeling well. You may be even accepting the thought that you "are sick." You might be telling other people you are sick. The more you accept the notion that you are sick, the more you will subconsciously lower your energy and dwell in that thought space, making it easier for the illness to take root. But if you remind yourself at every level that you are a perfect being of energy, in which health and vitality can flow, you start raising your energy into that thought space and you can overcome your "illness" quicker.
It is best to practice affirmations relating to health early in an illness, before it gets to take too strong of a hold. Your energy will be more powerful in the early stages of any imbalance and thus it will be more effective. Also, don't be silly about seeking medical care when needed. Medicine is certainly helpful in many cases; don't go overboard thinking you are beyond ever needing medical intervention! But, rather than going straight to pills, syrups, or injections you have another tool in affirmations to help you fight imbalances within your being. I had a skin lump last week that kept getting bigger and ultimately got red. I put a lot of work into using healing energy and affirmations, but I also told myself if I didn't see any change in 2 days I would go to the doctor. It did clear up before I needed to make an appointment (which was particularly nice since I haven't searched for a doctor for myself since we moved here!).
To start an affirmation, you first need to find a source. I recommend getting a book you like, ideally written by a trusted spiritual master. I use Affirmations for Self-Healing, by Swami Kriyananda. (This is NOT a paid endorsement, just what I personally use.) Choose the affirmation you want to work with. For instance, for health we could use the following.
"My body cells obey my will: They dance with divine vitality! I am well! I am strong! I am a flowing river of boundless power and energy!"
At the end of your regular meditation, when your energy is lifted and calm, say the affirmation in a loud and confident voice, 3 times. Then, repeat it another 3 times in a regular speaking voice. Then, 3 more times in a whisper. Then repeat it silently 3 times, ideally with eyes closed if you have managed to memorize it. And finally, close by saying it with all of your energy focused at the spiritual eye.
This method of taking the affirmation from loud to silently within helps you experience it at the conscious level first, then as you get quieter you are going more within and bringing it into the subconscious, and when you lift it up to the spiritual eye you are bringing it to the superconsciousness. (To review the levels of consciousness, see this previous post.)
Practice your affirmation with all of your attention, and bringing high energy to it. Really believe that what you are saying is the highest truth. If you are accepting the thoughts that you are sick (from our earlier example), and you practice your affirmation thinking, "I'm going to say this but it's never going to work because I am sick," how powerful do you think you are making the affirmation? Really rise up to your highest self, get your energy behind the affirmation, and let it blast through your being.
As I said, I have personally found benefit from exploring affirmations deeper, as has my spirit sister mentioned earlier. Definitely give them a try and see what kinds of benefits you can bring into your life through this secret passage!
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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