This blog is dedicated to the Queen of Affirmations herself, Louise Hay. R.I.P.♥️
In this age of awakening and enlightenment that we find ourselves in, we are becoming increasingly self-aware. More of us are beginning to self-examine, in order to improve our lives. It takes a brave soul to truly look at oneself entirely but the benefits are more than worth it, in the end.?
Negative self-talk plagues us all whether we like it or not. We apparently have somewhere between 40,000 – 80,000 thoughts going through our minds on a daily basis, both consciously and subconsciously, many of which are repetitious. Until we become aware of this fact our internal programming is simply running our lives, our thoughts and beliefs (a belief being a thought that is thought so many times, it transforms into a belief) govern our lives and our experiences. Until we recognise this and begin to take action to take charge of our thoughts, we are living by default.
Once we realise what is really going on we are able to change our status quo. Unfortunately, we are unable to just delete our current programming. The only way to replace thoughts that are not working for us is by repaving them with ones that do. Our task is to create new ones and repeat them often enough so they eventually become strong enough to take the place of those that we would rather not have anymore. Thereby we are creating new synapses within our brain and through repetition, we increase their neuroplasticity
“The greatest force is derived from the power of thought. The finer the element, the more powerful it is. The silent power of thought influences people even at a distance, because mind is one as well as many. The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
This is by no means an overnight process but it is feasible for ALL of us, from all walks of life and regardless of our age. It takes time and conscious effort but it is entirely possible. The more we are committed to making this improvement for ourselves and implement the techniques to do so, the quicker the progress. Honestly speaking affirmations only work when we really believe and feel them but we have to start somewhere! I believe that affirmations are the perfect seeds to plant to cultivate a whole new personal garden.?
Marisa Peer, one of the leading international therapists, claims that she has helped people’s lives heal through one simple phrase I AM ENOUGH. She claims that by writing it on your mirror (and anywhere else in your environment) you can imprint this belief in your psyche and through making it your mantra, you will become whole. It seems that she believes that all issues that we encounter stem from the fact that we do not feel worthy, in one way or another. I must say, I do agree.
As I was coming out of the other end of the of my Dark Night Of The Soul phase towards the end of 2015, my awareness began to expand. As a result, I was able to begin to actually observe my thoughts and became mindful that most of them were extremely negative and self-depreciating. I felt that it was high time, if it was at all possible, to make a conscious switch and continue along the healing road. The thoughts that I had been thinking since I came into existence on this planet (and perhaps even carried over from other lifetimes), had been thought over and over for years on end. This was evidently an unconscious process and had transcended into several deeply rooted, rather nasty beliefs. I was overwhelmed as all this erupted to the surface but the spiritual detox had begun and there was no turning back! How could I ever begin to eradicate myself from these beliefs that plagued me with negativity and were making my life a complete misery? How could I begin to turn this darkness into light?
“Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ~ William Shakespeare
Once I began to truly believe that our thoughts create our feelings and thereby our realities, I made it a personal mission to rectify the situation, seeing as it was evident that I had some serious stinking thinking in operation.? I desperately wanted to change how miserable I was feeling and somehow begin to reprogram my brain towards a brighter future, as this was no way to live at all!
“The significant problems we face in life can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein
And thankfully, the Universe stepped in as always, just at the right time (when the student is ready the teacher will appear) and sent Louise Hay my way. Not literally – I wish!! But I was guided to some of her videos on YouTube and began yet another love affair (on a soul level?), with this amazing being. It is who she was as a person and how she loved every human being and thing so genuinely that tugged at my heartstrings. She showered love upon all those who were lucky enough to have been touched by her, especially those affected by the AIDS epidemic when it originally broke out in the US. She radiated hope on an international level, pinnacling when she boldly opened my favourite publishing company, Hay House, at age 60!? WOW – inspiration all-round! I feel blessed to have come across her work at the time that I did! I am forever grateful that she introduced affirmations into my life at a whole new level. She was no less than lifesaver to me and after that a life changer! So I Thank you deeply, Louise Hay, from the bottom of my heart. I love you.???
As I listened to more of Louise Hay’s videos. I began to add on the affirmations that resonated with me in one of my journals – (it soon became pages long! ??). I would notice that when I would take the time in the morning to read them (and sometimes even 3/4 times each) I would feel so much better from within. Of course, for the most part, at that time, I often did not believe a word that I was reading. My self-worth was so low it seemed as though I did not deserve what I was reading to be true for me. I actually felt that I was lying to myself point blank, my personal vibration was so far away from self-love then. But there was a tiny little ember deep inside that sort of believed that this may pertain to me at some level and that what I was reading could, by some miracle, really become my reality and truth. It was indeed only the tiniest ember that was present at that time, barely palpable. But sometimes, allowing that cinder to gently activate is all that is needed to begin the process of reigniting the mighty flame, that dwells within us all, quietly waiting to be awoken to its full magnificence.?
