Creating a perfect affirmation
Our beliefs create our reality.
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind ans nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become our reality”
～ Earl Nightingale
As the quote above a bit cryptic says, to have a belief, then we have to believe in it. The vast majority of our beliefs are formed during our first years of our life.Perhaps as a child, you were sitting at the dining table, listening to what the adults were talking about. One of the major culprits in my opinion, have been sayings and proverbs that more or less automatically have been passed down from generation to generation.
Maybe an uncle or aunt is present at the table that day. The grownups are talking about, what the people around the table are dreaming about.
Suddenly aunt’s razor sharp voice makes your bones freeze to the marrow, as she says:
You should not fly higher, than your wings can carry you
Little you may become a little startled by this sudden, loud outburst, and you think like a 4 year old child probably would think: “Then it probably is wise to stay low, so you do not hurt yourself so much”!
Much can happen in a small innocent child’s mind. Hopefully the proverb does not get stuck in the subconscious. On the other hand, if the phrase is repeated again and again, then it can turn into a belief. A belief arising out of the above could be:
It’s important for me to keep my feet on the ground and not think big, otherwise it will go wrong
Imagine, just for a second, the limitations that such a belief could cause. Every time new possibilities arise, the opportunity isn´t taken because of the fear of failing. It’s almost unbearable, what such dogma can cause.
Okay, let’s assume for illustrational purposes, that the person in the example above wants to change.
Creating the perfect affirmation – Important criteria
We humans have five senses available, in addition to our sixth and more intuitive sense. These are sound, touch, sight, taste and smell.
The more senses attached to a belief, the stronger the effect. Especially the emotional and visual senses appeal strongly to the subconscious mind.
Linking feelings and images with a mental sentence, gives you a cocktail that appeals to the subconscious, and which the subconscious will be more inclined to accept.
Choosing the mental part.
Now its possible to choose exactly what the subconscious mind has to learn. A 100% conscious decision can be made. In response to the limiting belief above, a new belief could be formulated as:
The sky is my limit
The affirmation must be stated, as if the changes already have occurred – Remember the subconscious is independent of time and place. It interprets and understands everything based on what exists and is going on right now.
Criteria for the affirmation
- It must be in the present tense.
- It must be fairly short.
- It must be precise.
- It must be positively formulated.
- The sentence shouldn’t contain any negations like: I will “not” be fat. I will “not” smoke.
Let’s look at a few other examples of limiting beliefs, that one can reformulate. For someone with a lack of faith in himself, a fundamental belief could sound like:
I never get, what I want
This affirmation is greatly limited by time; it is non-specific and emotionally negative. One could reformulate the sentence into:
I have everything I need right now
Skeptics may argue that it is not quite correct, because the person does not have everything. It is true and yet still not, because we ask the subconscious mind to accept, that we have everything we want right now.
The subconscious mind’s thinking is based on a completely different reality, which is unlimited. One should never impose limited ideas on the subconscious mind, but rather support its inherent unlimited perception of reality.
This principle is a universal principle, also known as the “law of attraction”.
Another example of a limiting belief might be:
I´m afraid of what people might think of me
This phrase could come from an insecure person, and could be reformulated to:
I feel safe, free and independent
Notice how the “direction” of the sentence is changed, from at first being directed outwards, and then being directed inwards toward the person’s inner. Moving from outer to inner control.
The emotional connection
After having formulated the phrase mentally, the next step is to associate a feeling / emotion to the sentence. Wouldn’t planting a simple phrase in the subconscious be enough? you might ask.
No, we want to take advantage of all the features that the subconscious mind is composed of. The subconscious mind is in its essence emotional, and therefore reacts very well to emotional charged suggestions.
Combining the different modalities – auditory ( the sound of the affirmation ) with the kinesthetic ( the feeling of already having reached the goal ) with the visual ( a picture, image, symbol ), you so to speak increase the “glue” to the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind much faster accepts an element, that is adapted to the subconscious own preferences.
Feel where the feeling resides in the body, so you know exactly how it feels, and where it is located. Is it warm or cool, expansive or contractive, round or square, big or small. Characterize it, so that you become familiar with it.
Feel it, as if the change already has happened
The phrase you have created is a mental sentence (containing words) with an emotional attachment ( feelings and sensations ).
The visual connection
Now we want to reinforce the belief by creating a visual symbol for the affirmation too. If it is wealth that you want, the symbol can be a dollar bill. If it is a state such as freedom and independence, then it might be the image of an eagle. If it is courage and strength, it could be a tiger ( like in fig.5 )
The possibilities are endless. Your choice of symbol will always be the right! Only you can make the right choice! The above examples are for illustrative purposes only.
Smell and taste
If you furthermore link taste and smell to your beliefs, that’s even better. This will only reinforce the belief further. The most important factor, however, is the emotional attachment and then the visual. Now it’s time to go to train yourself in self-hypnosis.