“The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
With the warmth of the glowing coal within me, I continued to add to my list of ever-growing affirmations. I would be lying if I said that I read them every day, for I didn’t. But after a few weeks, it became quite clear that I felt better, lighter even and more peaceful on the days that I did make the effort to read through them and focus on each of them as if we were slowly becoming friends.
So I did them more often and then I went through a phase of searching on YouTube for recordings of affirmations that I felt could work for me. There were a couple of great recordings (mainly by Louise Hay) that really resonated with me but other than that, I felt as though reading the ones that I had made notes of, for the most part, served me better. I think this is mainly because I had hand-selected them on the grounds that they resonated with me the most. With this concept in mind, I decided to record the ones that I had listed and I began to listen to them as often as I could. Being a multi-tasker by nature I thought it would be a good idea to listen to them at night as I was falling asleep, most often I would put the track on repeat and let it play all night, as I slept. I was so enervated of feeling the way I was and so determined to heal my brain and have it be a handy assistant to me, rather than continue to be a slave to it. I was desperately seeking harmony in my life, on all levels and I had come to understand that for this to happen the first place to start was my very own brain. I had decided that it was time for us to be firm friends, for us to work together, instead of pulling ropes in opposing directions. It was time for a radical change and this was the way forward.?
Louise Hay believed greatly in Mirror Work – that by reciting affirmations whilst you look at yourself in a mirror, the effect is magnified greatly. When attempting Mirror Work initially you may even find yourself crying as you recite “I love you” to yourself staring at your own reflection, if your self-love is under the carpet. Nonetheless, the more you practice, the more these feelings ease, aided by a generous dose of forgiveness to help you release what is causing the blocks to you embracing the positive affirmations. Through time and repetition, you will actually believe what you are saying and thereby feel them resonate within and then, you are on your way!?
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
I truly believe that this is a life-long process. I don’t mean to scare you, I just believe this to be the truth. For as long as we are humans we are going to be dealing with polarities of all sorts, around us and within us, for otherwise how can we evolve? As long as we are alive on this planet we are learning and growing. However, on a more encouraging note, I do believe in Abraham Hicks’ philosophy of emotional scale and that we are able to move along it through focus. I have seen within myself that the more I heal and let go by methods that allow us to change the way our brain works, such as via affirmations, we can begin to change the emotional climate that we reside in by purifying our thinking.?
I love this scale by Abraham Hicks that demonstrates that to feel better we need to focus on the emotion that comes above the one that we are currently feeling, as opposed to expecting to jump from one end to the other! This is much more realistic and encouraging. Affirmations can help here in a massive way, as they can be and are anything you want them to be! They are a great way to shift our vibration upwards along the emotional scale and allow us to reside in a more pleasurable emotional climate!?
On good days, as I observed a negative thought, I would suddenly hear The Supremes in my head singing the chorus full of soul “Stop, in the name of love, before you break my heart!” and have a private giggle and then find a more positive thought, to replace the current negative one that had been identified. And the process continues, most probably ad infinitum. But I am no longer at the bottom of the above emotional scale (and I was there for a few years) I am now in the centre and mainly reside the upward spiral and for this, my gratitude is eternal, for it is a very different way of living life! And affirmations have most certainly helped me get there!???
“Man’s power of choice enables him to think like an angel or a devil, a king or a slave. Whatever he chooses, mind will create and manifest.” ~ Frederick Bailes
Naturally, we all have good days and bad days but what is important is that on whichever of these days we may find ourselves, we accept it for what it is and love ourselves regardless, as best we can. For in any area of life, we must accept where we are first before we are able to make modifications. It is then easier to lift ourselves up the scale and open our hearts a little wider to the beautiful life that is awaiting our arrival!?
Start to free yourself and reprogram your mind! You can tell yourself great things about yourself, regarding any sphere in your life for things to improve including love, health, relationships, abundance etc.
Nowadays, I tend to have something positive playing in my ears to enforce my relentless undertaking on making my brain change its current neuroplasticity, to one that is more endearing and productive. Be it mantras, binaural beats, affirmations etc. Most often I have some sort of healing sound playing in the background, as I get other things done and this is both soothing and nurturing!☮
“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.” ~ Dale Carnegie
I am so passionate about affirmations that I would like to share with you this offering to be able to start your day on a positive note! Simply devote under 4 minutes of your precious time in the morning, to yourself. Be it on your way to work or school or just as you open your eyes in bed – whatever works for you. You can download this gift here.?
There’s no time like the present to truly love yourself, so take the time to feel good and nurture yourself in all ways!?????????
BEING PRIMARILY VIBRATIONAL BEINGS, THOUGHTS ARE THINGS!
SO REMEMBER TO CHOOSE YOURS WISELY, AS THEY HAVE A DIRECT EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE!!
Your life is in your hands and you are a unique and amazing being!?
Sending you love, wherever you are!? I wish you a fabulous day, today and every day!??
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